Tomorrow's tech on display at FOSE
- By John Breeden II
- May 13, 2013
The annual FOSE trade show is coming to the Washington, D.C., Convention Center, providing a first-hand look at the latest and greatest hardware and software aimed at the federal government.
The show, which gets started on Tuesday, May 14 and runs through Thursday, May 16, seems to be modeled around five core areas: cybersecurity, cloud and virtualization, mobile, big data and project management. Many of the products on the show floor are following suit, although, as usual, there will be something for everyone.
Here are just a few examples of interesting products among the roughly 200 exhibits on display:
In the project management arena, Laserfiche, in Booth 929, will demonstrate transparent records management and its agile approach to DOD 5015.2-certified records management for federal, state and local government organizations.
“Government organizations need a simple, secure and flexible way to control unstructured information,” said Jereb Cheatham, vice president of strategic services at Laserfiche. “Laserfiche sets the standard for enterprise content management at thousands of cities, counties and state and federal agencies nationwide, including all four branches of the U.S. military, CIA, FBI and the Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security.”
At 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Evan Anderson, solutions manager for the Laserfiche Solutions Group, will discuss how transparent records management enables federal government agencies to enforce governance initiatives in the seminar “Built — A Better Mousetrap: Transparent Records Management.”
“Now more than ever, records managers face internal and external risks that can derail both security and operations,” said Anderson, who added that he looked forward “to leading a discussion on how federal agencies maintain information security, whether employees are using laptops, desktops, tablets or mobile devices.”
Meanwhile, at Booth 1210, Kodak will be showing off three new scanner products, as well as a unique and easy way to get any document into Microsoft SharePoint with a single mouse click.
On the hardware side, visitors can test feed the new Kodak Info Activate w/i2800 Scanner, the Kodak i2900 Scanner w/Smart Touch and the Kodak i5800 Scanner w/Capture Pro. In previous years, Kodak showed how the scanners handled various documents, from checks to legal briefs, tossed at them randomly. It was interesting to see how the machines sorted it all out.
In Booth 1206, IronKey by Imation will be demonstrating a new product that should have a lot of appeal for feds: a Windows To Go bootable USB mobile device designed especially for government. That could be a huge product that marries security on the road with the convenience of working with your own desktop environment.
BlackBerry always puts on a good show for FOSE, and vistors to Booth 1205 will be able to learn about many of their government success stories, as well as get a peek at the programs making government mobile computing more secure, such as the S/MIME Support Package, PGP Support Package and the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader.
If big data is your agency’s big push, check out Aspera in Booth 743, which will show how to securely transport big data of any file size, at any distance, even over the most difficult military networks.
Stoneware, now part of the Lenovo family, has a cloud computing solution called webNetwork that looks promising. It’s a software platform that creates a unified cloud that delivers private cloud, public cloud and local device resources through a common webDesktop…all with a single password. It’s on display in Booth 1043.
As in previous years, I’ll be there, easy to spot in my dark blue GCN Lab coat. If you see me, stop me and say hello, as I always enjoy talking with readers and listening to your concerns and stories. I look forward to seeing you there!
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.