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Project SEEKER: Using artificial intelligence for good 

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Project SEEKER is pioneering multi-species artificial intelligence (AI) models built using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Services. It can automatically detect illegally trafficked wildlife concealed within luggage and cargo.  Illegal wildlife trafficking is worth $23 billion per year1. That makes it the fourth-largest illegal trade in the world, following only drugs, guns, and human trafficking2. One…Read more

5 critical areas emergency response solutions must address 

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Efficient, effective emergency response is critical to public safety. In an ever-changing world, more challenges arise every day for our first responders, from 911 triage and dispatch operations to response to incidents from multiple agencies. To ensure the highest levels of service, the following five areas must be addressed: Modernizing of legacy systemsIntegrating different protocols…Read more

Tackling digital overload in the modern defense workplace 

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In our “A digital workplace for a modern defense ecosystem” blog, I shared some thoughts about hybrid workplaces, changing talent expectations, and what this means for Defense and Intelligence organizations around the world. The hybrid work environments initiated in response to COVID-19 have given us important lessons about reinventing the modern defense workplace. Now, it’s…Read more

Don’t miss this moment to build infrastructure that works for all 

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Last month I attended Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona—the first international in-person event I’ve been to since 2019. With public sector organizations all over the world focusing on infrastructure, the timing really could not have been better. In fact, the Infrastructure and Jobs Act (IIJA) was even passed by the House of Representatives in the…Read more

Collaboration as a productivity enabler within government agencies 

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Good collaboration between government agencies and departments is vital, whether it’s within the administrative office, or across social services, the unemployment department, or the judicial system. Learn about three relevant areas that clearly demonstrate how collaboration, driven by digital transformation, can lead to efficient cross-agency collaboration….Read more

Microsoft to present smart-city solutions at Smart City Expo 

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Here at Microsoft, we’ve made a big commitment to help cities and governments become “smart.” What does that mean? It means we believe there is a huge opportunity for technology to help cities become more responsive to their residents, reduce the environmental impact of transportation and utilities, improve public safety, enhance communication and citizen engagement,…Read more

Meeting the challenge of military readiness in a digital world 

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A changing geopolitical situation, new ways of warfare, increasing cyber threats, and the rise of space capabilities and 5G communication are transforming Defense organizations. That transformation has been given even more impetus by COVID-19, which forced many organizations to reconsider their operating paradigms. Adapting to this complex and fluid landscape is impacting militaries’ ability to…Read more

Driving transparency to rebuild trust 

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How technology can rebuild bridges between communities and law enforcement Amidst the calls for police reform and the confusion and stress brought on by the pandemic, there is a common thread: scarcity of information, which drives mistrust. So what can we do to unite public servants and the communities they serve? Leverage innovative technology to…Read more

Analytics for fraud prevention and fraud detection in taxes 

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For more than a decade, tax administrations across the globe have been exploring the use of artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to prevent and detect tax evasion. While there are promising results, AI needs to further evolve and mature to drive increased impact. Democratizing access to AI, training more experts in data science…Read more

A digital workplace for a modern defense ecosystem 

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I recently participated in the first-ever NATO Digital Workplace Conference, where we spent two days discussing the future of defense work. It was a fantastic event, and I was honored to keynote a session on “A digital workplace for a modern defense ecosystem.” To keep the conversation going, I would like to share some highlights…Read more

The future of critical infrastructure is in the cloud 

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Among the challenges public sector agencies face, solving critical infrastructure problems are one of the most urgent. With cyberattacks, demands from citizens, and regulatory requirements growing in complexity, there is increasing pressure to deliver government services more effectively. In response to such pressure, countries across the globe are investing trillions of dollars to rebuild physical…Read more