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What The FBI Doesn’t Want You To Know About Its ‘Secret’ Surveillance Techniques | Gizmodo Australia

What The FBI Doesn’t Want You To Know About Its ‘Secret’ Surveillance Techniques | Gizmodo Australia | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The FBI had to rewrite the book on its domestic surveillance activities in the wake of last January’s landmark Supreme Court decision in United States v Jones. In Jones, a unanimous court held that US federal agents must get a warrant to attach a GPS device to a car to track a suspect for long periods of time. But if you want to see the two memos describing how the FBI has reacted to Jones — and the new surveillance techniques the FBI is using beyond GPS trackers — you’re out of luck. The FBI says that information is “private and confidential”.

 

Yes, now that the US Supreme Court ruled the government must get a warrant to use its previous go-to surveillance technique, it has now apparently decided that it’s easier to just keep everything secret. The ACLU requested the memos under the Freedom of Information Act — which you can see FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann waving around in public here — and the FBI redacted them almost entirely.

 

Though the FBI won’t release the memos, we do have some information from other sources on the surveillance techniques federal agents are already using. And for the most part the FBI contends they do not need a warrant, and one wonders, given the public nature of this information, why they are officially claiming it’s “secret”.

 

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MA: OpenCape seeks extension | Cape Cod Times

MA: OpenCape seeks extension | Cape Cod Times | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

OpenCape officials are seeking an extension from the federal government on the deadline to finish installing the regional broadband Internet project, which had been slated to be wrapped up this month.

 

OpenCape Corp. received a $32 million federal stimulus grant in 2010 to develop the broadband system with the caveat that its construction must be done by the end of January to keep the money.

 

But OpenCape CEO Dan Vortherms said weather delays, including those caused by Hurricane Sandy, are valid reasons for needing extra time. Its crews and those of the utilities, including NStar, were pulled off work during the October storm.

 

Throughout the process it needed approval from NStar, Verizon and National Grid to install the cables on utility poles owned by those utilities.

 

"We are reworking the schedule right now with the NTIA, Vortherms said, referring to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the government entity that oversees the broadband project.

 

Vortherms said he has no doubts more time will be given to finish the work. That work includes all construction and testing of the fiber optic cables.

 

NTIA officials "have assured me we'll get the extension," he said, adding he expects to get official word by the middle of this month.

 

Any construction has to be finished by the end of September by the recipients of stimulus money.

 

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Australia: MP: 4G auction is a greedy grab for cash | iT News

Australia: MP: 4G auction is a greedy grab for cash | iT News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Opposition MP Paul Fletcher has penned a damning critique of the Australian Government's 4G spectrum auction, claiming that the reserve prices reflect a desperation to achieve a budget surplus at the expense of sound policy.

 

The full text of his column is provided in full below:

 

The Rudd-Gillard government has badly mismanaged fixed broadband policy: after five years and several billion dollars of taxpayers' money, as at October 2012 fewer than 7000 customers took a fibre service on the national broadband network.

 

It is now taking an equally inept approach with mobile broadband services, with a seriously flawed approach to allocating a big slice of radio frequency spectrum. In 2013 a key piece of spectrum the 700 megahertz (MHz) band is to be allocated by auction.

 

This will be used by mobile phone operators to deliver the next generation of wireless broadband services so called 4G or LTE ("long-term evolution").

 

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Digital inclusion tips for social housing providers in 2013 | Helen Milner Blog

Digital inclusion tips for social housing providers in 2013 | Helen Milner Blog | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

I’ve talked on here before about my work with social housing providers, so I thought you might be interested in a blog I wrote for the Guardian Housing Network about how to make 2013 the year for digital inclusion:

 

Six steps for improve digital inclusion in 2013


2013 is going to be a big year for digital inclusion in the housing sector. From the end of this year tenants will need to start claiming their benefits online, and so housing providers can no longer avoid the shift to digital. Over the past year I've helped a number of organisations with their digital strategies, and I've picked up a few tips along the way of how to implement a digital strategy that I hope will help you and your organisation in 2013.

