Cisco Live kicked off this morning with more than 20,000 attendees storming the streets of San Francisco and the Moscone Convention Center. I am so excited to be hosting Cisco Live again this year – especially because it’s the 25th Anniversary of this event, and this year we’re back in the city that inspired our company’s name and logo.
As attendees are getting settled in for an action-packed week, I want to highlight two dynamic experiences not to be missed at this year’s conference: our Internet of Everything (IoE) Machine – a 20-by-20 foot interactive installation – and five Connected City interactive bus shelters. Both experiences simulate a journey through a connected city, showing how Cisco technology helps cities run like clockwork by connecting people, process, data and things.
Every day, in every city, an event takes place. It could be a baseball game, a music concert or even an innovative conference like Cisco Live. No matter what it is, this event puts pressure on the host city around traffic, energy usage, etc. But the Internet of Everything takes the stress off cities by making airports, roads, power grids, recycling cans, parking lots – you name it -- all smarter so that events can go off without a hitch.
Tom Touchet, CEO of City24/7, shares his perspective on the Internet of Everything.
When the Internet of Everything is written about in history, the main determiner of its success or failure will be how it has benefited humanity. With this goal of ultimate connectivity in mind, Cisco and LG partnered with City24/7, a revolutionary IoE communications system that combines the power of smart infrastructure with the ubiquity of smart phones to bring broadcasts and customized information to the everyman. Through this partnership, City24/7 is installing 250+ Smart Screens in New York City’s five boroughs – the first large scale deployment in an emerging global market.
City24/7 is an interactive platform that integrates information from open government programs, local businesses and citizens to provide meaningful knowledge anytime, anywhere and on any device where it helps people the most. By incorporating touch, voice and audio-technology, City24/7 delivers a wide array of hyper-local information received from connected sensors, monitors and intelligent data tools, in real-time. City24/7 can even protect city inhabitants by alerting authorities citywide through intelligent networks when resources are needed in a specific area. These resource-efficient, environmentally resilient networks ensure the safety and security of residents while establishing an attractive, vibrant self-image.
Stand on any busy city corner and you will witness organized chaos. Thousands of people moving in every direction. Where are they going? What do they need? How can they access resources to help their day? Until now, these questions were often the great mysteries of the city.
We now have ways to better help inform and protect these citizens. City24/7 provides accurate and meaningful information to massive numbers of people, whether they are traveling to home, work, school or shopping. Since it’s interactive, the network is also learning what those citizens want and need, providing dense analytic data. These insights can be used by city managers to plan new programs and improve the efficiency of current systems, with the goal of making cities more convenient, comfortable and thriving.
That, in turn, improves quality of life for everyone, benefiting humanity in a way never seen before. That’s the power of the City24/7 network – the first city channel built with the IoE in mind.
How could City24/7 impact your city? Share your thoughts and join the conversation on Twitter.
By Maywun Wong, Service Provider Mobility Marketing Manager
Mobility is here to stay. According to a recent survey, 70% of all consumers use Public Wi-Fi, spending an average of 44 minutes connected to the Internet. It’s not just people connecting, but processes, things, and data, too, leading to the revolution called the Internet of Everything. At CES this year, John Chambers showed how the Internet of Everything could represent as high as $19 trillion in global opportunity in the next decade . For the public sector alone, IoE could generate up to $4.6 trillion in value in the next 8 years.
Cities around the world are using the IoE to provide intelligence to provide a better experience for their citizens and visitors. They are installing Wi-Fi across town so everyone can connect with their friends and family. They are also placing sensors in parking spaces, bus stations, light poles, and others such that the public knows what resources are available. Wim Elfrink, Cisco EVP of Industry Solutions and chief globalization officer, recognizes that “cities have the opportunity to transform the way citizens experience urban life.”
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