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Seeing is Believing

One of the cool things about working for Cisco is being able to use all the technology. Aside from the IP phone on my desk that I use everyday, I often use TelePresence to conduct “œin person” meetings with people from my team who are located around the globe. TelePresence was a hit from day one with customers, partners, and suppliers eager to get on board. According to a recent study we did, TelePresence will represent a $4B new service revenue opportunity for service providers by the year 2011. Do you have your order in yet? Listen to a recent conversation about TelePresence (held over a TelePresence session) between myself and Al Safarikas of Cisco on the service provider opportunity with TelePresence -- I’m the one on the other side of the screen.

The Doctor will See you NOW

grant.jpgSpeeding up wait times before, during, and after a visit to the doctor was the motivation behind Greg’s award winning suggestion on in our Connected Life contest. The Texas native (Hook’em!) is a radiation oncology resident physician about to take his board exams (which his winnings will help fund) who has had first hand experience in dealing with the delays caused waiting for information needed to effectively and efficiently treat patients. His idea was the e-medical card, which he described this way:

“œE-Medical card. Eliminate waiting time at the doctors office by adding chip in medical cards that could be scanned when the doctor comes into the examining room. You could secure it using existing technology (i.e.,fingerprint technology). Once scanned, it would immediately pull up your medical history. It would be scanned at the end of the visit for billing. These devices could securely to send diagnostic info, x-rays, test results, etc. to specialists. Imagine what this could do in the medical field!”

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My Connected Life Mash-up

OmariOmari from Virginia was one of the runner up winners in our Connected Life contest. His idea was to take all of the mash-up sites available on the web (such as those that blend applications such as realtor listings and a satellite map), mash them up further and making it mobile. You can read more about it here. Think of it as a presence-based facebook-google-linkedin-tomtom application for your handset so that as you move, the network can alert you to the things you care about and help give you a better experience. I can imagine something like this telling me:

“œGreat sushi place ahead”"œTurn right to make it to your meeting on-time”"œDave’s in town, too, and is only a block away”(If it could also tell me when I am wearing mismatched socks or have a piece of apple stuck in my teeth, that would be a bonus-)

All of these applications are available on their own on the web and represent the first wave of mash-ups; Omari is taking it two steps further by blending the already blended applications even further, effectively making an infinite number of possibilities to customize it to your interests and needs. And by making it mobile, it personalizes the experience even further, allowing the network to move with you instead of you moving to the network.A couple of years ago, one of my closest friends was college was staying at a hotel a block away from me as we both were in London on business for the week. Since we live thousands of miles apart, it would have been a great opportunity to meet, catch up, and admittedly have a couple of pints (John Smith’s Extra Smooth Bitter for me, please). Unfortunately, we didn’t realize the coincidence until a month or two later on a phone conversation. It was a great opportunity lost. Omari’s idea would help to minimize the chance of that happening again and showcases the increasing relevance that network can have on lives, wherever we may be.

The Gaming Explosion

In my last post, I explained how integrating IP and DWDM layers closer together helps providers to scale their core networks. Last week, the world’s largest computer festival got underway and proved the IPoDWDM technology’s ability to deliver on that promise.DreamHack Winter 2007 just ended at Ja¶nka¶ping in Sweden with around 10,000 attendees plugging their own computers to the network specially setup for the event. It’s focused on everything you can do with computers, a lot of gaming and communication, but also programming, designing, music composing, plus a variety of other activities. The hunger of these bandwidth-gorging, network-gaming attendees knows no bounds. And thus, at the core of the network lies the world’s fastest router -Cisco CRS-1. TeliaSonera, the bandwidth provider for DreamHack, chose to deploy this router at the two locations of Ja¶nka¶ping and Stockholm interconnecting the 300 kilometers distance by 40Gbps IPoDWDM technology. This event attracts die-hard gaming enthusiasts from Europe and further beyond. It is billed by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest LAN party. In Sweden DreamHack has broken into the top 12 sporting events nationally. Players are looking to compete in the popular World of Warcraft championships, QuakeWorld and Counter-Strike tournaments.A long time back it was Greece, and in this century Sweden. Is this the beginning of the new e-Olympics?

Now for the letter “C”: Change the equation from quad play to “any play”

With this post, I bring you to the letter C. In my two earlier posts, I emphasized how service providers, in order to become experience providers, need to follow the ABCs: Adopt a Connected Life, Boldly innovate, and Change the equation. This entry will focus on changing the math and equations!Quad-play (data + voice + video + mobility) is too limiting. It is all about delivering a seamless experience of any service, to any device, to any location. To do this, we need to change the math to: ‘data x voice x video x mobility’ =”any-play” Read More »