I attended a recent community meeting to hear about a proposed 600-home development to be built on what is now one large open space parcel. One of the concerns raised was the fact the developer had only one entrance to the proposed neighborhood, which would connect to a two-lane road. With a normal ratio of homes to cars, that translates to a lot of cars trying to squeeze into a small space during rush hour. The meeting quickly devolved into a gripe session about the overall state of traffic in the area. My neighborhood has three separate entrances, and it seems …

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Enterprise Connect 2013 has come to a close and what an event it was. This was IVCi’s first year attending and exhibiting at the show and it was a fantastic experience that provided many opportunities for us to connect with our current customers as well as future prospects. In addition, the opportunity to see the latest technology and offerings from our partners was great. The event was jam-packed with great sessions, keynotes, exhibitors, attendees and more. Here is an overview of some of the key takeaways and messages from the event. WebRTC WebRTC (as previously covered here on Collaboration Insight) is a …

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit in on a NASA Digital Learning Network program with a fourth grade class that ironically was located about fifteen minutes away from me.  Scott Anderson, a DLN Coordinator at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, taught a module about Toys in Space. The program focuses on forces and motion and consists of an investigation of what toys will work in a microgravity environment (such as space). Did you know that a boomerang actually works in space? It’s because the looping path a boomerang follows is actually the result of the uneven …

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Each month, the American Telemedicine Association broadcasts This Month in Telemedicine, a webcast discussing news and topics in the telemedicine field. February’s webcast featured ATA’s Jonathan Linkous, Chief Executive Officer, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, discussing the growth of telemedicine and policy issues. A deluge of demand, a raft of pending legislation, and licensing challenges—these are a only a few of the issues facing telemedicine. Activity: Telemedicine is undergoing an “explosion of activity,” says Linkous. The ATA estimates 10 million patients in the U.S. and Canada are now using telemedicine (the majority for radiology). Two trends he’s seeing: the involvement …

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The Yahoo! Fall-Out

March 7, 2013, by Adam Kaiser in Collaboration

Ever since Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! issued her memo calling back remote workers into the office and effectively ending telecommuting within the organization, countless stories and commentaries have been written. These responses have spanned from total disagreement to downright endorsement of the new employment practice. The interesting thing about the announcement is that it appears to have started to influence other organizations to act the same. Just this week, Best Buy announced that they too would be ending their work from home program. This is particularly noteworthy because Best Buy’s initiative (announced in 2006 and called the Results Only Work …

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Learning the Cloud Way – Part I

March 4, 2013, by Adam Kaiser in Cloud Services, Education

As cloud services pick up speed in the private sector, questions about security, cost savings, implementation and best-practice models have emerged in concert with its rapid growth and adoption. But are institutions of higher learning following suit? Cambridge, MA-based Forrester Consulting turned their focus on 12 universities in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, India, and New Zealand, surveying CIOs and IT directors for their July 2012 report “Cloud Bursts Into Higher Education.” They found out how and why these schools are employing the cloud; plus they give some suggestions as to where the partnership between higher education and the cloud is …

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With the technology used in telepsychiatry becoming more reliable, inexpensive, and ubiquitous, there has been a corresponding increase in mental health professionals who are turning to remote treatments. In fact, psychiatry has been at the forefront of telemedicine use. The general consensus thus far is that telepsychiatry is particularly useful for rural populations, children, the military, and those in institutions like prisons. In other words, telepsychiatry reaches people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to mental health services. (There is a severe shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists). Telepsychiatry can also lessen some of the barriers often cited to obtaining mental health …

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Collaboration For Supply Chain Management

February 25, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

Boeing’s much anticipated 787 Dreamliner encountered a laundry list of problems which eventually led to the grounding of many of the planes. There are several different theories as to what went wrong and Boeing could have done better. Many have to do with the decision to embrace outsourcing and overall lack of supply chain management. In a recent Forbes article, Jonathan Salem Baskin is quoted “It didn’t help that the outsourcing plan included skipping the detailed blueprints the company would have normally prepared, and allowing vendors to come up with their own. Delivered components arrived with instructions and notes written in …

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Did you know that NASA, home to astronauts, rovers, and space shuttles, also offers a comprehensive program of free Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses for students across the U.S.? NASA’s Digital Learning Network (DLN) reached almost 76,000 students last year using video and web conferencing from one of their 10 studios. Caryn Smith Long , manager of DLN, explains how the innovative program helps to broaden students’ learning—and worlds. IVCi: Who uses NASA’s DLN? CSL: We work with students from kindergarten through certified teachers. We’re developing some asynchronous courses where we take some modules we offer classrooms and teach them to teachers …

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Meet Mezzanine – The Future of Collaboration

February 18, 2013, by Lisa Avvocato in Collaboration

A few weeks ago I had to privilege to play with one of Oblong’s Mezzanine systems and it was hands down one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Mezzanine truly pushes the boundaries of collaboration to the next level by creating a shared workspace across multiple displays. Essentially, anyone connected to the network can push and control content from multiple inputs on just about any device imaginable. I was using my iPad, another person was on his PC and another was using Oblong’s spatial wand (think Wii remote but so much cooler). We were all able to push contend …

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