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Fog Computing Becomes Clearer with Cisco IOx Solution

During this year’s DistribuTECH event, the halls of San Diego’s Convention Center were abuzz with an influx of tools, technology and talk surrounding the industry. And rightfully so, as utilities across the country seek out the latest developments that empower them to connect their workforces and streamline their services.

And as the Internet of Everything continues to present new opportunities for the world, connectivity has proven to be even more important for public utility operations.

At DistribuTECH, Cisco had the pleasure of engaging with attendees, demonstrating how utilities the world over have worked with Cisco and our partners to reduce costs and deliver more services on a single, intelligent and secure platform. The IT model we shared is one that brings innovation to the Operational Technology (OT) environment, integrating information, data, people and processes – the building blocks for the Internet of Everything.

In talking with utility managers and leaders, one thing is for certain – nothing is accomplished when feet are on the ground and employees are idle. By 2020, the Internet of Things is expected to connect a mind-boggling 50 million smart devices with network access.  The sheer amount of data transmitted by these devices can be invaluable – but it can easily overwhelm traditional IoT systems that utilize satellite or mobile networks.

Enter Cisco’s IOx. Read More »

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The Digital Ceiling Makes Your Office Adapt to You

Today, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving massive transformation in smart lighting. In the next few decades, lighting and other building services will be converged over Internet Protocol (IP) and we call this the Digital Ceiling.

This transformation began with PBX telephone lines migrating to Voice over IP (VoIP) in the mid-2000s. Today, nearly two-thirds of all enterprises will use VoIP. Now that voice is on the data network, we enjoy unified communications combining voice, video, and collaboration to bridge the distance among distributed teams. This is an early example of IoE driving enhanced consumer experiences and lower operational costs. Transformation of this type has been repeated over the years, with security cameras and building controls as well.

IP convergence of Workplace Services

The Digital Ceiling is Cisco’s industry-leading approach to light up dark assets through a digital overlay in the enterprise. The Digital Ceiling enables buildings to adapt to people’s dynamic needs in real-time. It is a unified building services approach that provides central control for systems and adds an intelligent sensor platform to inform smarter decision making.

Convergence of building and tenant services through IP not only lowers the cost of installation, operation, and management, but enables transformative new experiences through unified communications and centralized control of global facilities. All systems are monitored and managed from a single dashboard, versus the disparate set of systems and controls typical of most buildings currently.

Some examples of unified building services include: Read More »

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Evolving Millennial Connections Using Wearables

Don’t look now, but that guy’s app just measured his heartbeat when he saw you and we think it’s a match! Sound far-fetched? Well, it’s not.

In a very interesting (and possibly draining) year-long dating social experiment, a Newsweek contributor discovered that finding love has gone beyond reviewing online profiles, as some of the industry’s largest match-making companies are developing “wearables” and apps that are becoming the newest weapon in match-making. Utilizing everything from musical playlists to physiological reactions (like that racing heartbeat) the apps match daters in close vicinity with similar-minded interests. Not surprisingly, millennials are becoming some of the fastest adopters of the wearables movement.

In a recent survey, more than half of millennials revealed they were excited about the growth of the wearables market. And it’s no wonder, considering the fact that overall, millennials are an extremely connected and influential generation. They’ve grown up in a world where smartphones are the norm, social media apps are preferred communication platforms and an untold number of studies have been conducted on best practices for marketing to them. And the lens from which they view technology – as an expected day-to-day necessity – is part of the reason they’re the power behind the growing widespread adoption of wearable technology.

As the Internet of Everything continues to evolve and connect more people, process, data and things, wearable technology is not only delivering more information to us – but also bringing us all closer together. Holidays like Valentine’s Day are the perfect reminder that connections matter and go to the heart of who we are as people. Considering our natural inclination to seek out meaningful connections and the technology we have on-hand, wearables are on trend to become an invaluable networking tool, empowering an entire new level of collaboration and opportunities between employees, clients and business leaders.

According to the Cisco 2014 Connected World Technology Report, millennials believe a wearable device will be an important part of workplace 2020. Indeed, it’s estimated more than 177 million wearable devices will be in use by 2018. With a smart phone in one hand, and perhaps a fitness tracker attached to their wrist, mobility is an essential part of the millennial lifestyle. In other words, they are data-driven and businesses the world over have taken a new look at everything from their recruiting practices (using Skype for interviews) to mobile-office options to recruit and keep millennial talent on board. Companies who have embraced a holistic approach to mobility are moving in the right direction, as the millennial workforce shuns the idea of carrying multiple devices to perform work-related tasks.

A couple of years ago, I talked about a connected workforce, focusing specifically on millennials and how their perspective, as the newest generation of workers, would alter the employment scene as we know it. I’m by no means a fortune teller, but myself and the entire industry have seen this become reality. Through the tools of the Internet of Everything – wearables among them – millennials are empowered to connect with people who they have never had the chance to meet and learn from. These connections and the cross-sharing of ideas, goals and common experiences are opening up a new world of opportunity as the world changes and our connections evolve.

What type of new experiences and opportunities for wearables do you hope to see in the future? Share your thoughts here and be sure to follow the discussion using #Internet of Everything.

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IoT’s Prominence at Cisco Live Milan

The Internet of Things (IoT) was a hot topic at Cisco Live last week in Milan. I got to spend a lot of time with customers, partners, and developers, and came home impressed by the tremendous focus on IoT applications. There is an enormous amount of energy directed at building on the foundation Cisco is creating.

If you weren’t able to join us in Milan, here is my list of the week’s highlights.

The opening day keynote Read More »

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In the Beauty Industry, IoE “Lights Up” How People Try On, Wear, and Even Produce Custom Makeup

Connecting Dark Assets: An ongoing series on how the Internet of Everything is transforming the ways in which we live, work, play, and learn.

For months now, I’ve been talking about how the Internet of Everything (IoE) “lights up” dark assets—but I never thought I’d be talking about makeup in that context. Of course, my wife would be quick to point out that many people consider makeup a critical asset, so it’s really not that different from other things whose value increases through the networked connection of people, process, data, and things. Here are three examples: Read More »

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