The UN estimates that at some point between 2008 and 2009 the world’s urban and rural populations became equal in size for the first time in human history. Urbanization is set to continue as the rural population seeks the wealth and social opportunity that cities offer. In the period from 2007 to 2050, the UN estimates the urban population will grow from 3.1bn to 6.4bn. As cities around the world grow in size, we are beginning to see that strained resources, infrastructure, and services are causing natural limits to urban growth, which in turn limits the economic growth opportunity. The challenge of managing sustainable urban growth is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. In parallel, city leaders are looking for ways to establish clear identities for their cities and to use the growing connectivity of everything to improve urban life for their citizens.
Cities as diverse as Barcelona, Nice, Dallas and Songdo in South Korea, are already starting to leverage advanced technologies and data analysis to create smart, connected cities. These cities, and others around the globe, are building out new digital services such as smart lighting, traffic, waste management and data analytics to reduce costs, tap new sources of revenue, create new innovation business districts and improve the overall quality of urban life. Not only will the creation of smart cities generate huge value for the cities and their inhabitants, but there are great opportunities for the vendors and partners who help the cities to create and operate these digitally smart cities of the future.
Connecting all of the sensors, devices, people and data is critical to Read More »
By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions
Timing is everything. Faced with the ever-increasing challenges and opportunities of the Internet of Everything (IoE), the timing of Cisco’s Spring Packet Optical Networking Conference, May 13-15 at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, couldn’t be better.
Fondly referred to as the PONC (‘pon-see’), Cisco coordinates this event with its customers and prospects twice a year: a Spring event in North America, and a Fall event in Monza Italy. Besides being an immensely influential source of customer input and feedback for Cisco, the conference’s is designed to foster collaboration among attendees -- often highlighted by compelling customer presentation and/or panels discussions by luminaries from the world’s leading ISP, OTT and ILEC organizations. This year will be no different, and we look forward to you helping us Light up our Spring event.
Bill Gartner, Vice President and General Manager, Cisco High End Routing and Optical Business Unit, provides a PONC overview and invites you to participate.
Contributed By Dr. Ken Morse, Chief Technology Officer of Connected Devices at Cisco
To compete in today’s market, your network needs to support new business models and increase revenue while lowering your operating expenses. You need a network that is:
In order to reach these goals the network is increasingly becoming virtualized. Virtualization is being pursued across the architecture at all different levels — applications and networking functions now become compute workloads – but to fully reach value, virtualization cannot just be discrete implementations but rather needs to be automated and orchestrated together.
By Joe Chow, VP & GM, Connected Devices Business Unit, Cisco
With the proliferation of IP devices and ubiquitous access to broadband, consumers are increasingly enjoying the benefits of “being connected”. But being able to adjust your thermostat while on vacation or remotely limit your child’s internet access is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a wealth of revenue opportunities that service providers can extract from the business market place.
One example is energy.
What does a service provider have to do with energy you ask? Well Read More »