Study Says Households Ready to Get ConnectedMarket research company Parks Associates says home networking adoption is about to take off as broadband adoption grows and easier-to-manage interfaces are made available. The number of U.S. households with a connected entertainment network will reach 30 million by 2010, up from four million currently, according to study by the company.”Broadband proliferation is a fundamental driver of connected entertainment opportunities inside the home,” Harry Wang, research analyst at Parks Associates, said in a statement.”But more importantly, better network configuration tools and easy-to-navigate user interfaces will assuage consumers’ concerns about setup difficulties or application glitches.”CNET, in a story about the survey, cites Cisco as a company anticipating the trend.”œSince 2003, the networking giant has acquired home networking gear provider Linksys, cable set-top box manufacturer Scientific-Atlanta, and Kiss technology, a maker of network-based DVD and DVR players,” the CNET story, by Catherine McCarthy, (no relation), with a contribution by Marguerite Reardon, said.”œCisco said its home-networking vision is to offer devices that can be connected to the Internet, as well as to other entertainment gadgets in the home,” McCarthy wrote.”And it plans to offer the networking equipment, such as wireless routers, used to shuttle IP packets of music, video or interactive games throughout the home.”
Kudos at the City Club of San Francisco
As far as award dinners go, the Public Relations Society of America’s 2006 Northern California event more than held its own. Convened at the City Club of San Francisco, the Silver & Bronze Anvil Awards competition included scores of entrants from pr firms and corporations from around the region.
And guess what? Cisco scored twice.
A Silver Anvil Award for an Integrated Communications Program for business to business went to the company for “œCisco Systems: Celebrating 20 Years of Innovation.” Above, Abby Smith (left), and Heather Goodwin, both of Cisco Corporate Communications, accepted the award on behalf of the multiple groups that worked on the project.
Cisco also won a Merit Award, for the Cisco IPICS Press Launch. Pamela Rupert and Robert Barlow, below, also of Corporate Communications, show off the award for the launch which was spearheaded by colleague Linda Horiuchi.
Cisco Networkers’ buying preferences vary If given a checkbook to buy their dream technology, network professionals have a long wish list. In a survey of more than 1,100 attendees of the Cisco Networkers 2006 user conference, dream buying preferences varied wildly.Among the survey’s questions, respondents were asked:”If you were handed your organization’s IT check book, what are the dream technology/applications that you would purchase?”Some wanted mainstays.”I would purchase Catalyst 6500 for a campus network,” said one conference goer. “Deploying CRS1 in our core,” another answered as his dream buy.Many others said would seek out IP-based technologies.”œThe network and telecom infrastructure is currently undergoing a major facelift, but I would like to see internal multimedia provisions for training and video conferencing,” said one conference attendee.Another listed his picks as follows:”Given a choice and freedom, WiMax, WiFi, mesh technology and almost anything-over-IP shall be my priorities as I believe that these will be the prime movers in wireless technologies for the times to come and they will have tremendous business impact.”One respondent listed technologies to fit his geographically dispersed organization:”Multipoint video conferencing; MeetingPlace Enterprise, and wireless LAN controllers and access points throughout our company’s 30 locations,” the respondent said.Others shared issues that very often concern network administrators.”If we had the money, we would replace all network equipment older than 5 years,” one respondent said.Another conference goer dared to dream big and imagined great results from new technologies.”I would invest more in the tools to connect the minds of science and technology to further build the collaboration fields offerings to meet their requirements for distance learning, experiment controls, knowledge storage and retrieval,” the attendee said.
Networkers Demo Shows the FutureTom Sanders, the “Silicon Valley Sleuth” for VNUnet.com, today published on his blog the Networkers 2006 keynote demonstration by Cisco Systems’ President and CEO John Chambers on his vision of unified networks.Check it out here.
Survey Shows Reach of Internet LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The network’s pervasiveness is well known. But the extent of its integration into life experiences is made clear in a survey taken of more than 1,100 attendees of the Cisco Networkers 2006 user conference.One survey question asked,”What is your most interesting or pleasantly surprising life experience that was enabled by the network or being online?”The results were astounding. No less than 13 people said they met their wives online.”œSustaining a long-distance relationship with a girlfriend who is now my wife,” one respondent said of his most interesting experience enabled by the network. Who would argue?The network has become a conduit for all sorts of key personal and professional relations.One man said his most interesting life experience was”when my wife (who was adopted at birth) found her biological mother. Without the Internet, this wouldn’t have happened.”"Found lost family member after 30 years,” said one respondent.”œSending a video feed to a U.S. Marine in Iraq during the birth of his son,” said another.The network easily enhances family communications over distances. One respondent said he has enjoyed,”Remote communications with my young children while on the road -- via email, IM, and now VoIP.”The network has enhanced all sorts of communications experiences.”I watched the Space Shuttle launch via an IP video solution that we implemented at Kennedy Space Flight Center, from a remote conference in Nashville, Tenn.,” said one respondent.”It was just an experience just to get to do something that cool, and see the wow on the faces of the people who realized they were not watching TV, but were watching TV over the internet.”Another said he enjoyed,”Interactive LiveDive experience with underwater divers and a remotely-operated vehicle under the Monterey Bay.”Man’s best friend has also taken its place in the Internet age.”I found my dog on an rescue agency’s Web site,” one respondent said.