After spending the last 20 to 30 years using a keyboard, screen and mouse, it’s obvious to Tony Scott, former CIO, Executive Office of the President, that the interface of the future is audio, video and mobile. Scott recently spoke with Greg Otto, managing editor, CyberScoop for FedScoop TV’s Accelerating Innovation in Government video series about this shift and what broader digital transformation means for agencies.
What’s accelerating this change as IT leaders architect for the future? 5G, according to Scott. With faster data speeds and more powerful mobile devices, 5G will be the basis for new, AI and machine learning-based, interfaces and applications. The fact that users can download a full-length motion picture in a few seconds is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new world of possibilities 5G will enable, says Scott.
Security is also top of mind as more agencies look to enable greater workforce productivity and provide on-demand information at a user’s fingertips. To solve this challenge, the industry will have to deliver what Scott calls “secure by design.” This means thinking of security as an architectural principle where data protection is baked in from the ground-up right into the device, underlying software and applications.
Scott also sees real promise “practically everywhere” for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). One example he provides are the desktop and tabletop crisis simulation exercises he does for CIOs. The ability to inject reality into those types of scenarios has the potential to provide the user learnings that are much different from a paper-based training, Scott says.
Stay tuned to Samsung Insights’ federal government coverage for additional videos from the series in the coming weeks.