NEW ORLEANS, October 15, 2007 - Cisco® today unveiled its Cisco Mobile Government solution, including partners and an integrated suite of products and applications, here at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference. The Mobile Government solution provides state and local governments with the tools to craft an overall strategy for implementing and benefiting from mobile technologies. The suite of products and applications helps enable more efficient and effective decision making for public safety and mobile workers through the use of collaborative wireless mobility technologies.
The Cisco Mobile Government solution includes the following new products, applications and partner contributions:
- Mobile Networking: Enhancements to the Cisco 3200 Series Wireless and Mobile Routers, which include integrated video security, a 5 GHz card for radio interoperability, incorporation of Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express and high-speed roaming capabilities.
- Enhanced Interoperability: New, maximized 4.9 GHz radio interoperability between the Cisco 3200 Series Wireless and Mobile Routers and the new Cisco 1520 Series wireless broadband platform to support public safety and response initiatives.
- Collaborative Applications: In collaboration with 3I Infotech and APS for public safety applications, and Accela, MobileFrame and Syclo for mobile worker and inspection applications, Cisco is offering numerous industry solutions that can be delivered across this mobile government network Value-added applications include those for law enforcement investigations, hazardous materials tracking, emergency dispatch, fire and safety inspections, facility management, electronic traffic citations, building inspection, permitting, environmental code enforcement, and sewer repair and maintenance. These applications have been optimized to run on the mobility platform of Cisco technology developer Intermec, the leader in rugged handheld mobile technology, and on Panasonic ToughBooks, the industry's most rugged computers.
"We're all about helping state and local governments use their existing network and technology to extend the capability and mobility of key services and reliably deliver them to citizens, with industry-leading security," said Morgan Wright, Cisco's global industry solution manager for public safety and homeland security. "The free public wireless networks are often unreliable or not robust enough to support critical government needs. Our solution instead offers a government operational effectiveness model that helps enable more effective delivery of robust, reliable public services."
The city of Bowling Green, Ky., is capitalizing on the benefits of Cisco wireless and mobile technologies at a time when they are growing within public sector circles due to increasing citizen demands. Within the public safety sector, the greatest need for information is often in a mobile environment where decisions must increasingly be made in the field instead of an office.
"Mobility is an integral part of our vision to take advantage of IT technologies as strategic assets for ensuring greater public service and safety," said Lynn David Hartley, chief information officer of the city of Bowling Green. "Our charter is to serve and protect the community, and using collaborative mobile wireless technologies from Cisco enables us to enhance the agility, efficiency and effectiveness of our law enforcement agencies, fire department and other public services."
"The Cisco Mobile Government solution has the ability to transform municipal wireless from delivering simple Wi-Fi hot spots to unleashing dozens of new and unique applications, including mobile inspections, electronic citations, video surveillance, asset tracking and other government-focused applications," added Wright. "For the public safety community, whether it's the firefighter needing instant information about a hazardous material or the patrol officer on the scene needing positive identification of a suspect, the ability to instantly access voice, video and data via an advanced mobile network represents a capability that will transform their effectiveness in serving their communities."
Cisco is announcing this solution at a time when growing demands on state and local governments are driving an equally dynamic growth in public sector mobility. The 2006 Municipal Wireless State of the Market Report states that public sector mobility is growing approximately 100 percent yearly. Global spending in the municipal market is projected to grow from $802 million in 2005 to $8.6 billion in 2010. The same report also notes that "networks are becoming more multifunctional, designed to achieve more goals and act as vessels for more transformative applications" with a strong emphasis on public safety, code enforcement, and public works.