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You Can’t Wait for Connected Mobile Experiences

Ten billion. That’s the estimated number of connected devices by 2016. That’s more than the whole world population today. According to data from the Cisco Visual Networking Index, mobile connection speeds and data use are anticipated to rise with this influx of smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. Mobile device users are increasingly always on, always connected, using their smartphones at work and at play—Can anyone say BYOD?

Mobility doesn’t just take the office beyond our cubicles—it weaves itself into our everyday lives—mobility keeps us connected. Cisco is working with enterprises, service providers, mobile software partners and mobile app developers to deliver Connected Mobile Experiences to end-users. Sujai Hajela discusses the concept of The Connected Mobile Experience and our partnerships on The Platform.

What’s in it for the enterprise?

As consumers tote their mobile devices into malls, airports, hotels, and other venues around the world, businesses see new opportunities to improve and personalize the consumer experience, generate new revenue streams and enhance business operations.

Businesses are looking for location-based services that can provide new ways to interact with the current 6 billion mobile device users worldwide. This means there is an opportunity to develop a solution that connects businesses to those connected mobile consumers.

That’s why we’re announcing Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences, a wireless solution to help you engage your customers while they’re in your venue with context-aware, personalized mobile services.

Sound too good to be true? It’s real.

Armed with Qualcomm for indoor-location capabilities, 3rd party vendors for mobile app technology, and  Cisco for context-aware location solution with real-time analytics, Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences gives indoor venues the means to target their consumers in real-time and helps businesses more effectively understand and reach their customers, provide the right content at the right time, and generate revenue.

Read more in Sujai’s blog post..

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[Don't Miss This] Webinar Thursday: Remember Remember the 15th of November #ConnectedMobile

The world is going mobile--have you seen those stats? In fact, you probably have some wireless infrastructure deployed in your business.

Have you always imagined getting more out of your Wi-Fi? Do you ever wonder if you can generate some revenue off of your enterprise infrastructure? Well do we have a treat for you! This Thursday, November 15th at 10AM PST, we have an awesome webinar where we’ll discuss how you can leverage wireless technologies to help you more effectively engage and better understand your customers.  What’s more, we’ll be going over actual customer stories of how they used these technologies and what they got out of it.  Sound good to you? Click on the image to register.

There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.  Overall, we’ll cover:

  • How the new technology innovations are helping to enable today’s connected lifestyle
  • How your existing wireless network can accommodate these trends and become a tool to generate new revenue
  • How enterprises and service providers are deploying and benefiting from this technology

What’re you waiting for? Register today!

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MSE Blog Series Part 2: Enhancements for Mobility Services Engine

This is the second in series of blogs discussing various features of the Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE). This post describes some specific features of MSE that can help improve your CleanAir experience.

In my last MSE blog post, I talked about how the MSE can help a network administrator detect interference sources in a wireless network. Once the initial version of the software went out, we experimented and found some interesting use cases that inspired us to create the following enhancements to further improve the MSE experience:

1. Zone of Impact: A NCS map shows both the location of the device and the zone of impact of a particular interferer.  The zone of impact is the area that an interferer affects in its immediate locality. It has two fields associated with it: the radius and the color. The stronger the transmit power of the device, the greater its reach, hence a larger radius. Similarly, the stronger the severity of the device, the darker its color on the map.

Figure 1: Figure depicting zone of impact around interferers

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose Cisco OfficeExtend for Teleworking Situations: Working from Home has Never Been Easier

Hurricane Sandy forced millions of people to stay at home last week, leaving many corporations at a loss as to how to keep their employees working from home. While this was an anomaly for many desk workers on the East Coast, it brought the growing teleworking trend into the spotlight. Many workers today work remotely for some part of the week, whether at home or on the road, and with the explosion of BYOD trends and collaboration tools making it easier to do work outside of the traditional office space, remote working will continue to grow. Based on this, it’s increasingly important for enterprises to deploy a network that can address these growing trends of workers working any place, anytime, with any device.

The Cisco OfficeExtend 600 solution helps enterprises provide remote workers with anytime connectivity by extending wireless and wired corporate network access to workers’ homes and remote office locations.  The OfficeExtend solution, built on highly secure tunneling to the corporate network, effectively mirrors the user experience and collaboration a worker would have in a corporate office. With OfficeExtend, an employee in a home or remote office has the flexibility to have a single 802.11n Dual-Radio Access Point in the home that can accommodate personal networking activities, all while securing corporate network access as well.

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Keeping It Simple Isn’t So Simple

When I first started in the technology industry—more years ago than I’d like to think—it seemed that we spoke in our own specialized lexicon. Our conversations about “users,” “plug ins,” and “floppies” probably sounded like some sort of drug culture shorthand.

Fast forward to the present. Today, my morning paper—yes, I know, how quaint—is choked with advertisements for mega-this, multi-that, and iEverything. Consumers haven’t just embraced technology; they’ve taken it over. You can see the impact everywhere. Music and movies in the palm of your hand. Cars with more connections than a dating service. And social media sites for donating to presidential campaigns.

Those of us in the industry want to believe that technology is still in the driver’s seat; that technology leads and people follow. I don’t think so anymore. Technology may innovate but consumers are at the wheel. They decide who wins—even if it isn’t necessarily the superior technology. And, like it or not, the technology industry must follow that lead.

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