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Bombardier Trains and Cisco Systems – Connecting the Human Network

July 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm PST

For those of us who didn’t know, Bombardier builds what they call “complete,  sustainable rail transportation systems’. These  days that’s important.

Bombardier’s customers are transit agencies around the world, and the company must continually innovate to help its customers operate trains efficiently, safely, and with a superior passenger experience. Bombardier came to Cisco for assistance in developing an on-board network that will give its customers efficient, cost-effective capabilities that enhance the passenger experience.

Peter Granger, Industry Marketing Manager talks about Bombardier’s implementation of a ruggedized mobile network

Customer comment: “Transit agencies purchase their railcar systems with the expectation of them lasting for many years,” says Erik Larsen, Engineering Specialist II, Network Communications and Security for Bombardier. “Cisco helped us design a network that provides leading-edge industrial intelligence to support agencies’ strategies for attracting and maintaining ridership while easily scaling to meet their changing needs over time.” Read More »

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Have Your Doctors Gone Digital?

When you go in for your annual exam, does your doctor enter notes on a laptop, send your prescriptions direct to the pharmacy, and make your lab results available online for your? Or does your doctor still pull out that bulging manila folder full of patient history notes, write prescriptions on paper using unintelligible handwriting, and wait days to get results for X-Rays or MRIs? There are incentives for going digital, but how many doctors do you know who have taken the plunge?

A recent national survey of healthcare workers found that adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) is significantly below expected. For the uninitiated, “meaningful use” is a term indicating doctors have an electronic health record system with the capability to take specific actions with the system. Examples of these actions include sending and tracking pharmacy prescriptions, getting drug interaction warnings, and sending clinical visit summaries to other clinics.

In hard numbers, the survey found that in 2011 only 11% of physicians were both intending to apply and had an EHR system with the capabilities needed for the meaningful use designation. This is surprising as there are financial incentives to get to meaningful use. A recent case study shows that getting the right infrastructure in place can dramatically aid physicians in this goal and get them the designation in a matter of months.

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A Sneak Peak Behind the 2012 GRAMMY Awards

One of the tacit benefits of working for a technology provider is the access it provides to cool events. Like the 2012 GRAMMY Awards.

Here’s how it came down: Our esteemed partner, AEG Digital Media, needed a way to stream and monetize its production of GRAMMY Live, a three-day webcast covering exclusive events, parties, and red carpet interviews.

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Three Use Cases for Routers You’ve Never Heard Of

Routers are the link to the outside world for retail stores, bank branches, manufacturing plants, small offices, and more. Without them we couldn’t buy our groceries with credit cards, get the banking services we expect, or even do our daily work at our own jobs. As our world becomes more and more connected, the number of use cases for routers continues to grow … as do requirements for performance, security, and availability. At Cisco we are privileged to see the latest and greatest of these unusual deployments, so please read on for three interesting cases that made my head turn, and maybe will turn yours as well.

1. Speeding cameras in Scandinavia

How are Cisco routers related to speeding cameras in Scandanavia? If you’ve ever visited Norway, you know they’re serious about traffic control. Not only must every vehicle entering Oslo pay a toll, currently 26 kroner, but they also have to be very careful not to speed. Today Cisco and TDC have teamed up to connect 700 traffic enforcement cameras run by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.  Read More »

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A Cisco Story: The Social Media Marketing Center of Excellence

January 6, 2012 at 9:06 am PST

At Cisco, we often speak at different venues about how we set up and operationalized social media. We always receive so many questions on this topic that we decided to share our process and lessons learned with the larger social community in a more organized and methodical way. We have partnered with Frost and Sullivan to create a guidebook on “Operationalizing a B-to-B Social Media Center of Excellence”. This case study talks about how

  • our Social Media Marketing Hub emerged
  • we defined the charter, roles and responsibilities of this hub and
  • we engage with the various parts of the organization, also known as spokes    

Following the guidance of the Frost and Sullivan research team, we broke down the process of creating our social media center of excellence step by step. Check out a page from the case study here: Read More »

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