 

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BTC To 'Leverage Internet Market Lead' Through TV | Bahamas Tribune

BTC To 'Leverage Internet Market Lead' Through TV | Bahamas Tribune | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is aiming to use its new TV product “to gain a market leading Internet position”, its chief executive yesterday saying the company should never have let its broadband share drop to 25 per cent.

 

Confirming that the newly-privatised carrier would go head-to-head with Cable Bahamas in the latter’s core market before Christmas 2013, Geoff Houston said there was “a big chunk of the market” that the BISX-listed company is failing to serve.

 

Noting that BTC’s extensive network infrastructure enabled it to reach parts of the Bahamas rival carriers could not, Mr Houston said its TV product would enable the company to go one step further than Cable Bahamas and offer consumers “quadruple” - not Triple - Play.

 

Arguing that BTC was already winning back former Cable Bahamas customers via its upgraded broadband Internet product, Mr Houston said it had been limited in regaining market share to-date because just 25,000 lines were connected to its Next Generation Network (NGN).

 

And he pledged to shake-up the “complacency embedded” in the Bahamian broadband Internet market within just a few months, via BTC’s product and pricing package.

 

I would say the TV is the second half of the year,” Mr Houston told Tribune Business, when asked when BTC was likely to launch its rival product to Cable Bahamas.

 

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Initial phase of 4G wireless communications in Southwest Virginia complete | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The initial phase of a multi-million dollar wireless communications network upgrade for Southwest Virginia has been completed.

 

The Virginia Coalfield Coalition working in conjunction with its implementation partners has completed the upgrade of 15 existing wireless towers in the coalition's seven county Southwest Virginia region. It will allow for 4G-enabled wireless service in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Wise counties. The second phase of the project is expected to be completed this year, and involves the deployment of 11 new build-to-suit towers to fill in coverage gaps in the region, including Tazewell County, according to Jim Baldwin, executive director of the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission.

 

The project is being funded by a $11 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. When completed, the multi-year project will provide enhanced communications services to 200,000 residents, 95,00 households and 2,600 private non-farm businesses, Terry Kilgore, chairman of the tobacco commission, said in a coalition press release.

 

"Beyond the significant impact advanced technology will have in economic development and improving regional service, the investment will have immeasurable job-creation potential," Kilgore said.

The expanded 4G service will be a tremendous benefit to Tazewell County, according to County Administrator Jim Spencer.

 

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Mobile Broadband – the Blueprint for Progress in 2013 | Cisco Blogs

Mobile Broadband – the Blueprint for Progress in 2013 | Cisco Blogs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

I’m very upbeat, regarding the current outlook for the Global Networked Economy in 2013. In particular, I see a tremendous opportunity to further explore the many benefits of readily-available wireless access to the internet.

 

Numerous events occurred during the course of 2012 that indicate we’re getting closer to a mobile broadband nirvana scenario – whereby network deployment has a positive impact on economic growth and potentially results in a higher living standard for those that take advantage of this valuable resource.

 

We now know that wireless broadband services can contribute directly to social and economic growth. The findings from several studies suggest that this essential infrastructure for the 21st century can positively impact the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a nation, improve commercial productivity and help to stimulate job creation.

 

Moreover, the potential for advancing economic development is likely much greater in emerging economies – that’s because they often lack ubiquitous access to legacy wireline broadband.

 

If you seek a path to advance your community’s prosperity, then consider mobile broadband as a catalyst that takes you on a journey to reach your goal. Why wait for tomorrow? Seize the day.

 

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Why Doesn't The FCC Love Broadcast TV? | TV News Check

Remember that famous comment by Mrs. John L. Lewis, wife of the longtime United Mineworkers Union President? Asked by a reporter in the 1940s what it was like living with the country's most powerful labor leader, she famously replied, "All he talks is shop, and union shop at that."

