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Connecting Judicial Leaders at the International Peace Palace

This week I have the privilege to attend the fifth annuaInternational Association for Court Administration (IACA) conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

The IACA conference theme is The Challenge of Developing and Maintaining Strong and Just Courts in an Era of Uncertainty.

Three hundred and forty judicial leaders from 42 countries around the world are attending including Chief Justices from Afghanistan, Australia, Republic of Georgia, Iraq, Indonesia, and Nigeria, judges, court system officials and practitioners, justice ministry leaders, justice-sector academics, and representatives of international development and rule of law organizations.

During this conference, I am capturing highlights from the workshops with video interviews with selected keynote presenters and panelists.

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Need Satellite Managed Services? TCS Adds Cisco Internet Routing in Space to GSA & DISA Acquisition Program

TeleCommunication Systems’ (TCS) OS-IRIS offering has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract program, allowing Department of Defense agencies and all other federal agencies to leverage the world’s only operating Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed satellite services.

“Now, via the addition to the FCSA contract program, TCS provides agencies in the federal government with easier access to the world’s most advanced routed COMSATCOM solution,” said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions at TCS. “This contract also gives these agencies the ability to purchase TCS OS-IRIS services at a very competitive price.”

TCS OS-IRIS is the world’s first commercial service offering of Cisco enabled Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) managed network services. The combination of Cisco IRIS satellite architecture, in addition to TCS global network implementation and support capabilities, brings a new era of true IP end-to-end communications to the satellite industry.

For more information, view the full announcement here:
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=123361&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1701273&highlight=

Visit IRIS for more information.

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Expanded broadband access crucial link between military personnel and families

June 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm PST

We were excited to see that the Internet Innovation Alliance(IIA) recently made a public announcement calling for expanded broadband Internet access to help military families stay connected with loved ones. The three key topics IIA discussed are communications needs that Cisco has consistently supported.

1. Video communication for active military provides our troops the opportunity to interact with their families in real-time. “From my experience, it is essential to the mental health and morale of our troops to be able to see and speak with family and friends,” said Afghanistan war veteran Rick Noriega, Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard and a former five-term member of the Texas House of Representatives from Houston. “I remember a priceless moment during my deployment to Afghanistan in 2005 when I was able to watch my son open his Christmas gifts over the Internet.” Read More »

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Leadership and Vision – Two critical ingredients for achieving regional resiliency

On May 24, 2012, the non-profit Sustainable Silicon Valley and its partners gathered at West Summit 2012, with hundreds of others, to explore interlocking themes: Global Trade, Regional Resilience, and Climate Volatility. The Summit featured high-caliber speakers and sponsors from corporations, governmental agencies, NGOs and educational institutions.

I was part of a panel entitled, “Leadership and Vision to Achieve Regional Resiliency,” which focused on the twin challenges facing cities — sustainability and resiliency. We honed in on best practices gleaned to date and how leaders can catalyze the deep transformation necessary to build a sustainable future. Read More »

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Strong Networks and Training Help Telehealth Thrive in Rural Areas

June 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm PST

Chronic disease sufferers and others with medical needs who live far from urban doctors, increasingly turn to telehealthto access quality, convenient care.

These patients have set a trend that stands to gain momentum, according to a recent report by the United Health Center for Health Reform & Modernization. As noted in Healthcare IT News, the report pointed to telemedicine as a prime solution to serving rural patients in need.

To support wide rural dispersion of telehealth resources, the report recommended that rural regions expand broadband connectivity, Healthcare IT News said. The recommendation underlies the need for a strong network on which to run telehealth programs. To maximize their benefits, telehealth tools need to operate on all kinds of electronics, including mobile devices—the ability to talk to a doctor from any place at any time is one of the main advantages of telemedicine. As I’ve mentioned before, mobile collaboration that supports applications like video and telepresencedemands a solid network.

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