Quoted – Cisco/Taser Partnership Shows Private Cloud Hopes – Internet Evolution

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Cisco/Taser Partnership Shows Private Cloud Hope

The ambition is breathtaking: Using tools from Taser International Inc. (primarily a tiny camera worn on a police officer’s head), networking pipes from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and a private cloud built by Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), Evidence.com means to do nothing less than revolutionize street law enforcement by capturing and saving every important moment in a cop’s day.

From arguments over speeding tickets through live-action footage of shootouts, the intent is to record it, then uplift it to a private cloud, all the time ensuring that the footage cannot be altered in any way by the police officers involved. This means the data becomes evidence that can decide how court cases play out.

So for Cisco, Taser, and Equinix a lot is riding on Evidence.com. If it works, that’s a shining proof of a new model of service that delivers benefits by turning real-world data into usable information — all without requiring capital expenditure on the part of the user.

But might it not work? Scott Testa, an assistant professor at Cabrini College and a longtime technology guru, says that “in theory” the Evidence.com offering “makes sense,” in large part because it plays into the reality that most police departments budget meager sums for IT. Buy the service in a package, using federal money, and that solves a local department’s IT problem.


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Quoted – Good News From Google Fuels Tech-Sector Optimism – ECommerce Times

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Google spurred hopes for a tech-sector recovery with a surprisingly robust quarterly earnings report and news that it’s in the mood to shop. IBM also delivered better-than-expected results on the heels of a stellar report from bellwether Intel earlier in the week. Mergers and acquisitions are likely to be making headlines in the days ahead. Cisco, for one, has a couple of multibillion-dollar deals in the works.

Google and other tech companies — notably Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) More about Cisco Systems, which hopes to acquire video-conferencing company Tandberg (possibly for more than the $3 billion it initially offered) and mobile infrastructure firm Starent for $2.9 billion — are clearly feeling positive enough about the economy to embark on major acquisitions, said Scott Testa, a business professor with Cabrini College.

“I think going forward we are going to see more mergers and acquisitions across a wide range of industries, both large and small deals,” he told the E-Commerce Times.


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