IDC Government Insights Evaluates The Last Domino: Metro Area Small Cell (MASC) Networks and the New Cascade of Gov “Big Data in Motion”

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08 Jul 2014

Framingham, MAJuly 8, 2014 – today announced the availability of a new report, “ The Last Domino: Metro Area Small Cell (MASC) Networks and the New Cascade of Gov ‘Big Data in Motion,”” ( Document # GI249596).  This new report looks at the rapid growth of new government data sources, many related to the emerging devices used by smart city applications, border management solutions and campus-centric information gathering. It also examines the significant impact these changes will have on government data management.


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When it comes to information technology, government CIOs and IT managers can attest that even small IT changes can create a domino effect across other systems.  Larger systemic changes, including many new data sources and new edge devices, can trigger chaos and adjustment for public sector IT departments. This point is being driven home right now by a series of "IT dominos" that are initiating a series of broad impacts, and which will stoke a wide succession of within IT departments. These changes could continue for several years.


To gather and properly channel these new sets of data, government is increasingly relying on the presence of small cell networks in urban and border areas. Because government is responsible for such large swaths of the urban landscape (and also border areas) we use the term Metropolitan Area Small Cell (MASC) Networks to describe this arena.

To explore the idea of how one of these new growth areas is having a measureable impact on the next, IDC Government Insights uses the metaphor of "dominos" within this study. Starting with the data gathering itself, via edge devices, it looks at how the data flow is impacting government IT choices.  The key dominos evaluated in the new report include:


  •  Domino 1 - The Starting Point for Gov "Data in Motion"
  •  Domino 2 – An Explosion of Mobile Collection Points and MASC Networks
  •  Domino 3 – Big Data in Motion Meets Expanded Gov Data Transparency and Sharing
  •  Domino 4 – Major System Changes Are on the Horizon for Public Sector IT


According to the new report, as these dominos fall into place, new demands are placed on IT systems.  “Before government and education organizations can support a range of external IT services, many will need enterprise architecture upgrades” said Shawn P. McCarthy, Research Director at IDC Government Insights.  This can include something as basic as increasing network bandwidth, to establishing more robust access control systems, to working to establish far-reaching WLAN control tools. We have coined the term “MASC Networks” to describe the emerging presence of government small cell networks. To support both Public Sector Organizations and Vendors alike, IDC Government Insights has outlined key actions to consider within the report to help navigate the inevitable domino effect.


For additional information about this report or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Shawn McCarthy, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact; reporters should email


About IDC Government Insights

IDC Government Insights assists government policy, program, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of government and IT industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the Federal/Central and local/provincial Governments. International Data Corporation ( IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of

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