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Connected Justice: It’s more than simply cutting costs

As video becomes more pervasive in our daily lives, we increasingly hear about using live, interactive video to take students on virtual fieldtrips, connect colleagues across the globe and enable better access to healthcare for rural and underserved communities. Collaborative technologies connect people and cut costs across a variety of settings. Another area we’re seeing new, innovative applications is in courts, corrections and law enforcement.

In Dallas County, Texas, for example, 25 to 50 prisoners are processed daily, telepresence systems were installed in the courthouse, the county jails and the infirmary. As one might imagine, transporting prisoners who have already been booked back to the courthouse for another arraignment takes a significant amount of time and, therefore, cost. The process entails the Sheriff’s Office getting a list of all the prisoners facing new or altered charges; have a deputy gather them up from the various facilities in which they are housed and place them in a holding cell; and then bring them all back in to the courthouse together for their new arraignment. When all is said and done (secure a van, get two deputies to transport the prisoners in the van; get through traffic; and then go through security at the other end), it takes at least two hours. However, with the technology on-hand, the county has been able to re-arraign 700 prisoners a month without having to transport them. Also, by enabling court dealings via a secure network it reduces paper work, improves flexibility for the courts and dramatically decreases travel costs when working with geographically spread-out participants Read More »

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Congratulations to This Year’s Computerworld Honors Gold Medal Laureates

Each year the Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better.

We are proud to say that four Cisco nominees from public sector, including one school district and one university, were selected as Gold Medal Laureates because of their innovative uses of collaboration technology. Brief descriptions of all four are listed below. Read More »

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Cisco to Show Off Its Collaboration Technologies at U.S. Courts Conference

This month Cisco TelePresence will be heading to Orlando May 15-17 for the 2012 Conference for Federal Defenders, an arm of the administrative office of the United States Courts.

Collaboration efforts are becoming common place among U.S. Courts as the need for effective communication is more important than ever. Now is the time for Connected Justice. Video conferencing, specifically, is increasingly making its way into courts around the world and proving to government organizations that it deserves a spot in their technology strategies. Its demonstrated benefits include reduced costs and enhanced operational efficiency.

At the event, Cisco will be showcasing its complete collaboration portfolio that is helping court systems around the world save on operational costs and creating in-person experiences.

The following collaboration solutions will be demonstrated:

This conference will be a great opportunity to highlight the affect collaboration can have on U.S. Courts to ensure effective communication while maximum ROI is delivered.

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Video Apps for Government

This week is National Telework week. I’m working from home using WebEx video to collaborate with Cisco colleagues around the world. 

My 3-day telework pledge will save me $81.90 in transporation costs and 122 pounds of pollutants for the week. If I continue the 3-day telework routine for a year, I will save $4,095 in transporation costs and 6,120 pounds of pollutants or 3.06 tons for the year.   Imagine how much we could all save if every government worker and citizen was able to use network collaboration and video to work from home. 

Also this week,  the President members of the Pacific Alliance participated in the first Virtual Presidential Summit through TelePresence without the need to travel.  During the 90-minute “Historic Presidential Summit,”  the Presidents of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and Panama (by telephone) were able to specify the fundamental points for the signature of the treaty for the “Pacific Alliance.” 

There are many exciting video applications for government including:

Please let me know how you are using video apps in your government agency to cut costs and enhance services for citizens and constituents in your community.

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year: 12 Highlights and 12 Predictions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As 2011 draws to a close, I am enjoying the holidays, reflecting on 2011, and wondering what 2012 will bring in the New Year. 

12 Highlights for 2011

  • Cisco Partner Highlights 2011 
  • IACP Community Policing Committee Visits Cisco 

  • Citrix Synergy 2011 

  • Cloud Computing World Forum London
  • Chambers Keynote at Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) 

  • CiscoLive! 2011 
  • Connected Justice
  • Telework Initiative
  • IACP Community Policing Awards Reception  

  • Public Services Summit
  • National Town Hall
  • Santa Brings High Tech Holiday Cheer

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