The Australian government\u2019s roadmap for mobile services has received a boost with the creation of a \u201cwhole-of-government\u201d panel of solutions providers. This panel meets an escalating demand for mobile products as agencies ramp up anywhere, anytime service delivery.\nThe Department of Finance\u2019s announcement said the panel will support services that are built around the government\u2019s mobile-first strategy. That strategy is outlined in a report titled Adopting Mobile Technology Across Government.\nThe eight-member panel comprises Dialog, iiNet, Jadu Software, Mnet Mobile, Oxygen8 Communications, Reddo Media, Stripy Sock Software and Transact Capital Communications. It is the first such panel to be established at the federal level.\nThe government's mobile roadmap, released in mid-2013, said that the \u201cimperative for government to adopt mobile technologies has never been greater.\u201d Agencies are embracing mobile channels by adapting websites and services for convenient access on mobile devices.\nFront-line service delivery organisations are also developing innovative mobile apps and using social media to engage more effectively with tech-savvy citizens.\n\u201cIncreasingly consumerisation is driving agencies to support new technologies with personally-owned mobile devices in the workplace \u2014 an opportunity to be leveraged rather than a problem to be discouraged.\u201d\nRelated: Samsung Galaxy S5 approved for government use\nManaging mobile security\nBut in the uncharted mobile space, agencies must address challenges that are inherent with mobile technology. These include maintaining security and privacy and integrating existing systems with mobile channels. Agencies need to explore establishing mobile policies in the workplace.\nRelated: Mobile security lessons from Treasury\nAgencies were asked to clarify their \u201cDigital First\u201d plans in June 2014. In another 12 months, online services and mobile services will be ramped up, together with information sharing and progress reports.\nAgencies will share these progress reports with third-party developers to explore new ways to deliver services. This information-exchange also explores avenues to improve staff productivity using mobile technology.