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Connected Rats and the Internet of Things

Okay, well not exactly ‘connected rats’, but at the Internet of Things World Forum recently held in Chicago, we learned that one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s favorite internet applications combines sensors in sewers with data analytics to combat the rodent nuisance in the city. Even more popular with his citizens is “Snow Plow Tracker”, an application that allows them to see in real-time which streets are being plowed and when. Not only does this help them plan snow-free driving routes, but Chicagoans appreciate the transparent way in which their city government shows when and where services are being delivered.

So what exactly is the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and why does it matter? IoT is all about connecting the 99 percent of the world’s objects (things) which are not yet connected to the Internet. Want to manage your home electricity consumption more tightly? Utility companies are rapidly rolling out Smart Meters to do just that. How about finding out how safe is the food you are buying? Sensors implanted in soil, on packing crates and on shipping containers will all help with that too. And if you do get sick, sensor-equipped medical bracelets will track in real-time your progress through the hospital from admittance to specialist procedures, to discharge. By 2020, it is estimated that there will be 50 billion networked devices globally, up from 12 billion in 2013.

Many cities around the world are leveraging IoT applications to redesign how government and citizens engage, and in the process are saving money, generating revenue and delivering better services.

This week in Korea, the Mayor of Busan signed an MOU with Cisco and SK Telecom to develop new IoT-based public and private services. Busan sees the IoT as a key tool for delivering more efficient government and for transforming its economy. Further north in Songdo, the metropolitan government has partnered with Cisco and other companies to attract billions of dollars of new investment by creating a Smart City in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, complete with IoT-equipped homes, schools and offices. The New Songdo city development is expected to be completed in 2017, but 7,000 households are already occupied and when fully completed, some 250,000 people are expected to work and live in the Smart City. A similar effort is underway in Bangalore, India where a public-private consortium has established an “IoT Innovation Hub” to create a new eco-system of IoT companies and a new industrial base for the region.

From left: Insik Park, President, Head of Network Operations, SK Telecom; Byungsoo Suh, Mayor, Busan Metropolitan City; and Irving Tan, President, APJ, Cisco

From left: Insik Park, President, Head of Network Operations, SK Telecom; Byungsoo Suh, Mayor, Busan Metropolitan City; and Irving Tan, President, APJ, Cisco


Celebrating the transformative power of technology

Welcome to the Cisco APJ blog and allow me to introduce myself. I’m Irving Tan, President of Asia-Pacific and Japan at Cisco. This blog is one of several blogs maintained by Cisco. If you’ve been following this blog since its inception earlier this year, you’ll notice that our contributors discuss all things related to technology with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific and Japan region.

Cisco played a critical role in the growth of the Internet when we pioneered the first commercially-viable multi-protocol router 30 years ago. Today, we are transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate with one another on the Internet and with the Intercloud. With over half of the world’s population still “unconnected”, especially in regions such as Asia (with 31% Internet penetration), Cisco’s technology can play a life-changing role, particularly for many developing Asian countries.

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Cisco at Microsoft TechEd in Melbourne

This week we exhibited our latest products and solutions from the Cisco UCS and Networking portfolio at Microsoft TechEd in Melbourne.

Microsoft TechEd is an event that supports hands-on learning so we gave attendees the chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with Cisco’s products and solutions.

Andrew White, Cisco’s System Engineering expert, gave a series of engaging demonstrations on the Cisco Unified Computing System including Exchange, SQL, FlexPod, and VSPEX as well as the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for Microsoft Hyper-V in our data centre switching portfolio.


Cisco Continues Investment in Developing STEM Skills and Building Innovative Approaches to IoE with Swinburne University of Technology

Earlier this week, we attended the STEM Pipeline for the Digital Economy roundtable event co-hosted by Cisco and the Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT).

During the event, we were also extremely excited to announce a new partnership of collaboration with the Swinburne University of Technology. This agreement follows Swinburne’s recent partnership with Cisco and Logicalis to provide intelligent networking, software and services for the university’s project to upgrade its existing campus ICT infrastructure.

Professor Jennelle Kyd, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Swinburne, delivered the opening speech at the roundtable and had these remarks about the announcement:

“It seems appropriate that on a day like today where industry and university are discussing how to find innovative solutions for the skills of Australia’s future workforce, we can also celebrate Swinburne and Cisco’s collaboration on the research front.”


