Today’s governments around the world look to technology to improve operational efficiency, to enable collaboration across agencies, and to provide on-demand and more engaged services to really transform the citizen experience. So…for those of you who work in government, where are you getting information that will help enable you to learn about which solutions or technologies align to or fit your specific needs?
At Cisco we believe that when governments keep pace with the latest technologies they improve efficiency and better serve their constituents.
Australia is known as a government at the forefront of technological innovation. Since 2009 the Australian government has rolled out 36 Cisco TelePresence units across Australia, in Commonwealth offices, Prime Minister and Cabinet offices, Parliament House and state government offices.
The Australian Government has participated in more than 1800 meetings via Cisco TelePresence and has saved more than $26 million in travel costs since deploying in 2009. This is double the amount of savings the country anticipated, according to a recent ZDNet article. So it’s no surprise that the country is looking to expand its telepresence usage.
Many advances have taken place since the turn of the century. In our lifetime, we have seen a surge of technological advances that have launched our society into a communicative and interactive wonderland. With our creativity and engineering, we have managed to connect societies seemingly “worlds” apart and made them available in real-time. Well, at least in the civilian world… What about “The Government” (Ominous music playing)… Where are “we” in this some-what ubiquitous world? The thoughts of George Orwell’s 1984 come to mind.
Well, what is Government, then? And what do we mean when we say “21st Century Government?” (This link means that you need to go ‘like’ our Facebook page.) Is Government really that obscure? Maybe it IS the Aliens!
Government on a whole is thought by many to be this abstract intangible aspect that just magically works; weaving in and out of our lives, probably in our sleep. Something that’s almost whispered in back alley ways and passed around in underground dive bars. During the day, it’s lucid, combed, clean cut, and dresses well with a nice aroma. But at night, it seems as if a delirious dream that’s combined with science fiction and paranoia. “Government” enters our mind and through subliminal rhetoric, speaks of control and power… frightening isn’t it…
What will the ideal city of the future look like?
Urban policymakers around the world are striving to answer this question, while positioning their citizens to compete and thrive in a time of accelerated innovation and change. Many are seeking the best possible convergence of technology and infrastructure within the urban environment. But the overall goal is to enhance the success, livability, and overall appeal of their cities. Read More »
As budget cuts take their toll on healthcare research funds, some organizations have developed resourceful strategies to keep critical projects alive. When a research professor from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) no longer had the funds to travel the country and mentor young researchers, NCI’s lead computer specialist Todd Cox made sure the researcher could maintain his existing mentee relationships without getting on a plane. Cisco collaboration technologies enabled the professor to have face-to-face video meetings with his students during which he discussed the microorganisms they were observing on his microscope.
We were lucky to have Todd present at this year’s Cisco Federal Collaboration User Forum and to hear first hand how NCI leveraged Cisco’s video technology in a creative way to continue its cancer research. Check out the video below for an excerpt from his presentation. His full presentation can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/CiscoPublicSector/nanotechnology-10.