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 »
Tags: Connected Justice, connectedjustice, govtech, technology, video conferencing, videoconference
Economic development is out and new economic competitiveness is in and the basis of government process is evolving. The old model no longer works as technology is fundamentally changing the way human beings go to work. Today’s technology can deliver a far greater impact at a far lower cost than ever before, and it’s not just a single trend (i.e., broadband, virtualization, cloud computing).
However, governments often make the mistake of evaluating technology based on the sticker price rather than diving further into the full lifecycle of systems to understand their true and lasting impact; I like to call this the Total Economic Impact (TEI).
A new whitepaper, “Economic Game Changer: Powering the Next Generation Government,” and published by the Center for Digital Government, dives into the importance for governments to consider the TEI rather than ROI. Read More »
Tags: byod, collaboration, digital government, govtech
Interpreters are extremely important in the judicial system, and they are increasingly in high demand. Costs for interpreter services continue to rise in courtrooms across the country, but technology is helping cut those costs while improving quality of life for the interpreters themselves.
Orange County is currently using a Cisco Connected Justice solution for Florida’s first high-tech interpreter system. The system instantly connects interpreters to 67 courtrooms through high definition, live, interactive video. From their desks, interpreters have the ability to control camera angles and audio levels in the courtroom, speak directly to any of the parties participating in a hearing and can appear in real-time on a monitor in the courtroom. Read More »
Tags: connectedjustice, Courts, courttech, ecourts, govtech, video conference, videoconferencing
When it comes to using cutting-edge mobile video technology, Arkansas is blazing the trail for state and local governments.
In the process of developing a network to support data, voice, and video communication services, the state plans to integrate mobile devices into this system beginning this month (February, 2012). According to Government Technology, Arkansas state leaders want to improve public service by embracing what they see as a shift to “a more mobile environment.” Read More »
Tags: broadband, govtech, telework, video conferencing, videoconferencing
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 »
Tags: braodband, Cisco, digital communities, florida, government technology, govtech, telehealth, telemedicine, TelePresence, video conferencing, videoconferencing