 

Well, that's sure reminiscent of today's Federal Communications Commission, isn't it? All they talk is broadband, and high-speed interactive links — Xbox 360-sufficient broadband at that. From their comments, you'd think 315 million Americans are just as entranced with this computer technology as they are, wouldn't you?

 

But Earth to FCC! Broadcast television is still out there, alive and well, and actually having a big impact on the American people. Really.

 

So just look at what happened last week — and, which doesn't seem to have registered with the FCC's political leadership. First, there was the NFL playoff game between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks, wasn't there? As Redskins analyst Trevor Matich has said, this has been the best Redskins team in 10 years. And, the star player has been 22-year-old Robert Griffin III, of course.

 

Well, remember all the stories about what happened in the United States in the Thirties during the Amos 'n Andy radio broadcasts? We always remember the report that water usage soared unbelievably during the commercial breaks, as listeners headed for the conveniences. But wasn't there something of afternoon of the big game in our very own Seat of Government?

 

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NY Tristate Region #Broadband Ranked In USA Top 20 | NY Convergence

NY Tristate Region #Broadband Ranked In USA Top 20 | NY Convergence | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The NY Tristate Region is ranked relatively high for state broadband infrastructure and policies, as compared to other states across the USA.  According to the  recently-released  “2012 State Broadband Index” survey by TechNet, the bipartisan group says that states with high levels on investment in broadband infrastructure see more economic benefits, stronger communities, improved delivery of government services, and better educational systems.

 

New Jersey ranked sixth of the 50 states, while NY ranked tenth, and Connecticut ranked 17th.  Of the three, New Jersey was the only state ranked above average on home adoption of broadband infrastructure. NY was at the national average but along with New Jersey has had slow growth rates recently.

 

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NC: Charlotte awaits FirstNet approval to proceed with LTE plans | Urgent Communications

Once it receives permission from FirstNet, the city of Charlotte, N.C., plans to implement its halted public-safety LTE plans as quickly as possible, which should result in a fully deployed broadband system in 2014 or early 2015, according to Chuck Robinson, director of shared services for the city of Charlotte.

 

“If I get a green light [from FirstNet] in February, then we are going to turn on the afterburners,” Robinson said during an interview with Urgent Communications. “But that will depend on how we negotiate the frequency agreement [with FirstNet to use the 700 MHz broadband spectrum]—that will be critical for how we go forward.”

 

Charlotte was one of seven public-safety jurisdictions in the U.S. that was awarded federal stimulus grants—as part of the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP)—to fund the deployment of 700 MHz LTE networks for first responders. The first phase of deployment was supposed to be done last summer, but the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) halted the deployments early in 2012 to ensure that the FirstNet board would have input into the initiatives.

 

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MO: State HIE Efforts are Growing | Federal Telemedicine News

The Missouri Health Connection (MHC), at www.MissouriHealthConnection.org, the state’s designated entity to implement Missouri’s health information network, and the Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) are now exchanging Direct secure messages across state lines. By connecting Missouri’s system with the Illinois Direct Secured Messaging Health Information Service Providers (HISP), providers can now send an easy, quick, and secure Direct message. MHC also announced that it was awarded a $230,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, a philanthropic organization to fund educational and outreach efforts related to Missouri’s statewide health information network. The funding will be used to help MHC educate and encourage both consumers and healthcare providers on MHC services and benefits. The funding will provide for training for healthcare system personnel and consumer advocates. Educational materials and strategies will be developed with the input of MHC participating organizations to include the MHC Consumer Advisory Council, Missouri Health Literacy, and other stakeholders. Click headline to read more--
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Google, Yahoo to get their own smart grid with help of Valley think tank | Silicon Valley Business Journal

Google, Yahoo to get their own smart grid with help of Valley think tank | Silicon Valley Business Journal | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley is known for its sprawling tech campuses comprised of elaborate R&D workshops, thousands and thousands of tech gadgets and expansive dining options.

 

Now think about the energy required to power those operations.

 

Regional development think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley certainly has, and is now launching a public-private partnership with Google, Yahoo, Intuit and Juniper Networks, among others, to develop a smart energy grid centered around Moffett Field.

