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The Future of Smart Cities

In the future, all cities will be smart cities. With more than one-half of the world’s population living in cities innovative new IoT solutions, such as smart parking, connected waste, and traffic management, hold great promise for combatting the major challenges of rapid urbanization. We are unlikely to see many Jetson-like smart cities of the future appearing overnight. However, like in the past with the adoption of revolutionary technologies such as sewers, electricity, traffic lights, and the Internet, mayors will slowly implement IoT solutions to save money, shape the future and make their cities better places to live.

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The Internet of Things offers cities the unique opportunity to generate new revenue, save costs, improve efficiencies and increase the overall value and experience for its citizens. Solutions like smart lighting can greatly reduce a city’s expenditure on electricity and operations, while at the same time improving the safety and security of the inhabitants. Smart parking not only allows people to spend less time in their car searching for an open parking spot, it actually creates new sources of revenue for the city. Parking can now be priced on a variable, demand-driven basis, rather than a fix fee irrespective of the time of day. Such pricing flexibility allows rush-hour spots to generate much higher revenues than those available on a Sunday morning. Security cameras and traffic management solutions not only make citizens safer and save them time, but they allow police and emergency forces to be much more efficient and responsive to potential incidents.

All of these exciting and innovative solutions will truly deliver real value to the city and its inhabitants. I think that the next big source of innovation will be Read More »

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Cisco’s Packet Optical Network Conference Comes to Rome

Leonard LunaGuest blog by Leonard Luna, Marketing Manager, Cisco

This year’s fall Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) convenes on November 3 and 4, 2015 in Rome Italy. Cisco executives and technology experts will convene in the “Eternal City” to present Cisco’s strategy and vision to help service providers, large enterprises, public sector agencies and data center operators achieve their business outcomes by leveraging opportunities driven by the accelerating rate of content consumption and the exhilarating innovations taking place in service and application solutions.

Images from Fall 2014 PONC, Italy:

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This year’s fall conference will explore Read More »

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What You Can Do In Ten Minutes

The pace of change around us is no longer constant. It is continually accelerating. We all want to get and consume information, services, and just about anything instantly. My new coffeemaker brews me a fresh cup in just a couple of minutes, but it usually takes me ten minutes just to collect up the tools I need to prepare to start a home improvement project, and more than that to travel and get what I need from the local hardware store. And let’s not forget how long commute times are for most of us — much longer than just 10 minutes.

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So, just how fast can we get new networking services up and running and customize them for our businesses.   Imagine if we could easily and securely order the network services we want online in minutes. Imagine too if you could select them from an online marketplace and personalize them just like ordering your favourite late evening food cravings with just an emoji or on-line tweet. Imagine no more, with this video.

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Enivest and Cisco Deploy a DWDM Network at Light Speed

Dan CrawfordGuest blog by Dan Crawford, Marketing Manager, Cisco

In the western Scandinavian fjords of Norway, Enivest an internet service provider has deployed a new optical transport network using a Cisco optical network solution (NCS 2000)While this, in itself, may not be big news to most people, the real story is about how Enivest managed this deployment.  For people who are not familiar with the expertise and time needed for installing and then lighting up an optical network, it typically takes two days per node/site with some give or take depending on the level of the technician’s expertise.
So, if we 
consider the eight (8) sites and nodes that Enivest lit up along a 260km span of Sognefjord in Norway (see map below) we 
would estimate the deployment to have taken upwards of 16 days.  Enivest logoWhat is impressive abut this deployment is that it took less than a week for Enivest to install and turn on over 260 km of fiber running through 8 sites/nodes for its customers. This kind of agility is important for service providers who are continually looking to cut operating costs and realize new revenue streams.

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DOCSIS 3.1: Driving Cable to Software Defined Networking

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing


Optical transport has been transformed as integrated high-performance Digital Signal Processing has enabled vendors such as Cisco to squeeze more capacity at greater distances than ever before. Advanced modulation techniques and Forward Error Correction are now commonly deployed. Cisco NCS 2000 platform can drive up to 140 channels, ranging up to 200 Gbps each, with the ability to drive 100 Gbps channels to over 4000 km.

Now we’re seeing the same concept appear in the cable space as DOCIS 3.1 sets the stage for new levels of both HFC throughput and capacity optimization. Imagine being able to get an extra 20%-30% of bandwidth out of your existing cable plant without replacing it? DOCIS 3.1 promises to make this a reality.

Cisco’s flagship cable access router, the Cisco cBR-8 Converged Broadband Router was Read More »

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