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  1. Condor

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    CMS must be getting close to being in the black this financial year. Plenty of big customers getting on board.


    HOMEX - Sydney



    Demonstrating the rapid adoption of electronic commerce by local
    government, more than 52,000 residents of Hornsby Shire Council,
    Sydney, will soon be able to view and pay rates online.

    The new service will increase convenience to ratepayers while
    reducing costs to Council associated with distributing notices and
    receiving payments.

    From February, residents will be able to view copies of their rate
    notices via the Council's website (www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au) or through
    their regular Internet banking website using BPAY View.

    BPAY View is the latest innovation from BPAY, the nation's most
    popular phone and Internet payment service. By registering to 'View
    and Pay', people can see outstanding bills and pay them quickly and
    securely without leaving their Internet banking service.

    BPAY View also allows councils and other billers to combine messages
    with bills in a direct, one-to-one environment.

    Hornsby's new service has been made possible using technology from
    Sydney company CommSecure Limited (ASX: CMS) and banking services
    from Westpac.

    In December, CommSecure and Westpac announced an alliance to deliver
    e-commerce solutions to the bank's Local Government customers.
    Hornsby is the first council to go live under the alliance.

    The new system was implemented in just five weeks over the Christmas
    period with minimal disruption to Council staff or technology

    The Mayor of Hornsby Shire, Councillor John Muirhead, said a key
    factor behind the implementation of online billing was the high
    levels of Internet usage in the Shire.

    "In the latest census figures from the Australian Bureau of
    Statistics, Hornsby Shire was shown to be leading Australia in
    embracing information technology. Internet usage was recorded at 51
    per cent compared to the national average of only 36 per cent," he

    Residents will be notified of the new service in the Council's next
    rate run during February. They will be able to make payments
    immediately using BPAY or a credit card.

    According to CommSecure Managing Director Mr Ray Loyzaga, the shift
    to electronic commerce can deliver substantial savings to local
    government groups.

    "E-commerce reduces billing costs in two main ways," said Mr Loyzaga.
    "First, there is less paperwork and labour involved in sending out
    rates out electronically. Secondly, councils can substantially reduce
    the cost of receiving payments by encouraging people to use low-cost,
    automatic options like BPAY rather than cheques and credit cards that
    can carry hefty handling charges or fees."

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