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Outlining Blueprints for the ‘Digital City’ of the Future

What does the future hold for our cities?

Previous centuries saw industrial infrastructure (such as rail, highways, and telephone lines) paving the way for new cities – and for a host of new connections. Now, change is being driven by a global “network of networks” that is making it possible for everything to become connected to everything else. In 2001, about 300 million devices—computers, cell phones, PDAs—were connected. By 2010, this web of invisible connections had expanded to include everything from cars and lights to buildings and security cameras. Read More »

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Technology & Law Enforcement: Insights from IACP 2012

When police chiefs from around the world and other international community policing leaders come together with technology, you get innovative solutions that make the world a safer place. The Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition (IACP) does just that. It showcases technology and brings together global leadership in community policing and public safety to share information and experiences and to work together to find innovative solutions to issues facing law enforcement of today.

In attending numerous educational sessions lead by today’s leadership within community policing and public safety, we’re seeing some common themes emerging with respect to challenges. Some key insights have been as follows: Read More »

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Technology and the Future of Neighbourhood Policing

As delegates gather for IACP 2012, policing in democratic societies faces the twin challenges of increasing demand and diminishing resources. The period from the mid-1990s has seen the widespread adoption in Europe, North America, Australia and elsewhere of neighbourhood or community policing models. Governments and police forces have responded to popular demand for policing to be responsive to local demand to address crime and antisocial behavior, and to do so in a way which reassures the public that issues of public safety are being actively addressed. It has been an agenda which is rooted in an understanding of and responsiveness to the priorities of local communities.

Public sector budgets almost everywhere are under pressure, and so is neighbourhood policing. Prevention and reassurance are at risk of becoming the focus for cuts, whatever the longer term impact on reassurance and public safety.

So if there is to be a successful future for community policing, it needs to be on a sustainable and innovative basis. This is not just a question of technology, but technology can play its part. There are three areas in which this is the case: Read More »

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Community policing at its best: And the award goes to….

It’s award season, and no I am not talking about the Hollywood elite, I’m talking about something much more important, an award where there is no red carpet or pre-show, no one cares what you’re wearing. This award recognizes the true heroes in our society, heroes who, most of the time, are unrecognized and unappreciated. I am speaking of our law enforcement officials and this year’s IACP/Cisco Community Policing awards.

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To Mobility! And BEYOND!!!

It’s been over ten years since my last visit to the beautiful city of Washington D.C.  It’s always great to visit all my favorite monuments and historical landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.   I wish I could tell you more about my wonderful dinners at the Old Ebbitt Grill or Brassaire Beck; but onto more important things.

As I walk through downtown, looking around, I was thinking to myself, how much things have changed since my last visit.  Gone are the days of disposable cameras, brochures and maps  -- everyone around me is using a smart phone to take photos, launching Google maps to find the Smithsonian, or  scanning QR codes at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum  to view additional factoids as they were walking about the museum.  Everything is going mobile!

I’m here this week to attend the 12th semi-annual Telework Exchange Fall Town Hall meeting – “Mobility in the Fast Lane” focused on mobile IT and the mobile workforce.  While I was here, my colleagues and I had the utmost pleasure to interview 9 government and industry leaders discussing topics such as security, standards, technologies and telework benefits and challenges within their agencies.  It was fascinating to hear from these leaders how they are working in different ways to transform their agencies to better serve the American people,  grow their workforce and create  a balanced work-life environment for their employees. Read More »

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