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Location Services & Air Travel

As mobile devices are increasingly part of our lives, whether or not airports provide wireless is increasingly becoming an expectation of connected mobile consumers. With all these passengers roaming through airports on their mobile devices, having an airport Wi-Fi network presents countless opportunities for airport business leaders to tap into location intelligence and analytics to optimize for planning layout, operations, and user-experience. One example could be using location analytics to differentiate the cost of advertising spaces in the terminal depending on how crowded a place is the billboard. And the shops and cafes are located in the terminal can not only track the number of visitors, but also to analyze the effectiveness of advertising. There are countless applications for the use of location analytics in the air travel industry, and Cisco along with our partner SITA are pioneering the way with Connected Mobile Experiences and Airport iFlow.

Having been at the Air Passenger Expo with SITA last week and following a series of customer discussions since then and in the weeks prior to the expo the awareness of location capabilities is ramping up very rapidly within the Airport/Airline industry.

  • Airports are looking to deliver value added services and customer experiences to their travelers, while getting enhanced insight and information that can deliver both operational and marketing benefits
  • Airlines are looking to also provide enhanced experiences to their passengers – enabling ease of movement, navigation, notification and alerts for gate changes etc..

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Cisco enables Wi-Fi at Hotel Technology Forum at renowned Bellagio

We are heading to The Strip once again next week as sponsors of the Hotel Technology Forum (HTF). This time, we are staying in some very comfortable territory and get to experience our own solutions in action. The Bellagio will be hosting HTF from April 17-19 and expects to have many hospitality leaders pass through its lobby.

In late 2012, the Bellagio along with three other MGM Resorts’ properties completed a Cisco Systems Network Wi-Fi installation.  An instant upgrade, hotel guests and conference attendees no longer have to pay a fee or enter a password to access the wireless local area network (LAN) via their smart phones, laptops and tablets.  HTF show-goers will experience a network that is 30 percent faster than similar large-scale wireless networks as well as all 330 access points The Bellagio has to offer.

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Have You Registered for the April 17th One Network Deep Dive?

Activate the IT Transformation with Cisco Unified Access” Webinar Series: Part II Network Deep Dive, April 17

Wired and Wireless

In just two days, Wednesday April 17, we will have the 2nd live broadcast of the Cisco Unified Access webinar series. We will have excellent technical content to dig deeper into the subject of “One Network”, specifically converged wired and wireless access (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER). Read More »

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Maintain Control and Visibility of Your K-12 Network

Last week when I was on vacation in Istanbul, it happened to be the first week of the month-long 8th Annual Istanbul Tulip Festival. As we were walking around the rainbow colored flower beds, I couldn’t help but notice the hordes of field-tripping school children around us, skipping along with stuffed animal backpacks in tow, smartphones in their hands.

With children growing up with devices as an integral part of their lives (Piper Jaffrey just came out with a study that says nearly half of American teenagers own an iPhone!), there’s no denying the potential of technology and education. If there’s one thing we learned from our Virtual EduForum event, it’s that schools are trying to embrace devices and keep up with technologies to harness that potential and stay ahead of the curve.

But deploying a wi-fi network at a school isn’t as simple as 1-2-3. IT visibility into the network can be especially challenging for K-12 educational environments. Some applications can disrupt mission critical applications, like mandated online testing, or negatively impact a student’s learning experience. It’s important to understand what applications are running in the network in order to selectively prioritize, deny, or manage the ones that use up more bandwidth. Although Access Control Lists (ACLs) and Quality of Service (QoS) can prioritize traffic, application visibility provides greater detail and control.

That’s why we’re continuing our K-12 Webinar Series to show you how Cisco and Meraki can help make your lives a little easier by enabling you to take control of your network with the highest visibility and performance possible.

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Special Guest Post: Observations from Geneva Airport Passenger Terminal Expo – Part 2

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is a continuation of Brendan’s from Tuesday on my observations from the Geneva Airport Passenger Terminal Expo.

One of the things that strikes me here at the Air Passenger Expo is the proliferation of companies offering some type of passenger flow monitoring solutions. These vary from small startups to large players, and the offerings are a mixture of many technologies: video, cameras, bluetooth, and various types of sensors. The problem most are solving is point-based monitoring, such as how many passengers in the line, how many people are entering, or what is the current wait time in security – all very valuable point information for the Airports to make sure they’re staffed properly and passengers have the best experience.

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