Saturday , May 19 2018

Fire and Rescue NSW goes Chrome


It seems that 2014 might be the year that ChromeOS really takes off in Australian enterprise. We’ve just recently seen news that Woolworths has made a major investment in moving a lot of its desktop IT needs across to the Chrome platform, and now a NSW Government organisation has also taken the plunge.

Fire and Rescue NSW caused a bit of a fuss in November 2012 when it began a rollout of Chrome across its organisation, particularly for use in fire stations (of which there are many) and where there is presumably a need to minimise the need for administration and maintenance. Chromeboxes are ideal for this, as they’re inherently very secure, automatically update their software when required, and installing new apps is a piece of cake.

Fire and Rescue NSW’s group IT Director, Richard Host, was referred to in this piece from Computerworld:

So happy with the Chromeboxes is the public safety agency that its IT director is now considering buying more to replace existing Windows infrastructure … Host estimated that the agency immediately saved 50 per cent by choosing Chromeboxes over a Windows-based alternative.

We can’t wait to see that kind of forward thinking in other large-scale rollouts. Is your organisation going Chrome? Are you an IT director thinking of doing the same thing in your business? Let us know.

Via: Delimiter.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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