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A Less Stressful College Experience – All Thanks to Cisco

Norway’s Bergen University College’s problem was that it was spread too thin. Before the school’s recent move to a new campus, the college was dispersed over five buildings. Bergen University College is now down to two buildings. Included with the move was a request for a better Wi-Fi network and the ability to allow students and faculty to accurately know where they are at all times.

Bergen University College worked with Cisco on a solution to expand its wireless network using:
• Cisco Aironet 3702e and 3702i access points
• Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN controllers
• Cisco 3850 and 4500-X Series switches
• Cisco Catlyst 6500 Series switches

These Cisco products allowed the college to achieve its primary goal of creating an 802.11ac wireless network that was large enough to support the school’s bring your own device (BYOD) policy. This new network needed to have the right type of security access (role-based and context-aware) in order for this BYOD policy to work properly.

In addition to a better wireless network experience, Bergen University College was also interested in using their new wireless network to administer a wayfinding service. Through a collaboration with Cisco partner MazeMap, the college was able to create a service where students and faculty could find themselves anywhere on campus. From there, they were able to figure out the best routes to their destinations. This wayfinding app has lead to the elimination of hallway gridlock, making the student population much happier.

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Mitigating Wireless Threats with Cisco Adaptive WIPS

Controlling the wireless network can some times feel like trying to stop a river.  Employees, customers and vendors have their favored mobile devices and they want to be able to use them for work and play. The momentum for this trend is strong and the promise of productivity high so it’s becoming increasingly difficult to fight this trend. As a result, companies are opening their network to guest traffic.

As you well know, this new openness isn’t without risk. The devices that people bring may not always be productive. And sometimes those devices become rogues that can impact network performance and security.

Let’s be clear that not all rogue devices have evil in mind. In fact, many employees innocently bring their own IP cameras and personal hotspots to “help expand” the capabilities of the network. At a minimum, these rogue devices can cause interference that degrades overall network performance or prohibits critical devices from connecting to the network.

The greater danger is that these rogue devices are the weak link that enables a hacker to breach network security. A hacker can tag onto a tethered personal hot spot for easy entry into the network or can sit outside the venue to gain access.

Whatever the intent of the rogue device, it’s critical that you have a solution that leverages location information to identify and mitigate these rogue devices before they compromise your network.

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Omaha World-Herald, one of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway companies, uses the location capabilities of Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE) to ensure rogue devices don’t derail its many offices. Using Cisco’s location and adaptive WIPS capabilities, Omaha World detects rogue devices in real time, determines their location, and mitigates the threat. Read More »

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The Internet of Things Empowers Public Safety: Please Visit Cisco at APCO 2014 Booth 461

 

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Public safety organizations worldwide are increasingly adopting and using secure broadband networks, supporting open standards and multivendor technologies, and using new public safety applications, while adopting new policies for bring your own device (BYOD) using Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets for their personnel.

The rate of adoption is continuing to accelerate because of the next technology trend, called the Internet of Things (IoT), which empowers public safety to make its communities and cities safer. In fact, according to recent research by Cisco Consulting Services, this represents more than $4.6 trillion in Internet of Everything (IoE) value at stake for the public sector.

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First responders rely on mission critical communications and sensors to fulfill public safety needs, further empowered by the Internet of Things

The IoT is the next technology transition in which devices will allow us to sense and control the physical world by making objects smarter and connecting them through an intelligent network. IoT is about connecting the unconnected.

At APCO, Cisco and partners will demonstrate next-generation public safety solutions based on open standards, secure networks, and Internet of Things technologies and solutions providing important benefits:

  • Enhanced reliability: Cisco’s IP infrastructure keeps the mission-critical network running at the most critical times.
  • Cost savings: Cisco’s software solutions allow less expensive endpoints to communicate with user groups.
  • Improved operations: Agencies can now communicate with voice, video, and data in open collaborative ways.
  • Multiple-vendor solutions: Cisco’s software allows customers to choose between many best-in-class vendors for an entire solution.
  • Solution support: Cisco offers support for the entire system, including third-party components, with a single support call.

We will showcase new solutions for next-generation instant communications using private and public networks that are now available to government and enterprise customers. Cisco’s IoT solutions support public safety, utilities, and industrial customer needs with multivendor, interoperable broadband technologies for mobility: BYOD, bring your own application (BYOA), and bring your own interface (BYOI). Cisco’s technology gives system integrators the ability to connect different systems that unify P25, LTE, and public safety broadband technologies easily and affordably.

In the Cisco booth we will be demonstrating our newest IPICS software solution, which includes a software development kit (SDK) that enables application developers to embed Cisco’s push-to-talk technology into their applications. Cisco will highlight the Quantum Virtualized Packet Core is a software application that routes data over LTE networks.  The Cisco Quantum™ Virtualized Packet Core (QvPC) is one of the industry’s first commercial virtualized evolved packet cores, the new Cisco Quantum Virtualized Packet Core (vPC ) solution redefines the paradigm of agility for service providers.

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