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Summary: With IoE and a Smartphone, You Can Shop Like a Superhero

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Superheroes and their super strengths have long captured our imaginations. Today, such daydreams – and abilities are getting just a bit closer to reality.

When your smartphone meets the Internet of Everything (IoE), it will make some common activities, such as shopping, a bit more super. Mobility has already assumed a central role in the retail experience, but how are increased contextual capabilities emerging across the entire customer journey?

This blog discusses how some retailers are connecting people to people and people to things, while tapping superpower abilities and making their brands and product experiences distinct.

With the superpowers of smartphones and IoE, retailers can insert themselves into crucial conversations with the customer by offering price matching, access to expanded inventories, suggestions, and shopping lists. All of these combine to keep shoppers engaged and moving along the journey – and beyond.

Read the full article: With IoE and a Smartphone, You Can Shop Like a Superhero

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – January 10, 2014

Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Welcome back! This is my first Partner Weekly Rewind of 2014. While the great holiday memories with friends and family slowly fade, I am quite excited to be back with you. There will be a lot headed your way in 2014, and I’ll do my best to make sure you don’t miss anything.

With that in mind, here’s what is new on the Channels Blog this week:

Off the Top

Sherri Liebo brought us all great news about the Internet of Everything (IoE) $4.6 trillion opportunity available to you in the Public Sector. Combined with the $14.4 trillion identified in the private sector, that is an incredible $19 trillion opportunity available in IoE!

Also with regards to IoE, Cisco CEO John Chambers delivered the keynote address at the 2014 International CES and shared the Cisco vision for IoE. Read More »

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Five Important Insights into the Internet of Everything

Mobility has changed our lives. Smartphones, tablets and laptops connect us at the touch of a button, no matter whom we’re with or where we are. In 2008, there were more smart, connected devices in existence than people on Earth. By 2020, there will be 50 billion of these devices – about six per person.

We’re moving rapidly into a hyper-connected world, where our devices relate not only with the cloud, but also with each other and the world around them. Here are five important insights into this new, engaged reality, as more objects and devices become linked to the Internet of Everything (IoE):

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Connecting Everything at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show

By Joe Cozzolino, SVP and GM, Cisco Service Provider Video Infrastructure

Right now, in North America, home security is the leading beachhead into the Internet of Everything (IoE) landscape. AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Rogers, among others, moved into homes this year with advanced security products. All are actively cooking up ways to improve those beachheads, to make our homes – and our things more useful to us.

The ability for service providers (SPs) to drive more ARPU

So far, anecdotal evidence suggests that consumers like the add-on features — like video, water metering, smoke detection, thermostat control, water shut-off valves, proximity detection, and a long list of others. (They also like the break they get on their homeowners insurance…!) With takeup rates for home security systems still hovering in the “below 25%” range, there’s still a lot of room to grow.

As our CEO John Chambers will discuss in his CES keynote, we think the Internet of Everything is the next big thing in the overall transition to all-IP. We define it as a combination of devices, people, data and processes, which all come together in a life-improving way. (As the sole provider of the AT&T Digital Life controller, we’re very familiar with how to build that beachhead into the home.)

Here at CES, we’re showcasing a future vision of the IoE/Connected Life movement — with everything from gluten-detectors to connected basketballs to breaking glass detection. The point of it isn’t to plumb the depths of eyebrow raising use cases, which we’ve all seen perhaps too many times.

The point is to illustrate how the IoE can positively impact service provider networks. Maybe after the basketball breaks the window, the homeowner, who’s at work, gets a notification of three window companies that can be there within the hour.

Those are but a few examples of how the IoE can grow residential service satisfaction, and help service providers grow revenue. We have plenty more! It’s what we call Cisco Connected Life solutions. We are demonstrating these things in action this week at the Cisco booth #13342 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and in private demonstrations for our service provider customers at The Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.

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Public Sectors Worldwide Capture Value from the Internet of Everything

Today, Cisco announced that Public Sector entities worldwide could realize some US $4.6 trillion in value by embracing the Internet of Everything (IoE). The Value at Stake calculation comes from a bottoms-up analysis of 40 case studies of Smart city, state and country solutions proven to enhance everything from healthcare and education to traffic flow, parking, lighting, crime reduction, waste and water management.

With IoE, the possibilities to connect people, processes, data and things via common networks and killer apps seem infinite. The release of our study, “Internet of Everything: A $4.6 Trillion Public-Sector Opportunity,” coinciding with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), spotlights many Public Sector opportunities over the next decade.

Why Now?

Here, I want to elaborate on two vital questions a lot of people asked me at CES: First, why now? Second, what are the opportunities internationally?

Why now?  Since the dawn of the Internet, a complementary ecosystem of sensors, actuators, killer apps, mobility, computing power and Big Data analytics has continued to mature around the network. In just the past few years, as usage has grown, the costs of these networked technologies and solutions have come down rather dramatically.

As a result, it now makes sense not only for private enterprises but also for Public Sector organizations to reap benefits that outweigh the costs of building networked infrastructures. After years of visionary talk, it’s now possible for the Public Sector to improve IoE-based services for citizens and consumers, in effect, with flat budgets.

Reduced costs, increased revenue, better employee productivity (there are 350 million Public Sector workers globally) and enhanced citizen experiences all combine to more than make up for the costs of implementation, which also can be defrayed through public-private participation.

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