It is that time of year again where we kick off another Cisco Live, our 26th show happening in San Diego this year. Much like the Cisco events of the past, the evolution of wireless technology and solutions have come a long way. In the late 1990’s, Wi-Fi was a novelty or a toy that we used infrequently, turning to Ethernet connectivity when we needed reliable bandwidth. The first 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, ratified in 1997, offered limited bandwidth support which was barely enough for basic connectivity and seldom reliable. Flash forward to last week, where we announced our first Access Point to support the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac Wave 2, the Aironet 1850 Series Access Point.
The introduction of 802.11ac Wave 2 is significant from a technology standpoint because it marks the first time that Wi-Fi has the throughput ability to move beyond the 1Gps barrier. The significance in not only because this is a nice large number but as the adoption of Wave 2 devices grows, Wi-Fi bandwidth will exceed the capacity of the wired infrastructure. Read More »
Tags: 802.11ac, Aironet 1850 Series Access Points, cisco live, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless
One of the most captivating technology use cases to emerge in recent time is the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices (also see Bluetooth Smart™), distributed in a venue, to provide proximity services advertisement and discovery. The best known instantiation of BLE is the Apple iBeacon (although as a branded technology, this is literally a subset of the broader category of devices available).
A very interesting ramification of deploying these devices is how to manage and inventory them. How does a venue prevent these from being moved? Or stolen? Or having additional devices added (either as pranks or for malicious intent)?
The answer to these questions is that it is nearly impossible to prevent – therefore the next best thing, which is still pretty good, is to provide the ability for monitoring the BLE devices.
But Cisco did one better. We figured out how to do this with our existing products and we’re showcasing this in software release 8.1.
As an extension to the existing ability of CleanAir to monitor, detect, locate, and report on Bluetooth devices as interferers, this new feature enables a venue owner to both prevent the illicit deployment of BLE devices and provide asset tracking for legitimately deployed BLE devices.
The breakdown of the entire feature is tabulated below.
In summary, Cisco can demonstrate that CleanAir can monitor, detect, locate, and report on BLE devices that are “authorized” (i.e., part of a white list) and “unauthorized” (i.e., not part of a white list) Read More »
Tags: Beacon Monitoring, BLE, Bluetooth Low Energy, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, cleanair
As organization race to digitize their businesses, building a mobile strategy is a top priority. A mobile strategy is not just about building mobile apps, then calling it a day. Let’s take a look at these unsettling stats: Organizations are spending $270K per business app on average and yet only 46% of executives indicate adoption and deployments have been effective. Clearly businesses cannot afford these types of results in today’s competitive landscape.
Organizations need to shift their focus from the Mobile App to the Mobile Experience. This means before anyone starts porting applications to mobile devices, businesses and IT must team up to assess their joint goals and list out the most common mobility use cases for their employees, customers and partners. This effort will help the organization prioritize requirements for better results in the near-term.
IT needs to assess their readiness for the full mobile journey end-to-end, and ensure every team – desktop services, application development, business analytics, security operations, network operations – can support the expected user experience and business outcomes. For example, many retailers are building mobile sales associate apps to allow salespeople to freely move around the store and show online catalogs, lookup inventory and transact point-of-sales wherever customers are located. But if the application is slow, they’ll either be abandoned by the roaming salespeople or, worse, they’ll create a painful experience for customers as they and the salesperson are forced to wait for these ‘time saving’ devices to load. Either way, the mobile investments will be a total loss.
Learn from the Experts to Accelerate Your Mobile Journey
If you are attending Cisco Live in San Diego next week, you can meet with experts sharing best practices across every stage of the mobile journey, including how to:
- Engage employees and customers with context aware data that delivers more personalized experiences
- Protect users, data, and the business through network-enabled security
- Accelerate mobile experiences with seamless onboarding and an agile network
- Discover business and IT insights through network analytics that allow you to continuously improve upon the experience
Be sure to check out these sessions to learn how Cisco solutions can help mobilize your business, including our newest 802.11ac Wave 2 innovations. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, 802.11ac wave 2, Cisco Mobility, cmx, EMSP, Hyperlocation, wireless
Welcome to Cisco Live San Diego 2015!
We are excited to showcase our Enterprise Mobility booth, announcements and events at #CLUS. This page is a resource page to help you in planning for all of the exciting Mobility activities at Cisco Live San Diego. Feel free to bookmark this page and come back to learn about all of the latest news at the event.
Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. Mark your calendar for Cisco Live 2015, June 7 – 11 in San Diego. Visit the Enterprise Mobility booth to learn more about new products, announcements, demos, sessions and win prizes!
Venue Information: San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Featured Sessions (and other sessions visit here)
Monday, June 8
Innovation Talk: Future of the Network (with CMX live demo) – Rob Soderbery, 1:00-2:00pm PT
PSO Session: 3-Steps to Creating an Effective Mobility Strategy – Prashanth Shenoy, 8:30-9:30am PT
Tuesday, June 9
Booth Theatre Session: Developing an Enterprise Mobility Strategy – Raakhee Mistry, 3:15-3:30pm PT
Wednesday, June 10
Booth Theatre Session: Prepare for the Next Wave of Mobility (.11ac Wave 2 Innovations) – Bill Rubino, 11:30-11:45am PT
PSO Session: Customer Experience – The New Competitive Battleground – George Wilson, Stephen Smith 1:00–2:00 pm PT
Thursday, June 11
PSO Session: CMX: The Latest in Location Innovations and Analytics – Jagdish Girimaji, 8-9am PT
Booth Theatre Session: Engage Your Customers With Connected Mobile Experiences – Jolene Tam, 1:30-1:45pm PT
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Tags: #CLUS, 802.11ac, cisco live san diego, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, CLUS demos, CLUS sessions, CLUS15, cmx, connected mobile experiences, EN5, Hyperlocation
We’ve come a long way since the first mobile devices hit the network. Our use of these devices has evolved beyond basic tasks such as checking email. They help us collaborate in real-time, stay healthy, directly connect with our favorite things, and even find true love.
Today, mobility is driving the future of digitization.
As mobility continues to permeate many facets of life, there will be a landslide of new connected devices beyond the smartphone and tablet — think wearables, sensors, and other “things” that we have yet to imagine. And with them, there will be an increased demand for speed and bandwidth from the network.
So how does IT prepare for the next wave in mobility? At Read More »
Tags: 802.11ac wave 2, access point, mobility, services controller, switches