Digital/Technology/Future Vision for IT Infrastructure for Hilton Head Island

The Digital/Technology/Future Vision
for IT Infrastructure for Hilton Head Island
A Position Document by John H. Lundin, PhD
© Copyright John H. Lundin, Ph.D. 2018-19, All Rights Reserved
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
-Henry Ford…

20190409 Two page precis of HHI Community Digital Plan by JHLundin, PhD

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  1. Establish objectives
    1. Push to proven, more advanced technologies and services to match the current and future needs of the community and the visitors to our Island.
    2. Educate community leaders about the necessity to be aggressive in the technology infrastructure and information services
    3. Change the culture of settling for mediocrity (and less) when it comes to uses for technology infrastructure and information services
      1. Educational services, Resident services, Business services, Visitor services
    4. Lead with the trademark of “connected island” and desire to become a “smart city”
  2. What are technology infrastructure and information services that are part of being ‘digital’
    1. Technology Infrastructure comprises of four areas:
      1. Computing platforms that will run applications that provide the digital processing that results in outputs that improve the quality of life for our citizens and visitors
      2. Database function that collects, stores, and processes data into value-added digital services for the community
      3. Network functions that enable resident and visitor devices to access the Internet and other information services… and between devices that add value by connection both with “wired” and “wireless” networks to facilitate digital services
      4. Major applications/environments/ecosystems that form the foundation for resident, community and visitor digital services
    2. Information services are those services where the process and/or output comes in a digital format
      1. Resident services that add value to the residents of our Island
      2. Student and educational services which leverage the educational process
      3. Business services which add value and enable business operation anytime anywhere
      4. Government services which make resident and visitor interface with the Town Government easier, faster, less painful (see smart cities)
  3. Smart City: Plan, transfer, and combine Town services into digital inputs, processes and outputs which leverages community functions and services with digital technologies
    1. Develop and build the digital infrastructure to support the services
    2. Plan and build the telecommunications network to support Government and other services
      1. Handbook of other municipality experience and tactics
      2. Successful model of a beach community of twice HHI size who has telecommunication services *two orders of magnitude* greater than HHI for the same $$!! We are 20 years behind this community!!
      3. Details and history of “smart cities”
        1. And one leading smart city Columbus OH
        2. Listing of some of the award-winning projects IDC
      4. Call for the Town Council to promote being a “Smart City” and a “Connected Island” and
        1. make it a top priority for the Town Manager and all Town Staff
        2. Hire/contract a half-time Town CIO that reports to the Mayor and Council, and is a peer of the Town Manager
          1. Responsible for Smart Cities initiative
          2. Responsible for the IT Infrastructure and Information Services planning and execution
          3. Responsible for the working partnerships with other organizations to meet the digital needs of the Community
    3. Plan and build the information services that the community can use to add value to their life, work, education, and play
  4. Dimensions of the Digital Solution
    1. Networks to communicate among and between devices
      1. Internet service
      2. Internet and other network distribution
        1. Wired:
          1. Fiber optic cabling with high bandwidth devices at each node
          2. Copper cabling
            1. Coaxial cabling (cable TV cable used for data services)
            2. Twisted pair cabling (old telephone cabling used for DSL)
        2. Wireless:
          1. Personal Area: Bluetooth
          2. Local Area: WiFi 802.11ac and 802.11u
          3. Metropolitan Area: LTE (4G), and 5G
          4. Wide Area: none
    2. What are the metrics with which we will measure our progress?
    3. With whom will we compare ourselves to see if we are actually making progress toward having a distinctive competence or a competitive advantage?
  5. Technology topics to initiate with Partners to establish milestones for achievement [see me for additional discussion]
    1. Internet
      1. Ownership of the distribution network
      2. ownership/control of the rights of way
    2. Network wired media and distribution protocols
      1. Fiber: PON
      2. Coax: DOCSIS
      3. Copper: DSL and
    3. Wireless protocols
      1. LTE (4G) and 5G
      2. WiFi, and LTE-U & LAA
      3. DSRC
      4. V2V and V2X
    4. Power
      1. V2G
      2. Rights of way to the consumer
    5. Sewer system
      1. Dig once ordinances
      2. Installing conduit in and alongside sewer assets
    6. Digital services providers
      1. Smart Cities & Government services
      2. Residential services
      3. Commercial services
      4. Visitor services
      5. Transportation services
    7. Who will maintain the community plans/designs for all these dimensions of our digital future, our digital infrastructure, our digital projects, our digital services? […who is doing it *now?*]
      1. Me…
      2. A Chief Information Officer for the municipality/county/region
      3. A Digital Vision Sub-Committee of the Town Council
      4. Nobody
      5. …Two years ago at an HHIEDC meeting, Councilman Tom Lennox asked me to rate HHI digital abilities on a scale of 1-10. At the time I state (and defended) a rating of 3.5…. Well, we are now a 3.0!! We are falling farther behind daily. Let’s stop the slide and start making some *real* progress. Ask me *how?*
  6. I stand ready to engage the community and the Town Council of Hilton Head Island so we can move *forward*… with a digital future.
    1. What is first? Leadership agreement that we want to be a “Connected Island” …become a “bleisure” destination!
    2. Have a serious look at what it will take to get to ‘leadership’ [please understand, we will get to each of the milestones sooner or later… Let’s get to them *sooner* and make the services a distinctive competency and competitive advantage!]
    3. How far behind the leaders are we? The model that I like/follow started this process aggressively in 1997 so I would say 20 years… but the good news is that there are lots of shortcuts to catching up, but only if you are really looking for them!!

