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NGOs Drive Creative Uses of Cisco TelePresence

Cisco TelePresence celebrated its third birthday last month, and it’s become an integral part of the way we work.  But we’re so close to it, we take for granted how innovative it can really be.

Through our sponsorship at COP15, we’ve been able to view Cisco TelePresence through the fresh eyes of non-governmental organizations.  And, as befitting one of the most dynamic forces in climate change discussions today, they’ve been using it for more than meetings.

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United Nations: Walking the Talk on Climate Change with Cisco TelePresence

As climate negotiations go down to the wire, we’ve experienced a much higher volume of meetings on the Global Climate Change Meeting Platform this week than last.

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hosting United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, who spoke via Cisco TelePresence from the  Bella Center to President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea.

South Korea’s major broadcasting stations were on hand at the Parliament building, capturing the conversation.  Scroll down on this page and watch the video for a front-row view of the proceedings.

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Calculating the Net Carbon Impact of Cisco TelePresence

A question we get a lot is:  how much can Cisco TelePresence really help my company reduce its carbon footprint?

Happily, now we can help.  Today, we’re unveiling the Cisco TelePresence Calculator, a handy mobile web application that helps you figure out how much carbon and currency you save with a deployment that you can model.  It’s really easy to use:  try it.

Better yet, the methodology underlying the calculator, which was developed by the Cisco Internet Solutions Business Group, was certified through an exhaustive analysis by DOMANI,  one of the most prominent sustainability consulting firms in the industry.  For the carbon calculation, they’ve used travel reduction as the primary driver for reducing carbon output.  Set against this is the energy cost of operating Cisco TelePresence equipment and necessary HVAC requirements, which are calibrated to the different costs of energy in different regions of the world.  At the end, the calculator outputs two items of interest:  the amount of carbon a given Cisco TelePresence deployment helps to avoid over a five year time horizon, plus the number of months it takes for the system to pay for itself in economic terms.

So, what parameters would be realistic to enter?

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Greening the UN Climate Change Conference: One Telepresence Meeting at a Time

Today marks the start of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It’s our chance to showcase one of the ways that ICT (information and communication technology)  can substantively reduce carbon footprints by providing a realistic alternative to in-person negotiations.

One of the most innovative uses has been the iSeeT presentation theater, showcasing a CTS1100 as a way to bring in luminaries from remote location in an interactive, personal way. 

Take, for example, December 16th.  Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary-General of the ITU,  will be moderating a panel featuring folks like Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations,  and Jean Reveillon, Secretary-General of the European Broadcasting Union.  But, alors!, Monsieur Reveillon will actually be in Geneva.

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Securing Smart Meters

In this article Ira Winkler discusses how meter vulnerabilities are changing his mind about the potential for a wide-spread attack to the nation’s electrical infrastructure.

The grid is unique in that most of the grid’s assets are publicly accessible. With that in mind, good security practitioners will ASSUME that public assets like meters will be compromised.

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