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It’s What Hotel Guests Want: Mobile. Personalized. Seamless.

I consider myself an experienced traveler and the nature of my job requires me to remain connected wherever I go. As a road warrior, I not only rely on my mobile devices to keep me connected with my team, but to get valuable information and services. These services include real-time travel updates, navigation, translation, dining recommendations, and streaming entertainment. As a hotel guest, the same relevant information and services can also be delivered directly to my mobile device. In fact, according to Forrester Research 90% of hotel guests say Wi-Fi is among their top sought hotel amenities. To support this growing demand, many hotels have cobbled together disparate systems. However, delivering a truly engaging experience requires a new approach and more innovative hotels are thinking beyond basic connectivity to engaging with their guests through a personalized mobile experience.

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Digital Game on at CONSOL Energy Center

Hockey season has arrived, and millions of passionate NHL fans are gearing up to cheer on their team to the Stanley Cup title. Nowhere is that more true than at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, where Penguins fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to watch their team in action.

Quick shoutout to the best fans in the game! Thanks for joining us tonight.

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The sports fan experience has fundamentally changed in recent years to meet growing fan expectations for a more connected experience. Digitization and the Internet of Everything (IoE) is delivering on that and revolutionizing the way fans consume live sporting events, and the way sports venues present their brand. The age of digital fandom is here, and the Penguins are utilizing Cisco StadiumVision to become one of the industry leaders in creating a more digitally visually compelling and engaging experience for their fan.  Read More »

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The Melbourne Cup: The Race that Stops a Nation, but No Longer the Mobile Networks!

It’s that time of year again: the race that stops a nation. Computers are switched off, tools are put down and everyone in Victoria gets a public holiday, just to watch the famous Australian horse race, the Melbourne Cup. The richest and most prestigious horse race in Australia will be held, as it is every year, at 3 p.m. AEDT on the first Tuesday of the month (today!), at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. A racecourse that is soon to become the most technologically advanced in the world, thanks to the Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi Solution and StadiumVision.

With plans to be operational before the 2013 Melbourne Cup, the Wi-Fi solution will provide punters with all the information they need to place bets, order food, and get around the venue (over 100,000 people attend the venue on Melbourne Cup day). The roll out of Cisco technology at Flemington will allow the Victoria Racing Club, the operators of the venue, to provide an interactive race experience to patrons by providing directional seat information upon arrival, real-time traffic and weather updates and exclusive video content. The technology will also offer sponsors and advertisers new opportunities to engage patrons with dynamic and highly targeted content and promotions.

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Cisco House and its Partners Earn ‘Gold’ at Summer Olympics

Courtesy of Sean Ebsworth BarnesAs you can well imagine, Cisco is excited and proud to be the Official Network Infrastructure supporter to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. But you know what else we’re proud of? Cisco House, our 20,000-square-foot connected business showcase. It’s taking our customers to new heights—literally. And our technology partners are central to its success.

Throughout the games, customers are touring the “house,” which is perched above the entrance to Olympic Park. We’re engaging visitors with a multi-media, business transformation journey, where Cisco is uniquely relevant in a landscape where organizations, cities, and even entire countries are transforming to thrive in an increasingly connected world.

And the message is coming through loud and clear. It’s not just what Cisco makes. It’s what we make possible. And sharing this not-so-futuristic story wouldn’t be possible without the help of our incredible technology partners.

So hats off to Citrix, EMC, Intel, SAP, and Schneider Electric. They’re playing an invaluable role as we highlight a portfolio of customer- and public-facing technologies such as Videoscape, Stadium Vision, iServices, and my personal favorite, the Virtual Shopper experience. That’s worth its weight in ‘Gold.’ Read More »

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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: July 5–8

Welcome back to another week of The Network’s top stories! We have an exciting week coming up, with Cisco Live in Las Vegas- if you by any chance have any extra plane tickets, feel free to send them my way. Even if you aren’t making your way down to Vegas, stay tuned. We have plenty of exciting stories happening here as well.

1.)  Network Trailblazers: A Conversation with Vint Cerf, Part 1

Vint Cerf was one of the people closest to the development of the internet as we know it. Read Part 1 of the series now!

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