Last month, a colleague stopped me and said, “Kit, it’s only November. Isn’t it too early to be discussing Mobile World Congress?” My answer, as you might have guessed, was an emphatic “no!”
This will be my 11th Mobile World Congress (MWC) and, for those of us actively engaged in the mobile space, it is the event of the year. It brings over 60,000 members of the mobility community—vendors, service providers, analysts and the media—all under the same roof for four full days to innovate, collaborate and shape the future of the industry.
Sixteen teams in different locations participated in this year’s NBA Development League Draft using Cisco WebEx as their connection to players and coaches to see and be seen! From California to Texas, to Nevada to Maine, everyone was connected either by computer or mobile device to experience the excitement of the draft.
The draft was held on November 3, 2011. It was a two hour event with eight rounds and a total of 128 picks. Participants joined WebEx from their homes, office and a few were at draft parties in restaurants. Those with webcams were able to share their reactions while others could watch from their computer or mobile phones – even iPads!
In 97 countries around the world, there are now more mobile devices than people. No wonder mobile networks are clogged with massive amounts of new traffic! Mobile operators are struggling with how to provide the mobile broadband experience customers expect, in a cost-effective, scalable, and profitable manner. I believe that Wi-Fi, the “silent sleeper” of wireless access networks, may hold the answer.
The mobile industry is on the brink of a fundamental change. Just think of some recent key developments:
There has been massive growth in Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, tablets, cameras, and game consoles—and nearly half of network traffic growth is Wi-Fi.
The number of Wi-Fi access points is also exploding, with more and more free public access.
At the same time, economic modeling by Cisco IBSG shows that mobile operators can reduce costs and improve customer experience by offloading mobile data to Wi-Fi networks. Read More »
The Cisco 5900 Series Embedded Services Routers (ESR) are optimized for mobile and embedded networks that require IP routing and services. They can operate reliably in harsh environments, such as those subject to power surges and extreme weather conditions.
These routers are complemented by Cisco IOS Software and Cisco Mobile Ready Net capabilities. With this technology, they provide highly secure data, voice, and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless links.
FIPS-140 is a US and Canadian government standard that specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. A cryptographic module is defined as “the set of hardware, software, and/or firmware that implements approved security functions (including cryptographic algorithms and key generation) and is contained within the cryptographic boundary.” The cryptographic module is what is being validated. The NIST website contains details on the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP).
Yesterday, at the Cisco Collaboration Summit, Cisco shared information about the newest version of WebEx planned for spring 2012. It is just one of many announcements from Cisco aimed at transforming how we work to further embrace video and mobile. (If you’re asking yourself “What is WebEx? Find out here.)
Making meetings better.
No one really wants another meeting, but they are an inevitable part of doing business. But what if meetings could be better? We took a look at how we could expand WebEx to include wrap-around features that will help you make meetings more productive at work, at home or on the go. Welcome to WebEx Meeting Spaces.
With Meeting Spaces, individuals can share relevant documents prior to a meeting and access recordings of past meetings. Meeting Spaces also let users capture on-going conversation around a meeting. You can initiate conversations in the space and see if colleagues are available, and if so, utilize unified communication tools such as IM, voice and video to quickly collaborate. For someone managing a project, it means all the communication and information are captured in one place. No more chasing versions or trying to remember what someone said.
Other features make WebEx even better.
High definition (HD) video is now on WebEx. That means you can clearly see the folks in your meeting which allows you to have a smooth, personal experience. For mobile users, the new WebEx will provide two-way 720p true HD virtual video meetings. WebEx Mobile is free and available on more mobile devices than any other enterprise meeting platform in the market today.