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A CMX Partner Ecosystem Blog

Ecosystem partners are an important adjunct to Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). They augment the analytic and customer engagement capabilities of the solution with innovative business outcomes. This blog is one in a series that will highlight several of our CMX Ecosystem Partners. Today—MazeMap.

MazeMap is a provider of indoor maps and navigation services. With MazeMap Indoor Maps, end users have interactive, searchable and linkable indoor maps available on all their devices. To ensure their indoor maps deliver richer, more informative experiences, MazeMap offers several capabilities.

  • Interactive Maps—MazeMap can build indoor maps from DWG/DXF files (CAD-format) and extract information to make the maps searchable and linkable. (See use.mazemap.com.) This process is nearly fully automated making it easy to update maps whenever there are changes to the building structure.
  • Map Editor—MazeMap provides a map editor for customers to control how their campus should appear, what should be searchable and what should be visible in the maps. Here customers can add points of interest making sure the maps are always relevant for the end users.
  • Indoor Positioning—MazeMap uses Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences to deliver “blue dot” location on the digitized map.
  • Indoor Paths—MazeMap can provide wayfinding information to help users navigate from their current location to their desired end point. With the map editor customers can edit the paths making sure that users are routed through the desired route, not necessary the shortest one. Customers can even see which routes are available for the mobility challenged to ensure everyone can navigate on their own.
  • Integration API—MazeMap can be easily integrated into existing applications such as loyalty apps or can integrate other data sources into the MazeMap navigation application.

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How 802.11ac Made Wireless the New Access

In recent years, wireless has become the preferred means of access for networks. This change may be have been inevitable to some, but why did this happen? What has changed to make this possible? Not too long ago, there was a time when wireless had the reputation of not having the reliability or performance for everyday use in enterprise networks. But a few events occurred that can be directly attributed to the changed  perception of wireless networks.

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One event was the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, which increased the use of Wi-Fi as a means of access. Beside the growth of Read More »

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Cisco WiFi Brings the Pope’s Message to the People

It’s not every day that the Pope visits your city. But Sunday, September 27 in Philadelphia was not a normal day; it was the culmination of Pope Francis’s papal visit to the United States.

And Cisco was right in the thick of it.

Pope's visit to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 27, 2015

The Philadelphia Archdiocese announced Read More »

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Wireless Field Day 8 Recap – Cisco Mobility Express Introduction with Brian Levin

In the beginning of the month we had the honor of participating in Wireless Field Day 8. For the unsure, the Tech Field Day crew brings in independent bloggers, speakers, and podcasters to vendors in the bay area for deep-dives. The 12 delegates of #WFD8 came by Cisco to discuss our approach to operational simplicity.  Greg Dorai, VP of Product Management, kicked off the Field Day with an overview of our sessions: 802.11ac Wave 2, CMX 10.2, and Systems Manager.

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Next Brian Levin, Product Manager of Platform WLAN, introduced Cisco Mobility Express and discussed what 802.11ac Wave 2 means to Cisco. He gives an overview of the new capabilities found in the Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 access points, such as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO). He then further went on to show on a whiteboard the provisioning process of Mobility Express.

Here are some questions that were asked during Brian’s first session on Mobility Express (time stamps included): Read More »

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A School in Paradise Gets the Wireless Network of its Dreams

Today schools have two primary goals: educating children and keeping thempunahou-school-220x140 safe. For the largest coeducational, independent K-12 school on a single campus in the United States, that goal is doubly difficult because their campus spans 60 buildings over 77 acres. The large area coupled with the unique architecture—most campus buildings lack interior hallways and have doors that open to the outdoors—Punahou School in Hawai’i had interesting hurdles to overcome to update their facility.

In order to maintain better security, the school updated its 2006 Cisco Wireless network to a more modern solution. This new Cisco solution—which has seen the amount of access points grow to over 300 devices and also included  a variety of Cisco Catalyst switches—allowed the Punahou School to take advantage of the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Whether it’s wireless door locks or high-definition security cameras monitoring the campus or even campus lighting and temperature control, the entire upgrade is being run through an updated Cisco network.

And as they say in Hawai’i, the proof is in the Poi. Read More »