For this week’s final Public Sector BYOD Thursday post, I wanted to discuss a survey that illustrated what employees want and need when it comes to IT in the workplace:
- Control over the work experience—the ability to use technology to personal preference, in ways that improve productivity and enhance job satisfaction.
- Choice when it comes to devices and the ability to use preferred, personally owned devices to complete work-related tasks.
- Flexibility to perform personal activities at work and work activities on personal time.
- Mobility that enables anytime, anywhere connections to colleagues, customers and partners.
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Tags: architecture, byod, collaboration, connectivity, desktop virtualization, education, government, IT, mobile, mobile collaboration, mobile-ready, public sector, unified workspace, virtualization
For centuries, cities have generated most of humankind’s art, religion, culture, commerce, and technology. And while this trend is expected to continue, several challenges are emerging, including stress on aging public infrastructures, limited success of public-private partnerships, reduced budgets, and the loss of “brain power” to fast-growing suburban areas.
To revitalize the world’s largest cities, City24/7—a company committed to making public communications more accessible to everyone, everywhere—in collaboration with Cisco IBSG and the City of New York, has launched an interactive platform that integrates information from open government programs, local businesses, and citizens to provide meaningful and powerful knowledge anytime, anywhere, on any device. In short, City24/7 delivers the information people need to know, where and when it helps them most.
Located at bus stops, train stations, major entryways, shopping malls, and sports facilities, City24/7 Smart Screens incorporate touch, voice, and audio technology to deliver a wide array of hyper-local (about two square city blocks) information, services, and offerings in real time. The Smart Screens can also be accessed via Wi-Fi on nearby smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers.
The overarching goals of the City24/7 Smart Screens are to inform, protect, and revitalize. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, city transformation, City24/7, City24x7, connected cities, IBSG, New York, public sector, public-private, Smart Cities, smart connected city, smart screen
Analysts estimate that by 2013, more than 50 percent of all video surveillance deployments will be managed by IT on the IP network in order to support the coming deluge of bandwidth-heavy video data.
Similar to the evolution of telephony, physical security is becoming an IP-based solution to optimize scalability and reduce complexity and costs.
To support this evolution, Cisco has announced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, the industry’s first solution built from the ground-up and certified to run in virtualized computing environments, making it possible for customers in healthcare, public sector and retail to move beyond traditional basic safety and security surveillance deployments and use video to transform the way they run their businesses through hyper-scalability and ease of configuration.
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Tags: business transformation, guido jouret, healthcare, hyper scalability, public sector, retail, telephony, video, video surveillance, VSM
By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
Google’s experiment in laying broadband fiber in Kansas City, Missouri revives the old question of who should deploy broadband technology: the public sector, the private sector, or an entity based on a public utility model?
Municipally deployed broadband (like its previous sibling, municipal Wi-Fi) continues to be somewhat problematic. A recent audit for the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, the optimistically named UTOPIA in the Salt Lake City suburbs, shows that the consortium is still waiting for broadband to catch on in order to pay back its bonds.
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Tags: broadband, infrastructure, investment, private sector, public sector, stimulus
Many advances have taken place since the turn of the century. In our lifetime, we have seen a surge of technological advances that have launched our society into a communicative and interactive wonderland. With our creativity and engineering, we have managed to connect societies seemingly “worlds” apart and made them available in real-time. Well, at least in the civilian world… What about “The Government” (Ominous music playing)… Where are “we” in this some-what ubiquitous world? The thoughts of George Orwell’s 1984 come to mind.
Well, what is Government, then? And what do we mean when we say “21st Century Government?” (This link means that you need to go ‘like’ our Facebook page.) Is Government really that obscure? Maybe it IS the Aliens!
Government on a whole is thought by many to be this abstract intangible aspect that just magically works; weaving in and out of our lives, probably in our sleep. Something that’s almost whispered in back alley ways and passed around in underground dive bars. During the day, it’s lucid, combed, clean cut, and dresses well with a nice aroma. But at night, it seems as if a delirious dream that’s combined with science fiction and paranoia. “Government” enters our mind and through subliminal rhetoric, speaks of control and power… frightening isn’t it…
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Tags: 21st Century Government, Central Government, Cisco, Industry Solutions, public sector, State and Local Government