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DorobekInsider: The real story behind the Recovery.gov contract: The need for govt contracting transparency
July 15th, 2009
Some of the leading advocates for new technologies are the "old hands." One such greybeard is Robert Otto, former Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer at the US Postal Service. His former agency is moving some legacy systems to open source. Mr. Otto talks about laying the groundwork for that move, and why other agencies will save money and time by doing the same.
A more dialed in Iraq warfighter that's the idea behind the Army's new satellite communications "on the move" device. The solution will include a compact device that integrates land and satellite communications with a push-to-talk interface. This will enable the Army to utilize cross-band capabilities so personnel can take advantage of both communication links. Once deployed, the device will provide greater situational awareness and speed and flexibility to fast moving forces in Iraq.
Homeland Security will soon play guinea pig to a new multi-frequency radio that may improve interoperability during an emergency. A pilot program will evaluate multi-band, hand held radios that would allow first responders to talk on different frequencies. DHS says the program which will include 14 organizations would provide users with improved incident communications capabilities. The only potential snag? Convincing the first response community the equipment is a good investment.
July 16, 2009