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Florida Department of Highway Safety at Cisco Live!

This week at Cisco Live!, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spoke on a government customer roundtable. Rob Fields, the CIO for the Department provided insight into the challenges that he faced with legacy equipment, the organization’s technology vision and plans for the future.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety had purchased lowest bid, low-quality networking equipment prior to Fields’ appointment as CIO. He knew that before he could accomplish any of his technology goals he had to rebuild the network with Cisco from the ground up.

Around this time the State of Florida imposed a travel ban, which was negatively affecting personnel throughout the department. Fields and his team had already been looking at video solutions following the network upgrade, but the travel ban gave them an even greater sense of urgency. “We installed video solutions at 15 locations and began conducting Florida Highway Patrol command staff meetings, remote interviews, and field manager meetings, over video and immediately saw ROI. It was a huge success,” said Fields. Read More »

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Cisco Live Recap: Video and BYOD at Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer CenterWith more than 328,000+ patient visits and 300+ clinical trials yearly, Moffitt Cancer Center is one of the busiest cancer centers and institutional leaders in national cancer research.  The center delivers all levels of care for people with cancer and related diseases, as well as screening and prevention services.

At this week’s Cisco Live global conference, John Maass, Manager of Moffitt’s Conferencing Technology Systems and Support, participated in an exceptional discussion alongside representatives from Orlando Health and Children’s Hospital Central California. Together, this powerhouse panel conversed about how the healthcare industry is poised to taking advantage of the Internet of Everything bridging together people, process, data, and things to make connectivity more relevant and valuable than ever before.

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Enabling Meaningful Connections

The Internet of Everything is a big topic for us at Cisco. It’s all about connecting people and things to create new value and opportunities. Collaboration and video are key to the human component within the Internet of Everything – adding meaning to all of the data behind the connections.

Cisco’s video and collaboration vision uniquely position us to be your partner of choice as we move into the future, especially on the journey toward the Internet of Everything.

Collaboration isn’t new. Let’s start by putting things into perspective: The desire and need to collaborate is something we, as people, have carried within us from the beginning. We were only missing the tools to unleash collaboration. And then we created them. One by one. From expressing concepts through pictograms on walls to coming together in the marketplace. Fast forward through history and along come postal systems, printing presses, typewriters, telegraphs, radio, telephones, television. And then computers, networks, the Internet, the Web, mobile networks, TelePresence.

Each innovation brings with it new connections, new ways to collaborate and communicate. History inspires us and puts things into meaningful perspective. History reminds me of how we’ve empowered ourselves with tools to create a universe of collaborative activities and connections. Read More »

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TC 6.2 Enhances Redundancy and Resiliency

I know it just seems like yesterday I was talking about the Cisco TelePresence TC 6.1 software update. But we are moving fast and at InfoComm 2013 we unveiled TC6.2 software release for Cisco TelePresence endpoints including the EX, MX and C Series as well as the Profile and SX20.

This latest release includes enhanced capabilities for redundancy and resiliency when registering endpoints directly to Cisco Unified Call Manager.  With this new system, calls can never be lost during a switch. Another great benefit is “active conference control”, where end-users now can take more control of their conference experience from the Cisco Touch User Interface, something that was previously only enabled by an administrator. Also, as part of Cisco’s strong architectural approach on interoperability we are adding support for H.264 SVC to our TC based endpoints. This means we can do native interoperability with other vendor’s solutions like Microsoft Lync 2013 and Polycom endpoints using the H.264 SVC standard.

These new features ensure the best user experience across Cisco TelePresence endpoints.

To hear about the latest enhancements to TC 6.2, watch the video below.

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Welcome to the Internet of Everything

I’ve just had the honor of speaking at this year’s InfoComm conference and wanted to share with you some of the ideas I explored in depth during my session. It’d be great to hear your thoughts in response and get a conversation going … because, to me, that sort of collaboration is just what the future of digital communication is going to be about.

The way I see it, we’re moving from an “Internet of Things” to an “Internet of Everything.” The Internet of Things is the connection of the 50 billion apps and clouds and devices that join up to networks and enable some level of communication. But the Internet of Everything is about synthesizing these connections and data to transform business processes and make them accessible to people in ways that matter in the real world. The real value is in the connections—in other words, it’s about enabling truly powerful collaboration. The value of the Internet of Everything is only as good as the breadth of the people, process, data and things it can reach.

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