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Innovation in the 21st Century City

As a global director of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group’s Urban Innovation team, I’ve seen how broadband connectivity can radically transform urban life, while forcing us to rethink our entire approach to designing and managing cities. I recently had the opportunity to share some of my ideas on the subject at the 2011 World Council of UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) in Florence, Italy.

The Council represents nearly half the world’s population, from 36 countries and more than 1,000 cities—everywhere from Istanbul and Dakar to Helsinki and New York. In Florence, more than 400 mayors, along with municipal ministers, directors, innovators and other experts, met to discuss the daunting challenges facing today’s cities, while offering solutions in a creative and interactive forum. Topics ranged from transportation, utilities, and infrastructure to tourism and environmental sustainability.

Mayor Matteo Renzi of Florence, the host of the event, has worked with Cisco on innovation initiatives in his city. In addition to helping him plan the conference, I was granted the opportunity to moderate some sessions on urban innovation. Read More »

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Medianet – Horizontal and Vertical Integration

medianet network architecture for videoMedianet is the architecture for video and the architecture has two very simple concepts:

  1. Horizontal integration:
    Deliver a consistent experience
  2. Vertical integration:
    Build intelligence into the network

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IPv6 Internet Announced, IP Address Apocalypse Called Off

Although we released this some time ago, not long before the run out of IPv4 addresses we thought we’d repost it again given the announcement earlier in the week of the launch date for the IPv6 Internet. The great news is with the IPv6 Internet happening on June 6, 2012 there is no need to fight your colleagues for IP addresses or hide under your desk. Provided, of course, that your network architect or IT Read More »

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As Hospitals Accommodate Technological Expansion, Could Telepresence Do More?

January 19, 2012 at 10:22 am PST

As hospitals and health systems continuously adapt to the changing healthcare needs and practices of the 21st century, technology takes on an ever-expanding role. According to the Hospital Providers on the Move report, completed by SK&A healthcare marketing company, audio visual and media systems accounted for one of the fastest expanding employment areas between March 2010 and March 2011 at healthcare establishments across the country.

We’ve seen how audio and visual media, especially telepresence, have helped patients access difficult-to-reach doctors for illnesses ranging from Parkinson’s disease to psychiatric disorders. Perhaps the hiring increase for Directors of Audio Visual/Media Services indicates that even more hospitals have found technology like telepresence can enhance patient care. Read More »

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John Chambers to Keynote at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 is now less than two months away and the mobile industry is shifting into high gear!  From now until the booths come down and the Fira Barcelona goes silent, it’s full speed ahead.

No one is more excited about Cisco’s mobility story—and our presence at MWC 2012—than Chairman and CEO John Chambers. As he often says, “mobility is the killer app” and the biggest of all the Read More »

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