 

Under the initiative, an 8.25 square-mile zone that encompasses parts of North Mountain View and North Sunnyvale will become a shared testing ground for cutting edge clean tech solutions. Both of the peninsula cities and utilities providers in their jurisdiction will also participate.

 

“We’re trying to do two things,” Joint Venture President & CEO Russell Hancock told me. “First, we’re trying to reduce Silicon Valley’s carbon footprint. The second is we’re trying to promote Silicon Valley as the answer to this problem.”

 

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Comcast Buys Part-Ownership in Cable Equipment Manufacturer Arris | Stop the Cap!

Comcast Buys Part-Ownership in Cable Equipment Manufacturer Arris | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Comcast Corporation has announced its intention to pay $150 million for part-ownership of Arris Group, Inc., which manufacturers set top boxes and cable modems.

 

Comcast will own 10.6 million shares of Arris when the deal is complete.

 

The investment comes at the same time Arris is completing its acquisition of Motorola Home Business, which has been a major supplier of cable equipment for years.

 

With the investment, Comcast is signaling its intent to remain committed to Arris and Motorola brand equipment, but also more strongly influence its future development.

 

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New rule: Hospital, physician partners face penalties for privacy leaks | Modern Healthcare

New rule: Hospital, physician partners face penalties for privacy leaks | Modern Healthcare | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

HHS in its long-awaited privacy rule released today expanded liability of business associates of hospitals, physicians and other HIPAA-covered entities if they release data in ways that violate patient privacy.

Called the “omnibus” privacy and security rule because of its broad reach, it updates earlier Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules with more stringent privacy and security measures passed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“Much has changed in healthcare since HIPAA was enacted over fifteen years ago,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release coordinated with the posting of the 563-page rulein the Federal Register. “The new rule will help protect patient privacy and safeguard patients' health information in an ever-expanding digital age.”

 

The rule clarifies when breaches of information must be reported to the Office for Civil Rights, sets new rules on the use of patient-identifiable information for marketing and fundraising, and expands direct liability under the law to the so-called “business associates” of hospitals and physicians and other “HIPAA-covered entities.” Those associates might include a provider's healthcare data-miners and health information technology service providers.


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MI: Merit Network Lights REACH-3MC Network From Monroe To Traverse City | CBS Detroit

MI: Merit Network Lights REACH-3MC Network From Monroe To Traverse City | CBS Detroit | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Merit Network Inc. announced Tuesday the completion of two key segments of their REACH-3MC network build-out: Beulah to Traverse City, and Centreville to Coldwater.

 

Merit has completed construction on the segments and activated optical network equipment that is used to “light” the newly installed fiber to provide service.

 

Tuesday’s announcement marks a significant achievementfor the project as the REACH-3MC network has fiber continuity and lit service spanning approximately 569 miles, from Monroe in the southwest to the northwest into Traverse City.

 

The fiber-optic cable lit today is part of the Round I REACH-3MC ”mainline.” Led by Merit Network, the goal of REACH-3MC is to construct fiber-optic infrastructure that connects communities together. In the process, Merit connects community anchor institutions (schools, libraries, health care, government, public safety) by way of “laterals,” or spurs, from the mainline.

 

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MI: Officials say broadband Internet crucial to area | Cadillac News

MI: Officials say broadband Internet crucial to area | Cadillac News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Some may have noticed work crews with large wheels covered in fiber optic cable on the sides of many local roads this summer and fall.

 

Those crews are installing "middle-mile" fiber optic cable for the purpose of expanding high-speed, or broadband, Internet access.

 

Recently, the importance of comprehensive high-speed Internet coverage has prompted a county-wide analysis to determine what areas are most underserved, what services people want,and what they know about the services currently available to them.

 

Connect Michigan, a company that specializes in conducting analysis of broadband access for municipalities and private parties, has begun an assessment of Wexford County and will be presenting its findings in the near future.

