FirstNet’s first steps

FirstNet’s first steps

Five Early Builder projects focus on different aspects of first responder use to help FirstNet evaluate technical standards and capabilities, test new equipment and develop lessons learned.

Social media may work for recovery, but not yet for emergency response

Social media may work for recovery, but not yet for emergency response

For now, issues related to speed, accuracy and workflow keep social media from becoming a mainstream communication platform for emergency response.

Announcing the Dig IT Award finalists

Learn more about the Dig IT finalists

The GCN Dig IT Awards celebrate discovery and innovation in government IT -- the cutting-edge technology and creative implementations that are supporting critical missions at all levels of the public sector.

Partnership aims for end-to-end security for Surface devices

Partnership aims for end-to-end security for Surface devices

Booz Allen Hamilton will be working with Microsoft to develop a single dockable product that workers can use like a desktop or or mobile device without losing any compute power or security.

Dig IT Award finalists: Mobile

Announcing the Dig IT Award finalists: Mobile

Government employees and ordinary citizens alike expect services to excel wherever they are. These projects are delivering on that promise.

Federal BYOD: The mobile security conundrum

Federal BYOD: The mobile security conundrum

Although there are inherent risks to increasing the number of personal mobile devices connected to government networks, the benefits are too good to ignore.

When disaster-response apps fail

When disaster-response apps fail

Emergency planners should use the same strategy individuals figured out for themselves after the Bastille Day attack in Nice: create multiple independent systems to ensure connectivity.

Enterprise mobile security tools may not protect BYOD

Enterprise mobile security tools may not protect BYOD

In a Black Hat presentation, a security consultant explained how existing EMS solutions could often be ineffective, even on standard, non-jailbroken personal devices.

5 steps to a mobile-first strategy

5 steps to a mobile-first strategy

In the ever-changing mobile world, a sound strategy includes the careful selection of projects and technologies that facilitate agility and flexibility.

mobile phone user in subway

BlackBerry signs government deals as it pivots to software

The company’s software gets a nod from DISA, and its AtHoc crisis communication platform will be deployed in the Senate and expanded in the Coast Guard.

Options for FirstNet opt-outs

Options for FirstNet opt-outs

An interoperability compliance matrix will document the technical standards, key data elements and network policies that will ensure state systems can work with the nationwide public safety broadband network.

4 reasons mobile tablets are becoming the ‘go to’ device for the military

4 reasons mobile tablets are becoming the ‘go to’ device for the military

The practical advantages of using rugged mobile tablets for gathering, viewing and transmitting data leave desktops in the dust.

Topic Resources

  • Real-World Testing Ensures Real-World Performance for Rugged Devices

    The increasingly mobile nature of technology enables computing devices to go out into the field with workers. And computing devices leaving the office face the same perils as their human counterparts. Like workers in the field, the technology needs to be tough enough to survive adverse conditions. In this paper

  • The Advantage of Deploying Dell Rugged PCs

    Rugged PCs, which are predominantly used for vertically aligned commercial computing needs, are designed to meet certain stability and reliability standards in harsh environments, including extreme temperatures, dust, moisture, water, shock, and vibration. Deployed more like infrastructure than traditional commercial PCs in fields like law enforcement, fire and rescue, mining, and oil and gas exploration, rugged PCs are mission critical in these sectors where minimal downtime is a key competitive necessity and customer requirement. Dell’s unique approach to rugged computing includes a battery of tests and hardware development methods designed to produce more reliable, rugged systems, and its scale allows it to deliver the latest technologies faster and more reliably to the market. Download this paper to understand how Dell Rugged systems provide advantages to businesses and organizations.

  • Rugged Mobility: 4 Mission Critical Requirements to Keep Remote Workers Productive

    To provide users with complete ruggedized solutions, devices need much more than extremely reliable performance in harsh working conditions. They need security, manageability, support and, when required, readily available service. That way, remote workers can stay productive no matter where they are, what they’re doing or the conditions they face.


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