Preparing for this week's Democratic National Convention (DNC) kept Denver's CIO busy. Molly Rauzi, CIO of the city and county of Denver, is helping to coordinate security and communications technology for police, firefighters and other first responders involved in the convention, which runs Aug. 25-30.
"We created a backup 911 center. It's been a matter of putting in the computers and telephones and things like that for the new Office of Emergency Management. A lot of these are things the city needed to do anyway," said Rauzi.
The activities are being coordinated through the National Incident Management System, a federal entity uniting local, state and federal responders. The city paid for security upgrades with federal grant money, since the work was related to a national political convention.
Rauzi also sat on the DNC's Technical Advisory Committee and helped plan some of the technology the convention would feature.
"There is a lot of audio/visual. We're beefing up a lot of the communications on the private side. AT&T is the sponsor, so we're making sure their cell-on-wheels [portable cellular towers] and improved infrastructure are put in place," Rauzi said, adding that she consulted on technology decisions involving the media.