CA opens $11m R&D lab in Melbourne

Computer Associates (CA) has opened an $11 million R&D lab in Melbourne to develop security software, marking the company's largest security R&D investment outside of North America.

Initially, more than 80 specialist development and technical support professionals will work at the new centre in Richmond, Melbourne. This pushes the total number of developers the company employs in Australia to nearly 200, according to CA.

It will develop world-class security technologies such as antivirus, authentication and network security at the facility, CA officials said. As part of a global call centre, the lab will also lend international technical support for "many" of CA's products.

"This new facility is one of only a handful of CA centres of corporate excellence in the world," said CA managing director for Australia, John Ruthven. "It represents a major CA investment in Australian intellectual know-how, and will deliver ongoing benefits through skilled employment, university linkages and export opportunities. It will also allow us to provide an even higher level of support to our local customers."

CA Australia's development manager, Eugene Dozortsev, said: "Since August 2002, CA's local developers have been awarded seven international patents relating to Web services technology."

In partnership with local industry, the company has contributed more than $360 million in R&D and export activities to Australia, the Minister for Communications, IT and the Arts Senator Richard Alston said.