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Gold, Silver, Bronze and …Green! Cisco Wins AT&T Supplier Sustainability Award

Today’s always-on, connected lifestyles and business practices have reached new levels according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2012 to 2017.  In fact, in the next five years, worldwide mobile data traffic is predicted to increase 13-fold, with global mobile data traffic growing 70 percent in 2012.

hWith customers on all seven continents, Cisco provides essential Internet networking platforms that enable these connected experiences, and we embrace our profound responsibility to deliver innovative networking solutions that also minimize energy consumption and environmental impact.

 So it is with great pride for Cisco to receive AT&T’s 2012 Supplier Sustainability Award in Energy Efficiency, which recognizes outstanding contributions in energy efficiency, environment, greenhouse gas emissions, and water use. These are topics of critical importance to both our business operations and the environment.

hSmartphones and other connected technologies have increased data traffic on AT&T’s networks by 20,000 percent between 2007 and 2011. Cisco’s Cisco Carrier Routing System is helping AT&T meet growing data demands while also staying on track to meet its goal of reducing electricity intensity 60 percent by 2014, over a 2008 baseline. 

Cisco has received top rankings for its environmental sustainability efforts including being included in the Carbon Disclosure Project Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for five consecutive years (2008-2012) and being ranked second in Greenpeace’s Cool IT Challenge in 2012.  Cisco has also been recognized by Corporate Knights, Forbes Magazine, and Interbrand for its commitment to sustainability

Cisco recently announced that it had achieved its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goal in 2012 and set a new target of cutting GHG emissions worldwide by 40% absolute by FY2017.

Congratulations to the Cisco service provider engineering team and the entire Cisco engineering organization for this achievement and its continued efforts maintaining this critical balance for our customers and partners.

Additional details regarding Cisco’s commitment to energy efficiency can be found on our Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility Web page and in our 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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Cisco Behind the Scenes of AT&T’s New “Digital Life”

chowjBy Joe Chow, VP, Connected Devices, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group

Today Cisco announced the launch of a UL-certified, all-digital, wireless-based home security and automation service with AT&T Digital Life. Cisco built and will provide the Digital Life control panel and back-office provisioning and applications life-cycle management system, which allows customers to monitor, protect and manage their homes using a smartphone, tablet or PC. It launches in eight markets in March, and up to 50 by year-end. While broadband provider agnostic, the service uses AT&T’s nationwide wireless network.

The Digital Life controller uses five radios to control and manage appliances, lighting, and HVAC; remotely lock or unlock doors; even detect water leaks. In addition to the five radios, the controller includes an Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi) software framework, Home Plug AV (to communicate with connected IP devices over the home power network), 24-hour backup, and advanced diagnostics. Read More »

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Changing the Collaboration Game with Clouds

Organizations small or large can deploy collaboration technologies on premises, on the cloud, or on both with a hybrid deployment. I believe that the source or the provider of collaboration technology should be transparent to the end-user and that the experience should be the same regardless of deployment model or device used.

At Cisco we’re very focused on offering flexible deployment models that support on-premises, cloud, or hybrid deployments of our collaboration technologies.  Of course, these are built on our collaboration architecture to ensure the interoperability and user experience. Read More »

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AT&T Sweeps IPTV World Forum Awards!

It’s been a great week for AT&T at the IP&TV World Forum, and by proxy, a great week for Cisco!

In case you hadn’t heard the word from “over the pond,” the IP&TV World Forum recognized AT&T with not one, but TWO accolades: Best TV App, for its U-verse for Tablet, and “Best Consumer Device,” for the U-Verse TV Wireless Receiver (built by guess who!)

The IP&TV Industry Awards, which occurred in London on the evening of March 21, honor service providers for their innovation, excellence, and achievement in the IPTV sector.

The AT&T Wireless Receiver, which launched across U-verse markets last October, is an IPTV set-top equipped with video-optimized Wi-Fi. From a consumer perspective, it means hanging the TV set anywhere, and not necessarily near a coaxial wall outlet — a no-wires way to arrange the TV to go with people’s lives, furniture, and living environments.

In Cisco-speak, we call this fabulous device the ISB7005 wireless DVR set-top, coupled with our VEN401 wireless access point. The former is a set-top that can go anywhere in the house; the latter is the video-optimized wireless access point.

So allow me to raise a (virtual) glass, on behalf of the hardworking team here at Cisco who helped make these technologies possible — and to our colleagues at AT&T, for making it happen! Clink and congrats.

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Hello, IP&TV World Forum! We’re in MR1, Gallery Level

It’s springtime in London (or near enough), which must mean it’s time again for the IP&TV World Forum. Here’s a handful of reasons why you should come by and see us this week!

1. Strong coffee that is free and plentiful. Enough said.

2. To check out a (deployed) way of wiring homes that aren’t wired. Last year, AT&T launched its “Free Your TV” offering in its U.S. footprint – an instantly popular product, because it lets consumers place their HDTV screens wherever they want – regardless of whether there’s a coaxial outlet nearby. If getting to signal to usual or unusual places in your house is on your wish list, come by.  We’ll fill you in on how the AT&T deployment is going (hint: really, really well).  Check out the AT&T ad here:

And while you’re in the stand, do check out our Videoscape demonstrations – Lots of cool new developments to see!. And if that’s not enough, ask us about progress to date with recent Videoscape newsmakers TELUS, Rogers, and Numericable. Read More »

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