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IoE: My First Impression

As Cisco is sharing its Internet of Everything ( IoE ) vision today at CES 2014, it makes me reflect on what the future of this technology will look like. We’re in such a connected society now, with more information available to us than ever before. I ask myself, “Will being more connected, with even more information at our disposal be something our society could benefit from?” After evaluating this concept, my opinion is a resounding yes.

Imagine a world where you can have everyday items “speak” to you without having to initiate the action. Our lives are so busy now that having important information alerted to us without needing to query it ourselves is a huge idea. Here are some immediate thoughts on how the Internet of Everything could help solve everyday problems.

How many of us have gotten into our car late for some sort of appointment, and while driving, realized we didn’t have enough gas to get where we needed to go? Having a sensor in the car alert you that you’re low on gas would be a time/stress saver. In my house creating weekly grocery lists can be cumbersome. IoE connected kitchenGoing through cabinets one by one seeing what’s needed, and putting them down on the list. Of course, this always happens right when you’re ready to leave for the grocery store. Imagine going up to your refrigerator and having it email you a list of items needed. That’s huge, and can save you from having to run back to the store more than once because you forgot that important dinner item! Read More »

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BYOD: Extending the Network Edge into the Connected Home

By Ross Fujii, CTO of Cisco Network Management Technology Group (NMTG)

Up to this point, I’ve made a strong case for how important visibility into the connected home network is to service providers.  I’ve shown how the culture of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is already taking root, and why it is essential for service providers to meet the needs of consumers and businesses if they want to stay competitive.  The question remains, how will service providers achieve this?

On March 28, 2012, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately-held ClearAccess, a provider of TR-069-based software to service providers for the provisioning and management of residential and mobile devices.  ClearAccess management and software capabilities will augment Cisco Prime – Cisco’s network management software portfolio – by offering a set of powerful and sophisticated tools for provisioning, monitoring and managing bandwidth usage, parental controls, and diagnostics to connected devices in the home.

TR-069 technology provides a standardized means for describing remote home gateways.  TR-069 can be likened to the DOCSIS standard used by cable companies, and there are many flavors to Read More »

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BYOD: Beyond the Triple Play

By Ross Fujii, CTO of Cisco Network Management Technology Group (NMTG)

Service providers have already penetrated the connected home network with equipment such as set-top boxes and Internet gateway routers to provide Triple Play services – voice, video, and data.  From this established base, Service providers have the opportunity to further extend into quad and quintuple plays by offering additional services such as wireless/cellular and security-based/home automation.  In fact, with the right infrastructure, the connected home network becomes extremely flexible and capable of supporting a wide range of new and innovative services.  Service providers are the natural candidate to offer – and capitalize upon – these services.

The key to generating more than just Triple Play revenues is visibility into the home network.  Effectively, Service providers need to push the edge of their networks further into the connected home.  In this way, they can enable the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) reality by: Read More »

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BYOD: What Businesses Need

By Ross Fujii, CTO of Cisco Network Management Technology Group (NMTG)

Bring Own Your Device (BYOD) in the context of the business world reflects the fact that many consumers bring their work home with them.  Specifically, they connect devices they have received as part of their job – laptops, smartphones, and tablets – to the home network and use them as they would at the workplace.

While the added productivity of BYOD and working at home is attractive to businesses, the risk of exposure is not.  Laptops, for example, can store or access sensitive data like financial information or critical trade secrets that need to be protected.  In some cases, such as personal or health data, the law requires that this information must be secured.

The reality is that it is not always possible to ensure that a device is secure.  As a consequence, Read More »

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BYOD: What Consumers Want

By Ross Fujii, CTO of Cisco Network Management Technology Group (NMTG)

Before exploring how service providers can capitalize upon the opportunities that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) offers, it is critical to understand what consumers actually need and want from their home network.  A few usage scenarios will illustrate the key characteristics of the next-generation connected home:

  • You’re watching the news on your smartphone as you take a walk around the neighborhood.  When you get home, you pause the video stream and resume it on your IPTV in the comfort of your living room couch.
  • You’ve heard about a new TV show you want to check out.  You have no idea whether Read More »

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