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Jan.13 Cisco Mobility TV: Making 802.11n Wireless Mainstream

Tune in January 13 to Cisco Mobility TV to hear how Cisco is taking 802.11n wireless mainstream. Representatives from Cisco and NEC Unified Solutions will discuss new approaches for simplifying the transition to 802.11n wireless networks that deliver high-performance, collaborative mobile computing. The discussion will highlight:• The introduction and key advantages of 802.11n wireless networks• Cisco’s advantages, innovations and leadership in 802.11n wireless• New tools and approaches for removing the barriers to adoption, as well as for simplifying wireless management to reduce costs• Key planning and deployment recommendations, including RF (radio frequency) planning and design • Best practices for optimizing network capacity and coverage and improving the performance of wireless device connections • Interactive Q&APresenters: • John Yrigoyen, director of wireless solutions at NEC Unified Solutions• Altaf Karim, business development manager at Cisco• Jameson Blandford, technical marketing engineer at Cisco• Chris Kozup (Mobility TV host), senior manager of Cisco’s mobility solutionsWhen: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, 10--11 a.m. Pacific Time Where: Pre-register for the Cisco’s broadcast at this URL.

Reposting: 802.11n Performance Testing Results

I learned that we had a broken URL to the July 29, 2008 Mobility TV broadcast on 802.11n performance testing results, and want to give this one more shot. The video-on-demand is now available for playback at When you click on the link, you can jump to segments of the broadcast rather than watch the entire video. Below is a list the presentation you can segment-surf to. *Introduction -a welcome from Cisco’s Chris Kozup *Cisco-Intel Joint Collaboration -Intel’s Mayura Garg discusses importance of the testing *802.11n Testing Results -Cisco’s Jake Woodhams shares the 802.11n performance testing results *Intel Video -watch the roaming robots from Intel’s testing lab *MIT Case Study -Chris Murphy discusses MIT’s upgrade to 802.11n *Southeast Alabama Medical Center Case Study -Scott Lapham shares Southeast Alabama Medical’s 802.11n performance results Thanks for tuning in.

Mobility Trends in Retail

With the holiday season now in our rearview mirror, I scheduled a meeting over TelePresence to meet with our resident mobility expert, Chris Kozup, and Jon Stine, director of Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) focused on the retail market, to learn about some of the mobility trends in retail, specifically how retailers can evolve their mobility practice in their operations.Like many industries, retail is a market segment that is not immune to a difficult economy; and we’re seeing some new ways for retailers to use mobility to help them in the near-term, as well as position them for more long-term competitiveness after this we pass this challenging economic time. How can wireless and mobility help at a time like this? With labor as a major midline cost, increasing employee productivity is the goal -- the greater number of mobile applications, the greater the potential for staff productivity. Mobility has shown to help increase productivity by 10 to 20 percent. When a consumer comes into a store and needs help, the first thing they’ll do is locate an associate. But at the same time, the associate should be able to answer questions at point of activity or the point of sale to help the consumer make a purchasing decision. This not only results in greater productivity, but higher retail performance, and it improves the consumer experience. Recently, Joseph De Avila at The Wall Street Journal published a piece titled “œPlease Hold, My Cellphone is Buying a Gift” that focused on retailers using mobile devices to reach out to shoppers. Retailers that we’ve spoken with confirm that this is a trend to begin planning around as consumers are coming to stores with their smartphones. This is an opportunity for retailers to connect with consumers through the mobile device, and essentially bring more of the store to the consumer.Cisco’s wireless and mobility solutions serve as a secure platform to help retailers do more with less or with what they already have. Sure, applications like inventory management and price look-up are expected today; but, mobile point of sale, selling using collaborative video, and product location services from the associate’s mobile device will soon be the norm. Take another leap forward, and then retailers can securely connect with the consumer’s mobile device as another channel to interact with consumers. This too will become the norm, and this is where the compelling value proposition for mobility really takes form.That is just one glimpse into the future, and I invite you to share your visions for what an evolved shopping experience will look like in the three to five years. For the near-term, are you open to retailers, alerting you about sales on your mobile device?Thanks for tuning in.

eWEEK Podcast: Saving Money with Wireless Networks

Happy new year! What, if any, IT resolutions did you make for 2009? If one resolution is to reduce costs or do more with the wireless network that you have, then listen to eWEEK’s Mike Vizard in a recent interview (“Saving Money with Wireless Networks”) with Cisco’s Ben Gibson on how wireless networks in the enterprise pose a cost savings opportunity for IT managers. The discussion covered many topics, including: -- investing in wireless for saving money -- performance and flexibility with 802.11n wireless networking- unified communication and asset tracking in healthcare -- voice and video application enabled by the reliability that 802.11n offers -- wireless security/wireless intrusion prevention system (wireless IPS) and WLAN management -- mobile device ecosystem- voice over WLAN and call routing -- presence and location applications -- convergence of network management -- deploying pervasive wireless for advanced mobility apps -- financing options to fund wireless/mobility projectsRight click here to download and save the eWEEK podcast.

Approach for WLAN Site Survey and Planning

More businesses are realizing the benefits of 802.11n for delivering reliable and predictable wireless for mobility applications at their facility. As a result, we are often asked questions around conducting a site survey and planning for the number, location and density of access points required for the network.With these questions in mind, I interviewed Chris Kozup on the importance of wireless LAN site surveys, and planning for optimal coverage and performance when migrating to an 802.11n wireless network, as well as the general considerations, recommendations, and best practices and tools for conducting a successful site survey. Chris opens the discussion on the importance of an audit using a WLAN site survey to establish a baseline for understanding the current RF environment. The next step is to determine how wireless is currently deployed in a facility; and understand the RF environment with regard to building materials and the characteristics of RF interference. Factor which mobility applications that will run on the WLAN — now and for the future — like voice, locationing and data because voice and location-based service applications require a more prescript site survey and higher access point density versus data-only applications. Also, a fundamental consideration when deploying a WLAN for the enterprise is to select access points that are engineered specifically for the enterprise, and not the consumer market as some marketed enterprise-grade access points use consumer-grade silicon.As part of an ongoing effective site survey exercise, use tools and technologies available today to keep the WLAN consistent as when deployed. Use automated or dynamic radio provisioning technologies that allows the access point to dynamically adjust to environmental changes, and can automatically change channels or adjust the power output. Also, use an RF spectrum analyzer to detect, locate and mitigate RF interference sources like Bluetooth headsets, cordless phones and microwaves.Feel free to share your 802.11n migration experience and questions.