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Outlining Blueprints for the ‘Digital City’ of the Future

What does the future hold for our cities?

Previous centuries saw industrial infrastructure (such as rail, highways, and telephone lines) paving the way for new cities – and for a host of new connections. Now, change is being driven by a global “network of networks” that is making it possible for everything to become connected to everything else. In 2001, about 300 million devices—computers, cell phones, PDAs—were connected. By 2010, this web of invisible connections had expanded to include everything from cars and lights to buildings and security cameras. Read More »

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Cisco Catalyst 4500E series added to the UC APL!

The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the Catalyst 4500E Series (Cat4K) with Supervisor Engine 7L-E (SUP 7L-E) to the Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL).  The Cat4K was tested on IOS XE version 3.3(0)SG, assigned tracking number 1126909, and was certified as an Assured Services Local Area Network (ASLAN) Layer 2 Access switch.  The UC APL Memo can be found here.

With more than 700,000 chassis deployed, Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Switches are the foundation for Cisco Borderless Networks and the leading modular platform for campus access and price-performance distribution deployments.  The Cisco® Catalyst® 4500E Supervisor Engine 7L-E (Figure 1) is an enterprise-class borderless campus access and price/performance aggregation supervisor engine designed to provide 520 Gbps per system with E-Series chassis. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7L-E builds on the success of its predecessor, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 6L-E, and provides unprecedented performance with borderless services such as Flexible NetFlow (FNF) and hosted third-party applications.  Get more information on the Cat4K series on

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The Virtual Maginot Line

The infamous Maginot Line was a defensive countermeasure developed by the French Army to protect the Franco-German border. It was an enormous structure and while referred to as a line, it was extremely deep and varying in depth between 12 to 16 miles. The defensive structure was completed in 1939 at the estimated cost of 3 billion French Francs or today’s equivalent of nearly 50 trillion Euros.

While the Maginot Line successfully prevented a direct attack, the travesty of this investment and strategy was that German Army simply flanked the line through the Ardennes Forest via the Low Countries.

This analogy is the basis for our upcoming National Town Hall on Cyber Security Broadcast on October 25, 2012 at 2PM ET/11AM PT. Companies and Federal, State and Local Governments have invested significant funds in creating perimeter defenses to defend their information systems from Internet born threats; yet these threats are continuing to bypass these defenses at an alarming rate and wreak havoc once inside. In collaboration with the 1105 Media, Cisco has assembled a panel of cyber security thought leaders and experts to discuss this growing trend. Thought leaders from Forrester Research, The SANS Institute, The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Patent and Trade Mark Office and Cisco will provide their thoughts and experiences with regards to this topic.

If you’re interested in tuning into this broadcast please register at the following link:

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Cisco – Powering the Presidential Debate

Cassie Roach – Executive Director, SLG – Strategic Relations/Public Sector


Cisco’s Public Sector organization  teams are responsible for some of today’s most ambitious and far-reaching government projects, which will make a tangible difference for both citizens and employees.  In this spirit, Cisco and our Public Sector organization have a history of working in the bi-partisan environment as evidenced throughout the past three presidential campaigns (2004, 2008, 2012).

We’ve partnered with both the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee during their conventions this campaign season to put forward a ‘next generation’ experience.  The presidential debates are a natural extension to that alignment – designed to take a national event and use technology and tools to scale live access and widen the reach.  This is the value the infrastructure and the network.

Cisco has long been a trusted technology partner for Lynn University, having deployed communication and collaboration solutions throughout the campus.

So when it was announced that Lynn would be hosting a presidential debate, it made perfect sense that Cisco would partner to provide the additional network technology to support the debates and help bring them to a national audience.

In addition, Lynn is a top social media college, and social media has rapidly become a go-to tool for voters to participate in U.S. presidential elections. Research from Harris Interactive and Digitas shows 62 percent of 18 to 34-year-old Americans get their election information through social networks. Lynn recognizes the important role social media will play in the 2012 election and has launched several new platforms to increase online engagement – both on and off campus. Specific to the #lynndebate, Lynn has created a Tumblr blog to archive its debate-related social media interactions. And as always the content will be publicly accessible in the standard social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube)

All these platforms require the robust, reliable Cisco network that provides connectivity any place, any time, on any device.

We also want to acknowledge Modcomp, our local collaboration and communications partner resource, working to implement the technologies with Lynn University, and ensure a successful event.

Cisco is proud to be engaged in these important civic events and in helping to bring the debates directly to voters. We want these debates to be the most connected, most social, most covered ever — making the proceedings as seamless as possible and more accessible to people across the country and around the globe.

Countless pieces of content – video, photos, blogs, news articles and social media posts – will create a new level of interaction, participation, and engagement among political leaders, debate attendees, and the rest of the world.

So, what makes it all happen?  Communications and collaboration solutions and networked infrastructure provided by Cisco. Cisco’s reliable, flexible, and scalable technology will ensure seamless real-time communications and will enable an unmatched user experience to attendees and the audience around the world.

I would encourage recent graduates of Lynn University who may be interested in a pursuing a career with a company such as Cisco to inventory their skills based their college experience, chosen field of study and any internships or external expertise.  Their ability to translate a familiarity or use of social media, collaboration tools and technologies into business language will be the key to success.

Technology & Law Enforcement: Insights from IACP 2012

When police chiefs from around the world and other international community policing leaders come together with technology, you get innovative solutions that make the world a safer place. The Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition (IACP) does just that. It showcases technology and brings together global leadership in community policing and public safety to share information and experiences and to work together to find innovative solutions to issues facing law enforcement of today.

In attending numerous educational sessions lead by today’s leadership within community policing and public safety, we’re seeing some common themes emerging with respect to challenges. Some key insights have been as follows: Read More »

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