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A Digital India is A Possibility Today

Our digitising India vision is one of the most exciting initiatives the country has embraced to leapfrog us to the 21st century. What was once a visionary notion is now the new normal: technology is really as essential as the three utilities: water, gas, and electricity. Our government leaders have made it clear that broadband highways are as important as national highways. Through the government’s Digital India program, infrastructure will be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services will be on demand and citizens will be digitally empowered. It is this Digital India vision that inspired us to unveil our Cisco Smart City.

As part of the inauguration of the Cisco Smart City, we demonstrated the possibilities of the government’s Digital India program where infrastructure would be offered as a utility to every citizen, governance and services would be on demand and citizens would be digitally empowered. Over 150 partners and customers joined us at the launch as we showcased how our 2.6 million square foot campus-as-a-city, powered by the Internet of Everything, enables thousands of Cisco employees to work, play and learn with the physical network infrastructure securely connected to devices such as sensors, information access points and mobile devices.  We showcased our latest solutions in such as Smart Buildings, Remote Expert, Connected Learning, Smart Parking and Smart Work Spaces.

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Laying the groundwork for IoE in your city: Cisco and Semtech introduce the IR900 series

Cisco continues to push forward with our vision of an Internet of Everything. This “vision” is starting to become less of a futuristic dream world and more of a reality, which is why I am thrilled to show off a new platform and programmable Internet of Things gateway for Smart City applications – the Cisco IR900 Series.  Initially developed to meet the needs of Smart Cities in China, the Cisco IR910 Internet of Things (IoT) Gateway features an open platform design for Smart City applications like smart parking, street lighting, waste management, load sensing of bridges and structures, and signaling and traffic control. The ruggedized, modular gateway easily fits into any harsh environment to aggregate with wireless sensors, which will enable an IoE World.

The market in China presents a great opportunity given the government has identified IoT as a strategic investment, recently outlining plans to invest a trillion dollars on economic development for the Internet of Things by 2020. Cisco has developed a solution that aims to help address some of the IoT business models that will be needed to support the development of smarter cities and communities in China, and is also collaborating with Semtech to utilize its expertise to enhance the IR910’s capabilities. The Gateway uses Semtech’s LoRa chip to create a platform enabling easy deployment and rapid expansion of IoT sensors and end-devices.

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With this latest technology, the range of the Gateway is impressive. So how far can LoRa and the IR900 actually cover? To put it into perspective (for those of you familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area), a single gateway located in Milpitas will cover from San Francisco all the way to San Jose – a distance of over 40 miles! Imagine the impact this gateway can have on an entire urban city. One gateway alone can power all of the sensors on a city network, bringing real time, intelligent data that can be turned into actions. This one gateway can open up the possibilities of an IoE world.

Fog Computing Framework

Back in January, Cisco introduced IOx, our fog computing framework, and how this new type of network will be necessary for bringing value to the Internet of Things. The IR900 series demonstrates how Cisco’s fog computing architecture can execute distributed data processing at the network edge. This approach offloads data center computing usage and reduces IP backhaul bandwidth needs. Intelligent computing and storage capacity can be distributed and processed in real-time calculation of the local IP network edge sensor to the raw data.

Through transparent integration with ecosystem partners’ solutions and the fog computing framework, the Cisco and Semtech gateway will be ready for asset tracking, smart parking, smart metering and smart street lighting.

Today, network development has entered the era of things; large-scale application of wireless sensor technology connects every corner of the city. Cities can collect all types of data from sensors, measuring sound, temperature, light, energy, carbon dioxide concentration, and even traffic changes.

The Internet of Everything will continue to push cities to adopt the most impactful applications and services, catering to the citizens and improving the quality of life. The IR900 is the next step in setting up a network to bring IoE to life by connecting wireless sensor networks and IP networks to back-end cloud platform integration.

Just like the saying, “It takes a village to raise a family,” it will take a robust ecosystem to “raise” the Internet of Everything. IoE cannot come to be through Cisco’s work alone, so we are continuing to work with industry partners, such as Semtech, to provide innovative technology and solutions to help city managers further enhance citizen’s daily lives and operational efficiency. 

For more information on the IR900 Smart City Gateway, please visit: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/routers/900-series-industrial-routers/index.html

Check out our New Cisco Asia Pacific Blog for Australian and New Zealand Updates

If you’ve been enjoying the updates on Australian and New Zealand happenings, I hope that you’ll follow me to Cisco’s newest blog - the Asia Pacific blog - which was just launched a few weeks ago.

Asia Pacific’s an exciting part of the world with 45+ different languages and such tremendous growth that if you blink, you might be left behind!  Here are a few of the market trends that you can anticipate hearing more about on the Asia Pacific blog:

We look forward to continuing our dialogue with you on these challenges (and others) and the opportunities they present to our dynamic and diverse region.

Girls in Asia Pacific ICT Day 2014: A Wrap-up

IDC has reported that there will be a shortage of 400,000 jobs by 2016 in the Asia-Pacific region alone. Meanwhile, women are said to comprise less than a third of workers in the computer science, engineering and physics fields in the world’s emerging economies, according to a report by Women in Global Science & Technology. The logic is simple, we need to attract more women into IT, and importantly we need to equip these women with the support they need to have a successful career in IT.

Speaking as a female Cisco employee who majored in math in college, I can attest to the passion within the organisation to ensure females are no longer underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

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Adecco Promotes “Way to Work” with Contest Offering Paid Work Experiences to Australian Students

With youth unemployment remaining stubbornly high around the globe, work experience is becoming more important for students than ever.  In response to this, staffing and recruitment company Adecco Australia is leading a Way to Work Contest that invites students to compete and win a paid-work experience from Adecco.

Adecco’s been teaming with various universities to promote the opportunity to their students all around Australia. The prize involves a paid work experience from Adecco all through the month of July for two successful applicants, with the roles located in the Cisco North Sydney office. Aimed at those who are both creatively and technically minded, students can apply to work with either the Cisco Head of Brand and Marketing, or the Cisco Head of Technical Projects.

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