News In Brief: Sparkasse; The Kenton Group; BT; Apple

German financial group Sparkasse is trialling fingerprint authentication from T-Systems on 10,000 employee workstations until the year-end. T-Systems supplied the biometrics through Finanz Informatik, the finance firm’s IT services provider.
Network access firm The Kenton Group claims a breakthrough broadband enabling technology will allow operators to provide 2Mbps services to rural homes that currently have sub-broadband connections.
BT has brought its wholesale VoIP service in line with the latest web standards with a major overhaul that included renewal of its SIP core and gateways.
The iPad2 will go on sale in Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand on Friday, and reach Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore in April.