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure includes widening the Bluffton-HiltonHead Corridor… Vote YES

  1. 20181017b blog post and email… vote YES… Here’s why I support the Corridor Proposal
    • I am an infrastructure type of guy… Most know that I push hard for telecommunications and educational infrastructure because our future depends on it… and because there is no *immediate* need most do not see the urgency of building the infrastructure *today* so it will be in place when we need it *tomorrow*…
    • I believe in being an “informed citizen.” I look to those who have proven themselves in domains where I do not hold expertise [and hopefully they will consult me when there are issues surrounding my areas of expertise]…
    • I am a great believer in regional cooperation and growth. As our world becomes more global in scope, we need to combine our communities to form regional competencies to make our Lowcountry more competitive and attractive…
    • I am a great believer in cooperation rather than confrontation… We need to support efforts that  do not have an immediate benefit to us *individually,* but have benefit to us *collectively.* Fighting “tit for tat” is juvenile and will only result in the detriment to all of us…
    • I am all about building for the future… mostly so that our children won’t be hampered by our bad decisions
    • I only speak publicly to issues where I have no particular benefit… and although I do live on Hilton Head Island, I not drive the corridor during congested times, but I do interface with lots of workers and involved citizens that drive the corridor during the worst times to provide value-added services that I value (thanks Paula and crew at the Sunrise for commuting to provide frequent breakfasts!)
    • I detest what in the technology industry has come to call “FUD” (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) as a tactic to influence decisions… Vote on the merits [which implies that you “learn/know” what the merits are…]. Personally, when I observe FUD tactics, that is a flag that the opposition has little of substance to present…
    • …Simply stated: I strongly support a “Yes” vote on the Transportation/Corridor Proposition before the voters in November…
      1. I have spent quality time researching the issues and speaking with people who I both respect and who are experts in different parts of the *results* of this proposal, and have found all to be strongly in support with none expressing any reservations about either the results or the process of the issue to be voted on… further, they have spoken candidly to the reasons that some vocally espouse to be reasons to vote against.
      2. This initiative is the best option for implementing a solution to the bottleneck that splits our region and economically hurts both our total economy and the separate economies on both sides of the corridor…
        1. Bluffton workers that drive the corridor spend non-productive time sitting in their cars when they might be doing commerce in Bluffton…
        2. Hilton Head residents will have to spend more for products/services that have a labor component to pay for the commute time to their jobs on the island… 278 bridge keyframe
        3. …and both will reduce the tax-base of available revenue for the county to provide valuable services to *all* county residents
    • I can see no good reason to oppose this referendum. It meets all the personal objectives I stated above. There is a demonstrated need, there is a demonstrable benefit, it fits with the complex process to maximize the federal participation and receive the maximum benefit for the County…  and our wisdom today will look wise in the future!
    • This blog post has gone much longer than I intended, but I wanted you to understand why I feel strongly enough to start it in the first place…
    • I look forward to being engaged in the next regional issue to benefit our *region* and not just each *community*…
    • I strongly recommend that you vote “YES”
    • Your mature/reasonable questions/comments are welcome… John

