Zoo gets new gatekeeper

Zoo gets new gatekeeper

Helping to keep an eye on our furry friends at Taronga Zoo will be a new $5000 WatchGuard security system.

The world famous Sydney zoo is installing the system to provide secure VPN connections for remote users.

A Firebox X700 appliance will be installed at the zoo’s IT centre along with WatchGuard Firebox SOHO 6 devices at remote locations, including the zoo’s other site at Western Plains, Dubbo.

Once the VPN has been installed in the next couple of months, staff will be able to carry out a range of tasks by remotely controlling their PCs.

This includes a proposed Web cam system to look at animals.

“Electricians will be able to operate lighting for the Twilight Concert series from their own homes. Conservation staff will be able to remotely monitor the behaviour of animals from any location via the use of a webcam. If the retail point-of-sale connection goes down in Dubbo, we’ll be able to use the VPN from Sydney to ensure that a live connection restarts and retail sales are processed normally. The opportunities are endless right across the business,” Taronga’s systems administrator, John Inkson, said.

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