Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Intel Launches "Digital Communities" Initiative

Intel is launching a "Digital Communities" initiative to help communities use wireless technology and innovative applications to expand and improve services for municipal governments, businesses and citizens.

Under the program, Intel is working with Cisco, Dell, IBM, and SAP to help 13 "pilot" communities design, develop and deploy comprehensive solutions and services to enhance government efficiency, promote economic growth, foster greater community satisfaction and bridge the digital divide. The applications range from automating mobile workers such as meter readers and building inspectors to increasing the safety and enhancing resource management of first responders by remotely monitoring vehicle location to enhancing parent, teacher collaboration for improved student success.

The initial list of Digital Communities includes Cleveland; Corpus Christi, Texas; Dusseldorf, Germany; Gyor, Hungary; Jerusalem, Israel; Mangaratiba, Brazil; Osaka, Japan; Philadelphia; Portland; Principality of Monaco; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; and Westminster, United Kingdom.

"As wireless technology continues to evolve, local governments are seizing the opportunity to address critical issues in their community including equal and affordable access to broadband and more efficient and effective government services," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and director, Intel Sales and Marketing Group.

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