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GCN OCTOBER 2015 • GCN.COM 11 Wearable data Smart watches remain a consumer device for now, but enterprise applications are coming. Computers can already be set to lock when a user with a smart watch steps away, for example, and other security and communications integrations are being tested. Platform diversity Windows PCs have long been the staple of the workplace, but Apple is carving out a broader niche in government, and Google Chromebooks are getting a look as well. Meanwhile, improved virtual desktop offerings from Citrix, The Sixth Flag, VMware and others could make the platform all but irrelevant. Mobile device docking That device we insist on calling a smartphone is really a computer with the power to handle most daily tasks. Although today ’s docks focus on syncing and secondary display, efforts like Andromium’s could make mobile devices the primary machine — and change the calculus of bring- your-own vs. agency-issued devices in the process. Printing The office needs fewer printers, and the ones that remain are powerful and better networked. Support for mobile devices is the key, and the managed service approach is a real option. Device charging The Qi standard, which allows devices to charge without plugging into a charger, has been around for some time. Now office furniture is integrating the hardware needed to charge mobile devices — with wires and without. Workspaces without cables Wireless gigabit and near-field communication are advancing quickly and can allow for completely wireless desk spaces. Those technologies make “hoteling” and flexible seating much simpler for users and IT support staff alike. Wi-Fi everywhere Wi-Fi is no longer optional, and offices need connectivity that is both robust and secure. Enterprise-grade solutions offer better coverage with fewer access points, requiring fewer ports and translating into less network infrastructure overall. 1015gcn_009-011.indd 11 10/5/15 12:02 PM
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