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Global Net Superiority: Intelligent Infrastructure Defined "In order to move forward in applying and maximizing new technologies, everyone involved in real estate, infrastructure, technology, and regional economic development needs to get on the same page in defining basic concepts like infrastructure." - James Carlini Today, more organizations are looking at new technologies and applications for their operations. There is a convergence of industries that were thought to be independent which are now interdependent. What is missing is the ability to find common ground in definitions of infrastructure and other terminologies. From the US Army Corps of Engineers' "Infrastructure and the Operational Art" Handbook: The word infrastructure has many definitions, each tailored to the particular perspective of the author. Each is correct for the needs of the author, but i... (more)

Internet of Things, Internet of Reality By @JamesCarlini | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Establishing an Institute for Intelligent Infrastructure Infrastructure has provided the path to increase commerce and trade for over 5,000 years. It has created trade routes by overcoming natural obstacles ranging from spanning rivers and gorges, to providing access by land (roads and railroads), sea (docks and ports) and air (airports) to places which we want to do business with. Today, trade routes have become electronic. Broadband connectivity has created a new layer of infrastructure within the "Platform for Commerce." Many educational institutions lag behind offering solutio... (more)

Cloud Computing Procurement: As Easy as Remembering RFP

When it comes to procurement, any technology or service should be evaluated with a good set of criteria. Executive decisions should not be weighted solely on a single selection criterion such as price. This applies to any cloud computing service as well. The twelve criteria listed below (see Chart 1) forces executives to take a broader review of the many elements of the total cloud computing service, and not just price. Each criteria starts with an R, F, or P which makes it easy to remember the total framework for the Yardstick for Technology Procurement (RFP). Chart 1: Yardsti... (more)

Cloud Computing and Precision Time Protocol (PTP)

If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission-critical type applications, it needs to get more accurate when it comes to transaction-based applications. Trying to keep everything in a structured framework is going to require a more rigorous network infrastructure that includes timing down to milliseconds, if not nanoseconds. One way to accomplish this is to use the IEEE 1588 protocol or "Precision Time Protocol" (PTP), which provides timing. In an earlier article entitled, "Cloud Transaction Synchronicity," I discussed the need for this type of capability if financial or... (more)

MCX and Smartphones: How Good Is the Support Network?

Major retailers like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Best Buy, Shell and others announced last week their focus on developing MCX, Merchant Customer Exchange, to enhance their sales and cover the growing demand for capabilities to buy things from the smartphone. This is a great milestone in the area of wireless because it adds credibility to all those preaching that mobile wireless will create a huge paradigm shift as to how the average consumer will be purchasing goods and services in the future. When you get retailers that represent over $1 trillion in sales today talking about devel... (more)