Stories by Ulrika Hedquist

Local firm claims world’s first 3G router

Auckland-based Mako Networks reckons it has a world-first with its modular 3G router that is configurable for the two main global mobile broadband standards, CDMA1x EV-DO and UMTS/WCDMA, as well as fixed-line network connections such as ADSL and Ethernet.

Schools dish dirt on students

The Ministry of Education has developed the Student Data Exchange for Schools pilot, a system that allows participating schools to electronically exchange a standard set of student data. Currently the process of moving data about students from one school to another is a manual process.

Helping Auckland get Smarter

The Smarter Systems Project is one of the largest and most complex collaborative IT projects Auckland local government has gone through. It was undertaken by eLGAR — Libraries for a Greater Auckland Region, which includes libraries in Auckland City, Manukau City, North Shore City, Rodney District and Waitakere City.

Be counted online

Statistics New Zealand’s system, Online Census Option, provides New Zealanders with the option of completing their census forms online. The 2006 Census of Populations and Dwellings was the first time people could use either the internet response system or the traditional paper-based system.

Swapping skills for service

Auckland University of Technology has developed Skills Exchange, an online tool for initiating, monitoring and reporting on employee and student engagement with the community.

A voice for the people

Derek Judge, previously sales manager for a company specialising in speech recognition software, was often out on the road telling customers how speech recognition could help disabled people. When he received a call from Lance Rive who had been left tetraplegic after a car accident 12 years ago, Judge decided to help.

Getting serious about steel

MetalForming Technologies is a supplier of galvanised steel coils and associated products to the rollforming industry across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

eLGAR books in smart system

The innovative Smarter Systems Project for libararies has been a technical success for eLGAR (Libraries for a Greater Auckland Region) — the library organisation for greater Auckland which includes Auckland City, Manukau City, North Shore City, Rodney District and Waitakere City libraries.

Pt England School goes on air

Auckland’s Pt England School creates its own innovative weekly podcast, which is then distributed globally through iTunes Music Store USA.