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How IoT will disrupt healthcare

By Zenobia Hegde

There are hundreds of proposals for the IoT in the health services. Half of them could be terrible. If only we knew which half! I’m not sure about other countries but whenever I hear about ‘disruptive technology’ and the British National Health Service (NHS), I always feel nervous.

We’ve already wasted £11 billion (€12.31 billion) and rising on a ‘fit for purpose’ programme for IT that wasn’t fit for anything. It would be a brave NHS purchaser that would sign off on any more ‘disruption’. Surely, if they are going to sell the idea, they need a new catchphrase, says Nick Booth, freelance IT and communications writer.

For now, in this sector at least, IoT needs to be a bit less brash and ambitious. We don’t want to see any more flash IT salesmen flaunting their wealth. Acqueon claims its IoT could save the NHS £500 million (€559.72 million) a year. Well, OK, prove it, by taking your payment as a commission on the savings you create.

The savings they are so confident about will come from solving the problem of medication noncompliance – that situation where patients don’t keep taking the pills. This will get worse as our population ages. IoT connected pill boxes don’t miss their doses.

Failing to take medication correctly leads to 200,000 premature deaths in Europe a year. Partly it’s because the old are bamboozled with complicated drug taking regimes. This polypharmacy involves a smorgasboard of pills which have to be taken in varying intervals.

A smart pill box knows when they’ve not been opened and sends automated reminders to the patient. If these messages go answered and the pill box still not opened, the device snitches on you to the clinician who then phones you directly.

Robots are getting old now too. The first robot assistant, the Arthrobot, made its debut in an operating theatre in 1984. Since then, robots have performed surgery on everything in degrees of complexity ranging from eyes and knees to neurosurgery.

Imperial College London created the PROBOT, which first performed prostate surgery at Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospital in 1992. The robots are starting to take on human characteristics.

They’re starting to leave pieces of equipment in the patients, just like their human counterparts. This is all documented in Adverse Events in Robotic Surgery: A Retrospective Study of 14 Years of FDA Data. The authors from University of Illinois, Michigan Institute of Technology and Rush Medical Center compiled the report from MAUDE data (as in Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience).

In a study of 1.74 million robotic surgical procedures – mostly urological or gynaecological – the data recorded 8,061 device malfunctions, 1,391 patient injuries and 144 patient deaths. Adverse incidents included electrical arcing, sparking or charring of instruments and the falling of broken or burnt pieces into the patient’s body. Such incidents were said to have contributed to 119 injuries and one patient death.

“Clearly, operations utilising robotics are not without their risk, says Greg McEwen, partner at insurance law specialist BLM. As he points out, incidents relating to broken or left behind instruments […]

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How IoT will disrupt healthcare

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By Zenobia Hegde

There are hundreds of proposals for the IoT in the health services. Half of them could be terrible. If only we knew which half! I’m not sure about other countries but whenever I hear about ‘disruptive technology’ and the British National Health Service (NHS), I always feel nervous.

We’ve already wasted £11 billion (€12.31 billion) and rising on a ‘fit for purpose’ programme for IT that wasn’t fit for anything. It would be a brave NHS purchaser that would sign off on any more ‘disruption’. Surely, if they are going to sell the idea, they need a new catchphrase, says Nick Booth, freelance IT and communications writer.

For now, in this sector at least, IoT needs to be a bit less brash and ambitious. We don’t want to see any more flash IT salesmen flaunting their wealth. Acqueon claims its IoT could save the NHS £500 million (€559.72 million) a year. Well, OK, prove it, by taking your payment as a commission on the savings you create.

The savings they are so confident about will come from solving the problem of medication noncompliance – that situation where patients don’t keep taking the pills. This will get worse as our population ages. IoT connected pill boxes don’t miss their doses.

Failing to take medication correctly leads to 200,000 premature deaths in Europe a year. Partly it’s because the old are bamboozled with complicated drug taking regimes. This polypharmacy involves a smorgasboard of pills which have to be taken in varying intervals.

A smart pill box knows when they’ve not been opened and sends automated reminders to the patient. If these messages go answered and the pill box still not opened, the device snitches on you to the clinician who then phones you directly.

Robots are getting old now too. The first robot assistant, the Arthrobot, made its debut in an operating theatre in 1984. Since then, robots have performed surgery on everything in degrees of complexity ranging from eyes and knees to neurosurgery.

Imperial College London created the PROBOT, which first performed prostate surgery at Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospital in 1992. The robots are starting to take on human characteristics.

