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Lifestyle Working Collins Street: a new way of working

On March 18th, at Cisco Live! we had the pleasure of taking media to our own Smart Connected Building at Lifestyle Working Collins Street.

The Lifestyle Working Building on Collins Street, Melbourne, is an astonishing union of modern architecture, intelligent networking and interior design. What makes this space special is that all of the IT systems as well as  the elevators, lights, CCTV, Cisco Wi-Fi Access Points and Cisco IP Phones are converged on the Cisco intelligent network. This means that all the different building systems can be operated, monitored and controlled by the network. The result is much “greener” operations with more efficient use of electricity and an overall reduced carbon footprint.

Consider this example: with all office devices connected to the central network, a “policy” can be set up which enables all idle devices after a certain time (e.g. 6pm) to be switched off. Of course if people are working late, then rules can be set up to ensure devices within the proximity of an active access point remain operational.

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Cisco Recognises Its Outstanding Australian and New Zealand Partners

Cisco acknowledges excellence in its partner community at the ANZ Partner Insight Awards

Last night, Cisco awarded teams and individuals from 11 Cisco Australia and New Zealand Partners across 15 categories in the annual Cisco Partner Insight Awards.

Partners were recognised for their innovation, leadership and best practice as a Cisco business partner across categories ranging from Internet of Everything Partner of the Year, Vertical Solution Innovation Partner of the Year, Cloud Partner of the Year and Business Transformation Partner of the Year through to Excellence in Solutions Delivery and Teaming.

“Cisco continues to be a business that is reliant and committed to its partners,” says Jason Brouwers, director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco® Australia and New Zealand. “We strive to support our partners to help them build their business, and as such we are proud to recognise those who have demonstrated the highest achievement in 2013.”

The full list of 2013 Cisco ANZ Partner Insight Award winners can be viewed in the media release here.

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Welcome to Melbourne and Cisco Live!

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Cisco Live! Australia and New Zealand. We’re in Melbourne for the fourth year running. We have three action-packed days lined up, and we’re looking forward to connecting with our customers, partners, industry colleagues, journalists and analysts.

We’re running the show around four key pillars (fitting, given it’s our fourth year): technical education, technology evaluation, networking, and thought leadership, so there’s something for everyone. All the latest hot topics will be addressed, including the Internet of Everything (IoE), cloud and security, among others. You can find all the agendas, exhibitor listings, keynote sessions and maps on the official website.

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Cisco Connected Industries at Cisco Live! Melbourne, Australia, 5-8 March, 2013

March 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm PST

Cisco MelbourneCheck out the Connected Industries presence at Cisco Live Australia, 2013.

Cisco Connected Industries are present  in Melbourne showing off some of the latest ruggedized equipment that Cisco has for industrial users such as those in the manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Mining sectors.

There’s a static display of equipment to allow customers to “touch and feel” all models of the Industrial Ethernet range: IE3000, IE2000, IE3010, C819, AIR1552, ESR5915, ESR5940.

There will also be h a great demo session focused on real-time mobile data collection in the mining industry (to show a harsh environment application).

CiscoLive_tech_demoThe demonstration utilizes the Cisco 819 M2M router and Cisco Industrial Ethernet switches to show how telemetry can be collected from a mining vehicle and back-hauled over a Cisco wireless mesh infrastructure to a central data center. The data can be securely monitored for abnormal fluctuations from a remote location using Cisco’s VPN and ASA Firewall technologies. The detection of an abnormality can be used to generate warning alerts via management systems, IP Telephony and Instant Messaging. Cool huh? Now that’s Connected Manufacturing! (or Connected Mining in this case!).

Can’t make it to Melbourne this year? Then register for Cisco Live 365 and get all the session action on your desktop!

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March Madness: physical security and virtualization are HOT!

Physical security has March Madness. And you might get it too, if you manage Cisco UCS and run video surveillance applications. Or if you attended ISC West this week in Vegas, where virtualization was all the buzz.

Our hot news is the virtualization of video surveillance on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This has potentially profound implications on two big operational costs: data center management and safety and security operations.

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