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Cisco – Powering the Presidential Debate

Cassie Roach – Executive Director, SLG – Strategic Relations/Public Sector


Cisco’s Public Sector organization  teams are responsible for some of today’s most ambitious and far-reaching government projects, which will make a tangible difference for both citizens and employees.  In this spirit, Cisco and our Public Sector organization have a history of working in the bi-partisan environment as evidenced throughout the past three presidential campaigns (2004, 2008, 2012).

We’ve partnered with both the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee during their conventions this campaign season to put forward a ‘next generation’ experience.  The presidential debates are a natural extension to that alignment – designed to take a national event and use technology and tools to scale live access and widen the reach.  This is the value the infrastructure and the network.

Cisco has long been a trusted technology partner for Lynn University, having deployed communication and collaboration solutions throughout the campus.

So when it was announced that Lynn would be hosting a presidential debate, it made perfect sense that Cisco would partner to provide the additional network technology to support the debates and help bring them to a national audience.

In addition, Lynn is a top social media college, and social media has rapidly become a go-to tool for voters to participate in U.S. presidential elections. Research from Harris Interactive and Digitas shows 62 percent of 18 to 34-year-old Americans get their election information through social networks. Lynn recognizes the important role social media will play in the 2012 election and has launched several new platforms to increase online engagement – both on and off campus. Specific to the #lynndebate, Lynn has created a Tumblr blog to archive its debate-related social media interactions. And as always the content will be publicly accessible in the standard social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube)

All these platforms require the robust, reliable Cisco network that provides connectivity any place, any time, on any device.

We also want to acknowledge Modcomp, our local collaboration and communications partner resource, working to implement the technologies with Lynn University, and ensure a successful event.

Cisco is proud to be engaged in these important civic events and in helping to bring the debates directly to voters. We want these debates to be the most connected, most social, most covered ever — making the proceedings as seamless as possible and more accessible to people across the country and around the globe.

Countless pieces of content – video, photos, blogs, news articles and social media posts – will create a new level of interaction, participation, and engagement among political leaders, debate attendees, and the rest of the world.

So, what makes it all happen?  Communications and collaboration solutions and networked infrastructure provided by Cisco. Cisco’s reliable, flexible, and scalable technology will ensure seamless real-time communications and will enable an unmatched user experience to attendees and the audience around the world.

I would encourage recent graduates of Lynn University who may be interested in a pursuing a career with a company such as Cisco to inventory their skills based their college experience, chosen field of study and any internships or external expertise.  Their ability to translate a familiarity or use of social media, collaboration tools and technologies into business language will be the key to success.

Technology & Law Enforcement: Insights from IACP 2012

When police chiefs from around the world and other international community policing leaders come together with technology, you get innovative solutions that make the world a safer place. The Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition (IACP) does just that. It showcases technology and brings together global leadership in community policing and public safety to share information and experiences and to work together to find innovative solutions to issues facing law enforcement of today.

In attending numerous educational sessions lead by today’s leadership within community policing and public safety, we’re seeing some common themes emerging with respect to challenges. Some key insights have been as follows: Read More »

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Technology and the Future of Neighbourhood Policing

As delegates gather for IACP 2012, policing in democratic societies faces the twin challenges of increasing demand and diminishing resources. The period from the mid-1990s has seen the widespread adoption in Europe, North America, Australia and elsewhere of neighbourhood or community policing models. Governments and police forces have responded to popular demand for policing to be responsive to local demand to address crime and antisocial behavior, and to do so in a way which reassures the public that issues of public safety are being actively addressed. It has been an agenda which is rooted in an understanding of and responsiveness to the priorities of local communities.

Public sector budgets almost everywhere are under pressure, and so is neighbourhood policing. Prevention and reassurance are at risk of becoming the focus for cuts, whatever the longer term impact on reassurance and public safety.

So if there is to be a successful future for community policing, it needs to be on a sustainable and innovative basis. This is not just a question of technology, but technology can play its part. There are three areas in which this is the case: Read More »

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Community policing at its best: And the award goes to….

It’s award season, and no I am not talking about the Hollywood elite, I’m talking about something much more important, an award where there is no red carpet or pre-show, no one cares what you’re wearing. This award recognizes the true heroes in our society, heroes who, most of the time, are unrecognized and unappreciated. I am speaking of our law enforcement officials and this year’s IACP/Cisco Community Policing awards.

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VXI: Increased Productivity with Telework

Working from anywhere has its benefits —and increased productivity is one of them! I speak from personal experience as well as from Cisco’s evaluation of the productivity of 20,000 full-time teleworkers, which found that 60% of the time employees saved by not commuting went back to the company. With those kind of numbers, it’s no wonder more companies are increasingly adopting telecommuting policies. The private sector is already reaping the benefits and now it’s time for federal agencies to experience the same rewards.

In the video below, Cisco Federal CTO Dan Kent discusses how adopting flexible telecommuting policies and boosting employee productivity go hand in hand.

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