 

In their assessment process, Connect Michigan representatives spoke to a number of municipal officials, industry leaders and residents.

 

Some may question why broadband is so important and why so much time and money is being put into its research and infrastructure.

 

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FCC Announces up to $400M in Funding to Create, Expand Telemedicine Networks | Becker's Hospital Review

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that up to $400 million in annual funding will be made available to healthcare providers as part of its new Healthcare Connect Fund.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made the announcement at the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland (Calif.) Jan. 7.

According to the report, the FCC's Healthcare Connect Fund will begin in 2013 to spur the development of broadband networks to support telemedicine, link rural clinics to urban medical centers and provide access to health records.

Specifically, the fund will:

 

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US Intelligence Community Forecasts Digital-Driven Future | Wall Street Journal

US Intelligence Community Forecasts Digital-Driven Future | Wall Street Journal | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The digital technology revolution is transforming every single business and industry around the world. But, beyond that, it is having a transformational impact on economies and societies around the world, as we transition from the industrial society of the past couple of centuries to a new kind of information-based society. What will our world look like over the next couple of decades? A new report by the National Intelligence Council, Global Trend 2030: Alternative Worlds provides a well constructed framework for reflecting on what the world might be like over the next 15 to 20 years. In particular, the report identifies the most important megatrends of our transforming world, all of them highly influenced one way or another by advances in digital technologies. It is critical for companies to understand the nature of these inevitable long term changes, avoid being left behind by faster moving competitors, and figure out how to leverage these changes to grow their business around the world.

 

The NIC  is the center for mid- and long-term strategic thinking within the U.S. Intelligence Community. Every four years, it develops the Global Trends report to provide the White House and the intelligence community with a framework for long-range strategic policy assessment. Its latest report - Global Trend 2030: Alternative Worlds (GT2030) –was released this past December.

 

“This report is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories during the next 15 to 20 years,” it states in the Executive Summary. “As with the NIC’s previous Global trends reports, we do not seek to predict the future –which would be an impossible feat–but instead provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications.”

 

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OH: Broadband training program | Vinton Courier

OH: Broadband training program | Vinton Courier | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Connect Ohio has implemented a statewide broadband training program, Every Citizen Online (ECO), in order to increase sustainable broadband adoption in Ohio.

 

The project provides free computer training sessions at public libraries, community colleges, community organizations, and educational centers throughout Ohio and teaches new users how to access the Internet and how to best utilize all the Internet has to offer.

 

The goal of the project is to showcase the many educational, healthcare, economic, and communication benefits of broadband use, and to encourage adoption by residents statewide. Currently, just 66% of Ohioans subscribe to a broadband service at their home.

 

The scope of this program includes:

 

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Princeton, Illinois, Uses Electric Wires to Deliver Low Cost Internet Access | community broadband networks

Princeton, Illinois, Uses Electric Wires to Deliver Low Cost Internet Access | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Recently, we covered the city-owned fiber optic network in Princeton, Illinois. The network has been serving city facilities, schools, libraries, and businesses since late 2003. The network contributes to economic development by delivering high capacity telecommunications services at affordable prices to local businesses. The City built and owns the network but services are delivered by a private sector partner.

 

Princeton is also working to bridge the digital divide in its community. The city offers an inexpensive Broadband Over Power Lines (BPL) service to residents and small businesses, using the municipal electricial grid.

 

BPL was once touted as a great hope for rural connectivity. The technology allows users to send telecommunications over the electrical lines already in place across the country.  After several deployments revealed problems with radio interference, performance issues, and unreliability, the great hope considerably dimmed. However, the technology still has its place.

 

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Susan Crawford, Captive Audience, and How to Kill the Cable Monopoly | community broadband networks

Susan Crawford, Captive Audience, and How to Kill the Cable Monopoly | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Susan Crawford, author of the just-released Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, is our guest for the 29th episode of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. A former adviser to President Obama, she has been a leading figure in the struggle to preserve an open Internet.

