The city of Nancy was once the Art Nouveau capital of France. Today it is a smart city, incorporating tagging systems in its municipal infrastructure to give citizens access to data captured from traffic lights, bus systems, crosswalks, and more.
Companies are developing technologies that combine this data and location information to solve everyday inconveniences for people. A team of Cisco Networking Academy students from University of Lorraine used this connection of people, process, data, and things to improve life for visually impaired people. They created a networked walking stick that helps users move safely and independently in smart cities like Nancy.
Handisco Stick users will be able to use data from tagged locations to move independently and safely around cities
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, France, handisco, Internet of Everything, le defi, Social Good, visually impaired
By Peter Ford, Director, IBSG Service Provider
Service providers in developing countries have the potential to kick-start economic growth by helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) take advantage of information and communications technology (ICT), especially cloud services. The “greenfield” nature of ICT in many emerging economies creates the opportunity to “leapfrog” to cloud computing.
For some time, governments have recognized the role of broadband in supporting economic development. The World Bank states that for every 10 percent of broadband penetration in a developing economy, there is typically a 1.38 percent increase in GDP.
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Tags: #economic growth, brazil, broadband penetration, China, Cisco, cloud, digital divide, economic development, emerging countries, France, IBSG, india, mexico, Russia, Service Provider, smb, SP, United Kingdom, united states
What will the ideal city of the future look like?
Urban policymakers around the world are striving to answer this question, while positioning their citizens to compete and thrive in a time of accelerated innovation and change. Many are seeking the best possible convergence of technology and infrastructure within the urban environment. But the overall goal is to enhance the success, livability, and overall appeal of their cities. Read More »
Tags: Big Data, Cisco, Eco-Vallée, France, IBSG, Innovative City Convention, Smart Cities, Smart work
Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities efforts around the world have seen both the creation of new cities and the revitalization of existing ones. Although we’re no strangers to the transformation process, it is still eye-opening to see one of the oldest areas of France well on its way to becoming a model city of the future.
Nice by Night
Last month, Cisco and city officials of Nice, France convened at the Innovative City Convention to announce a strategic collaboration in future development. In recent times, policy makers and industry leaders have increasingly been tasked with city improvement goals that require the careful integration of citizen needs, city-wide operations and prevailing infrastructures. Through the signing of an MoU, both parties have agreed to embrace a more holistic view in the next stage of planning and development for Nice. As a key technology partner, Cisco plays an important role in taking advantage of our core networking competencies to transform Nice from a physical community into a connected community. With the help of relevant technologies, we hope to create the level of innovation and socio-economic development needed to bolster the city’s sustainability, growth and global competitiveness.
As the fifth most heavily populated city in France, Nice sits on 28 square miles of land and houses around 350,000 citizens. Projects that are being put into place will largely focus on improving quality of life, creating jobs, sustaining the appeal of local industries and maintaining overall social welfare. The implementation of networked technologies will aim to provide the following:
- A network of smart sensors connected to intelligent communication systems that are capable of capturing and analyzing relevant data on city operations
- Mechanisms in place that will alert citizens on air/water quality and flash flood warnings
- Technologies that provide drivers with pertinent information on traffic patterns and available parking, with the aim of improving traffic flow
- Consumer mobile devices that help facilitate payment for services and customize on-demand data for nearby recreational activities and entertainment
- Technologies that nurture and promote interaction amongst students, teachers, neighbors, researchers, companies and governments
- Improved healthcare technology that provides efficient care at a distance, diagnostics and treatments to improve citizen health
In taking a more holistic approach to planning and development efforts, the city of Nice has taken on the economic and social welfare of its citizens as a priority. The development of new services and industries will effectively help create new jobs, while innovative technologies will support better education, healthcare and workplace services. As a testing ground for many of these solutions, we’re optimistic that Nice will one day serve as a model for what a smart and connected community could achieve.
Tags: France, nice, S+CC, Smart Cities
By Greg Smith, Service Provider Marketing Manager, Cisco
Chappe communications tower showing semaphore arms (near Saverne, France)
Today we take instant communications for granted and our latest Cisco Visual Networking Index predicts that we’ll soon reach the “Zettabyte Era” for global IP traffic (a zettabyte being 10^21 bytes). Recently I had an opportunity to see a bit of telecommunications history from what I’ll call the “Kilobyte Era”. While visiting a family I knew in Saverne, a small town outside of Strasbourg, France we toured a local castle (Castle Haut-Barr) with a view of the countryside. Besides the 12th century castle there was a (restored) tower from the original Paris-Strasbourg optical semaphore system, one of the first communications networks in the world. I’d read about this system but never actually seen it and my hosts were gracious enough to let me “geek out” on this bit of networking history.
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Tags: 1T, 1Tbps, 400G, 400Gbps, Alsace, Claude Chappe, DWDM, France, Saverne, SHPTA, vni