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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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Cisco Leading the Way in IPv6 Certifications

Cisco Leading the Way in IPv6 Certifications

 IPv6 has reached an important milestone.  Governments around the world are implementing mandates for the acquisition and deployment of IPv6 capable products. Industry wide, both enterprise and service providers are also gearing up to provide IPv6 capabilities in their networks. The momentum has been captured in the form of World IPv6 Launch day on June 6th.

Cisco is an industry thought leader in IPv6 and has addressed IPv6 implementation in its products to meet the requirements of government, industry and consumers. The majority of Cisco’s core products have been supporting IPv6 for well over a decade.  The acceleration of IPv6 adoption has increased in the last few years, with a corporate wide focus on implementing IPv6 across Cisco’s product lines. Cisco understands and appreciates the leadership government has taken in the adoption of IPv6 and has invested heavily in partnering with various government agencies to enable this vision.

Specifically in the government certifications arena, Cisco has been long involved in the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, or NIST’s, USGv6 program. When the US Government mandated the purchase of IPv6-certified products, Cisco was the first company to embrace this direction. We are working directly with NIST and the Department of Defense, as well as standards bodies to meet the government requirements. Cisco is at the forefront of enabling our government customers to implement IPv6 as is evidenced by the number of products we’ve taken through the USGv6 certification testing. Cisco was the first company to have a router, a switch and a firewall certified through USGv6. Read More »

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How Do We Help the Feds Transition to IPv6?

June 1, 2012 at 11:59 am PST

With Cisco’s participation in World IPv6 Launch less than a week away,  IPv6 is definitely top of mind.  Those of us who work in the federal space are also focused on the IPv6 transition deadline that is coming up on September 30th, 2012.  The  OMB Mandate issued in September of 2010 by Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra states that the federal government must “Upgrade public/external facing servers and services (e.g. web, email, DNS, ISP services, etc) to  operationally use native IPv6 by the end of FY 2012”.  According to a Network World article written by Carolyn Duff Marsan, a whopping  99% of Federal Agencies have not yet met the conditions of the mandate.

Why has it been such a challenge for the government to meet this IPv6 transition deadline?  And what needs to be done to help make it happen?

One of the problems is that there has been a lack of  IPv6 support  by government contractors, (including carriers ),   content delivery networks and  network equipment suppliers.  Network equipment must be  “IPv6 certified” to enable government customers to meet the deadline.

Cisco has been leading the way with IPv6 certifications, with a majority of products supporting IPv6 for well over a decade.  Our USGv6 product list is testament to the fact that we are committed to helping our government customers succeed, but it will take more than just IPv6 certified network equipment to help the government successfully make the transition.

The Veteran’s Administration is among the 1% of federal agencies that have successfully transitioned to IPv6.  How did they do it?   By linking the IPv6 transition as an imperative to the VA mission and future IT success.  Their methods and best practiced should be used as a reference for how to accomplish this task.

For those of you in the DC area, if you want to get a update on the outcome of World IPv6 Launch, and more information on how the Veterans Administration successfully transitioned to IPv6, please consider attending  the Digital Government Institute’s  Government IPv6 Day, where all these topics will be covered.

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Connected Justice: It’s more than simply cutting costs

June 1, 2012 at 8:34 am PST

As video becomes more pervasive in our daily lives, we increasingly hear about using live, interactive video to take students on virtual fieldtrips, connect colleagues across the globe and enable better access to healthcare for rural and underserved communities. Collaborative technologies connect people and cut costs across a variety of settings. Another area we’re seeing new, innovative applications is in courts, corrections and law enforcement.

In Dallas County, Texas, for example, 25 to 50 prisoners are processed daily, telepresence systems were installed in the courthouse, the county jails and the infirmary. As one might imagine, transporting prisoners who have already been booked back to the courthouse for another arraignment takes a significant amount of time and, therefore, cost. The process entails the Sheriff’s Office getting a list of all the prisoners facing new or altered charges; have a deputy gather them up from the various facilities in which they are housed and place them in a holding cell; and then bring them all back in to the courthouse together for their new arraignment. When all is said and done (secure a van, get two deputies to transport the prisoners in the van; get through traffic; and then go through security at the other end), it takes at least two hours. However, with the technology on-hand, the county has been able to re-arraign 700 prisoners a month without having to transport them. Also, by enabling court dealings via a secure network it reduces paper work, improves flexibility for the courts and dramatically decreases travel costs when working with geographically spread-out participants Read More »

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