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Smithsonian Upgrades Network with Cisco Optical Solution and Switches

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The Smithsonian Institution and Cisco are collaborating to help the Smithsonian enhance the experience for more than 30 million visitors, who each year enjoy the services offered by the world’s largest museum and research organization. As an avid user of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world, I support and welcome this great opportunity

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Public Safety Blog Series-Connecting the Unconnected in Public Safety Response

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next technology transition where devices will allow us to sense and control the physical world by making objects smarter and connecting them through an intelligent network.   IoT is about connecting the unconnected.  Here are three recent stories sharing insights of how IoT technologies are transforming public safety and making communities safer.

IoT Technologies used in Disaster Response

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Matt Runyan, Network Consulting Engineer from Cisco’s Tactical Operations team recently presented a session called Internet of Things (IoT) technologies used in Disaster Response. The session provided an overview of lessons learned from SuperStorm Sandy, as well as dozens of other national and global public safety emergencies where Cisco’s Network Emergency Response Vehicle (NERV), a mobile incident command vehicle, has been deployed.

NERV is a vehicle built with Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) enabled technologies such as Cisco IP Collaboration and Incident Response System (IPICS) technologies, Unified Communications, Cisco AnyConnect security for mobile devices,  and enhanced safety and security platform Cisco’s Hyper-scalable Video Surveillance Manager 7, and related LTE, radio, wireless, networking switching and routing technologies.

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Check out the Cisco Security Blog

My posts will be focused on bringing topics of interest to government and business decision makers and explaining topics that could be very technical at level to allow good business decisions.  As a company, Cisco is blessed with some very smart and technical people who can go into much greater depth than I would even attempt.  We also have many more prolific bloggers than me.  If you would like more information and for good reading on Cybersecurity topics, I recommend you take a look at the Cisco Security Blog – especially this month.  Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, they are posting a blog every day on cyber topics.  Check it out!

Public Safety Blog Series–#IACP2013: Law Enforcement Professionals Unite

October 18, 2013 at 9:36 am PST

Even in the face of the U.S. government shutdown, law enforcement around the world continued undeterred. The 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition will take place October 19-23, 2013 in Philadelphia.

A key event for law enforcement education, IACP 2013 topics will include everything from tracking officer injuries to understanding the power of social media.

One session we are especially excited about will be presented as part of the Chief Executive Track by Chief Todd Miller, Director of Public Safety at the Mankato Department of Public Safety, and his team.

 

This workshop will highlight strategies agencies are using to deal with mass shootings and individual crisis incidents. If you’re attending IACP2013, join this session to learn how to prepare for the resulting media frenzy and develop a community response -- Saturday, 10/19/2013 1:00PM -- 3:00PM, Room 115AB. Read More »

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This month, we are marking the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The goal is to raise awareness and educate Americans about the importance of cyber security. Agencies and organizations are holding events and driving initiatives to engage Americans in a discussion about how to establish safer practices.

NCSAM sheds light on the most pressing topics in security, including mobility, education, cyber crime and critical infrastructure.  In alignment with NCSAM’s mission, we are sharing our own cyber security best practices, advice and resources.

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