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Internet of Things: Why GHz Matters

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Enterprise IT continues to play a critical role in the Internet of Things (IoT). A large part of IT’s role is understanding and anticipating what new device types will hit the network, when and how to optimally connect them. Beyond the obvious applications and services, an often-overlooked factor is the actual design of the thing. What spectrum does it use? And how will it impact your network?

Today Wi-Fi devices, including things such as sensors, connect using one of two spectrum bands – 2.4GHz or 5GHz. Conventional wisdom has been to advertise a common SSID for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz connectivity. But, with the rapid rise of more connected things, this has likely outlived its usefulness. Let me explain why this is my point of view. Read More »

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The Value of Location

330 imageLocation, location, location. We so often hear the axiom that location is what drives the value of real estate. But location is also key to extracting context from on-site data for analytics and business outcomes. And, the value generated is directly related to the quality of the underlying location data.

So how can you get the best indoor location accuracy? You’re invited to find out. At 10:00 am PST on April 2, 2015, Cisco will host a webinar showcasing our new Hyperlocation Solution. This solution combines an access point module, an antenna, and four Cisco technologies to deliver indoor location accuracy to as close as one meter. Read More »

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Cisco Launches ‘Internet of Fish’ Initiative, Spawning New Opportunities to Connect the Unconnected

There’s no doubt that the Internet of Everything will have profound implications for all of the world’s industries. However, the vast majority of these industries are located on land, leaving the two-thirds of the Earth covered in water with minimal Internet connectivity.

With that, no greater opportunity exists to “connect the unconnected” than in the geographic area that has largely been untapped: the world’s bodies of water.

That’s where Cisco comes in.113352_340x193_CEC-Thumb

Today, Cisco is announcing a new global initiative that will provide the infrastructure necessary that will allow consistent Internet connectivity from sea to shining sea:

The Internet of Fish.

With an estimated 32,000 species of fish capable of connectivity around the globe, the possibilities when connecting millions of fish to the Internet become staggering. By attaching WiFi sensors and RFID tags to fish, Cisco is beginning the journey to create one enormous mesh network that provides solid connectivity all the way around the globe.

Initially, the project will be used to monitor and regulate some of the world’s largest and most distressed fisheries for sustainability reasons. From there, the program will be extended to more species with the ultimate goal of creating one giant Wi-Fi network – the more connected fish, the stronger the Wi-Fi signal becomes.

Select Engineers Kick Off the Tagging

Beginning today, Cisco employees will start the historic task of placing sensors on fish. Dubbed “Fish and Chips,” this is an exciting opportunity for select engineers around the country, who will begin tagging fish in their nearest oceans, lakes, rivers, and bays.

The specialized sensors—designed over the past two years—are non-lethal, biodegradable, and otherwise non-harmful. Specially trained fish engineers will manually tag the first wave of fish. Depending on the success of the signals, Cisco plans to “feed” the additional sensors and RFID tags to fish via extremely tiny sensors that will become ingested and then embedded in their intestines.

And although technically a mammal and not a fish, whales are part of the Internet of Fish initiative as well, as they will be tagged with larger Wi-Fi routers that connect all of the sensor-embedded fish.

Cisco’s fish-tagging efforts will begin in some of the world’s largest bodies of water, then continue in global streams, straits, gulfs, wetlands, inlets, sloughs, ponds, canals, 113352_300x275_WEX-Thumbharbors, gullies, channels, deltas, lagoons, hatcheries, bayous, bogs, lochs, brooks, waterfalls, tributaries, marshes, reservoirs, swamps, creeks, moats, puddles of water and kiddie pools.

Internet of Everything Value at Stake Skyrockets to $22.5 Trillion

The Internet of Fish (IoF) creates an even bigger financial opportunity that currently exists. Cisco currently estimates the Internet of Everything is poised to generate $19.9T in potential economic ‘value at stake’ exists over the next 10 years for private and public sectors.

However, when factoring in all the connected opportunities enabled by the Internet of Fish, new estimates released today calculate that the IoF will increase the financial opportunities by an additional $3,302,822,708.77 over that same time.

Many industries are expected to benefit tremendously from Cisco’s Internet of Fish initiative. Sailors and ocean-faring vessels will now be able to conduct Internet commerce and easily communicate with anyone around the world – let alone watch the latest movie hits – without any interruption. Scientists and researchers will be able to better conduct research in undersea stations and submarines for biological and environmental studies. And, most importantly, private watercraft will have more reliable means of sending distress signals and being located in the event of an emergency.

Initially, the project will monitor some of the world’s largest fish species such as tuna and salmon. Cisco engineers will then monitor crustaceans like scallops and shrimp, keeping an eye on the health of the Connected Fish so that fishermen can avoid catching unhealthy fish.

FishTime Initiative Makes the Internet of Fish Fun for Families

What’s most exciting is what will happen at Cisco. Engineers will equip about 10 percent of the fish with chips that also include mini cameras. From your desktop, you’ll be able to enjoy your own live aquarium, beginning in FY16.

Cisco plans to sell this Internet of Fish solution—called FishTime—to consumers around the world beginning in Q3 FY16. This will be an excellent way for schoolchildren to experience the underwater world without leaving their desks, and a new way for families to bond over screen time.

You can also help. Once we’ve equipped the first wave of fish with sensors—and have conducted testing—Cisco volunteers can take part with this massive global undertaking. This will likely be the sensor “feeding” portion of the initiative.

Cisco is currently looking for volunteers to help with this massive global undertaking. Anyone interested in helping tag fish can do so by contacting

MSE 10 at Mobile World Congress 2015

Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) solution employs data from the Wi-Fi network to generate information about devices visiting a venue, which in turn can be used by businesses to gain greater insight into the behavior of their customers and improve customer experience.  At the center of the CMX product is the Mobility Service Engine (MSE), version 10 of which was announced at Cisco Live! Milan.

Mobile World Congress 2015 was another great opportunity to demonstrate the scale at which MSE 10 can now operate. The MSE 10 installation for MWC 2015 was entirely cloud-based and the week’s visitor data was captured using only a single box setup.

In the this blog, we’ll show how MSE 10 was used to generate custom reports during the event to give some interesting insights into how the conference unfolded.

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Day 1 of MWC begins at 9:00am, when the main doors open for the first time. People begin arriving well before then and waited patiently to be allowed into the halls.  We were able to witness this using a custom report focused on the registration area showing a graph of the number of visitors increasing as opening time approached (Figure 1)

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This was also reflected in the heat map report, where a bright red spot can be observed representing the increasing number of visitors waiting to gain entrance (Figure 2) Read More »

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#CiscoChat Explores Mobile Data as the New Currency for Today’s Retailers


The Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving remarkable change and opportunities across nearly all industries. But few are as visible — and rapid — as the upheavals affecting retail. Today, retailers aren’t just competing with the store across the parking lot. Industry leaders face an expanding universe of mobile and virtual shopping possibilities vying for the attention of their customers.

Recent Cisco retail research shows that mobile commerce grew forty-seven percent in 2014 (Q2), far out-pacing e-commerce (ten percent) and total retail overall (three percent). And it’s not surprising, with nearly every customer using a mobile device of one type or another. Today, eighty percent of shoppers are now classified as “digital.”

Mobile devices — and rapidly evolving customer behaviors — are driving expectations for more fully optimized digital shopping experiences, in store and out. Yet traditional retailers have an exciting opportunity to meet this demand by offering hyper-relevant customer experiences that drive savings, efficiency, and engagement. In merging the best attributes of the physical store with the online experience, brick-and-mortar retailers can drive their own industry disruption. Read More »

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