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Connecting Windshield Wipers to Weather Forecasts with The Weather Channel

Bryson Koehler, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The Weather Channel, shares his perspective on The Weather Channel and the Internet of Everything.

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Did you know that the weather affects about 35 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, every day? And, as you might guess, humans make decisions every day that are completely based on the weather. Weather is the most primal decision making factor to everything we do. Just as a person’s demeanor can change if it’s raining or sunny, business decisions and outcomes can change in the same manner. The more information we have about the weather, the smarter we can be. So we, at The Weather Channel, have been utilizing the Internet of Everything to gather and analyze data and assist businesses, cities and everyday consumers like you and me.

The Internet of Everything has changed the game of what our teams at The Weather Channel can do. While our company began as a 24-hour network devoted to weather programming, we have adapted a number of innovations over the years, and today have become a tech-led media company. We’ve grown from providing accurate forecasts for 2.2 million locations, four times an hour, to forecasting 2.8 billion locations, 15 times an hour. With the IoE we have been able to bring weather information to people across the world, giving them the information they need when they most need it.  As a CIO, I try to unleash innovation. The more our technology tools can work autonomously of us, the more we can focus on our output and what they can do to impact our everyday lives.

Moving our forecasting platform to the cloud enabled more scalability and flexibility with our computing platform. This not only improved our processes, but it enhanced the data we gather. By embracing the new technology of the Internet of Everything, we have created a system that is unmatched when it comes to closely analyzing atmospheric data. The Weather Channel can now dig deeper and pin point the weather of a specific city, street corner or even a singular home address.

To further improve our data and weather models, we utilize state-of-the-art sensors to evaluate specific weather conditions. For example, phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 6 have imbedded pressure sensors, as do things like windshield wipers. All of these allow us to analyze storm systems, humidity levels and weather patterns in real time in any given area. Internet of Everything-enabled devices like those sensors allow us to continue to work to keep local residents informed and safe. The faster we can receive and interrupt data about a storm, the quicker we can inform local citizens of impending danger.

It’s not just local residents that we can assist when we spot an incoming storm, either. We can provide insurance companies in advance with information about the storms that will affect their policyholders, so they can send out proactive alerts. Say 50% of the people who receive an alert about an impending hailstorm, for example, will put their cars inside. That can save insurance companies money by limiting the number of payouts and makes policyholders happier with their choice of insurance company.

From hailstorms to sunny days, we can simultaneously improve businesses’ understanding of their customers’ behavior. Businesses that use weather trends can better predict spending patterns for their specific area. For example, we know that 34 degrees in Miami is an entirely different beer sales weekend than 34 degrees in Chicago. What drives a company’s product consumption? It could be humidity. It could be wind. It could be cloud coverage. Through the data we are collecting, we can provide businesses with the insights they need to understand how weather is driving consumer behaviors, both in real time and ahead of time.

At the end of the day, innovation requires risk. At The Weather Company, we have taken those risks and evolved from a cable network into a technology-led media company. Using Cisco’s technology and the Internet of Everything, the data we can collect lets us deliver so much more than a basic weather forecast.

How does the weather impact your business? How can the Internet of Everything help? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #InternetOfEverything.

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Sub-Zero Innovates with the Internet of Everything

Blog authored by Chet Namboodri, Cisco and Marieke Wijtkamp, Librestream

Sub-Zero is a family owned business and, perhaps, best known as the developer of the first cabinet built-in refrigerator in the 1950s. Today, the company is the leading manufacturer of luxury appliances in North America, selling its top-of-the-line appliances worldwide. Sub-Zero employs more than 1,000 workers, with production facilities in Madison, WI, Richmond, KY, and, now, Goodyear, AZ. They are also a world-class example of a company who’s leveraging the Internet of Everything to drive innovation and who truly embodies the renaissance in American manufacturing.

Accelerating New Product Introduction (NPI) Cycles

In order to prepare for the largest product roll-out in the company’s history--60 new appliance models across refrigeration and its premium cooking brand, Wolf--Sub-Zero needed a top-notch, end-to-end network to provide flexible communication and collaboration between its engineering groups, the existing factories in Madison, and the new production facility in Goodyear. In addition, Sub Zero needed to ensure robust communication and diagnostic data exchange with external suppliers and installation partners. Dubbed the “New Generation Collaboration Initiative,” Sub-Zero worked with Cisco and Librestream to aid the design, launch, and ongoing manufacture of its new products.

