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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.

Nexus 5000 and 2000 Achieve Common Criteria Certification!

December 5, 2011 at 10:37 am PST

The GCT is proud to announce that the Nexus 5K/2K running software version NX-OS v5.0(3)N1(1c), ACS v5.2 P3 has been Common Criteria certified at EAL4+, Cert # 10384.  More Details can Be found at http://goo.gl/QXyWz

The evaluation was based around the Nexus 5000 Series Switch with 2000 Series Fabric Extenders and Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS) solution.

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Cisco Common Crypto Module is now FIPS certified!

December 2, 2011 at 11:40 am PST

The Global Certification Team is proud to announce the FIPS Certification of the Cisco Common Crypto Module (C3M).  The Official listing can be found on the NIST website at http://goo.gl/3vPaa.

The Cisco Common Cryptographic Module (C3M) is a software library that provides cryptographic services to a vast array of Cisco’s networking and collaboration products. The module provides FIPS validated cryptographic algorithms for services such as sRTP, SSH, TLS, 802.1x etc. The module does not implement any of the protocols directly. Instead, it provides the cryptographic primitives and functions to allow a developer to implement various protocols.

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Is The Second Economy The End Of Human Labor?

Recently, there have appeared some analyses that point to a shift from traditional human production to machine production.

In a McKinsey Quarterly article (https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Growth/The_second_economy_2853

), W. Brian Arthur, a visiting researcher at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, focused on the “second economy”.  The subtitle of his article sums up the message:

“Digitization is creating a second economy that’s vast, automatic, and invisible—thereby bringing the biggest change since the Industrial Revolution.”  He continues, “we can say that another economy—a second economy—of all of these digitized business processes conversing, executing, and triggering further actions is silently forming alongside the physical economy… human beings may design it but are not directly involved in running it. It is remotely executing and global, always on, and endlessly configurable.” Read More »

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VA Rolls Out Tablets, Enables Telepresence On-the-Go

November 30, 2011 at 9:13 am PST

To ensure its facilities stay on the cutting edge of healthcare and technology, the federal government plans to purchase 100,000 tablet computing devices for its Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, according to Nextgov.

It’s a move that makes a lot of sense, as Fierce Mobile Healthcare notes in a recent story. Tablets represent the most current technology available, and their presence in a hospital lures medical students to fight for positions, as they perceive the technology as top-of-the-line, according to the article. The devices save hospitals money by preserving funds that would otherwise go towards more expensive PCs or laptops, and they save physicians time by streamlining documentation and administrative procedures, the article said.

There’s one more crucial thing a tablet brings with it to the hospital: telepresence. With telepresence at their fingertips, doctors can remotely follow-up on their patients, yet still see their patients “in person.” They can provide care to chronically ill patients living far from the hospital, review x-rays clearly and precisely, and access continuing education resources.

We’ve had the fortune of seeing the tablet in action at a healthcare facility. Palomar Pomerado Health in Southern California uses Cisco’s Cius tablet to enable physicians to access full patient histories anytime, anywhere. This access speeds the reporting of test results and the delivery of prescriptions and medications. Doctors also use the Cius to support Cisco TelePresence.

While there are security and other mobile device management issues to consider, both Apple- and Android- based applications are beginning to take these barriers into account and fine-tune security on their devices, according to Nextgov. The Cius, for example, built from the ground up with security in mind, has security functions in place at all levels, from the hardware to the network access and from enterprise access to mobile security.

With anytime access to telepresence, patient records, administrative tools, and more, the VA stands to greatly enhance its patient care as it evolves its technology to the tablet. Knowing confidential information remains secure with tablet technology, could your agency or office benefit from having telepresence and expanded network access on the go?

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