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Swiss City’s New Network a Success – Thanks to Cisco!

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It’s hard enough being a department of two. Now imagine managing an out-of-date network infrastructure in an old, three-story building. And add two other older buildings running the same decrepit network and you have the scenario that was facing the two-man IT department of the City of Biel, Switzerland.

The city’s network engineers turned to Cisco to help solve the difficult task of trying to fix their current situation while attempting to address the network’s future needs.

Cisco suggested utilizing a central point of management that can rapidly configure and deploy switches with a central switch. The following products were used:

  • Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
  • Cisco Catalyst Virtual Switching System
  • Cisco Catalyst Instant Access
  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders
  • Cisco 5508 Wireless Controllers

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Are You a Maniac for Cisco Mobility?

You know the differences between 802.11ac and 802.11n. You can explain how to install a wireless network until the digital cows come home. You even know the technical term for “the fear of phones”! How about taking all that knowledge and using it for something fun?

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Cisco is proud to present Mobility Motor Mania, an interactive video game focused on the things that you know best: wireless networks, mobility and security best practices.

The rules are simple:

  1. Click here to start a new game.
  2. Find the blue car that is leading the pack and read the words or phrase underneath it.
  3. Read the categories under the checkered flags, match the words on the lead car to the correct category and then click the flag.
  4. Repeat for each leading car.Note that there is only one correct answer per car.

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Cellular Calls on your nearest Wi-Fi AP

Can you place phone calls over Wi-Fi to save roaming costs when you travel abroad? Is there an easy solution for making phone calls despite poor indoor cellular coverage?

The answer is Yes! You can do all of the above using a new solution adopted by service providers and cell phone vendors known as Wi-Fi calling. The most compelling aspect of the solution is its non-intrusive nature. You don’t need to install any apps or change your directory; it’s all tightly integrated and built into the phone itself.


Mobile Service Providers (MSP’s) are extensively using Wi-Fi to offload data to meet the ever-increasing demands of mobile device users. In the next phase of Mobile-Offloading MSP’s are now supporting Voice over Wi-Fi (and refer to it as Wi-Fi calling).

iOS and Android devices support it today. Apple’s supports Wi-Fi calling with newer phones along with iOS8, whereas on the Android front, Wi-Fi source code is publicly available, and is being supported on almost 30+ phones.

Services providers are embracing Wi-Fi calling throughout the world. As Sprint and T-Mobile are leading the way in the US; EE in UK and 3, SmarTone are early adopters in Asia. Wi-Fi calling is expected to be supported by larger variety of mobile devices and offered on more MSPs by the end of 2015. AT&T has already enabled this service in the latest version of iOS 9 beta.

Challenges in enabling Wi-Fi calling on IT managed Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks

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Cisco Mobility Has Answers to Your Mobile IT Questions at CTIA MobileCON

Join us in Vegas this week at CTIA Super Mobility 2015, one of the biggest mobility shows in the country. We’re in the MobilCON space, the premier destination at CTIA where the best minds in business and enterprise IT converge to transform their organizations in this digital, connected era.


You have questions? We have Answers…at the Bar. We are THE sponsor of the Answer Bar, stationed between Stage 1 and 3. Despite its name, our Cisco experts won’t be slinging cocktails but they will be slinging mobility and wireless know-how.

Check out our live demos, Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) and Enterprise Mobility Services Platform (EMSP). In the demos, see how you can gain valuable customer insights and personalize customer mobile experiences by leveraging your Wi-Fi network.

We’ll also have a portfolio of Cisco wireless products on display, including one of our new Wave 2 access points – the Aironet 1850 – as well as our award-winning Hyperlocation Solution.


Racers, start your engines! In other exciting news, the official launch of our new Mobility Motor Mania game is happening right here at CTIA MobileCON. Come to the Answer Bar, put on your (virtual) racing helmet, and show off your mobility and wireless geekiness on the big screen for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. (The online launch is tomorrow, September 10, so check back on Twitter @Cisco_Mobility – play at home to see how well you stack up against your fellow mobility geeks.)


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Cisco Works to Make SickKids Foundation’s Network Better

sickkids220x140The network and phone system for the largest charitable funder of child health research in Canada—SickKids Foundation—was ailing.

From dropped calls to poor voice quality to unexpected downtime, SickKids Foundation’s phone system was causing a lot of frustration among donors. SickKids Foundation depends on backers to fund their charity and employees realize that donor frustration can turn into donor apathy real quick.

SickKids Foundation called on Cisco to find a solution to their networking ills by refreshing its communication tools. Cisco came up with a plan and used the following products to rebuild the SickKids Foundation’s aging communication network:

  • Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Points with 802.11ac
  • Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers
  • Cisco Catalyst 4500, 4500-X and 2960-S Series Switches
  • Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers

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