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Top tech priorities for public safety officials? Just keeping up is No. 1 (Smart Cities Council)

A short survey by the Public Technology Institute (PYI) asked public safety and IT officials from local governments large and small to rank 16 public safety technology topics according to their internal priorities."Just keeping up" with technology changes, personnel changes and workload topped the list with 56% calling that their No. 1 priority. PTI suggests this could be due to respondents expecting budget decreases over the next fiscal year    Read More

Cisco's Padmasree Warrior Briefs Hill Staff on Internet of Everything

On June 5, 2014, CPPI hosted a roundtable on the Internet of Everything with Cisco's Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) on Capitol Hill. Warrior disussed how the next era of the Internet will impact a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, and agriculture.
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Center for Public Policy Innovation Hosts Congressional Site Visit of FireEye & Symantec

On May 28, 2014, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) hosted a bipartisan Congressional tour of two leading cybersecurity companies in Northern Virginia - FireEye and Symantec. Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL-21); Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27); Tom Marino (R-PA-10); and Jared Polis (D-CO-2) had a chance to meet with top industry cyber experts to better understand vulnerabilities and methods of deterrence.     Read More

Wearable to Aware-able: Contact, Connection, Context (Cisco Blog, Dave Evans)

Since the dawn of time, humans have been motivated by an innate desire to be connected to each other and to information. Today, we are seeing this need satisfied as the Internet of Everything (IoE) evolves to connect more people, process, data and things than ever before. An essential part of the growth of the Internet of Everything will depend on how mobile devices, connected things and wearable technology adapts and develops to become more aware and intelligent.    Read More

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The Internet of Things: Coming soon to a park near you (USA Today)

August 1, 2014

Soon enough, everything from espresso machines to city transit systems will be connected. Traditionally "dumb" objects like doors, heaters, and dishwashers will come online, much like computers did with the advent of the internet.

The implications are huge. Cities will be smarter, using the GPS data from your phone to coordinate traffic patterns and ease congestion. Homes will be automated, with thermostats that respond to your presence and fridges that know when you're out of milk.

Smart glasses for the blind and mosquito tracker compete for Google backing
July 31, 2014
(CNET) - From disease-battling wearable technology that can hear the wingbeats of mosquitos to smart glasses that help the blind see again, a range of clever innovations are in th...

Costs of HealthCare.gov fiasco near $1B
July 31, 2014
(Healthcare IT News) - Overall, as of March 2014, the HealthCare.gov site has cost the federal government some $840 million....

Inclusion of telemedicine in VA overhaul bill draws praise
July 31, 2014
(Fierce Health IT) - Telemedicine, much to the delight of some health industry observers, is a prominent part of legislation announced this week allocating $16.3 billion to overhaul the U.S. ...

Smart Cities on the Rise, Report Says
July 31, 2014
(Government Technology) - More cities are reaching into their coffers for smart infrastructure investments. By 2025, there will be at least 88 smart cities worldwide, up from 21 in 2013, according...

Facebook is creating a parallel internet in emerging markets
July 31, 2014
(Quartz) - The company’s non-profit arm promoting internet adoption in poorer parts of the world announced today that a new app (imaginatively called the internet.org app) that will...

FCC Asked To Add Cable, Satellite to Political Ad Database
July 31, 2014
(Broadcasting & Cable) - In a nod to the growing importance of cable ad buys in the political mix, campaign watchdogs the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation want the ...

The Next Mars Rover Will Have Better Lasers and X-Ray Vision
July 31, 2014
(Wired) - NASA announced today that its next Mars rover will have advanced cameras, more sophisticated lasers, and the ability to see underground as it explores the Red Planet star...

Attackers Might Have Unmasked Users of Privacy Service Tor
July 31, 2014
(Next Gov) - Many people trying to navigate to hidden websites using a network that cloaks user identities might have been detected by government-funded researchers....

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