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Accenture Life Safety Solution featuring Cisco Wireless & MSE Awarded New Product of the Year

Occupational Health & Safety magazine honors the outstanding product development achievements of companies that create products which are considered particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve workplace safety. This year, they have awarded the Accenture Life Safety Solution, a wireless-enabled multi-gas detection system that helps protect workers in potentially hazardous environments, as industrial hygiene product of the year.

Developed by a partnership between Cisco, Accenture, Industrial Scientific, and AeroScout, the Accenture Life Safety Solution links wireless infrastructure and location-based technologies to gas detectors. These detectors are classified as multi-gas, meaning each device can detect hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and oxygen. With the innovative product, enterprises can now lookout for the safety of their employees on their company grounds by being able to monitor incidents and to locate workers in hazardous locations. Manufacturing and industrial industries are known to be particularly difficult to deploy reliable wireless due to steel infrastructure or harsh interference environments, but the solution is designed specifically for enterprises in these situations.

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Cisco Unified Wireless Software Release 7.3 Brings Unprecedented Scale & Reliability to WLAN

Cisco Wireless Release 7.3 delivers an expanded mobility portfolio with innovations for unprecedented scale, mission critical reliability and flexibility to help customers address and benefit from the bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) trend.

A key component of our Unified Access solution’s One Network, the new software release 7.3 delivers scale, virtualization, high resiliency, and Service Provider Wi-Fi features.  We designed the release to focus on four key areas:

  1. Scale: Industry leading scale to cost effectively manage 64000 clients and 6000 access points in a single Rack unit (1RU) with the new Cisco 8500 series wireless controller. The Flex7500 expands support for managing larger sized branches  (up to 100 AP) over the WAN.
  2. Virtualization: A virtual form-factor controller for medium-sized deployments with the Virtual Wireless Controller provides flexibility of deploying a virtual instance of the wireless controller on a Cisco UCS server or any ESXi server.
  3. Resiliency: Insuring faster network convergence is essential in mission critical networks. Access point Stateful switch over (SSO) enables network convergence in sub seconds insuring no SSID outage during controller fail-over events. Dedicated standby controllers enable cost effectively deploying 1:1 High Availability with Access point SSO.
  4. Service provider Wi-Fi innovation: WFA Passpoint (HotSpot 2.0) ensures secure public connectivity and Proxy Mobile IPv6 (PMIPv6) enables seamless IP mobility between cellular and Wi-Fi.

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Six Points on How to Unleash the Potential in Your Network

If you are reading this, you are probably interested in getting more out of your network.  You have most likely made a huge investment in your network, but you simply aren’t getting the payback you had been expecting.  How can Cisco help in this regard? That’s just one of the many concepts we will be covering in our webinar October 24.  To find out more, go to my full blog post.

Here are six points we’ll discuss in the webinar about Cisco Prime:

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Cisco Brings Gigabit Wireless to Life with the AP3600 + 802.11ac Module: Demo Highlights

The question isn’t IF your users will need more bandwidth, but WHEN they will need more bandwidth. 802.11ac represents the next evolution of the 802.11 standard, and, as you’ve heard, this one really pegs the gas petal in the quest for speed. Offering a link-rate of up to 1.3Gbps, 802.11ac represents the first wireless standard that surpasses the gigabit barrier.

But what makes 802.11ac unique isn’t just bandwidth. The new standard represents a forced push to the cleaner 5GHz spectrum, as well as extended battery life, made possible by getting devices on and off the air more quickly. To learn more about the technical details under the hood of 802.11ac reference this whitepaper.

Cisco’s Aironet Access Point 3600 and an alpha version of the 802.11ac module were demonstrated during Cisco’s presentation during Wireless Field Day 3 (the demo occurs at timestamp 15:30 in the video). Keep in mind that this is a demonstration of a pre-released product so it is expected that throughput and functionality will change and likely increase when the product is available for customers in early 2013.

The test goal was to measure one client, one Access Point 802.11ac performance and leveraged Ixia’s IxChariot to generate UDP traffic over the air. The test was done in an open real world environment, so the achieved throughput is less than what would be expected in a clean RF environment typical of a benchmark test.

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Harsh Wireless Environment? Not a Problem.

It’s a fact – everyone wants wireless access.  Recent research indicates that by 2015, more US internet users will be accessing the internet over their mobile devices than on traditional computers.   With that many people online and on their mobile devices not having stable, secure wireless access is surely an impediment for companies as well as every day users. Companies leverage mobile devices to enable a more efficient workforce. Mobile devices are used to leverage “always-on” applications, increasing access for employees and as a better means of time management. Both of which increase employee productivity.  Companies also often rely on their wireless network for regulating employee safety.  Such is the case for the iron manufacturing company, North American Hoganas Inc.

With 11 production facilities across four continents in eight countries including the United States, where it staffs 250 employees, North American Hoganas Inc. needed to deploy an end-to-end wireless network in order to keep up with market demands and target new operational efficiencies.  Up to the minute communication is vital not only for business operations, but also for the safety of their plant employees.  Updating employees on risk assessments, proper product handling techniques, and work schedules are just some examples of mission-critical, daily communication from management to employees.  There was one problem that stood between North American Hoganas Inc and a successfully deploying a pervasive wireless network: North American Hoganas Inc. itself.

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