Last week, Cisco hosted Incheon City Mayor Song Young-Gil, IFEZ commissioner Lee Jong-Cheol, President of Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalization Officer Anil Menon, Cisco Korea President KW Chong and other officials at its opening of the Global Center of Excellence (GCoE) in Song-do, Incheon where the development of smart city solutions will take place.
The attendees agreed to provide active support in helping the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) move forward in becoming the world’s best smart city. In addition, Cisco, in close cooperation with local companies, announced its intent to pursue opportunities to penetrate the overseas markets with Smart City technologies, solutions and service offerings developed and successfully applied in the IFEZ.
During the event Cisco showcased examples of success cases of companies that have already achieved measurable outcomes through GCoE. These included N3N, a surveillance system developer, and NEXPA, an unmanned control system developer, who introduced actual operating systems applied in IFEZ to promote the safety and convenience of citizens.
During his address, Song Young-Gil, the Mayor of Incheon City, said, “Cisco, since its establishment in 1984, rapidly grew into a global IT company thanks to the continuous change that is has been pursuing. Similarly Incheon City is also going through a dynamic process of change and a recent EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) report forecasted that Incheon will be the second major city to see the greatest surge in global competitiveness by 2025.”
“Through this opportunity, I would like to kindly ask Cisco to strengthen their partnership with local SMEs to research and develop smart solutions for the development of Incheon’s new cities as well as old downtown areas. And in the long run, help these local partners to enter into the global market based on Cisco’s intelligent network,” entreated the Mayor.
Song further shared his wish to see more university students based in Incheon, together with other Korean university students, participate in Cisco’s internship programs to enhance the professional competencies of local IT companies.
Meanwhile, President of Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalization Officer for Cisco Anil Menon, who visited Korea for the GCoE opening ceremony, said, “The official launch of GCoE is significant in that it moves us a step closer in realizing the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities vision. It mirrors the journey Korea is taking toward implementing the Internet of Everything and realizing the tremendous opportunities it provides, including the benefits that come from connected cities.”
He added, “Through GCoE, Cisco will be dedicated to creating business opportunities in close collaboration with local solution providers and achieving mutual benefits with them.”
“It is a great pleasure to participate in the opening ceremony for GCoE, which is taking the first step after many years of preparation,” expressed Cisco Korea President KW Chong. “Taking this opportunity, Cisco will achieve co-prosperity with local solution providers through eco-partnerships and ultimately contribute to Korea’s vision of a creative economy,” stressed Chong.