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GCN : April 2013
EDITOR'S DESK BY PAUL MCCLOSKEY HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach staff members of 1105 Government Information Group. A list of staff members can be found online at www.gcn. com. Go to Contact GCN andclick on GCN Editors, Writers, Staff and Beats. Staff members of the 1105 Government Information Group can also be reached by e-mail, phone, fax or mail.E- MAIL: To e-mail staff members, please use the naming convention of rst initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. So John Smith would be email@example.com. PHONE OR FAX: The switchboard is open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. After 5:30 p.m. you will be directed to individual extensions. VIENNA OFFICE: (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5059. 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215. CORPORATE OFFICE: (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) Telephone 818-814-5200; Fax 818-734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311 EDITORIAL INQUIRIES: Go to gcn.com/pressroom REPRINTS: For all editorial and advertising reprints of 100 copies or more,and digital (Web-based) reprints, contact PARS International, Phone (212) 221-9195, E-mail: 1105reprints@ parsintl.com/QuickQuote.asp EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF PAUL McCLOSKEY MANAGING EDITOR KEVIN McCANEY EDITORS/WRITERS MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE SUSAN MILLER MANAGING EDITOR HEATHER KULDELL SOCIAL MEDIA SENIOR EDITOR RUTRELL YASIN GCN LAB DIRECTOR JOHN BREEDEN II SENIOR WRITER WILLIAM JACKSON STAFF WRITER GREG CROWE CONTRIBUTING WRITERS MICHAEL DACONTA, KATHLEEN HICKEY, PATRICK MARSHALL, SHAWN MCCARTHY, EDITORIAL/ONLINE PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR JEFF LANGKAU ASSISTANT DRAGUTIN CVIJANOVIC ART DIRECTOR SENIOR WEB BISWARUP DESIGNERS BHATTACHARJEE MARTIN PEACE PRESIDENT & CHIEFANNE A. ARMSTRONG CONTENT OFFICER CHIEF OPERATING ABRAHAM M. LANGER OFFICER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT JENNIFER WEISS & GROUP PUBLISHER VICE PRESIDENT, CARMEL McDONAGH MARKETING PRESIDENT & CHIEF NEAL VITALE EXECUTIVE OFFICER SENIOR VICE RICHARD VITALE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER EXECUTIVE MICHAEL J. VALENTI VICE PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT, CHRISTOPHER M. COATE FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION VICE PRESIDENT, ERIK A. LINDGREN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENT, DAVID F. MYERS EVENT OPERATIONS CHAIRMAN OF JEFFREY S. KLEIN THE BOARD www.gcn.com Volume 32 Issue 4 The smart phone might be the greatest IT innovation of all time, considering the impact it s had on the personal com- munication habits of hundreds of millions of people and the basic operations of the offices in which they work. The sheer originality of the smart phone accounted for much of its initial appeal. But what made them indispensible was the number of legacy ap- plications packed into them: the camera, Global Positioning System receiver, MP3 player, e-reader and on. The smart phone showed how demand could be generated by finding new ways to integrate or package stand-alone technolo- gies whose appeal had begun to level o until a catalyst appeared to retool and take them to the next level. Examples of this type of sling- shot e ect are not hard to find. In our cover story this month, for instance, we look at the evolution of laser technologies as a mapping tool. Until recently, handheld computers and GPS technologies had been tools of choice for mapping changes in coastlines and wilderness areas. But sudden advances in geospatial mapping and optical and scanning technologies have lowered the cost and improved the accuracy of LIDAR (light de- tection and ranging), causing a boom in a technology first tried over 40 years ago by research scientists to track pollutants in the atmosphere. Today, LIDAR is being used, "by just about everybody who uses a map," according to one LIDAR data coordinator quoted in our story, to perform, among other things, spatial analysis of municipal planning, road wear and tear, flood damage, even to help identify archeological landmarks. Smart phones continue to operate as a catalyst in the de- velopment of new applications, especially for public-sector us- ers. Elsewhere in this issue, Greg Crowe looks at a Navy project to build a 4G LTE network that enables crews at sea to send and exchange voice, photos and video from one ship to another over their smart phones. The Navy wanted this capabil- ity so that crews at sea could improve the documentation of their potential encounters with pirates. Now there are a lot of uses of smart phones in govern- ment but few are as specialized -- or dependent on the reinvention of the mobile phone as a military tool of. Next month GCN Lab Director John Breeden takes a look at the role gaming technology is begin- ning to play in the public sector. While gaming has been a serious technology in the entertainment industry and in some pockets of education, it is a niche technol- ogy in other markets, including government. At this point, it is still waiting to find its tipping point into the mainstream worlds of business, government and education. But there might not be such a long wait. Kevin Chou, CEO of gaming powerhouse Kabam, recently wrote that gaming has become central to the mobile device industry. In fact, he said, "mobile games have reached the point where they are now the single most important activity on mobile devices." The statement has a ring of truth. Given its track record, mobile might have power and of- fer the opportunity to drive new uses of gaming into industry, government and the class room. In fact this sling shot might already be loaded.• WHEN STAND-ALONE APPS GET A BOOST FROM BIG TECH 6 GCN APRIL 2013 • GCN.COM GCN (ISSN 0738-4300) is published monthly by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $165.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: GCN, P.O. 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