One of the great challenges every municipality faces is how to deliver higher quality services to its citizens and businesses while their budgets consistently seem to shrink. Several of Canada’s leading communities are taking a pro-active role and are experimenting with shared services (an outsourcing or regional consolidation model); and almost all of them are looking at for the Internet to be a low-cost channel for Read More
One year ago, Cisco Canada and FCM signed a collaboration agreement focusing on the betterment of Canadian communities through the application of innovation and advanced technologies. Over the past year, we’ve had numerous exciting engagements with the FCM and its members; highlighted by the creation of a Municipal Video and Collaboration Network that currently is in pilot-mode with the Executive Directors for the FCM. Read More
Cisco and IBM have built on a very successful existing relationship by creating a partnership combining Cisco’s Smart + Connected Community strategy and IBM’s Smarter City strategy. Both companies are committed to helping improve cities through the use of advanced technology to capitalize on the ever growing amount of data that will be created through a variety of means from sensors to smart phones, connected via advanced networks, and turned into insight through leading edge analytics. Read More
About three years ago, Cisco signed a collaboration agreement with EllisDon—the first in a series of exciting strategic relationships that have contributed to a visible transformation of the Canadian construction and real estate landscape. With an increasing pace, IP networks are finally becoming the fourth utility of today’s real estate developments.
The pervasive expectations of available ultra-high speed Internet, and the proliferation of devices and systems that depend on open access and standardized communication protocols drive the demand for consolidated and converged building networks. (hey, and it’s cheaper also).
Now, it never is as simple as it seems. Read More
If you sell products or services in today’s marketplace you’ve probably experienced the joys of current “procurement” techniques. Reminiscent of the industrial age where it was all about production of low-cost and commodity goods, we’re still expected to provide the lowest prices possible for the products and services we deliver. But is this the correct approach?
Although today’s products and services are becoming increasingly complex and dependent on one another, common practice sees opportunities still being broken down to their lowest common denominator and then sourced at the lost possible cost. We’re told that the “P” in RFP stands for “proposal,” however Read More
By Bill MacGowan
I woke up this Saturday morning in Toronto and thought, ‘Man what a long cold winter.’ I also thought of my “To do List” and a bright spot was the arrival of my new Nest Learning Thermostat.
Now everyone in the Cisco Toronto office knows I have a passion for thermostats. Maybe it is my electrical engineering upbringing, my energy management focus, or maybe my past tenures with General Electric and Honeywell. Who knows?
But this Nest learning thermostat has really got me thinking. It has a clean design, is simple to install, easy to program, wireless, adaptive to my preferences, internet enabled and even application cloud accessible! Don’t believe me? Check out this video highlighting the capabilities!
This internet-centric device is just one more tip of the multiple spears that are piercing, driving, pushing and pulling building systems and the construction industry forward. Read More