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The IoT Tipping Point in Old and New Smart Cities

It’s only been six weeks since the breakthrough Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in Barcelona, but the momentum to build web-enabled Smart Cities appears to be crescendoing toward a tipping point.

Just this past week, I participated in two highly energized Smart City forums in “old” cities that attracted executive-level leaders from government, vertical industries and technology providers. At both – one in Hamburg and the other in Amsterdam – I experienced first-hand the growing use of digital devices connected to networks that enhance the experience of citizens and businesses and also improve sustainability and performance.

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Smart+Connected Communities at C-Scape 2011

Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions and Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer talk about the value of industry analysts and their appreciation of these ”Conceptual Thinkers” after an analyst roundtable session they hosted on S+CC at C-Scape 2011. The robust and highly interactive discussion with industry analysts was highlighted by the participation of  John Stenlake, CTO, Living PlanIT, who offered insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal.

The Value of Analyst Feedback @ C-Scape 2011
Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oimr9qGgwDI

Appreciation of Conceptual Thinkers – The Industry Analysts
Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7JJXDKku9Q

Living PlanIT @ C-Scape 2011
John Stenlake, CTO, provides insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0pRRXUmVWs

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Web 2.0 Summit: Wim Elfrink on social virtualisation

Cisco EVP and chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink presented at the Web 2.0 Summit in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco today to discuss four of the major demographic and economic shifts that are underway on a global basis and to outline how Cisco’s vision of a new framework for urban sustainability will entail the creation of a whole new industry. You can watch the 15 minute replay of Wim’s presentation here (introduced by John Battelle of Federated Media).

Watch live streaming video from web20tv at livestream.com

Iain Thomson of V3.co.uk also met with Wim earlier and discussed the work we are engaged in with the London Olympic Park Legacy Company to create a liveable community that can be sustained beyond the Games themselves, and highly-connected new Smart+Connected Community projects in locations such as Songdo, Korea amongst others.

We’d love to hear your views of how you think the next 30 years of the Internet could develop with these shifts in mind and as the introduction of IPv6 underpins the transition to the ‘Internet of Things’.

You can also watch Iain’s video interview with Wim here.

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