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Register Now for ISTE 2013


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference will take place in San Antonio, TX from June 23rd through June 26th.  ISTE is an annual conference providing hundreds of sessions, emerging education tech solutions, keynotes, face to face demonstrations and a collaboration of like-minded educators.  To register for this event please click here.

Join Cisco BYOD Solutions for K-12 Education will be featured along with Cisco Meraki Cloud Solutions in booth 11270 for live presentations and face to face time with knowledgeable experts discussing innovative technologies utilized in today’s classrooms.

Cisco BYOD Solutions for K-12 Education at booth 11270 will showcase four hosted demos: Read More »

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Mark your calendars for 10AM PST June 5: Converged User Access Management Webinar

Don’t forget: this Wednesday at 10AM PST we’re having the last of our Activate the IT Transformation with Unified Access webinar series: Converged User Access Management.

Register today and mark you calendars for this informational deep dive into Prime Infrastructure 2.0 and learn how it integrates into Unified Access for one management across one converged network with one singular policy. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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[Cross-Post] Is Your Company Achieving the Full Value of BYOD?

Robert Metcalfe popularized the idea of the “network effect,” where the value of a network grows exponentially in proportion to the number of users and things on that network. Many people these days wonder if this principle applies to the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend—where the complexity of all the devices, software, and standards that must be accommodated may cause some IT leaders to question whether the promised value is worth the headache.

Certainly there’s potential for tremendous value: the most recent report from Cisco Consulting Services onthe Financial Impact of BYOD reveals that with the right approach to implementation, companies across the globe could be generating an average annual value of $1,650 per mobile user. In the United States, than number grows to $3,150.

So, how can you know whether or not you are realizing the full potential of BYOD in your company? And more important, how can you progress from wherever you currently are along the value journey to where you want to be?

Read more at The Platform Blog

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Get Converged User Access Management

Cisco Prime Infrastructure is a network management tool that helps accelerate the rollout of new services. It also provides highly secure access and management of mobile devices, making bring- your-own-device (BYOD) access a reality for corporate IT. Tightly coupling client awareness with application performance visibility and network control, Cisco Prime Infrastructure helps ensure an uncompromised end-user experience. Deep integration with the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) further extends this visibility across security and policy-related problems. It presents a complete view of client access issues with a clear path to solving them.

Whether you are well-versed with Prime Infrastructure and want a sneak peek at Prime Infrastructure 2.0 (yes, 2.0) OR you’re new to Cisco’s network management suite and just want to feel out the options, join us at our webinar June 5th (Click to Register) to learn about how Unified Access streamlines converged user access management. We have lined up an early preview of the latest Cisco Prime Infrastructure that we’ll showcase in action with a live demonstration.  Read More »

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Location-based Services in Education – Enhanced Experiences on Campus

Universities, or actually any campus environment, can gain a lot of value from the emerging location-based services (LBS). There are a few characteristics that render campuses as prime hotspots that enable richer WiFi-based LBS experiences. Firstly, there is a captive audience: students and staff spend a lot of time for almost 9 months of the year within the campus, with a proportion even living on campus during this period. Secondly, the growing trend is pervasive WiFi – indoor and outdoor always available. Lastly, due to widely available free WiFi, the proportion of people walking around with their mobile devices with WiFi switched “on” is very high relative to other industries, not surprising since students are happy to use campus WiFi rather than pay for their mobile data service.


With Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experiences solution, universities can now bridge that gap between the WiFi they provide and the ever-growing number of mobile devices being carried by students and staff. Connected Mobile Experiences is powered by the Cisco Mobile Services Engine, which, when integrated with a Cisco wireless network, detects presence, locates and tracks all Wi-Fi signals—anonymously to ensure privacy—and then aggregates and enhances the data for location analytics and reporting. Based on this data, the engine delivers detailed analysis of mobile user onsite behaviors to optimize planning and operations. Cisco is working with leading universities that have some very interesting and innovative ideas where location analytics can provide a win-win solution for both the administration and all its patrons (students, faculty, staff, visitors).

Here are five applications of LBS in higher education:

  1. Enhanced User Experience
  2. Improved Campus Operational and Management
  3. Enhanced Learning Experience
  4. Enabling Specific Event Experiences
  5. Promotional and Marketing Opportunities

Let’s look at each of these in a little more detail. Read More »