Join Cisco experts, selected partners, and industry leaders at the 2012 Government Solutions Forum. Get program updates by searching #ciscogsf on Twitter.
We invite you to join Cisco experts, selected partners, and industry leaders on March 21 at the fourth annual Government Solutions Forum. At this interactive educational forum you will discover how public sector agencies and educational organizations are successfully implementing new processes and technologies to improve operational efficiency, enable workforce productivity, and deliver measurable results. You will also benefit from:
- Technology showcases
- Interactive demonstrations by Cisco strategic partners
- Peer-to-peer networking opportunities
- Detailed discussions of customer best practices and case studies
Title: Four Tracks Provide Maximum Value
The 2012 Government Solutions Forum is structured in four tracks to provide detailed technical learning about the topics facing today’s technology and program management professionals in governmental and educational organizations. Choose the track that best suits your interests. They include:
- Track 1 Mobile Collaboration
- Track 2 Unified Data Center and the Cloud
- Track 3 Cutting the Cost of Government
- Track 4 Managing Risk in a Dynamic Network Environment
Note: I may be hosting a special deep dive technical session on switching and network management, please write me directly if you are interested in attending.
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The New York Times’ Nicole Perlroth filed an alarming account of government and corporate network vulnerabilities that comes across like a briefing dossier read by James Bond aboard a Heathrow-Beijing flight. But it does the good work of putting a critical technology issue before a broad audience.
“Traveling Light in a Time of Digital Thievery” (NYT, Feb. 10) details extraordinary counter-espionage precautions taken in China by prudent travelers and their organizations. Many now leave their usual notebooks, smartphones and tablets safe at home. Some say a device taken into China is never again permitted to touch their corporate network.
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Tags: cyber security, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data, data deluge, government, security
Jeff Frazier & Norman Jacknis, Cisco IBSG
Protection is a public service and one that can only effectively be carried out with the support and consent — and participation — of the people. We’ve read stories about how Twitter played a key role in responding to wildfires or iPhone applications show a community map of registered sex offenders and crime areas.
But in public safety, especially, there is a unique source of participants – one that is especially important in these days of tighter state/local budgets. In California, for example, there are nearly 190,000 sworn active public safety officers (police and fire). However, there are nearly a million retired and former officers. This represents, on average, nearly 15 million years of skills and experience walking the streets. This population of people never lost their purpose or their desire to contribute — they just ran out of time!
How can we harness this trusted population? A local government could create an “opt-in” network of these experienced citizens. Typically, public safety training records are centralized through a central state body. A database comparison of the records can be matched against the ‘opt-in’ application.
Once accepted, the officer will receive instantaneous alerts on his cell phone, based on its GPS location, about reported problems. When a problem is reported, the public safety dispatcher would have the ability to examine a geo-spatial screen and discover how many people are in a particular area and who best to solicit or notify.
Governments across the country should enable this skilled population to support public safety problem-solving, in order to identify, recognize, and address problems much faster.
Tags: gov20, government, localgov, Public Safety, publicsafety, social media, State Local Government
The victim of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, Joseph “Jay” Briseno Jr. came home from his 2003 tour of duty in Iraq to an entirely different life—one that requires extensive ongoing care.
To make necessary healthcare services more accessible to Jay, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (DCVAMC) worked with Cisco TelePresence to tailor a telehealth solution specifically to Jay’s needs. Jay can communicate with his doctors through the telehealth device installed in his family home, 30 miles away from the hospital, and avoid the ambulance ride he would otherwise have to take every time he had an appointment.
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Tags: Cisco TelePresence, Joseph Jay Briseno, mobile telehealth, telehealth, telemedicine, TelePresence, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Ready or not, governments, healthcare providers, and schools are going mobile. If your workforce isn’t mobile yet, it soon will be: by 2013, 80 percent of businesses will support a mobile workforce (one that specifically relies on tablet technology), according to Gartner.
As I mentioned before, mobile employees will depend on telepresence and video collaboration tools to optimize their work experiences: these technologies do a wonderful job of filling the gap in personal interaction that can occur when an entire office works outside of the actual office.
But telepresence and video are only as good as the networks that support them.
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Tags: Gartner, medianet, mobile, mobile employees, Tablets, TelePresence