Day172 — D-d-d-done

  1. Day172 — D-d-d-done!!
    1. -Praise God for the many blessings and few trials I have endured…
    2. -Started treatments for tonsil cancer caused by the presence of HPV in my body on November 15th
      1. -A Clinical trial of Immunotherapy for 60 days which knocked down the cancerous areas in my tonsil and tongue and lymph nodes in my left neck
      2. -As a result, my Surgery in January required less tissue be removed so the actual damage done to remove was less. Pathologists report was clear margins on all tissues removed. Cancer surrounding two of the three lymph nodes removed was at a level where there was concern that cancer cells were being released into the lymph system, but the third lymph node in the sequence of nodes was cancer free… a good sign the cancer had not spread.
      3. -The final treatment was chemoradiation starting in early March and completing last night shortly after midnight
        1. The chemo part of the regimen was the “gold standard” Cisplatin
          1. A systemic approach to target any cancer cells that may have escaped the surgery into other parts of my body… While nobody suggested this was an issue, it was a precaution based on the reading of the active lymph nodes.
          2. which among the side-effects had nausea, and although not bad (I had no problem “keeping things down” …my ill-at-ease stomach was always sending messages that I really did not want to be drinking my meal replacement shakes…
        2. And the radiation was the newer proton radiation,
          1. A targeted approach to irradiate the areas which had been active with special attention focused on the lymph node area
          2. Proton radiation which is arguably more precise and does less damage than traditional radiation… I have a large area of my neck that looks like an ‘over-roasted turkey” red and itchy, that has peeled one layer already, but not to the level where the skin begins to ‘ooze’ which is the next level of damage, and ulcers in my throat around the irradiated area which make any drinks or food burn and painful (hence the shakes and nothing else)… mitigated by mouth rinses but always present.
        3. The challenges were to keep my weight stable (‘or else’ they would insert a feeding tube). I managed to stabilize at 210 lbs. and my nutritionist was happy…
        4. The last of the six chemo session was Thursday and the last of the 30 radiation treatments was last night… I got to “ring the gong” and “sign the wall” upon my completion… and the feeling was more one of relief than any joy or elation…
      4. Now comes the period of ‘recuperation to the new-normal’… the weeks and months of physical and systems repair. All my oncologists from both MUSC and MDAnderson gave me high numbers (80% and above) for a “cure” for this cancer with equal outcomes for different combinations of procedures… so the objective quickly became how to do the minimal amount of long-term damage (saliva production, for example, is at risk from traditional radiation which kills the salivary glands in the mouth and requires a life of dry mouth, washing all foods down with water, increased issues with mouth cleanliness and tooth decay… saliva is an integral part of many systems in the mouth… My instruction to the radiation oncologist was “I want to be able to spit when I get done!”).
      5. …and now I can head home after six weeks of therapy and start returning to a regular life after this five-month hiatus of cancer treatments… My apologies to the many people and organizations that I have put on hold during this process, I will be picking up the pieces during the next weeks/months with a new vengeance and determination. I have much to accomplish, and this experience has taught me that life and health are fleeting. Finally, my thanks to God for helping me navigate this battle, and to family and to friends and to the community for their wonderful support and compassion… and pray for the many cancer patients that have little hope and little support. They need our prayers far more than I do. Blessings to you all…

Day136 — HPV-related cancers – an MDAnderson Moonshot

  1. Day136 — HPV-related cancers – an MDAnderson Moonshot
    1. My cancer was caused by the HPV virus… I am P16 positive
    2. One of the “Moonshots” at MDAnderson is conquering HPV-related cancers… one of the biggest challenges is to the community as a whole working on prevention…
    3. “HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. The lifetime risk of acquiring an HPV infection is 75–80%. While certain forms of the virus cause common skin warts (papillomas), others can lead to cancer. Each year hundreds of thousands of men and women around the globe are diagnosed with HPV-related cancers, and in many areas more than half of those patients will die.”
    4. Here is their Moonshot page:

