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West Palm Beach Integrates Digital Technology, With Room for Telepresence

December 9, 2011 at 8:57 am PST

The city of West Palm Beach, Florida, is on to something.

The popular tourist destination, and home to 100,000 residents, has embarked upon its own digital revolution of sorts. In an effort to develop business, bring digital communication to the underserved, and make its citizens feel more connected to the local government, West Palm Beach has pulled out nearly all the technological stops.

To bridge the digital divide between wealthy and impoverished populations, the city has installed free Wi-Fi in many public places, including its famous waterfront and the public library. Two Youth Empowerment Centers now include audio/visual recording labs to encourage teens’ multimedia skills and interests. Additionally, in terms of constituent outreach, a planned “Tele-Town Hall” will enable residents to connect with city officials via phone, local television, and social media.

So what more could West Palm Beach do to optimize its technological prowess? Add more telepresence… Read More »

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Delegates Converge in Oslo for the Cisco Public Services Summit

Experts in government and technology converged on Oslo today from all over the world for the 2011 Cisco Public Services Summit. We’ll be keeping you updated in this blog as the sessions unfold.

Visitors will likely find it frigid in this friendly, meticulously kept capital city of narrow, icebound streets and twinkling holiday lights. Oslo in mid-December offers visitors only about six hours of daylight. But prospects are bright for an engaging three-day Summit starting Friday. This year has been a bumper year for stories highlighting the evolving relationship between government and its citizens – from the Arab Spring protests and regime changes to the Eurozone debt crisis. (The EU Brussels summit on salvaging the Euro runs concurrently with ours.)

Our theme this year is “Empowering the Edge: Boosting Resiliency and Productivity in the Public Sector.” The Friday plenary session features addresses from former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and Martin Stewart-Weeks, senior director of Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group. Stewart-Weeks will discuss new pressure on governments to redevelop methods and practices that leverage new communications technology.  The full Summit agenda is here. Read More »

Cisco 5940 Embedded Services Routers are now FIPS certified!

December 6, 2011 at 6:28 am PST

GCT is proud to announce the FIPS Certification of the Cisco 5940 Embedded Services Routers (ESR), certificate # 1639.  More information can be found at http://goo.gl/rcB83

The Cisco 5940 is a high-performance, ruggedized router. With onboard hardware encryption, the Cisco 5940 offloads encryption processing from the router to provide highly secure yet scalable video, voice, and data services for mobile and embedded outdoor networks. The Cisco 5940 Embedded Services Routers provide a scalable, secure, manageable remote access server that meets FIPS 140-2 Level 1 requirements. The Cisco 5940 Router Card uses industrial-grade components and is optimized for harsh environments that require Cisco IOS Software routing technology.

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The Intersection of Governance and Technology: Cisco Public Services Summit (Dec. 9 -11)

Cisco is presenting the 2011 Public Sector Summit (PSS), December 9 – 11 in Oslo, Norway. This event, now in its tenth year, is a premier gathering for global policy advisors to discuss ways to transform public sector productivity and implement technology to create resilient societies that can meet the challenges of governing in the 21st century.

In our current state of fast-shifting technology, political transformations, connected citizens, and economic uncertainty, the Summit has never been timelier. This year’s event theme is focused on empowerment and features an influential line-up of speakers including:

  • Mohammed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and leading Egyptian reform politician who will talk about Egypt’s march towards democracy. He will share his views of what happened during the Arab Spring in Egypt and talk about what he thinks might happen next.
  • The former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo, who will discuss the changing balance of power in the world and the question of whether this change will lead to confrontation or harmony.

Click the following links to see the full speaker line-up and details on the three-day agenda. Read More »

Cisco Salutes CLEO, the Cisco router in Low Earth Orbit

After eight years of observing the Earth for major disasters, the UK-DMC-1, one of the first generation Disaster Monitoring Constellation satellites, will be retired from service. Launched in 2003, the UK-DMC-1 marked the first time Cisco’s commercial Internet equipment was brought into space onboard a commercial router in a satellite.

The UK-DMC-1 has earned special recognition as being the first satellite to use Internet technology to prototype the future Interplanetary Internet and evaluate a delay-tolerant networking bundle protocol in space with the Cisco router in Low Earth Orbit (CLEO). CLEO’s service has helped lower the cost of building satellites while improving their communications capabilities with already established data networks on earth, particularly ones using Internet-based communications. Cisco partnered with the NASA Glenn Research Center and Surrey Satellite Technology to pave the way for the future of space networking.

The DMC effectively extended the Internet to orbit, and its farsighted adoption of IP has made it possible to take the backbone of the Internet even further into space.