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Disaster relief coordinators can use Cisco’s software to allow first responders in the field to communicate with each other over different radio networks. Back at headquarters, administrators can keep track of who is on the network and where they are.
In the future Cisco plans to add functionality that allows government agencies or companies using its IPics software to send detailed alerts triggered by specific, predefined events–such as an intrusion into a secure area–to first responders or security personnel.
The city of Honolulu is testing Cisco’s IPics solution. The city’s chief information officer, Gordon Bruce, left; Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, center; and Charles Giancarlo, Cisco’s chief development officer, answer questions about IPics technology at a press event in New York City on Oct. 24, 2005.