By Andrew Mackay, Head of Mobile Solutions, APAC
I have discussed in the past the increasing importance of Smallcells in a Service Providers access strategy (Bringing LTE Indoors and Cost Optimised Indoor Coverage), but to truly leverage Smallcells once deployed in an optimal way is not a trivial task. Normally the Smallcell supplier is different to the Macro network and often a different mix of technologies (e.g in the case of Wi-Fi) and frequency bands are involved. The term Heterogeneous, meaning “diverse in character or content” (oxforddictionaries.com), is indeed fitting. So what is the right approach to building an optimal Heterogeneous Network or HetNet?
The guiding principle must be the consideration of end user Quality of Experience (QoE). Read More »
Tags: ANDSF, Cisco Quantum software, connectivity, cSON, dSON, HetNet, LTE, mobile, network, orchestration, ott, QoE, service providers, Smallcell, Solutions, wifi
As consumers and workers seamlessly move from home, to the office, the subway, coffee shops, and everything in between, they expect a seamless connectivity between their mobile, Wi-Fi, and broadband experience. It makes sense that the policy for their data use will also be seamless across all technologies, thus providing the user with a more customized experience.
NTT Docomo recently announced that they will Read More »
Tags: broadband, Cisco Quantum Policy Suite, connectivity, high-speed, LTE, mobile, network, policy, service providers, Solutions, subscriber, wifi
I put a Zubie in my car today. I really wish that NPR’s “Car Talk” radio program was still on the air, so I could call in and say that sentence to Tom (sadly, deceased this week) and Ray Magliozzi, aka the “Click and Clack Brothers.” They’d have a lot fun with that.
After seeing so many interesting connected transportation solutions from Cisco and others at the recent ITS World Congress in Detroit, I felt inspired to get my own car connected! Zubie is one of a several available apps and services that allow you to “manage” your car from a mobile app, e.g., perform a car “health check,” see how well you drive, create geofences to track your car, for example, when your newly-licensed teenage child borrows it for the night.
Tags: connected car, data analytics, mobile targeted advertising, mobility, Service Provider, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
We are embarking on a new technological journey that will fundamentally change forever the economy, society and the way that we live. Wired magazine described a new era where “the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves, performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before.” The Internet of Everything (IoE) is a world where up to 50 billion things (or devices) will be connected to the Internet by 2020; or, the equivalent of 6 devices for every person on the planet.
Businesses are beginning to completely re-design their processes, operations and business models to benefit from this new era. We are already starting to see the emergence of smart cities, connected utilities, connected railways, connected factories, connected cars, and even connected mines, to name but a few. All industries are looking to IoE as a breakthrough technology to help them optimize their business, enter new markets and enhance their relationship with their customers. This is why industry analysts, like IDC, estimate that businesses will spend up to $20 trillion over the next three years to realize the promise of the Internet of Everything.
But, The Internet of Things is More Than Just “Things”. As I described in this recent article, the Internet of Things is really a short-hand for the four technology pillars (mobility, cloud, big data and things), wrapped in security, that are forging a revolutionary new, and revolutionary, connected world. Successful IoE implementations don’t happen in isolation or independently. Cisco is discovering that successful implementations require a technical and business platform into which different solutions can be easily plugged to efficiently and effectively achieve the promised business benefits. The cornerstones of this IoE platform include a robust connectivity and technology infrastructure, operational and management services and a range of vertical and horizontal solutions.
In Cisco’s experience, all IoE implementations require all of these technical and business elements to be successful. Our vision is that effective IoE deployments will build an IoE platform that can be extended across the business, or even entire industries, to deliver a range of unique, value-added IoE solutions.
Starting from the bottom, the layers comprise:
- Network Connection – connecting all of the solutions, data and applications through fiber backhaul or licensed cellular.
- Network Access – a managed Wi-Fi, or other unlicensed wireless network, to connect all of the sensors and applications.
- Technology Platform – a platform to allow new devices and solutions to readily and securely “plug and play” into the overall architecture, and to connect to cloud storage and compute services.
- Vertical and Horizontal Solutions – the combination of devices and applications that deliver the unique solutions for different vertical and horizontal industry segments.
- Platform Monetization – in some verticals, like smart cities and B2C, opportunities exist to leverage the platform and network to create new sources of revenue.
- Shared Operating Platform – a shared platform to consolidate the management, customer care and service issues across all of the solutions.
- Professional Services – services to support areas such as systems integration, planning and design.
- Program Leadership – services to program manage the entire implementation, operations and partner ecosystem.
Successfully deploying and capturing the tremendous potential benefits of IoE is not just about cool things and applications. A comprehensive technical, operations and management IoE platform is required to turn vision and promise into reality.
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Tags: Big Data, Cisco, cloud, devices, Internet of Everything, IoE, Ioe Implementations, IoT, mobile, mobility, monetization, platform, security, Smart Cities, things, wifi, wireless
It has been 15 years since Kevin Ashton popularized the term the Internet of Things. How could we have known then what that would come to mean and the huge impact that it would have on our lives? Cisco projects that 50 Billion things (or devices) will be connected to the Internet by 2020; or, the equivalent of 6 devices for every person on the planet. This exponential growth of connected devices is fundamentally impacting both society and the economy—changing our lives forever.
However, with all of our focus and media attention on the Internet of Things, we are really missing the fundamental technology revolutions that are reshaping our world. Radical advances in processing, storage, wireless technologies and new ways of delivering technology are reshaping our world -- all at a much faster speed and drastically reduced price.
In my view, the Internet of Things is really a short-hand for the five technology pillars that are shaping a revolutionary new, connected world. Read More »
Tags: Big Data, Cisco, cloud, devices, IoE, IoT, mobile, mobility, monetization, public wifi, security, Smart Cities, things, wifi, wireless