This week the Whitehouse released a Presidential Memorandum — Building a 21st Century Digital Government and unveiled a new mobile initiative intended to reshape how government agencies utilize mobile platforms to serve the public.
The strategy focuses on providing citizens and an increasingly mobile government workforce access to digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
I have the opportunity to work with global government leaders around the world from cities and counties to national government agencies including public safety, the courts, civilian agencies, and national security. Many are seeing a shift to mobile communications and information sharing and a shift from fixed desktop PCs to smart phones, laptops, and tablets.
A mobile government workforce is more productive, helps government achieve key initiatives such as telework, and enhances the employee experience.
Remote teleworker initiatives are driving not only a change in where government work is done but also a shift towards bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.
A benefit for this change in the government workspace is the productivity improvements and cost savings that result. Recently, the Telework Exchange and Cisco hosted the “Ramp Up Your Savings: Measuring the Telework Returns” with best practices and tools to measure the benefits of Telework including cost savings.
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Tags: BYOD Smart Solution, government, Remote Expert Smart Solution, telework, Unified works, VXI Smart Solution, work your way
Economic development is out and new economic competitiveness is in and the basis of government process is evolving. The old model no longer works as technology is fundamentally changing the way human beings go to work. Today’s technology can deliver a far greater impact at a far lower cost than ever before, and it’s not just a single trend (i.e., broadband, virtualization, cloud computing).
However, governments often make the mistake of evaluating technology based on the sticker price rather than diving further into the full lifecycle of systems to understand their true and lasting impact; I like to call this the Total Economic Impact (TEI).
A new whitepaper, “Economic Game Changer: Powering the Next Generation Government,” and published by the Center for Digital Government, dives into the importance for governments to consider the TEI rather than ROI. Read More »
Tags: byod, collaboration, digital government, govtech
Cisco IBSG is engaging with some of the world’s most dynamic cities—for instance in San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Barcelona—to jointly explore how cities can harness new technology innovations. Success for such cities can lead to smarter choices by citizens in working, next-gen commuting, and communicating. Now, for the first time a book peels back an entirely new layer on smart cities, shedding original insight into city behaviors and opening up innovative pathways from which solutions can emerge in urban places.
Beyond Smart Cities: How Cities Network, Learn and Innovate by Tim Campbell, chair of the Urban Age Institute, an international non-profit and organizer of “The Meeting of the Minds,” zeroes in on how cities learn. This is a topic that’s been out of the mainstream of urban discussion, but it’s clearly in the mainstream of city practice. Nations and international organizations have completely missed the burgeoning exchange among cities. This important new book adduces a lot of evidence—at the level of global city-to-city exchange, as well as specific case experiences, involving face-to-face relations among urban elites—to show that some of the smartest cities make a practice of learning systematically. Read More »
Tags: 21st century cities, Cisco, city development, city transformation, IBSG, Smart Cities, urban connectivity, urban innovation, urban planning
Earlier this year, Frost & Sullivan presented Cisco’s Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) with its 2012 Global Satellite Transponder Technology Innovation Award for unrivaled accomplishments in the satellite industry.
Cisco IRIS allows space and satellite communications to take full advantage of the value and capability of networking. It extends the benefits of the Internet Protocol (IP) to satellite communications, which have traditionally used proprietary protocols that are difficult to operate within conventional IP-based wireline and wireless networks.
Watch below as Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions and Corporate Security Programs Security Group,Cisco and Rufus Connell, vice president, Frost & Sullivan discuss how Cisco’s IRIS solution is enabling the evolution of satellite networks.
After the jump, check out Tony Jeffs, Cisco director of marketing, accepting the award and discussing the program during the March 2012 Frost & Sullivan award ceremony in Coronado, California.
Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions and Corporate Security Programs Security Group, Cisco and Rufus Connell, vice president, Frost & Sullivan discuss how Cisco’s IRIS solution is enabling the evolution of satellite networks.
Frost & Sullivan presents Tony Jeffs, director of marketing, Cisco with the 2012 Global Satellite Transponder Technology Innovation Award.
Tags: Brad Boston, GGSG, global government solutions group, Government/Defense, Internet Router in Space, IRIS, routing, satellite communication, TCS, Technology innovation and development, TeleCommunication System, Tony Jeffs
Earlier this year the Australian federal government announced it would provide up to $20.6 million, to fund telehealth programs from Australian health organizations, over the next two years in what will be referred to as the National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program.
The overall goal of the program is to enable better access to high quality healthcare services, including easier access to doctors and specialists, reduced travel expenses and less crowding. It will initially focus on aged care, palliative care and cancer care, providing patients health services from the comfort of their own homes.
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