November 11, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Shake hands with someone and you can tell volumes about them -- or so it may seem. Hands warm or cold, callused or soft, the handshake strong and vigorous or not. But such old-fashioned analog flesh-pressing may soon be surpassed by the exchange of digital information flowing through human touch. According to Alps Electric, the human body's electrical field can be used to convey digital information during a handshake, or for a number of security purposes. The company -- presenting at CEATEC Japan 2009 -- thinks this technology can be used for personal ID in mobile phones, home security and in vehicles. View Video
Illustration by Tom McKeith
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.