 

Susan has long been an advocate of communities deciding for themselves if a community owned network is a wise investment and recognizes the benefits of smart government policies to prevent big companies like Comcast from dominating the telecommunications arena.

 

We talk about her book and reactions to it -- big cable and telephone companies are attacking her under false pretenses by either putting words in her mouth or misrepresenting her main points. But we also discuss the steps concerned people can take to bring force some accountability on the big monopolies.

 

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CenturyLink Concedes Publicly-Owned Broadband Networks Offer Better Service Then They Do | Stop the Cap!

CenturyLink Concedes Publicly-Owned Broadband Networks Offer Better Service Then They Do | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A CenturyLink official made a remarkable concession in the state of Minnesota last week when he admitted the state’s community-owned broadband networks are better equipped to deliver 21st century broadband speeds that CenturyLink simply cannot provide.

 

Duane Ring, midwest region president for CenturyLink publicly told an audience at a Minnesota High Tech Association-sponsored discussion in Minneapolis that community-owned networks don’t have to meet shareholder demands for return on investment and other corporate metrics that have left CenturyLink broadband customers with far lower speeds than municipal broadband customers. Minnesota Public Radio was on hand:

 

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Smart Grid Data Analytics are Critical to Realizing Smart Grid Investments | HeraldOnline.com

Smart Grid Data Analytics are Critical to Realizing Smart Grid Investments | HeraldOnline.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Utilities around the world are investing billions of dollars to deploy and implement smart grid technologies to modernize their operational and information systems. These initiatives promise to transform the power grid, enabling utilities to monitor, analyze, and synchronize their networks to improve reliability, availability, and efficiency. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, smart grid data analytics – which examine raw data from smart grid sensors and devices along with other forms of operational data and external third party data – are a crucial part of fully realizing these investments.

 

“Data analytics are the next level of intelligent network control and planning,” says senior research analyst Bob Lockhart. “The application of smart grid data analytics is challenging, because it involves collating and analyzing data from many internal sources, plus integrating non-structured data from external sources such as demographics, social media, emails, and images, to effectively support decision making. Simply analyzing well-structured meter and monitoring data may no longer be enough to understand how a utility can improve its business.”

 

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Expanding Telehealth Markets | Federal Telemedicine News

REKA Health Pte Ltd., a Singapore based provider of mobile health technology products and services has opened their U.S. headquarters in the biotech hub of San Diego. Production is being ramped up as REKA Health Inc. prepares to sell telehealth solutions to facilitate remote health monitoring into the U.S. market. The company exhibited their FDA-cleared E100 cardiac event monitor and cloud platform at the mHealth Summit held in the D.C. area in December. The monitor enables patients who experience transient symptoms suggestive of cardiac arrhythmia to record and store events as they occur using either the standard or integrated platinum thumb electrodes. The user is able to transmit their information on their events to the clinician for diagnosis. Click headline to read more--
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North Carolina's HIT Report | Federal Telemedicine News

North Carolina and health IT partners have received grants across all categories of federal HIT funding totaling approximately $630 million and are expecting to exceed $1 billion in federal investments. The North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) is currently in the implementation phase with core services deployed last April. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) in collaboration with NC HIE and Allscripts, launched the “North Carolina Program to Advance Technology for Health” (NC PATH) to equip 600 rural independent physicians with Allscripts EHR software and to connect healthcare providers across the state to the HIE. BCBSNC is donating the cost to implement the EHRs. For in-network providers, BCBSNC will cover 85 percent of the software and maintenance costs plus HIE connectivity and membership fees for a period of 5 years. The provider is responsible for the remaining 15 percent. The HIE is partnering with the North Carolina Community Care Network (NCCCN) to develop and deploy medication management services funded through a Supplemental Challenge Grant from ONC. Currently, there are 717 users on the medication management system. The NCHIE launched the laboratory program with Solstas Lab Partners and Labcorp by signing a participation agreement and are now in contract discussions with Quest Diagnostics. A pilot program to make laboratory results from Solstas available through the NCHIE is currently being tested. Click headline to read more--
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