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Intelligent Communities Global Blog Series, Taichung Sets the Stage (Perspective from Louis Zacharilla, Co-Founder of the Intelligent Communities Forum)

The Taiwan city of Taichung was in the spotlight twice this year.  Not bad for a place few had heard of in most parts of the Western world -- at least until the Academy Awards broadcast in February.  During that event, Asian-born director Ang Lee, after being named the recipient of four Oscars for his film Life of Pi, thanked Taichung in his acceptance speech for its technical prowess.  Those bragging rights were celebrated.  Four months later the city had something else to claim.  In June, the city’s Secretary-General (the equivalent of City Manager in the United States), Ms Ching-Chih Liao, stood on the stage at Steiner Film Studios in New York to accept the Intelligent Community of the Year award on behalf of Taichung’s 2.7 million citizens and its charismatic mayor, Jason Hu. An international jury and a research company had ranked this city higher (by a few hundredths of a point) than the six other communities that had been invited to New York for their impressive achievement as innovative, job-creating places which used technology to enable growth.

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Madame Liao noted the hard work that her community has done to balance its rural and urban economies, and the role that both broadband and the cloud play to support an infrastructure upon which innovation and technology companies thrive and add value in a place once known as “The Mechanical Kingdom.”

To understand why Taichung went so far in the awards program, it is important to understand that it first grasped the basic importance of the layer of physical infrastructure (telecommunications) and how it would next lead to its ability to exceed at ICF’s other five criteria, including innovation and a knowledge workforce poised to grow its middle-class.

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Frost & Sullivan Movers & Shakers Spotlight Cisco Internet Routing in Space

Earlier this year, Frost & Sullivan presented Cisco’s Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) with its 2012 Global Satellite Transponder Technology Innovation Award for unrivaled accomplishments in the satellite industry.

Cisco IRIS allows space and satellite communications to take full advantage of the value and capability of networking. It extends the benefits of the Internet Protocol (IP) to satellite communications, which have traditionally used proprietary protocols that are difficult to operate within conventional IP-based wireline and wireless networks.

Watch below as Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions and Corporate Security Programs Security Group,Cisco and Rufus Connell, vice president, Frost & Sullivan discuss how Cisco’s IRIS solution is enabling the evolution of satellite networks.

After the jump, check out Tony Jeffs, Cisco director of marketing, accepting the award and discussing the program during the March 2012 Frost & Sullivan award ceremony in Coronado, California.

Brad Boston, senior vice president, Global Government Solutions and Corporate Security Programs Security Group, Cisco and Rufus Connell, vice president, Frost & Sullivan discuss how Cisco’s IRIS solution is enabling the evolution of satellite networks.

Frost & Sullivan presents Tony Jeffs, director of marketing, Cisco with the 2012 Global Satellite Transponder Technology Innovation Award.

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes IRIS Innovation: The Future of Satellite-Based Communication

Over the last decade, commercial satellite technology has evolved to
 consistently provide communications for emergency response, disaster recovery, military and commercial applications.

Cisco’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) solution is revolutionizing the satellite communication industry by bringing the networking capabilities of Cisco IOS Software to space.

Based on growth, innovation and market leadership, Frost & Sullivan has presented the 2012 Global Technology Innovation Award in the Global Satellite Transponder Market to Cisco. The Technology Innovation Award is a prestigious recognition of Cisco’s accomplishments in the satellite industry.

According to Frost & Sullivan, “Cisco’s IRIS solution allows satellite operators to better compete in the greater communications industry landscape by offering standardized IP protocols to the satellite market.”

While Cisco offers Advanced Services to
 assist customers with network planning, optimization and operations, Cisco is not a service provider that provisions communication
 services for end users. Cisco has transitioned operations for
 production service of the IRIS capabilities on
board the Intelsat IS-14 satellite to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. TCS provides OS-IRIS
 managed satellite services for government and commercial customer use, allowing organizations to reach multiple continents from a single connection to TCS’ network infrastructure.

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The Economy – A Stimulus For Change In Education

 “The economic challenges that began in 2007 continue to have a lasting effect on our society, and the education sector has been one of the hardest hit. In total, 85 percent of the country’s 14,000 school districts have been forced to slash their operating expenses.” (Innovation in Tough Times) This contraction has left many educators in a difficult position. Yes- there have been many negative outcomes that have resulted because of the downturn, but there is a silver lining.

Education has changed little to none in the past 150 years.  I am a member of the millennial generation, and I have been a participant of the public education system for almost 14 years. Overall, I have had a decent experience. However, the experience that I had was nearly identical to the one that my parents had over two decades ago. For me, almost every school day was indistinguishable. Monday through Friday I’d reluctantly wake up at the unearthly hour of 7 AM, rush to school, sit through six hours of lecture, go to practice, come home and unload my 30 pound backpack stuffed with outdated textbooks, then read and prepare for yet another day of school that awaited me the next morning. Frankly, this monogamous chain of events caused me to disengage with the learning process.

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Cisco IRIS Updates

Steven Boutelle, Vice President, Cisco Global Government Solutions Group would like to share some of the latest updates to the Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) program and provide an expert’s overview on where the satellite industry stands today. Watch Steven’s interview below!

To further assist in moving IRIS forward, TeleCommunications Systems, Inc. has been selected as an exclusive service provider. This is another milestone in the long-term collaboration between TCS and Cisco in an effort to move IRIS onward.

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