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by / December 1, 2006 0
Identification Please
Gov. Sonny Perdue unveiled Georgia SecureID, a multiagency effort to combat the use of fraudulent documents to obtain state identification cards and drivers' licenses. Investigators from the Department of Driver Services will be placed in 10 service centers statewide to crack down on fraudulent documents.

Currently illegal immigrants are using valid but illegitimately obtained state IDs to gain employment and access state-funded services. With Georgia SecureID, the state will ensure the integrity of a Georgia driver's license, follow the sources of fraudulent documents, combat identity theft and keep Georgia drivers safe by preventing people from obtaining drivers' licenses illegally. -- gov.state.ga.us


Enhancing the Big Apple
New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications awarded Northrop Grumman a five-year, $500 million contract to provide the city's broadband public safety wireless network.

The company will work on enhancing the city's existing mobile wireless communications network with high-speed data and video capabilities, and roll out several new, advanced wireless applications to support first responders and transportation personnel.

The network will be based on standards-based mobile broadband wireless technology, known as the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, which delivers broadband mobility, high capacity, reliability and scalability -- all suited to meet the real-time, fail-safe requirements of the program. -- Northropgrumman.com


The Yin-Yang of Waste
A new technology that converts household waste into bricks has been approved by a Chinese environmental company.

Developed by Shanghai Tiannan Environmental Protection Technology, the new process is being used by Baoshan District Public Sanitation Bureau in local pavements and pathways.

Brick production is achieved through the initial compression and sterilization of the waste; following compression, an additive hardens the material.
Throughout China, there are around 700 registered landfill sites, with Shanghai hosting around 200 in mostly residential areas. -- Rics.org


Untraceable
In September 2006, Void Communications announced VaporStream, the world's first record-less electronic communications system. A complement to existing e-mail applications, VaporStream's messaging system lets users send completely private and confidential electronic messages that never create or leave a record.

Designed to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of electronic communications, the Web-based messaging system eliminates some of the inherent risks and costs associated with traditional e-mail and instant messaging systems, such as spam, viruses and high storage costs. -- Vaporstream.com


The VoIP Factor
The impact of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) on landlines is already significant, but the impact on mobile phones may be even more significant, according to Analysys Research. Projected revenues for fixed and mobile VoIP services in the United States and Western Europe are as follows:

Mobile VoIP
United States........................................ $18.6 billion
Western Europe......................................$7.3 billion

Fixed VoIP
United States........................................ $11.9 billion
Western Europe..................................... $6.9 billion


High-Tech Hiring
High tech added more than 140,000 jobs to employ 5.8 million people as of June 2006, the largest number since 2002, said the American Electronics Association. This is a 2.5 percent growth compared to the first half of 2005.


Tried and True
Consumers still trust traditional media outlets, according to a LexisNexis survey of U.S. adults who said they would turn to the following for information on major events, including disaster and emergency situations such as pandemics and hurricanes:

Network TV:................................................................ 50 percent
Radio:........................................................................ 42 percent
Local newspaper:......................................................... 37 percent
Cable news or business networks:................................. 33 percent
Web sites of print and broadcast media:......................... 25 percent
Blogs, chat rooms, online groups:.................................... 6 percent

Participants were allowed to choose multiple answers.


GPS on the Rise
In 2011, the total population of GPS-enabled location-based-service subscribers will reach 315 million, up from 12 million in 2006, according to ABI Research. That represents a rise from less than 0.5 percent of total wireless subscribers worldwide today to more than 9 percent at the end of the study's five-year forecast period.


Broadband Connection
China is on its way to becoming the world's largest broadband market, with 79 million subscribers slated for 2007, according to research firm Ovum, which also projected 139 million subscribers in China in 2010 -- almost a 76 percent increase. eMarketer Inc. projected that broadband households in the United States will be roughly equal with China through 2010.


Stop Thief!
The House Government Reform Committee asked U.S. Cabinet agencies, the Office of Personnel Management and the Social Security Administration on July 10, 2006, to provide details about incidents involving the loss or compromise of any sensitive personal information held by an agency or a contractor since Jan. 1, 2003. All 19 Cabinet departments and agencies reported at least one loss of personally identifiable information since January 2003.


Service Model
Does your organization currently use or plan to use a shared services model? (% of respondents)

We do not plan to introduce shared services within the next three years.................................................................................................21%
We plan to introduce shared services within the next three years............16%
We currently use shared services.........................................................54%
Don't know..........................................................................................9%

-- International research report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by BEA Systems