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Connecting Homes and People to Improve Lives

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

You hear the term “M2M” a lot these days in the tech industry, and it means different things for different people. Broadly, machine-to-machine communications is about connecting devices — virtually any kind of devices — to network applications.

But for me, one of the most interesting aspects of M2M is the ability to improve the lives of people with disabilities or impairments by bringing them network-based tools that were previously inconceivable.

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Living the Connected Life – in Tasmania, Australia

By Lionel Walters, Guest Columnist

I grew up in suburban Sydney and enjoyed many of the benefits and conveniences of life in a large and established community. I was close to family and friends, had easy access to basic services such as education and health care, and had an almost unlimited selection of entertainment and retail options. In those blissful days of my youth, I had everything I needed within a distance of a few short kilometers.

My situation changed somewhat when I started my career. For the first time I found myself joining thousands of others in a daily commute to inner Sydney. I’m sure I was not alone in feeling that the two hours of travel each day could be better spent in other pursuits, but like so many before me, I took it in stride because I believed it was the price to pay if I wanted to realize the Australian Dream.

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How Service Providers Enable the Connected Life

More than ever, access to local telecommunications network infrastructure has become an important part of the way many of us live, work, play and learn — throughout our daily routines. Some of us take it for granted – we expect that the network will simply be there, when and where we need it.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Without fail, it’s assumed to be omnipresent in our lives. By and large, that objective is purposefully reached, around the world. Truly, that’s an amazing accomplishment.

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How Broadband Boosts Individual Productivity

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

We’ve shared our perspective about how broadband boosts the potential productivity of continents, countries, and municipalities. But never about how broadband boosts the productivity of individuals. Nor, who gets the most benefit out of broadband — the employee or the employer? As traditional vacation time begins in the northern hemisphere, let’s explore the upside potential.

The most recent Cisco Connected World Technology report, released last year, included two interesting findings. First, despite the downturn in the economy, employees value flexibility of work location more than salary. Second, the borders between professional and private time continue to blur, thanks to mobile connectivity to the internet.

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Cisco CLUE Part 4: Global mobile moxie – no cord, no problem

Welcome back to our fourth and final installment of the updated Cisco Connected Life User Experience (CLUE) Index findings. We’ve previously covered residential and business services, and today, mobile services will be in the spotlight. The “On the Move” portion of the CLUE Index grew 19.45 points, from the baseline 100 index points value (based on 2008 global service adoption data) to 119.45 (based on 2009 global service adoption data). On the Move grew more than other segment in our study. Personal mobile devices (smartphones, PCs/laptops, tablets, E-readers, et al.) have become indispensable communications, information and entertainment gear for global wireless consumers. The combination of expanded 3G/4G networks, broader wi-fi access and greater device computing power for advanced mobile broadband applications and services has enabled this segment to flourish in spite of a challenging global economy. Here’s a graphic summary of business services global growth:

graphic summary of business services global growth

We tracked global penetration of the following mobile services as part of our CLUE research:

  • Mobile text messaging: mobile text-based services, including Short Message Service (SMS) and instant messaging
  • Mobile Multimedia Service (MMS): mobile services that include multimedia objects such as images, videos, audio, and rich text in addition to text
  • Mobile email: email on mobile phones
  • Mobile gaming: downloads of full games as well as online gaming on mobile phones, including single-player and multiplayer online games
  • Mobile music: full track downloads and music streaming services on mobile phones
  • Mobile television: scheduled TV content delivered over cellular and broadcast infrastructures
  • Mobile video: on-demand video content downloaded or streamed to the mobile handset
  • Mobile social networking: mobile services ranging from simple chat rooms with only texting tools, to multimedia-rich environments and user-generated content (UGC) sharing communities
  • Mobile LBS: services that include personal navigation, point of interest (POI), friend-finder, and family-tracker services
  • Mobile commerce: services such as mobile banking, local and remote mobile payments, and domestic and international funds transfer

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