They’re starting to leave pieces of equipment in the patients, just like their human counterparts. This is all documented in Adverse Events in Robotic Surgery: A Retrospective Study of 14 Years of FDA Data. The authors from University of Illinois, Michigan Institute of Technology and Rush Medical Center compiled the report from MAUDE data (as in Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience).

In a study of 1.74 million robotic surgical procedures – mostly urological or gynaecological – the data recorded 8,061 device malfunctions, 1,391 patient injuries and 144 patient deaths. Adverse incidents included electrical arcing, sparking or charring of instruments and the falling of broken or burnt pieces into the patient’s body. Such incidents were said to have contributed to 119 injuries and one patient death.

“Clearly, operations utilising robotics are not without their risk, says Greg McEwen, partner at insurance law specialist BLM. As he points out, incidents relating to broken or left behind instruments […]

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Huawei appeals for global harmonisation as it releases position paper on 5G spectrum

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By Zenobia Hegde

At the 8th Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum held on November 15th in London, Huawei releases a Position Paper on 5G Spectrum, which presents Huawei’s insights and recommendations on 5G spectrum policy. This paper aims to call upon the industry’s organisations and regulators to facilitate spectrum harmonisation and ensure timely availability for early deployment and large-scale commercial use of 5G.

5G is the next generation of MBB technology, capable of ultra-fast speeds, low latency and excellent reliability. The 5G New Radio (5G-NR) interface can provide superior MBB services for end users anytime and anywhere, while releasing the Internet of Things (IoT). This will enable a diverse range of innovative use cases, such as smart manufacturing, connected cars, smart logistics and wireless home broadband. 5G is poised to create a super connected world.

5G assumes the responsibility of promoting digital transformation throughout society and requires a wide range of spectrum resources. Huawei proposed a multi-layer spectrum approach in consideration of divergent requirements of 5G services and different characteristics of related frequency bands. The “Coverage and Capacity Layer” relies on the 2 to 6 GHz range (e.g. the C-band, 3.3-4.2 and 4.4-5.0 GHz) to deliver the best compromise between capacity and coverage.

This layer will emerge as the world’s first band for the much anticipated commercial deployment of 5G. The “Coverage Layer” exploits the spectrum below 2 GHz (e.g. 700 MHz) providing wide-area and deep indoor coverage. The “Super Data Layer” relies on the spectrum above 6 GHz (e.g. 24.25-29.5 and 37-43.5 GHz) to address specific use cases requiring extremely large capacity and high data rates.

The availability of spectrum resources in the 5G era needs administrations’ planning and allocation of contiguous spectrum. The C-band is the key primary frequency band for the introduction of 5G by 2020. Each operator will need at least 100 MHz contiguous channel bandwidth to support Massive MIMO to boost peak, average, and cell-edge throughput with affordable complexity. The 5G-NR system on the 3.3-3.8 GHz band is expected to be commercially ready by 2018. As the first step of 5G deployment, it is highly recommended that 3.3-3.8 GHz or a portion of it be allocated as soon as practicable.

High frequencies (above 6 GHz) will also play an important role for 5G. Huawei suggests that at least 800 MHz of contiguous spectrum can be allocated to each operator at the initial stages to meet 5G requirements for ultra-high capacity of wireless home broadband (WTTx) and for high mobility especially in hotspot areas.

5G-NR will embrace many new features and technical innovations including LTE/NR uplink spectrum sharing, Massive MIMO, network synchronisation (inter-operator), duplex flexibility, and others. These innovative features and technologies provide an opportunity for regulators to adjust regulations for more efficient and flexible spectrum utilisation.

LTE/NR uplink spectrum sharing lifts the restriction on a single band for both uplink and downlink. For example, the 5G-NR uplink at 3.5 GHz can exploit spectrum resources at 1.8 GHz that have been used for LTE. This scheme allows improved network coverage and spectral efficiency. Regulatory frameworks need to embrace the principle of technology and service […]

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Cisco Shares Rise on Strong Profits

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Cisco Systems reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by gains from its newer businesses such as security, which more than offset the declines in its traditional switches and routers business.

The world’s largest network gear maker forecast second-quarter adjusted profit between 58 cents to 60 cents per share, largely above analysts’ estimate of 58 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company’s shares


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rose 3.2% to $35.20 after market.

Revenue from Cisco’s security business — which offers firewall protection and breach detection systems — rose 8% to $585 million.

Cisco has shifted its focus to newer high-growth areas such as security, Internet of Things and cloud computing like other legacy technology companies.

The company’s net income rose to $2.39 billion, or 48 cents per share, in the first quarter ended Oct. 28, from $2.32 billion, or 46 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Excluding items, the company earned 61 cents per share. Revenue fell 1.7% to $12.14 billion.

