FlipSide

Beam me up, Scotty?

It wasn’t quite “Star Trek,” but it came close. Conference-goers beamed their contact information to one another instead of exchanging business cards at the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Stakeholders Conference in Washington last month.

Using devices from nTag Interactive, DHS stored conference-goers’ personal information in electronic name tags. Then, people kept busy during breaks by aiming their tags’ infrared signals at anyone they met who had a valuable company affiliation, e-mail address and phone number. Some people said they were impressed by how productive they could be at social networking and how easy it was to add names to their contact database.

Conference leaders also used the electronic name tags to conduct informal audience surveys throughout the conference. DHS officials posed the questions, and audience members entered their choices using the tags’ number pads.

A short time later, the survey results appeared on a large screen in front of the audience.

photo

photo

Featured

  • Veterans Affairs
    Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer speaks at an Oct. 10 FCW event (Photo credit: Troy K. Schneider)

    VA's pivot to agile

    With 10 months on the job, Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer is pushing his organization toward a culture of constant delivery.

  • Defense
    Dana Deasy, DOD Chief Information Officer, hosts a roundtable discussion on the enterprise cloud initiative with reporters, Aug. 9, 2019, at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Carroll)

    DOD CIO 'very confident' that White House influence didn't guide JEDI award

    At his Senate confirmation hearing, Defense Department CIO Dana Deasy said the department's $10 billion cloud contract was awarded by a team of experts.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.