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Flipped Learning – Transforming Education

To say the way students learn today has dramatically changed since I was in school would be an understatement. Not too long ago, technology played a limited role in education. Computers were not an active part of any discussion; it was a lab we went to for an hour a day.  Now students are fortunate to have access to a variety of technologies that enrich teaching methods such as interactive smart boards, laptops and tablets, video technology and more. This has transformed  the way educators engage with their classes and how students learn.

I think video collaboration technology specifically has had a profound impact on education. Today, teachers and school officials alike are utilizing video collaboration for many diverse uses such as advanced instruction, distance learning, virtual field trips and global student collaboration. Most recently, flipped learning has been receiving a considerable amount of attention and buzz for the powerful benefits it offers students and educators. Read More »

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Exciting Medianet Enhancements in Cisco’s New VSM 7.2 Solution!

At ASIS 2013 in Chicago, Cisco and ActionPacked! Networks will be demonstrating new Cisco Medianet capabilities integrated into the VSM (Video Surveillance Manager) 7.2 solution and ActionPacked! networks’ LiveAction.

With this release, an MSI-enabled management station such as LiveAction will be able to securely connect with the media server, IP cameras, and the client viewer to troubleshoot QoE issues. LiveAction has built compelling visualizations of the progress of a mediatrace and results.

Troubleshooting with Mediatrace provides IT administrators the ability to quickly detect any network issues and pinpoint the root cause these issues in the network. This is significant in IP video surveillance deployments of any scale as they operate in a shared network environment and contend for resources with other applications running on the network.

A sample screenshot below: Read More »

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ASIS 2013 – Dallas Area Rapid Transit Moves Safety and Security Forward with Cisco

In a surprising twist, more “things” are connecting to the Internet than people. At the current pace of connectivity, Cisco predicts some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020.police

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents an exciting opportunity to push connected safety and security forward through video protection, IP cameras and incident response solutions. Today, furthering IoT innovations, Cisco announced enhancements to its lineup of safety and security solutions and new IoT enabled solutions that ease management of millions of connected cameras and devices.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) transports 225,000 daily/104 Million annual passengers throughout Dallas and 12 suburbs. The DART Police department is responsible for protecting DART passengers and facilities (in a 700 square mile area). To best improve and ensure the safety of passengers in a highly traficked open environment, DART turned to Cisco.


DART deployed approximately 1700 Cisco Medianet IP Cameras within 58 Light Rail Train Stations with future plans for parking lots and other areas. Leveraging IoT technologies, the Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7 and Cisco Medianet IP Cameras are able ot provide DART a secure, scalable video protection solution to meet DART’s needs.

“Cisco VSM 7 and Cisco Medianet enabled IP cameras give us the ability to easily use video surveillance technologies for public safety across all of our DART locations to help keep passengers safe and achieve efficient operations.”

– Charles Byrd, manager, Public Safety Technologies, Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Leveraging Cisco’s Physical Security solutions, DART has been able to:

  • Improve the management of DART Police and operations
  • Deliver more intelligence to operations teams, increasing their productivity
  • Achieve situational awareness for centralized video monitoring
  • Accomodate immense scalibility, accomodating a 1700+ camera deployment
  • Connect mobile and fixed mobile platforms: busses and fleets
  • Achieve more efficient operations using video search capabilities and side-by-side live and recorded video monitoring
  • Gain a five star services rating

Learn more about how Cisco and DART are moving safety and security forward through IoT, and if attending ASIS, stop by our booth #2134 to see the solutions in action!

Realizing the Promise of Safety and Security for Businesses, Governments and People, Everywhere

The New York Times provides us with daily stories and often highlights insights and aspects of safety and security challenges that impact people, businesses, governments and the global economy.

Our ability to provide for the safety and security of people, communities, businesses everywhere, across a nation or region, will impact to a very large degree, the future economic growth, prosperity, stability, and sustainability of a region or nation.  This is why safety and security is considered a top priority by businesses and government leaders, everywhere.  In fact, safety and security is arguably one of most important legacies we can provide for future generations.

Cisco is investing in new technology innovations with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to provide vastly superior capabilities for businesses and government leaders to help manage Connected Safety and Security solutions that deliver efficiencies and new capabilities at unprecedented scope and scale.


Brazil Ministry of Justice Introduces Mobile Command and Control Center

Brazil Ministry of Justice Introduces Mobile Command and Control Center

These observations were highlighted in an article recently published by the Brazil media, Politica, Dilma opens command center and says World Cup security is guaranteed, where Pesident Dilma of Brazil recently called the new Integrated Mobile Command Center, spearheaded by the Brazil Ministry of Justice, an important “legacy” of public safety for future generations.  With safety and security in place, Brazil is better enabling public safety and security agencies everywhere and can now provide significantly better public safety, across Brazil’s security agencies to support large events, such as the Confederations Cup, FIFA World Cup and the future 2014 Olympics.

