The following blog was originally posted on the Grameen Foundation Insights Blog
Today, Cisco asked us all to share our vision of how the Internet of Everything can improve our world, by “connecting the unconnected.”
Like Cisco, we believe that human networks and technology can play a significant role in transforming people’s lives. At Grameen Foundation, our mission is to connect the world’s poor to their potential. Poor people are already resourceful, clever, and hard working. They have to be in order to survive. So imagine if we could connect their ingenuity to tools and information designed specifically with their needs in mind. In fact, we do that every day.
Here are four examples of the amazing things that happen when you connect the unconnected.
Connecting Poor People to Savings Accounts
Most banks don’t reach the rural poor to offer them a safe, convenient way to manage their savings. Grameen Foundation works with microfinance banks in India and the Philippines to offer mobile phone accessible microsavings products for the poor, reaching more than 800,000 households since 2010.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, CSR, grameen foundation, mobile, poverty
Cisco Champions ask Challenging Questions. This is the first in a blog series presented by Carlos Dominguez and Jimmy Ray Purser.
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with our Cisco Champions to discuss a range of topics about the future of technology. Here’s a question of particular interest from Robert Novak:
“How can we use modern technology to serve the less tech-fortunate? I’m pretty happy with 70+ mbit of Internet coming into my home. But there’s still a lot of the country and the world wishing for 1mbit. Can mesh technologies provide a greater Internet safety net for people outside tech hubs? Can we combine this with device connectivity and give people a transparent Internet connection that’s as easy to manage as the refrigerator that connects to it, or something like that?”
We live in amazing times. The world is being “rebooted” and changed exponentially through technology – with the most disruption occurring through the power of connectivity. The speed of change in connecting people, data, processes, and things continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Consider that only 10 years ago, there was no social media… and 10 years before that, we didn’t have the Internet…and web programming and mobile technologies didn’t even exist 20+ years ago!
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Tags: future of technology, IoE, mobile, vni
“Growing up is never easy. You hold onto things that were. You wonder what’s to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come.” - The Wonder Years
I’ve always liked this quote from one of the best TV shows of all time. And in an age where things are constantly changing, it’s never been more relevant. Today’s grandparents and parents spent their childhood in a world without sensors, smart phones and network capable devices at their fingertips. Our children, however, are growing up in a drastically new world. A world where everything is instant, where networked devices are part of their everyday lives and technology is in everything they do. This world enables unlimited potential and unlimited connections that can impact a child’s life for the better. So how will the Internet of Everything (IoE) prepare children for the smart people network they will live, learn, work and play in?
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Tags: Cisco, collaboration, Internet of Everything, IoE, IoT, mobile, mobile device, mobility, network, Networked Entertainment internet of things, networking
As a mobile expert and thought leader, I’m frequently asked about what the next big thing in mobility will be, and my answer often surprises inquirers – mobile’s future is a disappearing act.
When most people think about the future of mobility, they think of larger, possibly flexible mobile screens, thinner and lighter designs, and the incorporation of new, currently unavailable technologies, but the reality isn’t so black-and-white.
In past posts, I’ve explained why mobile devices gained ubiquity – in sum, they’re submissive to us (they’re easy for us to handle and manipulate), and the future of mobility is no exception. Think about it – what could be easier to handle than nothing at all? In time, we’ll begin to see technologies that virtually disappear until we need them, at which point we’ll see them front-and-center, or discretely in our periphery, depending on the optimal viewing location and utility offered. In the interim, mobile devices (both their hardware and software) will hybridize in an effort to complete the transition to virtual disappearance. Read More »
Tags: Apple, cloud, Google Glass, infrastructure, IoE, mobile, mobile applications, mobility
By Shailesh Shukla, VP & GM, SWAG Global, Cisco
The surging demand for data, and the continued growth of Smartphones consumption forces mobile service providers expand their network in order to provide Quality of Experience and Quality of service to their customers. As a result their network becomes more complex and difficult to manage. Leading Lights Awards has recognized the Cisco Quantum SON Suite as the leading solution and “Best Mobile Product” for 2013, to automatically manage the already complex network from a single point, without extra equipment and guaranting KPI’s?
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Tags: architecture, award, Leading Lights, mobile, mobility, network, quantum, RAN, Service Provider, SON