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#WednesdayWalkabout Series: TRAFFIC ALERT: SMOOTH SAILING AHEAD

Work Day Journey for the Digital Citizen

Wake up. Get ready for the day. Hurry up to…wait in traffic? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, traffic congestion in the United States alone results in more than 4 billion hours of travel delay and nearly 3 billion gallons of gas used, at a cost of $80 billion a year. More than 25 percent of traffic congestion is non-recurrent, according to the Federal Highway Administration, meaning that in large part, it is caused by traffic incidents. Detecting these incidents early and responding to them effectively makes for safer roads, less congestion, and smoother traffic flow.

Leveraging technology and innovation will be essential for transportation in the world’s swelling urban areas as increasing populations, and other factors like climate change, will continue to impact current transportation systems and roadways.

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Courts Series Kick-off: Connected Justice for All

Imagine the price of connecting all of the moving parts within our justice system. Think of the time and money it takes to do so. From pre-trial hearings, attorney conferences and arraignment to administrative proceedings and remote testimony then disposition and even post-trial proceedings, all of these services can be streamlined through Cisco’s Connected Justice solution. Through connectivity of mobile devices, cameras, sensors, transfer vehicles, the Internet of Everything (IoE) allows law enforcement, courts and corrections staff to streamline the justice process. Cisco’s solution provides a unified network platform to automate justice workflow and, therefore, removes barriers between systems, agencies, people and processes as critical information is transferred.

Convergence is at the heart of connecting people, process, data and things anytime, anywhere. For those working within the U.S. justice system the convergence of IoE can streamline processes through faster collaboration. It can benefit inmates by reducing processing times and, simultaneously, improve security for justice workers while providing enhanced public safety to the community.

One simple example can illustrate the principle. Arraignments require defendants to appear before a judge to conduct a formal reading of the criminal charges. This heightens security risks for law enforcement officials and the public, increases administrative costs to safely transfer the defendant to and from the arraignment and slows the entire process should there be multiple court facilities with which the defendant must connect. Through secure, remote video for motions and testimony directly from detainees’ holding facilities, many of these risks can be eliminated.

I will be presenting on the power of a better connected justice system at the National Center for State Court’s upcoming CTC conference in Minneapolis on September 22-24. As a retired Judge, I have been in the trenches and understand the complexities of day-to-day operations within a court system. Cisco’s solution set is designed and operates based upon real needs and experiences of actual law enforcement, courts and corrections users.

This summer I will release a series of blogs to provide an overview of Cisco’s Connected Justice solution. Together, we will explore how public safety is affected, how the solution is expanding and the benefits associated with its growth. We will discuss how judges, attorneys, probation officers, jailers and other key stakeholders in the system can use technology to help increase efficiency while simultaneously reducing costs without compromising the fair and equal access to justice.

To learn more about Cisco’s Connected Justice solution visit us here.

#WednesdayWalkabout Series: Big Data Benefits for the Digital Citizen

Co-authored with Munish Khetrapal

Big data, what’s the big deal?

With the pressure to innovate faster, the onslaught of rapid urbanization, and heightened citizen expectations, government organizations and leaders are looking to the Internet of Everything.

Of the many technology trends that enable the Internet of Everything, big data and analytics warrant special consideration. The astonishing amount of data traversing today’s networks is growing exponentially each day. A recent IDC research report highlights that from now until 2020, the digital universe will double every two years.

This growth in data represents a remarkable opportunity for global public sector organizations, particularly for government leaders. The automated collection of data – from devices, sensors, and physical objects – and use of the resulting information is providing unprecedented visibility and decision-making capabilities. This is paving the way for faster incident response, safer communities, better operational efficiency, secure access to anytime, anywhere services, and an overall heightened citizen experience.

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#WednesdayWalkabout Series Kickoff: The Internet of Everything and Tomorrow’s Digital Cities, Today

It’s Here and It’s Happening Now

As large populations shift to urban areas, cities are under tremendous pressure to compete economically and grow sustainably. In the era of digital disruption, citizens are also expecting more from their engagements with local, regional, and national government organizations and leaders. In response to these pressing challenges, communities around the world are going digital and creating new, intelligent connections with the Internet of Everything (IoE).

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New Collaboration Cloud Harnesses the Power of IoE to Improve Public Safety

To see the growing role that technology is playing in law enforcement, all we need to do is turn on the news. From the growing call for police body worn cameras to the lack of physical security surveillance capabilities in an aged correctional facility system, there is an increased demand for law enforcement organizations to respond more quickly and effectively and with greater transparency to crises. In order to improve the collaboration and communication within agencies and with the broader community of public safety officials, Cisco and Verizon have teamed up to create a national public safety collaboration cloud for the eco-system of public safety organizations.

The National Sheriffs’ Association Collaboration Cloud will enable sheriff offices to easily acquire, deploy and communicate using video technology. The Sheriffs will also expand this collaboration to their public safety partners in all 3080 counties of the United States, so law enforcement organizations will be able to allow their personnel to quickly communicate within their own department or with other local, state or federal agencies to conduct their business. Using the cloud, law enforcement organizations can respond more effectively to real-time incidences as they occur and work together on inter-department or inter-agency task forces with ease.

The new cloud based collaboration technology will improve many areas of law enforcement activities, including patrol vehicle applications and drug and gang task force collaboration. The areas of probation and parole will also benefit from this service as they interact with correctional facilities, prosecutors, defense lawyers and the courts.
For example, the collaboration cloud can be used for video meetings and hearings with attorneys, judges and inmates at correctional facilities. This helps law enforcement organizations to significantly reduce transportation and overtime costs for personnel. It can also reduce other public safety risks including reduced movement of incarcerated individuals by enabling legal teams and providers of numerous inmate services to communicate with inmates via video.

The National Sheriffs’ Association Collaboration Cloud will give law enforcement organizations better access to resources to train their personnel on emerging response tactics and mandated training certifications. By equipping training rooms for remote training and accreditation services, organizations will be able to expand their programming significantly. This collaboration cloud also enables real-time communication between patrol cars, emergency operations centers, 911 centers and dispatch locations using a myriad of devices including tablets, smart phones and laptop computers. It opens the pathway of reducing the largest budget number in corrections through the delivery of telehealth in county jails, juvenile detention centers and state prisons.

Overall, the public safety collaboration cloud greatly enhances the ability of local, state and federal public safety organizations to collaborate and work together to preserve and enforce public safety. The National Sheriffs’ Association recognizes the transformative power this collaboration can have on public safety. During their annual conference this past June, the National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson thanked Cisco and Verizon for making it possible.

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(Click through to see the video on C-SPAN.)

As the demand for technology in public safety grows, Cisco remains committed to working with these organizations as they move into this new technology-driven future. Whether through connected justice initiatives, cybersecurity or collaboration efforts such as the Sheriffs’ Association’s Collaboration Cloud, Cisco is dedicated to improving efficiency across all areas of public safety, harnessing the power of the Internet of Everything (IoE) to transform the eco-system of justice and improve community public safety.

To learn more about how Cisco is leveraging IoE in the justice, public safety and security sectors, click here.

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