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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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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Wishing you and your family safe travel to your destination during this Thanksgiving weekend. According to AAA, 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend (Wednesday – Sunday) although the average distance that people intend to travel is 110 miles less than last year. Thanksgiving air travel is expected to increase with approximately 3.4 million travelers expected to fly to their destination. Sixty percent of travelers say the economy will have no impact on their travel plans. Over 900,000 people expect to travel via other modes including bus, trains, and watercraft.
Many communities are working on strategies to improve the safety and security of cities and transportation systems.
Watch this Discovery Channel video and see how video technologies are helping make travel safer in New York City. The integrated Traffic Management Center (TMC) integrates city-wide video feeds for increased situational awareness, mobile emergency response, and collaborative incident communications.
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Cisco showcases its 100 gigabit technology at SC11, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Lambda Rail.
Check out the press release here.
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The 5940 ESR has been awarded FIPS validation #1639
The Cisco 5900 Series Embedded Services Routers (ESR) are optimized for mobile and embedded networks that require IP routing and services. They can operate reliably in harsh environments, such as those subject to power surges and extreme weather conditions.
These routers are complemented by Cisco IOS Software and Cisco Mobile Ready Net capabilities. With this technology, they provide highly secure data, voice, and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless links.
FIPS-140 is a US and Canadian government standard that specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. A cryptographic module is defined as “the set of hardware, software, and/or firmware that implements approved security functions (including cryptographic algorithms and key generation) and is contained within the cryptographic boundary.” The cryptographic module is what is being validated. The NIST website contains details on the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP).
For further information on Global Government Certifications, please visit here: http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/government/sec_cert.html
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