In the article,  President Dilma talks about what this means.   “We can now say that security during the Confederations Cup is guaranteed”, the president said during the handover ceremony.  The president said that technology innovation in the field of public safety is one of the legacies that these major sporting events will leave behind in Brazil. “We need to tell people what the permanent legacy will be for the Brazilian population. What is the legacy for society? What will it leave behind? One of the major legacies from the Confederations Cup, as well as the World Cup and the Olympics, is a high level of public security in Brazil. Integrating, coordinating and managing the systems on a joint basis is a duty of the State”.

Trajano Gabriel, Public Safety Solutions product manager for Medidata Informatic S/A, recently spoke about Brazil’s Ministry of Justice Integrated Mobile Command and Control Center project in a roundtable and news event on September 19th, 2013, together with Charles Byrd, Public Safety Technology Manager for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and Guido Jouret, Cisco’s Senior Vice President for Cisco’s Internet of Things Group, who also announced new IoT solutions for Connected Safety and Security now available from Cisco during the event and roundtable.

rajano Gabriel, Medidata, Public Safety Solutions Product Manager

Trajano Gabriel, Medidata, Public Safety Solutions Product Manager

Trajano explained how Brazil’s Ministry of Justice is using technologies and solutions provided by Cisco’s IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS).    The solution, he said, allows for greatly improved communications, collaboration and coordination across previously disparate and separate public safety agencies and systems and provides important new capabilities for day to day operations and during events.  The main goal for using this vehicle was to have the public safety agencies use different types of communications, radio communications and situational awareness to improve decision making across mobile command and distributed agencies and command centers.  According to President Dilma, this is remarkable project.  The capabilities were made possible with the vision and leadership of the Brazil Ministry of Justice, who were inspired by the Cisco Network Emergency Vehicle platform capabilities.  They worked closely together with Medidata and the Cisco team to plan, design, deploy these new capabilities and 27 mobile command vehicles to support large events.

The ability to easily and securely manage intelligent connected devices and systems at extremely large scale is a key requirement for all businesses and governments with the evolution of the IoT technologies.

Brazil Ministry of Justice - Mobile Command and Control Center

Brazil Ministry of Justice – Mobile Command and Control Center

With the evolution of the IoT , the next technology transition, where devices will allow us to sense and control the physical world by making objects smarter, and connecting them through an intelligent network, we are all better poised to realize the promise of safety and security for businesses, governments, and people everywhere.  Smarter systems, devices, and applications will enable us to improve safety and security, and also to deliver new levels of  operational efficiencies, asset optimization and improved productivity.

Cisco’s new IoT innovations boost scalability to allow the management of a practically unlimited number of cameras and connected devices and enable more intelligent Safety and Security Solutions.   Cisco’s new IoT  enabled Connected Safety and Security solutions, powered by IoT technologies, applications, and architectures provide hyper-scalable, hyper-flexible, hyper-agile ease of use and management for connected cameras, systems and devices. New technology innovations will also enable distributed business intelligence with a new application development platform for IP Cameras allowing them to be smart endpoints on the network,  enabling organizations to add functionality as new applications are developed.

To learn more please visit:

Brazil Ministry of Justice overview by Trajano Gabriel

Press Release:

Cisco Delivers New Innovations and Enhancements in Scalability for Safety and Security Solutions

Realizing the Promise of Connected Safety and Security with IoT enabled solutions from Cisco

Realizing the Promise of Connected Safety and Security with IoT enabled solutions from Cisco















Mobile Video Collaboration

In today’s world, we are always on the go and want to communicate and collaborate wherever and however we choose to live, work, and play.

We are seeing this mobility trend emerging with more of our customers, as they realize they need their employees to be able to effectively work across their different devices while on the road or in different office locations.  And just being able to connect isn’t enough.  There must be really good quality not only in audio, but also increasingly with video and application sharing.

The latest version of Cisco TelePresence Server (v3.1) has been developed with these customer needs in mind.  Organizations can now better enable their employees to collaborate face to face while on the move, with new video capabilities that improve the user experience from any endpoint:

  • Flexibility with ActiveControl:  Users can be more engaged with a higher level of user control of meeting layouts.
  • Video quality with Cisco ClearPath:  Over highly lossy public networks – even at packet loss rates of 20% – ClearPath delivers a clear video experience.  Watch this video to see the difference ClearPath makes in quality:

Under the same network packet loss conditions, the left screen is the video experience without ClearPath; the right screen is the clear experience with ClearPath.

Are you a mobile worker, or have a mobile workforce?  We’d like to hear from you.  What do you expect and need from video for great collaboration?

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