One of the questions I was asked about the awards given by the Intelligent Community Forum is what does it take to become an intelligent community. I’ll try to summarize what I’ve learned from participating in the ICF as a keynoter, juror and (before Cisco) a leader of a Top 7 community.
Among the few hundred communities that apply in this contest, it is clear the first step is make sure the community has sufficient broadband. Almost all of the things that intelligent communities can do for and with their residents depend upon that connectivity in one way or the other.
Second, high-speed connectivity is not enough to stand out in this global competition. The next question is what a community does with the technology. Is it transforming:
- The way that residents interact with their government?
- How residents — from pre-kindergarteners to seniors — are educated?
- How well the physical aspects of the community are managed?
- How residents are kept healthy and safe?
- The local economy and the income opportunities for residents?
… Just to name some of the evidence that ICF is looking for.
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Tags: intelligent communities, intelligent communities forum, intelligent communities summit, local government, S+CC, safe cities, Smart Cities
If you think we already live in a connected world (and we do!), get ready to fasten your seatbelts.
Today, there are “only” about 10 billion connected “things” on the planet. This includes hundreds of millions of people communicating with one another in myriad ways, and a rapid increase in two-way conversations between people and machines. That is, when the machines aren’t busy “chatting” with other machines.
It may sound complicated (and it is!). But the Internet of Things is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The next phase of the Internet — the Internet of Everything (IoE) — will encompass 50 billion connections involving people, process, data, and things by 2020. This will drive the next wave of dramatic Internet growth and opportunity.
Cisco estimates that the IoE economy promises a staggering $14.4 trillion in Value at Stake for private-sector companies globally over the next 10 years. This value is embedded in five drivers: asset utilization; employee productivity; supply chain and logistics; customer experience; and innovation.
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Tags: asset utilization, Cisco, customer experience, employee productivity, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoE Value Index, IoT, supply chain, value at stake
Today’s guest posting comes from Jesper Larsson Träff; he’s Faculty of Informatics, Institute of Information Systems in the Research Group for Parallel Computing at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).
Have you ever wondered why MPI is designed the way that it is? The slides below are from Jesper’s talk about the History and Development of the MPI standard. They go into detail about how certain design decisions were made, and why. Amusingly, I’m in a picture on slide 2. :-)
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Tags: HPC, mpi
So, with this blog, the end of my Cisco Domain Ten(SM) journey approaches. Starting back in December, I’ve now covered each of the ten domains in our Cisco Services’ framework for data center transformation. A few weeks back, I discussed some of the challenges you may face in Domain 9: Security and Compliance, and it’s now time to discuss Domain Ten: Process and Governance, and the overarching challenges of operations management. This is a hugely important topic so in this case I’ve split my blog into 2 parts, with this part (a) focused on your challenges, and the subsequent part (b) aimed at outlining how we in Cisco Services can help you address these operations management challenges.
Domain Ten: Process and Governance aka Operations Management
The Cisco Domain Ten framework applies as much to service provider data center transformation as it does to business (enterprise) data center transformation. In my Cisco Domain Ten series, I’ve often focused on enterprise challenges, so for this blog, I’ll focus on the operational challenges I’ve observed at first hand in the service provider environment. That said, most if not all points I raise in this article will be equally applicable to enterprise/business and public sector data center operations.
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Tags: architecture, Cisco Domain Ten, Cisco Services, operational excellence, operations, operations enablement, operations management
Next week in Minneapolis, our team is bringing Wi-Fi in a big way to HITEC 2013, the world’s largest hospitality technology show. As leaders in the Wi-Fi industry, we don’t just talk about what we can do; we make it happen, especially at this year’s HITEC.
For starters, we are sponsoring the wireless network at the Minneapolis Convention Center so wireless Internet connectivity at the show is free to attendees in the pre-convention areas. Our advanced Wi-Fi technologies and free Wi-Fi access will be offered at the entrance, registration, conference rooms, the Digital Den and Hall D and E common areas of the event center. Every guest in attendance will experience the Cisco network in real-time.
Enhance your HITEC experience with the Cisco-enabled mobile app
Our team is also featuring Connected Mobile Experiences with the HITEC conference mobile app, our premier business-relevant mobile solution for the hospitality industry. With this fully-functioning mobile app, you can see for yourself how Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences allows venues to use location-based services and analytics to create unique and personal mobile experiences for attendees.
The application includes conference information and scheduling with the convenience of an indoor GPS-like way-finding system that helps attendees easily locate their sessions, exhibitor booths, and conference amenities. Read More »
Tags: Connected, connected mobile experiences, hitec, hitech2013, hospitality, mobile app, wi-fi, wifi, wireless