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Mobility Flattens Barriers for the Hearing Impaired

Recently I have been following the news about Gallaudet University as it chooses a new President and it reminded me of our deployment there. Gallaudet is also one of the first large deployments of the centralized WLAN architecture, starting in the June/July 2003 timeframe. We are deployed in all 32 buildings, including the President’s home and the recent press reminded me of this customer who I stay in touch with on a regular basis.For those who don’t know about this university, it is the National College of Deaf Studies, funded by the U.S. Congress. It was the first college of its kind and was chartered by Abraham Lincoln in 1864; to date, it remains the premier institution of its kind in the world, home to college students from all 50 U.S. States and over 60 countries. It is the Oxbridge of hearing-impaired world. The campus is serene, beautiful — much of it a vintage snapshot of Civil War era architecture. Read More »

Why Not Cisco?

And now for a lack of modesty — while others try to imitate, we seem to be handling this wireless/wired unification thing rather well …

A Unified Form of Flattery

For several years now the industry has accepted the fact that it’s no longer a question of why wireless, rather a question of when wireless. The user demand for mobility and wireless connectivity has outpaced that of many other technologies, including IP telephony, personal storage and desktop video.Of course mobility doesn’t imply that we cut the cord forever, rather that we have the ability to access resources in a uniform way irrespective of where or how we’re connected. This need for seamless mobility across a variety of network types (wired / wireless, voice / data / video, local / wide) is not without its challenges.A necessary deliverable on the path to true mobility is the unification of networks. Cisco has been actively working on integrating its wired and wireless product portfolios as a way of achieving this.But, don’t just take our word for it. Even our competitors have realized this is the way to go. Check it out here.After all, imitation IS the highest form of flattery!

The Wi-Fi Comes in (on little cat feet)

In 1878, Poet Laureate of Chicago, Carl Sandburg, wrote his Haikuish poem, “The Fog”"THE fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” FINALLY, thanks to our good friends at Concourse Communications, Chicago O’Hare Aiport finally has Wi-Fi in the terminals (maybe its called O’Hare because it took so long to get Wi-Fi to this place?!>!)People keep taking broadband outdoor wireless connections as a given. Well, its not. There is a LOT more to do, but mobility is inevitable. One of my other favorite adopted sons of Chicago, Michael Jordan, was also something of philospher. In his own words: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. “

Mobility and the Human Condition

The more I think about mobility, the more it becomes apparent that it encompasses more than wireless or portable technologies. Indeed, you can say everything is mobile on some level. Here are my top 10 mobility paradigms for the human condition: Mobility of ideas (democracy) Mobility of leadership (elections, coups) Mobility of people (immigration, travel) Mobility of information (wireless internet, data systems) Mobility of capital (financial markets, private equity) Mobility of national risk (terrorism) Mobility of national borders (war) Mobility of messages (media) Mobility of natural and man made global risk (plate tectonics, disease, pollution)Mobiliy of social station (education, career, human achievement)Everything is mobile