Analysts on average had expected Cisco to report a profit of 60 cents per share on revenue of $12.11 billion.

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Digital coupon redemptions to surpass $90 billion by 2022, says Juniper Research

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By Zenobia Hegde

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the value of digital coupon redemptions will surge to $91 billion (€77.15 billion) by 2022, up from $47 billion (€39.85 billion) in 2017.

The new research, Mobile & Online Coupons: Leading Vendors, Technologies & Market Forecasts 2017-2022, finds that the dominant mobile channel will be led by in-app coupon redemptions towards the end of the period, overtaking SMS; a channel which also continues to grow markedly well.

For more insights, download the free whitepaper: ‘Coupons ~ 3 New Technologies Set to Energise Loyalty‘.

Emerging technologies to boost digital loyalty

Juniper finds that the largest volumes of coupon redemptions will be generated via app-based platforms by the end of the period, as providers see increased preference for the loading of both one-time and loyalty-based incentives for use in store. The research identified 3 stand-out technologies showing significant disruptive potential:

Chatbots
QR Codes
Invisible payments

For the first time, Juniper has quantified the volume of chatbot coupons as 25 million this year, with this set to reach 1.1 billion by 2022. The technology will enable greater personalisation of offers; particularly through use via social media, and at a fraction of the cost of using human operatives, and will aid in driving commerce transactions both online, and in store.

Additionally, technologies which streamline the shopping experience, such as invisible payments, or provide additional information and linked offers, such as with QR codes, will greatly enhance the in-store experience, driving footfall for physical retailers.

Mobile to account for nearly 80% of coupon redemptions

The research found that mobile will account for nearly 80% of all coupon redemptions by 2022. It identified the importance of targeted channels; in particular SMS, as research author Lauren Foye explained:“SMS remains a vital channel in reaching consumers, whereby a phone number acts as a unique ID in delivering one-time offers. Consumers are more receptive to personalised offers delivered via this channel, being protected by stringent regulation in Western markets which prevents high volumes of spam, compared to arguably less customer-minded channels such as email.”

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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MarkLogic recognised as a challenger in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

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MarkLogic Corporation, the operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, today announced that the Gartner 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems” positions MarkLogic as a Challenger, positioning it furthest to the right for completeness of vision and highest for ability to execute in the Challengers quadrant.

As the world’s best multi-model database for integrating data from silos, MarkLogic was recognised for the second year-in-a-row as a Challenger. MarkLogic believes that its recognition by Gartner validates that it is the preferred choice for large enterprises and government agencies around the world to build and secure mission critical applications and multi-model database management systems.

“We believe that our position in the latest Gartner report reflects the successful execution of our vision to deliver the world’s best database for integrating data from silos,” said Gary Bloom, CEO of MarkLogic. “And, to us, this ongoing trend is validated by this latest Gartner report. We believe it demonstrates that our enterprise customers are having tremendous success building mission-critical business applications on the MarkLogic® next-generation database platform and that our cloud-neutral approach is working.”

As a reviewer noted on Gartner Peer Insights, “It is responsive and easy to manage and it handles free form data quickly and easily. Our application has a feedback and rating system that does not fit easily into a traditional relational database. MarkLogic makes it simple and easy to gather, store, search and use. There is also a strong user community to support the product.” Large global companies across all industries and government agencies rely on MarkLogic as the next-generation alternative to the decades-old relational database model.

In May 2017, MarkLogic launched MarkLogic 9, the company’s signature NoSQL database platform. MarkLogic 9 provides safe and easy sharing of information with advanced security options that enable element level security, redaction and advanced encryption.

MarkLogic 9 also makes data integration faster and easier with entity services and the updated release of MarkLogic’s open source Data Hub Framework, allowing customers to move mission-critical data integration projects into production faster, and with less cost and risk.

MarkLogic has more than 1,000 global enterprises and government customers relying on the MarkLogic database to gain competitive advantages based on a 360-degree view of their data as well as fuel, and build mission-critical operational and transactional business applications.

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MarkLogic recognised as a challenger in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

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By Zenobia Hegde

MarkLogic Corporation, the operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, today announced that the Gartner 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems” positions MarkLogic as a Challenger, positioning it furthest to the right for completeness of vision and highest for ability to execute in the Challengers quadrant.

As the world’s best multi-model database for integrating data from silos, MarkLogic was recognised for the second year-in-a-row as a Challenger. MarkLogic believes that its recognition by Gartner validates that it is the preferred choice for large enterprises and government agencies around the world to build and secure mission critical applications and multi-model database management systems.

