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Converged Access Simplifies Wired-Wireless Management at Camden Schools

The Camden City School District in New Jersey is made up of 26 Schools with camden blogapproximately 29 buildings that cater to 12,000 students and 2500 employees. The School District decided to go with Converged Access to enable a single pane of glass for the wired and wireless network, and drive better network performance with 802.11ac.

The Converged Access deployment at the School District is based on Catalyst 3850 and drives 30 Access Points in each Elementary School and 60 Access Points in each High School. Each building has three Catalyst 3850 switches per IDF,  with one switch acting as a Mobility Controller, and others acting as Mobility Agents. They currently deploy Read More »

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Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) provides useful insights at the Second IoT World Forum

Thought-leaders, implementers and creators across public sector, private business and education gathered for the second annual Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) in Chicago.  It was an opportunity to see  real  examples of the Internet of Things (IoT). While the buzz was about IoT, CMX provided meaningful insights like average registration times, visitors in various zones by the hour, and corresponding dwell times.  It was possible to predict which vertical is more likely to adopt IoT first, based on device count, dwell time and traffic patterns.

Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences is a solution that lets organizations leverage their existing Wi-Fi infrastructure for business analytics, and transform the way they connect with their mobile end-users.  The Cisco CMX solution consists of Detect, Connect and Engage, which work in unison to create an end-to-end mobile experience for the user while providing business benefits to the enterprise.

  • Detect: Aggregate and visualize location data from the Wi-Fi network
  • Connect: Easy, secure guest access to the Wi-Fi network
  • Engage: Customize the end-user mobile experience to delight customers in your venue

Here are some of the reports we generated and the observations we’ve gleaned.

Registration

One of the common reports from CMX Analytics is hourly visitors and dwell time. This “Registration” chart provides a view of total number of visitors and corresponding dwell times for the entire day by the hour. The key takeaway is that most participants were registered by 9:00 a.m.  and the average wait time was 15 minute.  In business terms, this is a great sign for the operations side of the events team, which was able to maintain a consistent average wait time despite the clear spike and variation of registrants entering the zone.

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Breakout Popularity

One of the widgets on the CMX Analytics dashboard can be configured to show comparative device count by zone.

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Notice the widget on the bottom right hand side: a comparison of device count by breakout rooms. This provides an insight to which breakout session was most popular.

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Take 2: Is Your WLAN Ready for Unified Communications and Collaboration?

In the previous blog, we covered details about Cisco AVC enhancements with AireOS 7.6 that allow you to classify various collaboration applications such as Cisco Jabber™, Cisco WebEx®, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Lync, and Microsoft Skype. Many customers have deployed voice-over-WLAN in mission-critical environments. The goal in this blog is to walk you through the collaboration specific enhancements implemented since then, that enable customers to get a great experience when supporting Microsoft Lync over Cisco WLAN.

Timeline

The above picture shows the timeline for various AVC, policy and Lync enhancements. The crucial updates since AireOS 7.6 are:

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Is your WAN Stressed Out? Take the Intelligent WAN Workout

If you have been following Cisco Blogs, attending CiscoLive, or reading industry publications like Network World,  you’ve probably heard about Cisco’s Intelligent WAN or IWAN solution. For those of you that haven’t been in the loop, have more questions, or are just plain curious about the Intelligent WAN, we have a short webinar series kicking off on the 6th of November at 10am PST.  We will cover the important building blocks for architecting your hybrid WAN infrastructure including:

  • Defining the Hybrid WAN
  • In-depth technical analysis of Cisco’s Hybrid WAN Solution: IWAN
  • How IWAN can help to lower your IT costs

If you belong to an IT organization that is centralizing applications in the public or private cloud to gain efficiencies or are migrating the Internet edge in your branch offices to take advantage of software as a service (SaaS) applications, then make sure you attend this live 60-minute webcast, the first of a  four-part series.  We will show you how a hybrid WAN architecture can help you deliver a consistently high-quality end-user experience while actually reducing your WAN operating costs.

Still not sure if IWAN is for you? Consider these other trends that might be happening in your enterprise network today that could end up causing many sleepless nights in the future:

  • Mobile devices continue to proliferate, and high-bandwidth applications such as video are becoming more and more commonplace, putting pressure on the WAN.
  • According to Nemertes, most organizations’ WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015, meaning that adding bandwidth is often not an option.

Join our Cisco experts and bring your questions with you!

WANwebcast

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IoT, STEM, Women, Innovation, Manufacturing and the 52% Opportunity

I can humbly say that I can now understand, embrace and apply the phrase that my grandfather often spoke, “Son, I’ve lived a little.  Trust your eyes more than your ears.   May the HOPE experienced by your ears be the reality of your eyes.”

I, one day HOPE that the reality of equality and opportunity for all people regardless of culture, socioeconomic status, gender or sexual orientation is achieved in my lifetime.

So, what does all this HOPE stuff have to do with IoT, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Manufacturing, Innovation and Women? Stem Women

Well, let me explain……….

Here’s some metrics you may be familiar with:

  • IoT global value opportunity estimated to be over $8 Trillion
  • Over the next 10 years it is estimated there will be two million unfilled STEM related jobs globally
  • 82 percent of American manufacturers surveyed reported a moderate or severe shortage of high-skilled workers
  • Of the 52% — of women who earn STEM degrees, 52% leave the field within 10 years.

2014 IoT World Forum

…. But HOPE descended upon the Windy City of Chicago last week in the form of The Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum sponsored by Cisco Systems and its partners, including Rockwell Automation and Panduit.  The forum brought over 1700 thought leaders, executives, and creators representing companies and entities in the public, private, and education sectors

The event served as a platform and opportunity for participants to leverage the mindshare, perspectives and experiences from their peers.  The objective of the event was to evolve the IoT conversations FROM determining the IoT value opportunity TO “how” value can/is being realized from the IoT paradigm.  The HOPE is to leverage IoT to bring real and positive disruptive change to all sectors of society including education, finance, politics, environment, education, food, business and technology.  This can only be achieved by soliciting, including and welcoming a diversity of perspectives obtained from both women and minorities.

The 52% Opportunity

The event agenda was well put together with a broad range of diverse and engaging IoT topics being presented and discussed.  One of those agenda topics was entitled, “Women in IoT (STEM and the Lost 52%)

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