Day132 — Getting all the Chemo and Radiation Side Effects Under Control

  1. Day132 — Getting all the Chemo and Radiation Side Effects Under Control
    1. -The process of irradiating the regions where the HNSCC cancer has been removed (targeted treatment), and tracking down and killing any escaped cells that might try to make a home elsewhere in my body (systemic treatment) has called for a combination of simultaneous chemotherapy and radiation therapy frequently called chemo-radiation.
    2. -Well, It has been a bumpy first few weeks… Currently, I am three weeks into a six-week protocol of chemo-radiation.
      1. Chemo has been bumpy working to mitigate the “nausea” side effect. While it was never bad, it was just a persistent ill-ease in the stomach. The Oncologist had maintained that the process was one of treating the symptoms and getting control… Which was accomplished this past week with an additional steroid that calmed the stomach…
      2. Radiation, even though it is proton radiation, reeks a little havoc with the irradiated areas develops open sores (mucositis) and secretes a thick mucus. While there are treatments, none does more than reduce some of the impact. It looks like this symptom will last the duration.
      3. With the tinge of nausea and the mucuitis, about the only food that slides down are ‘shakes. Even chewed food feels scratchy like it might further irritate the throat linings. Soooo, I am pretty much on a liquid diet to meet my dietary needs of 2200 calories and 120 grams of protein per day to maintain my weight. Food has just become another medication to get me to the finish line… Nothing smells or tastes appetizing. I just line up the 6-7 shakes a day to make my numbers
      4. One follow-up appointment that I had today was with my audiologist. One of the more severe side effects of Cisplatin (chemo) is a chance of hearing loss. Even though Cisplatin is considered the “gold standard” for my specific cancer, the Oncologist at MUSC had decided not to recommend the chemo-base therapy because of this side effect, but Dr. Mott and I decided to monitor my hearing to detect any change or loss of function. Today’s tests showed no hearing loss or change.
    3. As much as I thought that this adventure was going to be a part-time task, all the appointments, treatments, medications, feedings, applications, swishes, and management are a full-time endeavor… crowding out much of what I want to get accomplished on the education and telecom/technology frontiers. My apologies for letting these efforts lag. I am quite anxious to be past this stage and back to my missions in the community!!

Day116 — Nota Bene- the purpose for the readers of these posts is twofold-

  1. Day116 — Nota Bene- the purpose for the readers of these posts is twofold-
    1. -First: the incidence of tonsil and throat cancer (frequently called Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma HNSCC) is growing among more mature men:
      1. “HNSCC is the seventh most common cancer worldwide. Approximately 600,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, including about 50,000 in the United States. HNSCC occurs most often in men in their 50s or 60s, although the incidence among younger individuals is increasing.” Sooo, if you or a loved one is experiencing frequent persistent sore throats, go to your ENT and have him/her check out your throat (the give away for me was an enlarged left tonsil… then the spot on the CT scan).
    2. -Second: This cancer in men, and virtually all incidents of cervical cancer in women is *caused* by the HPV virus… for which there is a vaccine that is only beneficial if it is received before your children are sexually active (once you get the virus, it lives in the body until death)…
      1. “studies have shown that infection with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) is linked to the development of HNSCC. HPV infection accounts for the increasing incidence of HNSCC in younger people.”
      2. “Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by specific types of human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV, of which more than 40 can be sexually transmitted. Among these, about 15 are considered to be cancer-causing, or high-risk, types. Two of these high-risk types, HPV-16 and HPV-18, cause about 70% of cervical cancers worldwide. HPV infection is very common, but it usually goes away on its own. Persistent HPV infections, however, can cause cellular abnormalities that sometimes develop into cervical cancer if not treated.”
      3. “Cervical cancer – once one of the most common cancers affecting U.S. women – now ranks 14th in frequency. Because precancerous lesions found by Pap smears can be treated and cured before they develop into cancer, and because cervical cancer is often detected before it becomes advanced, the incidence and death rates for this disease are relatively low.”
      4. “The FDA has approved two vaccines, Gardasil® and Cervarix®, which are highly effective in preventing persistent infections with HPV types 16 and 18, the two high-risk HPV types that cause the majority of cervical cancers. Gardasil also protects against infection with HPV types 6 and 11, which cause about 90% of genital warts. The vaccine is based on technology developed by NIH scientists and others, whose work laid the foundation for the production of HPV “virus-like particles,” or VLPs. These non-infectious agents trigger a robust antibody response that prevents persistent infection with the HPV type from which the VLP is derived. Gardasil is a mixture of VLPs for HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18, and Cervarix is a mixture of VLPs for HPV types 16 and 18. The vaccines are approved for use in girls and young women for the prevention of cervical cancer but have been proven effective only if given before infection.”
      5. There still remains controversy about these vaccines. Here is a detailed look at the issues.
    3. Soooo, be proactive about these HPV-caused cancers. See your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms for men, and have the cervical tests performed for women, and strongly consider having your children inoculated (vaccinated) to prevent the more dangerous strains of HPV… You can *do* something about this cancer both as a precaution and as early detection!! What else can I say/do?
    4. “Quoted” materials come from various pages on the National Institutes for Health website…