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Friday, June 27, 2003

I am interested in the Smart User-Centric Communication Environment (SCOUT).  It looks similar to what we are trying to develop.

Scene setting:

As we look beyond the Third Generation of Mobile Communications, we can initially perceive the convergence towards an IP- based core network and ubiquitous, seamless access between 2G, 3G, broadband and broadcast wireless access schemes, augmented by self- organizing network schemes and short- range connectivity between intelligent communicating appliances . In this ‘composite radio environment’ where several highly standardized legacy radio transport schemes exist, one inherent goal is to develop reconfigurable network and terminal techniques to enable interworking and so to deliver diverse and exciting applications using the most appropriate radio access scheme( s).


User demands and requirements for a network infrastructure supporting terminal re- configuration areassessed. Proxy reconfiguration functions are elaborated and analysed in the network and dependent on the network infrastructure. The infrastructure has to provide support for several functions, in particular for enabling distributed profile management, mode negotiation and mode switching decision making, efficient strategies for user- centric mode selection based on context information, and ensuring QoS of software download. Terminal- centric support functions as terminal re- configuration manager are presented. Further is addressed: Management of mapping of software on the hardware platform. Security and safety functions. Management of run- time insertion, removal, and configuration of software and the modules running on SDR hardware platform through Operating System and Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) de- correlating HW platform from application software,  Development of object- oriented approach for platform design and realization.

Similar concepts are expressed in the "Cluster on Reconfigurability" project

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Bill Campbell, the first CIO for the State of Wyoming, writes about the political pitfalls of being a CIO for state government.  The article is entitled "How to Survive in the Public Sector." 

State government turned out to be unlike anything I had done before. Things were done according to unfathomable unwritten rules I didn't understand, and my intuitive problem-solving "compass" kept getting me lost. I soon realized that leading IT reform in state government requires decidedly different characteristics than those found in the private sector.

When Bill came to Utah, we discussed some of his more challenging issues in Wyoming.  He was still dealing with a number of political footballs that had already been resolved in Utah.  And there's still a long ways to go....

Another article describes the Post Falls' (Idaho) Law Enforcement WiFi network.  Several projects similar to this are underway in Utah as part of UWIN.

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John is calling RSS a melting pot of innovative thinking.  He's certainly correct about that.

A couple of weeks ago, Joi Ito produced a Privacy Report for Electronic Government for the Ministry of Public Management in Japan.

I came across the BuyUSA Network, a Federal site aimed at supporting exporters and importers of US goods and services.  I need to make sure this is linked from our new state business portal.

The American Planning Association does a regular column on egovernment.  Back in January, they mentioned Neighborhood Knowledge California, an interesting interactive GIS tool that can be used to engage citizens in the local planning process.

Here's a new eGov blog maintained by an intern for Cruz Bustamante, the Lieutenant Governor of California.

Rory Perry points to a directory of journalist weblogs.  I recently interviewed with a local report on the value of weblogs.  I wish I had this list at that time.  Rory also mentions the introduction of the National Do Not Call Registry.  I do not like to be called by telemarketers, but I'm wondering about the economic impact of this initiative, particularly in areas where telemarketing is the primary job source for youth (16-25).

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