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Video and Telepresence Integral to Supporting a Mobile Workforce

March 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm PST

Whether you work for a government agency, a hospital, or a school (or you attend school as a student) the verdict is in--you needn’t spend all day in your office, classroom, or examination room to productively do your job or complete your assignments.

Consider these examples: In San Antonio, Texas, detectives obtain search warrants via in-vehicle laptop telepresence connections to judges; doctors in a California hospital use tablets to videoconference with their colleagues; and, thanks to a telepresence-equipped mobile robot, Lyndon Baty, a 16-year old with kidney disease who cannot attend regular high school, interacts from home with his teachers and peers and participates in lessons as if he were sitting in the classroom.

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In-Orbit Upgrades Enhance Security, Introduce IPv6 Support for IRIS

Cisco’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS), the first solution to bring the networking capabilities of Cisco IOS Software to space, is continuing to transform the satellite communication industry.

The testing and deployment of IRIS has been full of industry firsts. In the most recent milestone, TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), Cisco’s partner in deploying IRIS services, this week announced that it has completed production integration testing and roll-out of a software upgrade to OS-IRIS, adding enhanced encryption and additional IPv6 support to the platform.

According to Michael Bristol, general manager and senior vice president of government solutions for TCS, “Cisco IRIS technology is transforming how government agencies and commercial organizations use IP-based network services to accomplish their objectives. This is another milestone in the long-term satellite industry collaboration between TCS and Cisco, and we look forward to increasing opportunities for both government and commercial markets to deploy more flexible and cost-efficient solutions.”

TCS OS-IRIS allows organizations to directly connect sites on multiple continents without the need for double satellite hops or the traditional connection to a commercial teleport. This converged solution enables voice, data and video traffic over a single IP network to increase efficiency and flexibility, compared with more fragmented, traditional satellite communication networks. Customers benefit from increased bandwidth availability, reduced latency, optimization tools and application flexibility delivered by TCS through an end-to-end Cisco secure IP network.

Learn more about the announcement here:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=123361&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1672444&highlight=

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Telework Set to Go Mobile: One Year Into the Telework Enhancement Act

March 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm PST

The end of 2011 marked the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. At the end of last year, Cisco partnered with the Telework Exchange to help convene a panel of telework experts, including federal agency leaders who have pioneered telework programs in their divisions, to hear the outcomes of these initial efforts and share insights into what the future of telework holds.

Reports from participating sections of the Library of Congress and the Treasury Department revealed workers experienced increased flexibility and job satisfaction as a result of having more opportunities to telework. The Treasury Department in particular saw higher productivity, improved emergency preparedness, and cost savings from reduced office space needs. Technology like telepresence has kept workers in disparate locations connected and allowed business to maintain—even enhance—its fluidity and efficiency.

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes IRIS Innovation: The Future of Satellite-Based Communication

Over the last decade, commercial satellite technology has evolved to
 consistently provide communications for emergency response, disaster recovery, military and commercial applications.

Cisco’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) solution is revolutionizing the satellite communication industry by bringing the networking capabilities of Cisco IOS Software to space.

Based on growth, innovation and market leadership, Frost & Sullivan has presented the 2012 Global Technology Innovation Award in the Global Satellite Transponder Market to Cisco. The Technology Innovation Award is a prestigious recognition of Cisco’s accomplishments in the satellite industry.

According to Frost & Sullivan, “Cisco’s IRIS solution allows satellite operators to better compete in the greater communications industry landscape by offering standardized IP protocols to the satellite market.”

While Cisco offers Advanced Services to
 assist customers with network planning, optimization and operations, Cisco is not a service provider that provisions communication
 services for end users. Cisco has transitioned operations for
 production service of the IRIS capabilities on
board the Intelsat IS-14 satellite to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. TCS provides OS-IRIS
 managed satellite services for government and commercial customer use, allowing organizations to reach multiple continents from a single connection to TCS’ network infrastructure.

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Could you work from home?

March 13, 2012 at 7:52 am PST

Cisco federal CTO Dan Kent was interviewed on New Channel 8 to talk about telework trends and how federal agencies are leveraging telework.

Please start here for futher information on Telework and Workforce Mobility.

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