Fixing Traffic with [D]congestant Hackathon at the Cisco Canada Innovation Centre.
April 14th, 2016
A hackathon, hackfest, or hack day is a gathering where people collaborate in an extreme manner over a short period of time to solve real problems and create opportunities with purpose. Cisco Canada’s Innovation Centre hosted its first-ever hackathon as a member of Toronto’s South Core Innovation Hub: looking for real solutions to growing traffic challenges. This blog was authored by Nicole Dufraine, a member of our Innovation Centre team. Enjoy.

In the April 4th weekend, the Cisco Toronto Innovation Centre hosted [D]congestant, a hackathon to generate solutions for Toronto’s inherent traffic problems. The event was led by the South Core Innovation Hub (SCIH), a network of leading companies and public sector organizations in the rapidly-developing South Core district of Toronto. Over 200 participants spent the weekend working on new tech and policy solutions to tackle Toronto’s gridlock; maximizing every inch of the collaborative work space at Cisco Canada HQ for analysis, ideation, development, planning and presenting to the judges. In addition to access to our state-of-the-art facilities, [D]congestant hackers had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of mentors and data sets from SCIH partners – including some data never made available to cities! Read More

Mississauga is a Smarter City with the Internet of Things
March 22nd, 2016
This article was written exclusively for the Spring Edition of the Mississauga Board of Trade Quarterly Magazine. – March 2016
Being a ‘smart city’ means many different things to different people. It starts all with the citizens: a smart city is a community that provides economic opportunities and meaningful jobs, it is a safe place to live, it provides access to good education and quality healthcare, there are multiple urban mobility options to get from a to b without being stuck in traffic, it is a great place to live and love. Cities increasingly compete with one another over these qualities, and they each are looking for ways to differentiate themselves—hoping to attract the best businesses and nurture a growing and prosperous population. In today’s digital age, technology and innovation provide the capabilities that bring out incremental and unprecedented value to all its stakeholders.

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This is what it was all about: Changing the face of Real Estate with the Digital Ceiling
February 19th, 2016
It’s 1994: I finish my Bachelor Degree in Construction Management and I can’t wait to do things differently in the construction sector–an industry plagued with inefficiency and declining productivity. It’s 1997: I graduate from Delft University with a degree in Real Estate Development and Project Management–with a focus on changing how we design, build and finance real estate. It’s 2002: I graduate again (last time, I promise), this time with a degree from Harvard University on the impact the Internet will have on real estate investment management. Read More
Solutions for Digital Transformation
February 14th, 2016

man jumpingIt is by now reasonably well understood that we are finding ourselves in the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, one that is characterized by the digitization of things and processes, and the subsequent transformation of business outcomes. Key technology developments that enable businesses, government, and countries to re-imagine themselves in an rapidly changing world, include mobility (90% of internet traffic will be consumed via mobile devices by 2017), pervasive video (one million minutes of video traverses the internet every second), hyper connectivity with the Internet of Things (20 billion smart objects will be connected to digital infrastructure by the year 2020), big data and advanced analytics (data doubles every two years and last year alone we generated more data than all of mankind before), apps (more than 47,000 applications are being downloaded each and every minute), and cloud (changing consumption models).

These technological trends allow us to take advantage of the digital age and rethink how we enable, differentiate and define business, experiences, and outcomes.
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Introducing the Fourth Industrial Revolution
January 31st, 2016

38c2a5ea-c23e-11e5-8677-848f69deab2dIn January 2016, the World Economic Forum hosted its 45th annual meeting in Davos-Klosters. For almost half a century, the Swiss nonprofit foundation has engaged business, political, academic and other leaders of society (and Bono) to shape global, regional and industry agendas committed to improving the State of the World. This is and has been a tall order, considering the many macro social and economic challenges we face in an ever-faster changing world.

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Innovation 2.0: the new face of Innovation @CiscoCanada
January 16th, 2016

innovation-digital-transformation-ts-100614033-primary.idgeFour years ago, Cisco collaborated with Delta Controls to develop the first-ever IP-based, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) HVAC controller. The building automation control industry and the information technology sector were now officially converged, and we never looked back. This groundbreaking innovation led to the creation of Cisco Canada’s first industry innovation laboratory: a place where we worked with other technology companies to build innovative solutions that address business challenges, and have the opportunity to transform industries at their core.

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Predicting 2016
January 10th, 2016
ImageA year has come and gone. It is time to take out the crystal ball and make some predictions for 2016. Many have done this over the past weeks leading up to the new year. GartnerIDCJuniper Research and many more have shared what they believe 2016 has in store for us with regards to technology trends and digital transformation. They have done this so well, that it would be futile for me to create yet another list of trends that I believe will shape the year ahead of us. Instead, I will highlight some of the common predictions, and maybe add one or two of my own.

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a Great Week for the Internet of Things
December 10th, 2015
3rd Annual IoT World Forum and Philips Connected Lighting.
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In the first week of December 2015 we concluded another successful Internet of Things World Forum. More than two-thousand industry professionals gathered in Dubai to showcase, discuss, and advance the world of IoT.
Cisco hosted the event that was supported by a group of incredible companies with mind boggling experience, focus, and innovation in the IoT. Global powerhouses like Intel, Rockwell Automation, General Electric, Du, 3M, IBM, Schneider Electric, Etisalat, Panduit, and Siemens spent the three full days with established innovators, software companies, and integrators, as well as with entrepreneurial startups that will change the face of the Internet of Things forever.

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Building the Most Innovative Workspace in Canada
December 4th, 2015
Authored by Andy Schonberger and edited by the Cisco Canada Real Estate Digitization team.

From left to right: Ron Gordon, Bill MacGowan and Andy Schonberger

Last week Cisco Canada and its design and construction team were awarded the CoreNet REmmy Innovative Workplace Award (over 20,000 sq. ft.) for our newly constructed Canadian headquarters.
The REmmys recognize projects that raise the bar for real estate in Canada, bringing innovation and sustainability to the workplace. It was quite the journey, with the result being an impressive space, but the work is not done yet!
We decided to move to a new office location to accommodate future growth plans and to showcase our innovative products and services in our new Canadian headquarters. Located within easy walking distance of multiple transit modes and the downtown core, WaterPark Place (the building we selected) offered everything that we were looking for, including an Internet of Things approach to building systems that would offer flexibility in space use, and interactivity, for the foreseeable future.

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I’m no scientist…
December 1st, 2015
…but I’m not stupid either.
shutterstock_153806906The environment and, more specifically, climate change are among the greatest challenges we face in the world (right up there with economic challenges, political instability, health, safety, and social inequality). In the last 140 years, our global temperature has risen 0.83°C. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred in the last 40 years, at a rate of roughly 0.15 – 0.20°C per decade, and the speed of temperature change is accelerating. This seemingly little increase is having serious impact on the environment and our lives: melting ice caps; rising sea levels that jeopardize the mere existence of islands and sea shores around the world; and severe weather patterns that cause devastating storms, droughts, and flooding. To put this in perspective, a one- to two-degree drop was all it took to plunge the Earth into the Little Ice Age.

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