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A bit more rant. If I were king:
The public safety systems have to be built over
a common model the same way the French designed
their nuclear reactor systems. This isn't a competition
for innovation but for common reliable trusted services.
In this business, one doesn't get to devastate their
competitors. One's systems must interoperate with
them seamlessly. One will be building over core
technologies provided by other companies (the big four
in most cases) and open source.
So I would call in the CEOs of the top companies
in the field and tell them:
1. A national plan for public safety will be
created with an architecture. Preference will
be given to open technologies that rely on open
standards with proven implementations. Only after
the necessary interoperable systems are in place
will more advanced but unproven technologies be
entertained. There will be a purchase list for
2. Public monies will be allocated to the states
and the local agencies to procure systems that are
compliant and conformant with that plan.
3. Systems will be vetted for conformance. If
they are not, they will not be on the purchase
list for conforming products.
4. Any company that gives even a whiff of using
rat-f**king tactics in these procurements over
the agencies or their competition will be removed
from the list of approved sources.
5. Government agencies will be audited and held
accountable for conformance and compliance to these
This isn't a sport. This isn't business as usual.
This uses web technology but this doesn't necessarily
conform to web traditions.
Let's hear about that in the upcoming presidential
debates. The current administration wasted the
best opportunity it had to get this done. Now
we have to recover. It doesn't matter which party
endorses this because both parties have to accomplish
it or answer to the electorate. "the jig is up".