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Technology Innovation: The Key to Solving Some of Our Most Pressing Transportation Challenges

Planes, trains and automobiles – getting from point A to point B has never been quicker or easier. However, there are a few key global trends driving the need to invest further in transportation technology. With the growing wave of urbanization, the aging of the population, and the resulting global demands on supply chains in developed and developing nations, current transportation systems will have a difficult time keeping up with demand. These trends are converging to create a remarkable challenge for our transportation infrastructure, but also a remarkable opportunity.

In the developing nations and cities around the world, governments and private companies are looking to grow their economies and compete on the global stage. In order to do that effectively, investments in transportation infrastructure are critical. But with limited budgets and a desire to show the world they can compete, developing countries have the opportunity to make technology investments that can put them on even footing of the rest of the world. Read More »

Delivering Better Transportation Solutions In a Connected World With Cisco IoE

Cisco ITS WC boothFord, GM, Honda, Toyota, the U.S. Department of Transportation.  It’s no surprise why they were front and center at the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress which wrapped up in Detroit last week.   But, Cisco?

Barry Einsig, Cisco Transportation Executive and John Gillan, Sales Relationship Manager for Cisco Advanced Services prepare for a customer meeting at ITS World Congress

Barry Einsig, Cisco Global Transportation Executive and John Gillan, Sales Relationship Manager for Cisco Advanced Services prepare for a customer meeting at ITS World Congress.

“Reinventing Transportation in our Connected World” was the theme of this year’s ITS World Congress, yet a question we heard all week was “what is Cisco doing here?”  As if right on cue, as the show came to a close, Connected World Magazine ranked Cisco as #1 on their prestigious Connected World CW 100 annual ranking of the top 100 elite technology leaders in connected devices.

Cisco has long been recognized as a leader in traditional IT and networking, but customers are starting to see how the Internet of Everything and the Internet of Things is driving a big transformation in transportation.  And, they trust Cisco to lead the way again.

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Intel and Cisco: Providing the spark for wider IoT adoption

Intel and Cisco are two of the first companies you think of when discussing the Internet of Things – and with good reason. Both companies are at the forefront of bringing the power of connectivity to unsuspecting places. I had the good fortune of standing on stage today at the Intel Developer Forum with my friend Doug Davis, VP & GM of Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) Group, to talk about how our companies are working together.

The possibilities for an IoT world are practically endless; and so Cisco and Intel are joining forces to focus on a number of areas where IoT can make an immediate impact. Let’s look at energy management – a hot-button issue as energy costs rise and corporations are trying to to reduce their environmental footprints. Consumers, communities and businesses are all starting to realize that energy awareness makes sense from both an economical and environmental standpoint. Cisco research shows that smart buildings are poised to generate $100B by reducing energy consumption through the integration of HVAC and other systems which will lower operating costs.

Using Intel architecture and Cisco Energywise and IP Network, we are creating solutions that get to the root of the problem – identifying where energy is being used excessively. The integration of our technologies allows for both IP and non-IP appliances to be exposed to greater analytics and control. It also introduces the opportunity for discrete sensors to be added to the items, granting even greater levels of visibility and control of building systems. These efforts will enable building operators to achieve their green, sustainability and cost saving objectives while maintaining a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for occupants/tenants.

This is just a small example of what Cisco and Intel can achieve by identifying (and then delivering a solution) where IoT can make a big impact. We are currently joining forces to focus our efforts on networking, API management, and security to help us scale IoT solutions into multiple segments. However, we realize that Cisco and Intel can’t do this without the help of the developer community. By opening up APIs and providing development tools, developers can create use cases for our technology that creates new use cases previously unexplored. true driving force for the Internet of Things will come directly from the developers who create solutions they will actually use, and doing so on a platform that lets them share their solutions with others.

To that end, Cisco DevNet is a new and growing developer community that offers the tools and resources for them to integrate their software with Cisco infrastructure. Developers can tap the DevNet ecosystem and use the tools and community to create innovative network-aware applications. The DevNet portal features more than 100 fully documented APIs, with more being added each week. We hope DevNet provides a space where the Internet of Things can grow, and where true value can be discovered.

Cisco and Intel are tackling the challenge of creating, testing and validating the most relevant use cases for the Internet of Things across multiple verticals, and we are documenting and sharing the best practices coming from practical experiences in the field to broadly to promote the development of the market. It is an incredibly exciting time for the Internet of Things – Cisco and Intel are standing on the edge of true innovation, ready to take the plunge.

Click here to watch my session with Doug.