For as long as I remember, robots have always been cool. Perhaps it’s my passion for all things futuristic, but I don’t think I am alone in saying robots have provided a glimpse of what could be possible. Looking at today’s Internet of Everything (IoE) world, robots have advanced from the 1950s tin wind-up toy robots and the affable C-3P0 and R2-D2 from George Lucas’s Star Wars, to emerging technology that has the potential to improve our lives and increase shared connections.
Today’s “Ask the Futurist” question is focused on how robotic technology and its supporting networks will evolve over time. Here’s the question from William Maguire, a wireless engineer.
Question: “How do you think mesh networking will affect robotics in the next 20 years?”
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Tags: Cisco, forecast, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, mobility, network, Tomorrow Starts Here
Interop New York kicks off today at the Jacob Javits Center. Here’s the short list of what’s coming in the next few days:
Tech Field Day Round Table
Catch the tech deep dive on Cisco enterprise networking and wireless technologies on Tuesday October 1 at 10am EST. http://techfieldday.com/event/riny13/
Mobility & BYOD Workshop
I’ll be live tweeting from the Mobility & BYOD Workshop on Tuesday October 1. Catch the latest from @Cisco_Mobility
See John Chambers speak on the future of networking and the opportunity created by the Internet of Everything, live from the keynote stage on Wednesday October 2nd from 9:00 – 11:00 AM EST. http://www.interop.com/newyork/conference/keynote.php
Unified Access Momentum Launch Event
On Thursday October 3 from 1-2pm EST, we will introduce Cisco’s lateest business-changing network innovations. We will unveil new products and solutions that enable you to expand business applications to more places with Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences. Space is limited and registration is required.
If you are not going to the show, we will also be broadcasting it live.
Cisco Booth #409
Join us for demos, theater sessions, and Meet the Expert! We’ll be keeping updates on Twitter via @Cisco_Mobility
Tags: access point, Cisco, interop, john chambers, network, networking, router, switch, wireless
Gartner has released their 2013 Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Magic Quadrant. For the 2nd time in a row, Cisco is recognized as a leader in this highly anticipated publication.
Here is the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure (Authors: Tim Zimmerman and Mark Fabbi; Published 3rd September 2013).
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There are two primary criteria for the Gartner MQ — (a) the Completeness of Vision (b) Ability to Execute.
From a vision perspective, Cisco unveiled its vision of Unified Access – One Policy, One Management, One Network — more than a year back (last June, to be precise). This vision was the first step in helping our customers drive business innovations and achieving IT simplicity while addressing the rapid growth of BYOD and Mobility in their organizations.
We were also ahead of the times by having a vision for the network to be a strategic asset (and not a cost center) for our customers. And the way to make this happen was to leverage the network intelligence to drive new customer experiences and revenue opportunities. That’s where our vision of Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) came about. The idea behind CMX was to enable organizations to improve customer loyalty and increase revenue by delivering context-aware mobile information that matches their customers’ real-time needs and preferences. A retail store, for example, can use the CMX solution to enhance mobile shopping experience, increase loyalty app usage, create targeted personalized marketing and context-rich notifications, and use on-premise visibility to understand and adapt to customer behavior. Its no surprise that the majority of our customers have jointly embraced this Cisco vision and a lot of our competitors are now trying to follow suit.
But the proof is in the pudding.. Read the full blog to find out how Cisco has executed on this vision.
Tags: Cisco, Gartner Magic Quadrant, Gartner Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Magic Quadrant, leader, Magic Quadrant Leader, mobility, network, technology, unified access, wireless, wlan
This is the sixth post in a blog series featuring Vine-format videos focusing on the “Six Essential Steps for Unleashing the Power of Enterprise Mobility”. The first blog post discussing how to build a mobile structure can be found here. The second blog post highlighting the benefits going virtual can be found here. The third blog post focused on preparing enterprises for the division of devices can be found here. The fourth blog post focused on creating an app checkpoint can be found here. The fifth blog post focused on defending data can be found here.
Watch video at http://youtu.be/3kD5EpXypFc
Over the course of this series, we’ve discussed how enterprises can better enable people to work in their own way, regardless of where they are and what device they are using. We started by making smart plans at an architecture level and then implementing secure policies along the way. The final step enterprises need to take may be the hardest one of all but can yield the greatest results. To increase productivity, business agility, and customer satisfaction, enterprises must actively embrace mobility in the workplace. Here’s a short checklist to help organizations with this last step:
1. Go Beyond Provisioning Mobility for Sales: Think “All-Company” Mobility.
The definition of mobility is expanding to include not just “road warriors” but also “corridor warriors,” as well as guest and home workers.
Make sure your mobility architecture is designed to accommodate them all. Then create a phased implementation plan. Determine which users and business processes you want to prioritize first and move forward at a pace that makes sense for your enterprise.
An all-hands-on-deck approach will also help drive future implementation of mobile solutions. Read More »
Tags: bring your own device, byod, Cisco, enterprise mobility, mobile, mobile device, mobility, network, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wireless network
In their highly anticipated announcement this week, Apple introduced two new phones, the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, and confirmed that iOS 7 would be released on September 18th. Techies like myself took note that iOS 7 will include quite a number of new features. We at Cisco want to help you understand what iOS 7 means for your network, so here’s a quick blog to sum it up:
How does iOS 7 impact your wireless networks?
Soon your employees and guests will be upgrading to IOS 7. Did you know up to 20% of traffic to mobile devices is software upgrades, application updates and synchronizing your devices via the cloud? Cisco’s Application Visibility and Control technology can help you identify and tame these applications and is available on the routers, Wireless LAN and visible via Prime Infrastructure. In addition, Cisco’s ISR can cache these updates to reserve valuable and expensive WAN bandwidth. More details about protecting the WAN is available in another blog.
If you leverage a Captive Portal, you will experience a change in behavior. Apple has enhanced the Captive Network Assistant (CNA) functionality iOS 7 making it more robust. Cisco has proactively developed and tested a new version of wireless LAN controller code to interoperate with Apple’s new implementation while ensuring a seamless experience for all other clients.
Finally iOS 7 also has significant security and manageability enhancements to improve productivity for the enterprise.
What do you need to do in order to optimize for iOS 7? Read More »
Tags: 7.5 release, aireOS, Apple, captive portal, Cisco, code, controller code, IOS, IOS XE, ios7, network, wireless, wlan