John Baekelmans

Chief Technology Officer

Internet of Everything (IoE) Solutions group

John Baekelmans is Chief Technology Officer for Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Solutions group. His organization delivers solutions in a number of vertical areas like Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Utilities, Retail, etc.

He and his team drive next generation innovations and drive thought leadership globally. He not only ensures the right foundational products get created and prioritized but also ensures relevant business outcomes.

John has spent 20 years at Cisco where he held various leadership positions within Engineering, Services and the M&A departments. He led Cisco's initial autonomic computing and self-healing (Smart Services) efforts and has authored numerous US and European patents. John was also the co-founder of a Belgian residential solutions startup called Fifthplay. Before joining Cisco, John designed, implemented and operated large PBX-networks at Siemens.

John obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and is a former Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). In his spare time, he is engaged in Belgium’s National fast response rescue team to assist in global disasters and also leads Cisco’s Disaster Response team for EMEAR. He loves to ski, is an advanced scuba diver and currently lives in London.


KPF and Cisco – Views of the future of digitally enabled buildings

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), an international architectural practice based in New York City, employs comprehensive architectural design practices that strive to obtain optimal solutions in terms of environmental responsibility, social awareness, contextual design, and client value. Project results are achieved through collaboration and dialogue, informed decision-making, concerning contextual sensitivity, flexibility, and performance. As successful […]

Expansion of Digital Ceiling ecosystem

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Since our Digital Ceiling launch earlier this year, together with our ecosystem partners, we have been successfully implementing a good amount of customer implementations. This year’s RealComm/IBCon conference, right in the heart of Silicon Valley, seemed for us the right catalyst to announce our next set of partners with core areas of expertise in innovative Infrastructure […]

Join us at Realcomm/IBCon to discover Cisco’s Digital Ceiling Framework

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Since we launched the Cisco Digital Ceiling framework earlier this year, we have made a lot of progress in the market. We also got a lot of great...

February 18, 2016


Cisco Digital Ceiling … coming to a smart(er) building near you !

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We recently launched the Digital Ceiling per Tony Shakib’s blog. The Cisco Digital Ceiling unleashes the power of the IoT by linking building services over a single, converged IP network. It transforms the unobtrusive infrastructure in ceilings across your facilities into a secure, distributed, and standards-based architecture that delivers building intelligence at the edge of the network. […]

December 11, 2015


Reconnecting refugees with loved ones thanks to the Cisco Disaster Response Team

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Last month, I had the privilege, as part of my job, to go to Greece to deploy emergency communications infrastructure. Cisco was asked by partner NGOs to support the influx of people passing through the Greek islands due to the Syrian refugee crisis. Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s […]

November 6, 2014


The Internet of Employment – the workforce behind a connected future

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By next year, it is estimated that 25 billion devices will already be connected to the internet, with that figure set to double to 50 billion by 2020. These connected ‘devices’ won’t simply be computers, they will range from alarm clocks, cars, coffee makers, fridges, baby monitors and smart watches, to street lighting, parking meters […]

September 29, 2014


AGT and Cisco’s New IoE Solutions for Smart Cities: City Safety and Traffic Incident Management

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Cities are growing rapidly, stressing infrastructure and essential services while budgets remain tight. As the growth engines of the global economy, cities are competing with each other to achieve greater quality of life for their citizens, to attract new businesses and to achieve sustainability goals. Imagine safer city and neighborhood streets, fewer traffic jams, cleaner […]