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U.S. Track and Field Trials and Mobility

Tomorrow, I head north from San Francisco to Lake County to get away for the July 4th weekend, but I’d rather head to the Pacific Northwest- to Eugene, Oregon to see some of the fast foot action at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. It has been a couple years since I’ve been to Eugene; and right now Track Town USA is in full swing, serving as the nexus where athletes, coaches, the media, family, friends and fans have converged for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. Instead of watching the competitions in-person, I’ve been following the action from the Internet sidelines through a few sites. Eugene 08, Track Town USA and of course YouTube.This made me take a step away from mission- and business-critical wireless networks, and think about the last Olympics and how the Internet and more pervasive wireless is changing how the athletes and fans interact with each other with the broader adoption of social networks and media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Facebook launched in early 2004, and YouTube in mid 2005; and it’s difficult to think of a time before both sites existed because they are part of my life, allowing me to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues. For the track and field athletes who traveled to Eugene, many of them must keep in touch with family, friend and fans — from their hometown — who are rooting for them just as I am -- from the Internet sidelines. I wonder how many fans and athletes will use Twitter to share quick thoughts during the trials and Olympics.Wi-Fi Planet’s Naomi Graychase posted an article on the University of Oregon mesh wireless network in action for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.I’d like to hear from you. With the Trials heating up, and the Olympics just around the corner, how will more of these social and media sites — enabled by a wireless network --change competitive sports?Have a happy Fourth!

Cisco Motion Reaction

I may be a biased source, but a nice summary of our announcement from Michael Stanford, an expert in the voice-over-WLAN realm. Cisco Motion AnnouncementCheck out his blog too … some great information on FMC, VoWLAN, etc.Wirevolution

Mobility Superheroes Revealed

As Alan Cohen mentioned in his last blog, Cisco Motion transforms IT managers into Mobility Superheroes with unprecedented mobility superpowers to protect mobile workers’ experience and ultimately save their world, the mobile enterprise.Thinking more about this theme, I realized that superheroes and superpowers were often a source of high public interest covered in the press. Superheroes actually often were the press. Clark Kent, Superman’s secret identity, was a reporter at the Daily Planet to have access to the latest breaking-news and be at the heart of the- motion. Peter Parker, Spiderman’s alter ego, was a photographer at the Daily Bugle specialized in pictures of Spiderman in- motion.Then I started wondering if Superman or Spiderman’s alter egos would still be the same if they lived today. Reporter or photographer? Probably not. With the internet and new media, they would have to be bloggers. I could just imagine our Mobility Superheroes blogging at night, educating the rest of us on the rightful wireless way, while spending their day-time exercising their superpowers saving the mobile world. I now had to uncover these Mobility Superheroes. Read More »

Mobility Superheroes

“œYou think you’re the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you’ve become part of a bigger universe. You just don’t know it yet.” -- Nick Fury, IRON MAN (post-credit closing scene)

In thinking about our recent Motion launch, I found the confluence of two key factors peppering my thoughts about Cisco’s new Mobility Services Engine: a laser beam focus on enabling IT managers to practically enable mobility applications and the Memorial Day kickoff of movies inspired by comic books. Traditionally wireless and mobility are like”superpowers”: they amaze and astound us, even if we are neither sure how they work nor if they can be controlled. We increasingly run our businesses and lives through mobility but rely on others to provide the capabilities. Our mobile society is overseen by the good graces of a mobility superclass. Cisco’s answer: make our customers, core IT managers,”Mobility Superheroes.” That is, take the province of a few and make it easy for many by separating the deeper physics of the network from the application enablement IT knows cold.Although I am not a comic-book aficionado, I grok the basic thesis of Superhero 101: take an unlikely ordinary individual through a technically transformative experience, add dash of courage or initiative, and, ta da, great things come out on the other side.Cisco’s Business Mobility initiative is bringing 4 superpowers to IT: Read More »

The Search for Mobile Intelligent Roaming

Lately there has been a lot of discussion around the general notion of mobile users with dual-mode devices seamlessly making voice calls, and connecting and transferring from a private Wi-Fi network (WLAN) to a public cellular network and vice versa. To learn more about this service in the area of enterprise mobility, I asked Aleem Rizvan, senior product manager for wireless, to talk about some of the business and technology drivers for-what we’re calling-mobile intelligent roaming, as well as the IT challenges for bridging voice over multiple wireless networks and some of the current mobile devices used in the enterprise today. Click the video below to watch the latest Cisco Mobility Video Blog episode.