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Ask The #InternetOfEverything Futurist: “How Will Emerging Technology Preserve and Enhance the Past?”

In my role as Cisco’s Chief Futurist, I get many questions about what the future holds and how new technology and emerging solutions will change our lives. Be sure to check out previous Ask the #InternetOfEverything Futurist blogs and videos about the advances of battery technology, future of smartphones, new retail models and how new solutions will integrate with our five senses.

Imagine being able to watch your entire life happen before your eyes or being able to recall specific memories and events, as to relive them the exact way they happened. As the Internet of Everything (IoE) and the network to support it evolve, our lives will be able to literally flash before our eyes.

Today, the first versions of this technology are being developed and utilized to create digital copies of landmarks and monuments. For example, cyber archivists are increasingly using a 3D data recording processes that utilizes a spinning laser on a tripod to collect millions of points of information. Once objects or monuments are fully scanned, the archivists combine the collected data with photographs and then create a virtual version that can be used in classrooms around the world or for various other applications.

Not only will we be able to create an index of digital copies from buildings, monuments and landmarks, this technology will advance to the point that we can record and organize event sequences that take place over the course of our lives. However, this information is useless unless in can be securely accessed in real-time. One point is clear, with this influx of connected people, process, data and things, the Internet of Everything depends on a stable and secure network as we make our own history come to life.

In this Ask the #InternetOfEverything Futurist post, I’ll answer a question from Cisco Champion, Robert Novak, who asks about what the Internet of Everything will mean for preserving our past and our building our future. Robert asks:

Question: “How do you see emerging technology being used to preserve and enhance the past?”

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Girls Among the Geeks: Why Women Should Absolutely Seek Careers in Tech

Choosing a career in technology turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. At one time, however, it seemed counterintuitive to enter such a male-dominated industry. I’m not an engineer. I don’t have a degree in computer science. The only traditional tech skill I possessed was a small knowledge of HTML programming language, which I at one time used to put up static web pages. Today, that skill is useful only for editing blog posts.

What I was trained for was design. I moved into technology because it offered me a fresh way to leverage those talents while having a bigger impact. As a designer, I was taught to understand the context of a problem and to generate insights and creative solutions. I switched from a career in print design because technology was providing exciting new ways to reach people. I found it fascinating and wanted to be a part of it.

Apparently, I’m in the minority. A Forbes article cited research from Maria Klawe, a computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College, in listing some of the main reasons women don’t choose tech careers. Many believe that they won’t find a career in tech interesting, while others fear they won’t be good at it. A third concern is working in such a predominantly male bastion.

I have to say that my experience on all three counts has been just the opposite.

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What Does IoT Mean to You?

April 28, 2014 at 5:45 am PST

What does IoT Mean to YouA few weeks ago I started to prepare my session for the great meeting of the minds at Cisco Live in San Francisco. I have to confess that at the beginning it felt a bit weird creating a presentation about Internet of Things (IoT), a market that is targeting Operational Technology (OT) decision-makers, for an event that for many years now has been a “mecca” for Information Technology (IT) professionals felt incongruous.

But the more I thought about it, the more excited I got about the opportunity. As the IoT market gets better defined and developed, and grows in size and relevance, it presents an unprecedented opportunity for IT professionals to engage in the conversation and bring in their experience, skills and perspective. The IoT solutions required by OT professionals are ripe for innovation, the type of innovation that IT professionals are great at.

Resilient, scalable and secure converged networks, simplified and automated management, new computing models (Fog) that deliver distributed intelligence, and system-wide application enablement are building blocks for more advanced and smarter solutions for IoT. In a previous blog I talked about some of the characteristics of these new environments, and how the extension of the traditional IT environments outside the “carpeted office” can deliver incredible gains in visibility, automation and control. Think about these examples in terms of business value enabled by Cisco’s IoT portfolio: Read More »

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Attending Cisco Live US 2014? Five good reasons to check out BRKEVT-2311!

IP Video Surveillance is one of the most important applications for companies today since real time video surveillance and analytics can be used not only to protect the business, people and assets, but it can also be used as the eyes, ears and memory of the business to improve decision making and operations, significantly increasing the value of people, processes, data and things.

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So, if that doesn’t sway you, here are five good reasons to check out Network Design and Implementation for IP Video Surveillance (BRKEVT-2311)

  1. Your Business: IP Video Surveillance and related analytics applications are becoming the eyes and the ears of business.  Beyond safety and security, there are many business use cases and applications that can save your company valuable time, money, and resources.
  2. Your Network:  Similar to two way video, and streaming video, video surveillance is one of the most demanding applications on a network and you will be introduced to ways to meet this demand.
  3. Your Skills: Increased technical understanding IP Video Surveillance design and implementation is a great way enhance and add to your existing skills.
  4. Your Future: The Internet of Things has made many new solutions possible with fog computing, open application eco-system partners, and analytics with IP Video Surveillance that is a central component.
  5. Your Cisco Team -- Cisco technical experts, Lionel Hunt and Jason Lee are delivering this together and have received rave reviews in past sessions.  If this isn’t one of your favorite sessions of Cisco Live, I’ll eat my hat.*

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The Extended Network Requires Security That’s the Same, Only Different

April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am PST

IoT Double Edged SwordWhen I was in grade school, my best friend had a favorite saying whenever he disagreed with somebody’s observation that two things were really similar. “It’s the same, only different,” he would quip. Though this phrase was mostly intended to be flippant and evoke an emotional response from the recipient, I’ve finally found a topic where his phrase is 100 percent legitimate; IoT security. That’s because when it comes to securing IoT, we’re not talking about a single, homogeneous network, but rather the extended network which comprises both Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) environments.

While existing IT networks have included cloud and perimeter security for many years, OT environments have traditionally been air gapped from the Internet, and therefore only required physical security components to ensure a high level of secure access and safety for plant personnel. And since IT and OT networks were completely separate, the radical differences in their approach to security didn’t make much of a difference – users of each simply lived in blissful isolation. But IoT is changing all of that! Read More »

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