How a STEM workforce can help secure Australia’s future

Earlier this month I was fortunate to attend , the TAFE (Technical and Further Education) Directors Australia 2014 National Conference in Sydney. Vision2020 was all about harnessing creativity and innovation to help the TAFE sector drive greater productivity and competitiveness for the benefit of all Australians.

My role at Vision2020 was to facilitate a forum focussed on technology during the Marketplace session – a great concept which saw the 400-odd conference delegates move around the room participating in three quick-fire discussions from a choice of 20 topics – yes, it was a bit like speed-dating!

Partnering with industry to develop a strong STEM workforce of the future’ the forum focussed on how we can ensure all Australians, particularly women, girls, under-represented minorities and low-income students, have access to STEM opportunities.

Telstra’s in Live Trial Mode in Australia with Cisco Cloud Services; Extending its Cisco Intercloud platform to Singapore and Hong Kong

Yesterday signalled the launch of Cisco and Telstra’s Intercloud into both Singapore and Hong Kong as part of the expansion of the collaboration. The extension of Telstra’s cloud capabilities into these new markets allows Cisco’s OpenStack cloud infrastructure to be accessed on a global level and is a key milestone in the deployment of the solution.

The Telstra and Cisco Cloud Services platform in Australia is currently in its live trial mode, and will keep being rolled out across the country as Telstra and Cisco execute a hybrid cloud strategy.  The Cisco and Telstra Intercloud will create more choice and flexibility for customers who are looking to invest in future cloud environments for their business.


Congratulations to Vanessa Sulikowski and Adam Radford for Promotion to Cisco Distinguished Systems Engineer

Just last month, at our global sales conference, it was announced that Vanessa Sulikowski and Adam Radford (both based in Australia) have been promoted to Distinguished Systems Engineer.

The Distinguished Systems Engineer (DSE) position was established to recognise the importance and contributions of our highest level of technical sales experts. The journey to becoming a DSE is a long and rigorous path. It provides an opportunity for those who have distinguished themselves among their peers to be recognised and to fill strategic positions within Cisco. The role is highly prestigious – currently DSEs represent less than 1% of the Cisco global systems engineer (SE) population – so we’re thrilled that two have been promoted from Asia Pacific.


Adelaide City Council, South Australian State Government and Cisco to Establish Australia’s First IoT Innovation Hub

Yesterday, together with Australia’s Adelaide City Council and the South Australian State Government, Cisco announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the first Australian Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub.

The announcement was fittingly made over Cisco TelePresence with the Minister for Science and Information Economy Gail Gago and Lord Mayor of the Adelaide City Council Stephen Yarwood participating from Adelaide, Ken Boal, VP of Cisco ANZ joining from Melbourne and Cisco’s President of Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer Dr. Anil Menon joining from Bangalore.




Photo: Minister of Science and Information Economy Gail Gago

This exciting initiative is part of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities concept that places Internet-connected technology at the heart of economic development and better quality of life in modern cities.


Industry Recognition for Success in Australia

It was an action packed week on the awards front last week with both the Australian Reseller News ARN ICT Industry awardsand the Australian HR awards, by Human Capital Magazine.

The ARN awards were held on Wednesday the 3rd of September and Cisco was shortlisted in four categories:

  • Hardware Vendor of the Year
  • Personal Innovation: David Chan, Technical Account Manager, for Customer Service.
  • Personal Innovation: Nigel Youlden, Partner Development Manager, for Sales Excellence.
  • Community Award: Rob Partington, Partner Account Manager, for Channel Champion

Cisco is excited and humbled to be named the 2014 ARN ICT Industry Awards Hardware Vendor of the year! The award is testament to Cisco’s continued investment in the channel. However, we would not have been victorious if not for the unwavering support of our partners. We are doing great things together and we are looking forward to continuing this starting off with our pledge to work with our partners to build the world’s biggest Intercloud.

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Hardware Vendor of the Year: Cisco

In the photo: Nick Verykios (DC), Jason Brouwers (Cisco), Allan Swann (ARN). Credit: ARN


Tackling “Problems Worth Solving” in Western Sydney

At Cisco, innovation is at the core of our very business, which is why we are passionate about projects such as the Cisco Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge.

Last week, we teamed with PwC, the New South Wales Government and the University of Western Sydney to help entrepreneurs and innovators tackle “problems worth solving” in Greater Western Sydney, Australia.