One particularly staggering shortfall in the White House's infrastructure is the president's office in the air; Air Force One. According to deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House, Anita Decker Breckenridge, Air Force One relies on emails being sent over an air-to-ground internet connection, which works at a speed that you typically expect from a dial-up modem used in the 90s. When talking about her plans to upgrade Air Force One to broadband speeds, she said "This is the Oval Office in the sky. Talk about a network that didn't work."
Overhauling the White House's technology infrastructure was a task designated to David Recordon, who had previously been responsible for designing Facebook's office technology. His team first started by removing and replacing the old cable structure of the White House. Following that, they replaced archaic computers still being used in the building and installed the first new phone system that the White House had seen since the Clinton administration. On top of this, aides now began to use iPhones for communication on the go.
Thanks to a new WiFi system, communication is now an awful lot quicker within the White House. Plus, Recordon also implemented a web-based visitor system, meaning that visitors within the White House can now be admitted and tracked much easier and more securely than ever before.
Anita Decker Breckenridge confirmed that no additional money had been requested for upgrading the White House's technology infrastructure, with all developments being made with current funding. She said that she hoped the work they had done would mean that President Obama's successor's staff would be better equipped for the modern age. The work completes a two-year overhaul of the White House's technology infrastructure.
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