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PSS Insights with Bob Cook, President of the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation

Dark and frosty Oslo is half a world away from El Paso, Texas. But on the first day of Cisco’s Public Services Summit 2011 Bob Cook, president of the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation, paid the climate no heed. He was focused on Friday’s plenary featuring former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and technology theorist Manuel Castells. “We’ve already come up with six different ideas on how to improve our situation.” Cook said happily afterwards.

Cook’s attendance at PSS drew hometown notice when friends took out a congratulatory ad in local business press. Cisco Systems, which worked with Cook in 2011 on the Smart Connected Communities Program, brought the Summit to his attention. He had no trouble justifying the journey. Read More »

First Public Services Summit Plenary: Is Technology Racing Ahead of Government?

The political challenges posed by new communications technology dominated the first plenary session at Cisco’s Public Services Summit 2011 in Oslo.

Delegates from more than 40 countries heard former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo predict Internet economies will make emerging nations “the dynamos of the global economy in years to come,” and technology theorist Manuel Castells warn, “We do have the technology to improve the wealth of nations, but not institutions adequate to guide the transformation.”

Martin Stewart-Weeks, senior director, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, said, “As we move from a centralized to a decentralized world, we must give up a little control in exchange for resilience” – which he defined as “the ability to anticipate, navigate and thrive on coming change … and bounce back to something better.” Read More »

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West Palm Beach Integrates Digital Technology, With Room for Telepresence

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!

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

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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