As summer rolls into fall, my kids are heading back to school. It’s always an interesting transition but this year even more so with my daughter going away to college for the first time. This has brought back a flood of memories from my own college education experiences.
I have always had a passion for education and have a strong belief in continous learning.
Today, so much is available on the web, through social media websites, and online video.
In the world of technology and government, there is so much more to learn every day. New technologies: cloud, cybersecurity and virtualization, new delivery methods: virtual classrooms, online video, and collaboration, and new government requirements and certifications.
I read an article recently discussing the advantages and disadvantages of smartcards. I know that there have been quite a few distributed, but it seems to me that the adoption rate and the length of time they have been available are a bit out of sync. I would have thought that we would have many more smartcards, used in more places, being as they werer actually invented in 1968, and were widely used in French pay phones starting in 1983.
Stealing a quote from Arthur C. Clarke: “Any technology, sufficiently developed, is indistinguishable from magic”. Some people would certainly consider security these days as magic. Okay, so much for that reference, but what does Star Trek have to do with government and security, my typical topics. Star Trek, although mostly about exploration sure seemed to have a bit of a “Space Military” characteristic to it. Isn’t that what the Star Fleet was all about? (no offense intended, Capt. Kirk.)
Lately, I’ve been doing some research for a paper on the integration of physical and logical security (I did an initial paper that you can see here: Click on “The Necessity of Security”) and it dawned on me how very similar the technology of today is to the science fiction of the 1960’s, or in Mr. Clarke’s case, magic. So here is a synopsis of some of my observations. I’m sure there are more; please feel free to reply with what I’ve missed or your own favorites.
Cloud is not a passing trend; recent investments into cloud research centers and infrastructure have demonstrated that industries from higher education to governments are taking a serious look at cloud based technology and embracing it as an enabler of networking of the future.
Here are just a few examples of how cloud technology is being used today:
Seattle University deploys unified computing and virtual desktop by converting 20 campus computer labs and over 1500 desktop computers into virtual desktops and as a result decreased operating expenses, prolonged desktop lifecycle, and synced all labs on a uniform software program to ensure faster response times to students, teachers and faculty to help meet educational and administrative needs. Read More »
I live in California where we are facing severe challenges in our economy and funding public services ranging from teachers in the classroom to courts and correctional institutions. In San Francisco, cuts to 25 courtrooms and 40% of staff are underway to address the $13.75 million budget gap. Longer lines for citizen services and delays up to 5 years for cases coming to trial are expected.
Of course, the economy is not only challenging governments at the state and local level but nationally and internationally as well.
Isn’t it time we use technology to help cut costs and deliver services that are more efficient?
A great example is the City of San Antonio Texas sharing video across public safety and justice systems.