Washington, DC Added To Smart Gigabit Communities Program

At this week’s Smart Cities Connect Conference in Austin, five cities were added to the US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program.  For their commitment towards the adoption of next generation smart city technologies, Washington, DC is one of the five that joins an already existing gigabit community network of twelve cities.  Together with municipalities, network carriers and other corporate partners, the SGC program works to develop smart gigabit applications in order to address local community needs.  Smart city solution projects utilizing emerging gigabit technologies or platforms requiring high-speed connectivity will enhance community efforts in transportation, workforce development and public safety.

Washington, DC was chosen for its smart city initiatives in waste management, movement analytics and water quality sensing. By leveraging intelligent city infrastructure, including connected devices and data analytics, Washington is improving the quality of life for residents. The SGC program is funded in part by a three-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant.  Newly announced SGC cities will develop two gigabit applications addressing issues within their community. The SGC and its team of experts will provide insight and resources for smart city efforts focusing on accelerating growth in fiber applications via programmable fiber and wireless networks.  Read full article here.


Saving Money Through Data Center Optimization Techniques

When it comes to today’s data center environment, the word on everyone’s mind is MORE and oh by the way there is not going to be a budget increase in order to satisfy the more demands that are continually being put on the data center.  Meeting the demands of more compute capacity, more storage, more power, etc. is going to be challenging for data center managers without data center budget increases or at the hands of having to maintain a stable budget.  Data Center optimization techniques and efficiency best practices will become more critical without more funding to support the increase in demand data center functions and the savings will have to come from somewhere.

Areas to look at for optimization at the policy and procedure level include evaluating outside contractual arrangements to ensure efficiency for maintaining service level agreements.  Additionally at the hardware level, unused servers could be identified and decommissioned in an effort to right size environments while evaluating risk of running out of capacity. Data deduplication can free up storage space and installing infrastructure monitoring systems along with predictive analytics for problem resolution can go a long way in doing MORE without more money.  For more information on optimizing your data center environment, read full article here.



Healthcare IT Embraces Edge Computing

An increasing number of healthcare organizations are adopting and continuing to add Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices to their IT infrastructure and as a result the industry is discovering that edge computing is a more efficient way to analyze data than cloud computing.  This trend is moving the healthcare market into an industry leader for connected devices as clinicians are able to offer improved patient care and interaction through real-time data collection and analytics.  Cost benefits are being experienced as well when data can be analyzed in real-time environments on the edge of the network and not have to be sent to the cloud for processing that could cause bottlenecking due to the sheer volume of constantly produced data by IoT devices.

With an estimated growth of IoMT connected devices to be 20 – 30 billion by 2020, significant advancements will take place in the healthcare industry.  More accurate diagnosis can be made at a patient’s initial interaction with the clinician with IoMT devices;  as well as, improvements made in the future monitoring of patient conditions.  A paradigm shift in connected devices from data consumers to data producers on smart devices means real-time data analytics need to be processed at the edge for realized improvements in healthcare IT infrastructure operations, putting us all in a win-win situation.  Read full article here.