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The latest in the IoT, intranets, preparing and advertising from the Federal City, America in Miniature, D-Town and the Modern Athens.

Internet of Public Things?

Generally speaking, governmental agencies aren't the first in line for the latest tech gadgets.

But researchers at Deloitte’s GovLab, headquartered in Washington, D.C., would like to convince the decision-makers in Washington, D.C. that upgrading into the latest decade could be a good thing.

Their recently released report, “Anticipate, Sense, and Respond: Connected government and the Internet of Things,” makes the case by pointing out some public sector organizations that are already incorporating Internet of Things technologies, along with others that could benefit by making the tech leap.

William D. Eggers, director of Public Sector Research at New York City-based Deloitte Services LP stated, “Our analysis demonstrates that IoT technology could provide data to police departments to enable them to better predict and prevent spikes in violent crime.”

The report focuses on three areas to promote the positive impact IoT could have on government.

  • Education – using cognitive devices to alert teachers to students’ concentration or stress levels
  • Public Safety – utilizing IoT to more quickly aggregate and analyze information about an event
  • Public Water Utilities – creating a more cohesive picture of highly fragmented water supply systems to better manage the multiple issues from well to tap

According to Eggers, “Public sector organizations that adopt a wait-and-see attitude toward the IoT are unlikely to develop the expertise or engender the trust needed to effectively and efficiently deliver services in this new reality and to reassure citizens concerned about how this new technology will affect them.”

OneWindow in the Skies

Need to pull together your Office 365 components? Portal Solutions may have the Intranet-as-a-Service solution for you.

The company recently released OneWindow Workplace, a turnkey intranet that officials state “integrates the components of the Office 365 platform into a single digital window.”

Company officials claim OneWindow Workplace was “five years in the making” and will “connect the disconnected Office 365 components into an intuitive, modern, mobile-friendly intranet.”

According to officials, the platform will enable users to access all of the components of Office 365 including SharePoint Online, Yammer, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business and Office Groups.

Daniel Cohen-Dumani, CEO and Founder of Portal Solutions, based in Rockville, Md., called it “the most common scenarios and experiences in a ready-to-go, yet powerful social intranet solution.”

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Be Prepared

We all know Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will.” And the Girl and Boy Scout’s motto: “Be Prepared.”

Put them together and get yourself ready for “National Preparedness Month.”

According to a survey by Fonality, less than half of workers in business communications have the necessary technology to deal with disruptions in service that could result in closed or inaccessible offices.

“Keeping communication flowing is essential for business continuity,” says Jeff Valentine, chief marketing officer for Plano, Texas-based Fonality. He advises upgrading to a cloud VoIP and unified communications solution.

Fonality offers the following tips to keep the lines of communications going:

  1. Use hosted VoIP phone solutions with unified communications (UC) extend phone features and collaboration tools wherever you've got Internet access.
  2. Disaster-proof key office resources via cloud-based services for critical functions like data backup, file sharing, accounting and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.
  3. Be ready to work remotely by setting up the option to softphones through web browsers or apps on mobile devices.
  4. Test your readiness with a free quiz. Is your business prepared to keep employees and customers connected? Take Fonality's Disaster Preparedness Quiz .

Just don’t forget to stock up on Thin Mints and Samoas.

A Remarketable Lifecycle

Lifecycle engagement platform Localytics recently released its new Remarketing product, which, according to officials “enables marketers to reach their users outside of the app experience with personalized advertisements.”

Company officials boast the platform allows users to create “highly targeted advertising audiences to drive personalized remarketing campaigns” via mobile ads and integrated partners. A recent beta test of the Remarketing app, according to officials, showed a 15 percent increase in downloads and 30 percent lift in user engagement.

Officials claim that the app will allow marketers to leverage remarketing campaigns to:

  • Bolster user acquisition by identifying valuable audiences to use for lookalike targeting on Facebook and other advertising platforms
  • Engage and grow their app user-base by encouraging more frequent app usage or driving desired behaviors (upsell, cross-sell, discovery of new features, etc.)
  • Prevent churn and win back valuable users through re-engagement
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