We had a great time last week at the Hotel Technology Next Generation’s (HTNG) North American Conference in Atlanta. Many of the industry’s top leaders were in attendance, and it was exciting to see wireless and mobility as a recurring theme throughout the show. There were various Wireless-focused presentations, including one from Wi-Fi Alliance focused on Miracast and Passpoint. Our team also noticed that personal area network (PAN) capabilities are becoming of more interest to hoteliers as guests need a way to connect their devices together to share content.
Our very own Bob Friday, CTO, Wireless Networking Group, and John Bollen, MGM resorts VP of IT Strategy led the Wi-Fi conversations and delivered the conference’s keynote where they focused on key trends in the industry and our innovative implementation at MGM.
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Tags: Bob Friday, Cisco, hospitality, hotel, HTNG, network, networking, technology, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wlan
This year at the annual HIMSS conference I had the pleasure of helping to coordinate the Context Aware Healthcare demo located in the Cisco booth. The Context Aware solution brings together location services (RTLS) tracking for equipment and people as well as environmental monitoring, WIPS for security, and our brand new functionality of Connected Mobile Experiences with our partner Meridian.
In our solution materials we noted that the Connected Mobile Experiences provides “an unprecedented way to engage with patients on their smart phones or tablets” but this was my first opportunity to really show many customers the power of indoor GPS and location based notifications and the response was fantastic. Every customer that saw the demo was impressed and in the demos that I was in I would estimate that over 50% wanted their AMs to get them more information on the solution. I also had one customer and also an integration partner come to our booth solely to see this solution.
Cisco also held an internal sales summit prior to the show starting and the feedback that we received after that from our AMs and SEs was the Context Aware Healthcare solution was one of the top 2-3 sessions that was held. It’s clear that the excitement for context-aware, location-based services is building and customers can see the vision of having an solid Cisco wireless network foundation providing not only traditional data and voice services, but also powering vertical solutions such as Context Aware Healthcare.
For more on Connected Mobile Experiences, visit the solution page.
Tags: context, context-aware, healthcare, himss, mobility, network, networking, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
In light of the recent announcement of MSE Release 7.4 and Advanced Location Analytics Availability, we thought it would be timely to pick up where we left off on our MSE blogs series. In the first two, my colleague Anshul Tyagi covered how the MSE optimizes the CleanAir experience and discussed other MSE enhancements. Now that we have expanded the MSE to cover advanced location analytics, let’s use this blog to dive deeper into how to monetize your Wi-Fi infrastructure using our new functionality.
So you have a Cisco Wi-Fi network: what can you do to get more insight into the people using it? Do you know which part of your venue is more crowded? Ever wondered where people spend the most of the time in your venue? Where have people been before they arrived at your venue?
Whether it is in retail, leisure, travel or manufacturing, anytime there are people interacting with a Wi-Fi environment, there is also potential to improve the user experience–that is, if you can first visualize that interaction.
With the acquisition of ThinkSmart technologies, a leading data analytics company proficient in location data mining, Cisco opens up a new customer base – that of customer oriented marketing. Cisco ThinkSmart Location Analytics solution leverages your existing WLAN infrastructure and can help you gain insight on customer behavior, giving you an opportunity for better sales and operations.
How does the Cisco+ThinkSmart Analytics work?
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Tags: engine, LAN, location, location-based, mobile, mobility, mobility services, network, networking, Thinksmart, WAN, wi-fi, wireless, wlan
Some exciting things are beginning to transpire in today’s hotel industry. As technology finds its way into nearly every aspect of our lives, it’s important to take a look at the impact mobile device usage has had and continues to have on hoteliers and guests alike. Guests today are more technologically in-tune than ever before, often traveling with multiple devices that they plan to use leisurely, for business or both. These devices are also increasingly moving more data as their radios become more sophisticated, and they have increased battery life and are connecting to even more cloud services. Guests also have increasing expectations that they will always be connected wherever they are.
More smart devices translate to more data crossing the network, and this mass amount of data can be used to gather invaluable guest information for hoteliers, including behavioral insights and on-site property analytics. When collected, measured and used correctly, this data can create a unique and personalized mobile experience for the guest while also creating revenue-growth opportunities for hoteliers.
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Tags: access point, application, hospitality, Hospitality WiFi, hotel, hotelier, hotels, implement, location, location-based, network, networking, resort, services, technology, triangular, venue, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
Whenever I travel for business, I take my tablet along. It connects me to work email, it plays my favorite music and it allows me to catch up on Red Sox games during baseball season. It is also a filled with pre-K apps for my son to learn his numbers and letters in preparation for kindergarten.
This use of the tablet for engaging young minds is probably no surprise to most parents, and it is no secret that tablets are changing the way our children are learning both in and out of the classroom. More and more schools are interested in ramping up the role of technology in the classroom, and with this in mind, we put together a webinar for K-12 educators on the very topic of tablets in K-12 education.
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Tags: Case Study, classroom, deploy, education, K-12, network, networking, school, Tablets, technology, utica, wireless