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Reflecting on Wireless Security

As we gear up for Cisco Live! 2009 in San Francisco, I’ve thought back to some of the other shows that I’ve been to over the past couple of months. In April, I had the opportunity to visit the RSA Conference 2009, where Cisco gave show attendees to RSA’s booth a sneak peak of the integration between RSA enVision and Cisco’s Context-Aware mobility service. And at Cisco Networkers Solutions Forum in Toronto, I had the honor to lead two sessions, one on strategies for 802.11n deployment and one on mobility services. On both occasions, I had the pleasure to interact with a number of customers and the same question came up: “Why do I need to worry about RF security if I don’t have a production wireless network?” Read More »

Enabling real-time collaboration through Mobility

Mobility is a key component of the collaborative experience. By enabling collaboration businesses can reap operational efficiencies that can be invested elsewhere. They can unlock employee potential by giving context to data and making it actionable. Putting collaboration in motion enables companies to get closer to customers, bringing them into the product development delivery process, or taking the product delivery process to the customer. In this video, Chris Kozup, Senior Manager of Mobility Solutions discusses Cisco’s recent Collaboration in Motion launch and talks about what it takes for customers to connect multiple workspaces using a robust mobility platform.

Business applications enhanced by network intelligence

The ability to access network intelligence can really enhance business applications. By utilizing the open API of Mobility Services Engine technology partners are making network intelligence actionable. Steven Shalita , Vice President of Marketing for NetScout talks about the unique solution that is enhanced by adding contextual information like location to the NetScout application. Read More »

(Interop) Las Vegas or Bust

Interop Las Vegas kicked off today, and up until last Friday, I’ve been asked by many folks, “What does Cisco have in store for mobility at Interop?” I will keep this short by asking you to tune into the video that gives you a little taste of what is to come. Read More »

To Tag or Not to Tag – Is that the question?

This weekend I spent a considerable amount of time searching for a pair of expensive earrings that I misplaced. Not a fun job, especially since I wasn’t ready to write off the value of this asset or to replace it. That’s when I began to wonder -- how cool would it be if I could use the Wi-Fi network in my house to keep track of my valuable personal inventory -- jewellery, handbags and TV remote control by tagging them. The time I would save from looking for these items could definitely be spent productively on actually enjoying them. While the concept and ROI of using active RFID tags with Wi-Fi networks for personal asset management might not be real just yet, it is definitely picking up steam in the business environment -- especially in some key industries such as healthcare where tracking the location of assets such as infusion pumps, EKG monitors etc has saved some hospitals between $400,000-500,000 (for a typical 400 bed hospital) annually through loss prevention, fewer purchases, and labor savings. Manufacturing is another industry where the ROI of using Wi-Fi based location technology becomes very apparent -- think of an aircraft or car manufacturer who deals with thousands of parts and needs to know their location in order to ensure timely availability in the final product assembly process. Read More »