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Wired or Wireless: Will the Distinction Matter?

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By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

How symbiotic is the relationship between wired and wireless technologies? Simple answer: very. Increasingly, the perceived gap between traditional cellular (3G, 4G), Wi-Fi, and wired technologies is narrowing.

There’s no question that the gap between wireless technologies is narrowing. Tiago Rodrigues, project director for the Wireless Business Alliance (WBA), sees venues such as sports stadiums, shopping malls, and even universities combining cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.

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Connecting Judicial Leaders at the International Peace Palace: Day 2

Today is another beautiful day at the International Association of Court Administration (IACA) conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

The keynotes and panel workshops have been very impressive with many challenging topics.

Mr. John Stacey, President, European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice moderated the panel discussion that focused on challenges building and maintaining a framework for court services in a global economic malaise focused on best practices for improving the efficiency of courts with digital systems optimized for quality, speed, and process improvement.

  • Mr. Ruslan Kyryliuk, Chairman, State Judicial Administration, Kyiv, Ukraine shared lessons for continuous improvements with standards and citizen report cards
  • Ms. Mary Campbell McQueen, President, National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A. shared a framework model (access, plan, implement, and evaluate) in the new normal focused on not more with less but doing more by doing things differently through re-engineering of court processes.  Six strategies include:  consolidate services, automate, systematically apply case management, maximize online transactions, reorganize back office, and redistrict and redefine jurisdiction and venue.
  • Dr. Frans van Dijk, Director Strategy and Development, Netherlands Council for the Judiciary, Netherlands described the relationship between our economy and increases in court caseloads with three recommendations  for reducing costs to simplify procedures, redraw judicial maps, and improve funding incentives.   These are detailed in the European Networks of Council for the Judiciary (ENCJ) report.  It is critical for the judiciary take the lead and be directly involved in the design.
Dr. Markus Zimmer, Chair, IACA Advisory Council is hosting a panel with the Chief Justices of Iraq,  Afghanistan, Egypt and  Palestine on maintaining functional court systems and the rule of law in states disrupted by civil conflict.
  • Honorable Madhat H. al-Mahmood, Chief Justice and Chairman, Higher Judicial Council, Republic of  Iraq
  • Honorable Professor Abdul Salam Azimi, Chief Justice, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul,  Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Honorable Adel Maged, Vice-President, Court of Cassation, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Member of High Judicial Council, Palestine

Stay tuned for more updates and you can also learn more about Cisco Connected Justice and please  join our 21st Century Government community.

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Welcome to the New Normal

The 2012 Olympics are just weeks away and NBCOlympics.com has pledged to live stream every event and sport for the first time ever — more than 3500 total programming hours, all viewable from your tablet or smartphone.

While watching the Olympics, you’ll be able to view instant replays, send highlight videos to your friends, tweet on the latest play action, check stats…in short, enjoy a rich multimedia Olympics experience over the mobile network.

Welcome to the new normal.

Want to control the camera angles as you watch your favorite basketball team? This season, Read More »

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The Internet Has Gone Mobile

The other day, I raced out of my office on my way to the airport and traffic was a mess. I realized I had not left enough buffer time to get to the airport and check in before running to security. Well, sitting in the taxi, I reached for my smartphone, went online and checked-in to save myself the check-in line at the airport. I managed to make my flight, albeit a little more stressed than usual.

I sat on the plane and reached for my laptop only to realize I left it at my desk. What a disaster! Well, not quite, I happened to have my tablet and smartphone with me -- enough to do my work while I traveled to visit a customer. This wouldn’t have been an option five years ago and it became very clear to me at that moment that the Internet has gone completely mobile.

We all need and want to be connected constantly, using whatever device we choose and want to do more of our work and personal activities wherever and whenever we want.  Having multiple devices with many applications has truly become what we like to call the “new normal.” As would be expected, this new normal brings a substantial change to mobile networks and all of this poses significant opportunities and challenges for our service provider customers.

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Going Big: Zettabytes and the NBA Finals

Things are heating up. The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to the NBA Finals, and global IP traffic is heading into the zettabytes.

Is there a connection between these two developments? Absolutely. And if you’re following the NBA on a mobile device, then you are attuned to the trifecta of elements that is now a staple of the fan experience:  the explosion of sports-focused media content, the networks that carry that content, and the evolving array of mobile devices that receive it.

Take a look at this video to see how the NBA is heating up the fan experience:

Cisco just released the 2012 Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, our ongoing initiative to forecast and analyze IP network growth and trends worldwide. The research shows that we’re in Read More »

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