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Mobile Technology Can Expand Telepresence for Federal Government

October 14, 2011 - 0 Comments

Government entities have relied on telepresence for some time now, using the technology to enhance communication, decrease travel expenses, conduct trainings, and more. Soon, the feds could have telepresence in the palms of their hands.

According to Information Week’s Elizabeth Montalbano, federal agencies seek to adopt mobile technology, including smart phones and tablets. The move to cutting-edge digital applications stems in part from wanting government workers to have access to video, the article said. It noted a pilot project in which federal agents used video functions on mobile devices to monitor suspected drug traffickers. The military is also interested in mobile video applications as a means of keeping soldiers continuously informed, the publication reported.

With the move to high-end mobile applications, telepresence technology can provide a real-time, face-to-face connection between federal agents and their supervisors, soldiers and their commanders, even from the crime scene or the battlefield. Imagine … rather than using his or her new mobile gadget to watch previously shot surveillance video, the active agent or soldier can stream the real-time video on his or her device. It’s delay-free communication.

The government is test-driving Apple iPhones and iPads, Android-based machines, Palm Treos and more, according to Montalbano. We look forward to the government implementing its improved technology, then helping it incorporate telepresence on these devices in an effort to make the nation more secure, safe, and productive.

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