I have been participating in meetings with the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) since 2006 when Cisco joined as a member organization. ARTS, a division of the National Retail Federation, is an international membership organization dedicated to reducing the costs of technology through standards. Its mission is to develop best practices, technology standards and educational programs through collaboration and partnerships that will enable retailers, their vendors and suppliers to conduct business globally. ARTS standards, products and programs are dedicated to fostering innovation, improving shopper experience, and increasing retailer efficiency.
This holiday season, the Urban Entertainment Institute, Cisco and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have joined forces to address the achievement gap in education, the dropout rate and the need to keep performing arts in schools by integrating academics, arts and technology to bridge the cultural gap in education throughout the world.
Unprecedented budget pressures are forcing K-12 schools across the nation to think differently about how to deliver learning to their students. As such, we’re seeing a growing acceptance of collaboration technologies in schools to increase quality learning and engage students, and to relieve some financial pressures.
One such school district implementing Cisco TelePresence video systems is the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Serving some 700,000 students, LAUSD has deployed TelePresence to avoid cutting its arts programs, instead scaling the program across the large geographical area of Los Angeles and beyond with video.
One of the areas Cisco contributes to the retail industry is in the participation in industry organizations and standards bodies to help broaden adoption and encourage interopability of technologies.
Cisco retail architects Christian Janoff and Bart McGlothin both contribute to industry organizations. Christian Janoff has just been re-elected to the Payment Card Industry board of advisors. Bart McGlothin current sits on the technical committee of National Retail Federation ARTS Group (Association of Retail Technology Standards ) as vice chair of the mobile integration workteam.
I sat down with Bart and talked about the role of Cisco at ARTS and retail industry standards contribution.
ARTS (Association of Retail Technology Standards ) is the technical arm for industry standards for National Retail Federation. ARTS develop white papers, best practices and standards used in in-house retail solutions as well as vendor products.