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Video Apps for Government: Scaling Video Surveillance with UCS

Today from CiscoLive in Melbourne Australia, Cisco announced Video Surveillance for UCS.

The word from down under is “hyper-scalable” with support for tens of thousands of cameras with  increases of up to 1,000 percent with the modular UCS platform versus dedicated server solutions.

Cisco Video Surveillance helps public sector organizations transform the way they protect people, property and critical infrastructure

Cisco Video Surveillance on Unified Computing System also delivers:

  • Rapid provisioning from 8 weeks to 15 minutes
  • Reduced infrastructure costs, faster disaster recovery and deployment, reduced staffing needs and cooling costs
  • Improved performance, scalability, agility and manageability

Read this whitepaper to see more examples for how video apps can also help government agencies stretch budgets and reduce costs.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit Australia, perhaps next year.  Here’s some nice photos from the CiscoLive show floor.

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Cisco Introduces Connected Video Surveillance Solutions Delivered on Cisco Unified Computing System

• Cisco Video Surveillance helps public sector organizations transform the way they protect people, property and critical infrastructure
o Urban security, city surveillance, national security, critical infrastructure, and large public events
o Disaster recovery and first responder
o Safe and secure colleges and universities
• Hyper-scalable (tens of thousands of cameras), hyper-flexible
• Rapid provisioning from 8 weeks to 15 minutes
• Reduced infrastructure costs, faster disaster recovery and deployment, reduced staffing needs and cooling costs
• Improved performance, scalability, agility and manageability

Check out some photos from the live event in Australia!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28952761@N05/sets/72157629272455126/

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Wishing You Safe Travel to Your Destination: Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family safe travel to your destination during this Thanksgiving weekend.  According to AAA, 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend (Wednesday – Sunday) although the average distance that people intend to travel is 110 miles less than last year.   Thanksgiving air travel is expected to increase with approximately 3.4 million travelers expected to fly to their destination.  Sixty percent of travelers say the economy will have no impact on their travel plans.  Over 900,000 people expect to travel via other modes including bus, trains, and watercraft. 

Many communities are working on strategies to improve the safety and security of cities and transportation systems.  

Watch this Discovery Channel video and see how video technologies are helping make travel safer in New York City.   The integrated Traffic Management Center (TMC) integrates city-wide video feeds for increased situational awareness,  mobile emergency response, and collaborative incident communications.

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Secure Collaboration for Mobile Emergency Responders

During the past several months we have witnessesed a number of disaster and emergency response crises around the world including:

  • Tornados in Alabama
  • Earthquake and tsunami in Japan
  • Earthquakes in China and New Zealand
  • Floods in Australia and Brazil
  • Gas pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno California
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    When major disasters and emergencies occur, response organizations and government public safety agencies  require immediate communications support to save lives, establish relief operations and provide ongoing assistance in affected communities.  

    IP-based secure communications provides flexible capabilities for mobile emergency responders including Cisco TacOps.

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