“We believe that our position in the latest Gartner report reflects the successful execution of our vision to deliver the world’s best database for integrating data from silos,” said Gary Bloom, CEO of MarkLogic. “And, to us, this ongoing trend is validated by this latest Gartner report. We believe it demonstrates that our enterprise customers are having tremendous success building mission-critical business applications on the MarkLogic® next-generation database platform and that our cloud-neutral approach is working.”

As a reviewer noted on Gartner Peer Insights, “It is responsive and easy to manage and it handles free form data quickly and easily. Our application has a feedback and rating system that does not fit easily into a traditional relational database. MarkLogic makes it simple and easy to gather, store, search and use. There is also a strong user community to support the product.” Large global companies across all industries and government agencies rely on MarkLogic as the next-generation alternative to the decades-old relational database model.

In May 2017, MarkLogic launched MarkLogic 9, the company’s signature NoSQL database platform. MarkLogic 9 provides safe and easy sharing of information with advanced security options that enable element level security, redaction and advanced encryption.

MarkLogic 9 also makes data integration faster and easier with entity services and the updated release of MarkLogic’s open source Data Hub Framework, allowing customers to move mission-critical data integration projects into production faster, and with less cost and risk.

MarkLogic has more than 1,000 global enterprises and government customers relying on the MarkLogic database to gain competitive advantages based on a 360-degree view of their data as well as fuel, and build mission-critical operational and transactional business applications.

For complimentary access to the 2017 Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems,” please visit this link and for more insight from MarkLogic, visit the website.

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20 Tales, 20 Years

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By Jennifer Bly

We are turning twenty this December, and to celebrate, we wanted to feature some of the wonderful memories we’ve made together as a community over these past two decades. At our most recent meeting, we asked you to share a fond memory or experience you’ve had with ARIN. Here they are. Twenty tales from the last twenty years.


“I’ve been to 15ish meetings. ARIN X was the first one. It was Halloween. Everyone was dressed up. It was not what I expected of Internet governance. I was young and naïve, but it opened my eyes that this isn’t as bad as I thought. This is actually really fun. I think I want to do more of this. So I kept coming back for more and more.”
– Matthew Petach, Aabaco Small Business

“My first ARIN meeting was Albuquerque in 2007. I believe this was our first time entering into that whole environment, and so my totally confused brain didn’t understand much that was going on. What I remember is the ARIN team and staff were extremely welcoming and helpful. They helped us through the whole process and stayed with us and went to a couple of socials. I felt a very welcoming environment, and, to me, that has been a hallmark of ARIN throughout the years. People of very high integrity and very welcoming of everybody.” – Stephen Lee, ArkiTechs Inc.

“We used to have this gong that they would use to tell us it was time to come back into the meeting. And John used to have this habit of putting the gong in front of a microphone. And ofcourse, bad things happened. At one point, someone who shall remain nameless, submitted a policy proposal to ban amplification of gongs at ARIN meetings. And then at a subsequent meeting Marla Azinger and a couple other people absconded with the gong and then at the end of the meeting there was this really cool presentation of all the things the gong had gone on and done. It had quite the adventure around the meeting location.” – Owen DeLong, Akamai

“The first meeting I attended was ARIN XXVI in Atlanta. I was asked to come to a meeting on behalf of a client to promote the need for a numbering policy that would meet the unique needs of Canadian ISPs who could compete over cable platforms. In order to do my work, I had many discussions with community participants, as well as Advisory Council and Board members and ARIN staff. Besides feeling like they genuinely cared about the issue I was bringing to them, they made me feel extremely welcome as a human being. The community embraced me with open arms. I was also extremely impressed by how the Policy Development Process was designed and implemented. By the end of that meeting I was hooked! I started coming to ARIN meetings regularly (only missing a couple of meetings since then), and with one or two exceptions, I attended the meetings completely at my own expense until I was elected to the AC. I am extremely happy to be part of the ARIN Community!”
– Christian Tacit, Tacit Law

“This is my 35th consecutive ARIN meeting. Every April and October since 2000, I’ve been going to ARIN meetings. I keep coming because it’s been great for my career. I get to meet many people in the industry. It makes me happy to come here. My favorite ARIN meeting amongst so many is hard to pick. I will admit they all kind of blend together, although I do remember the social at my very first meeting where we had a murder mystery with various ARIN staff being tagged as the potential murderer which was kind of fun.” – Andrew Dul, CrowdStrike

“My most favorite thing is the sense of welcome and inclusion I got when I went to my first ARIN meeting. When I went to New Orleans, I was blown away by how friendly everybody was, the staff, the community. I was so impressed by how ARIN is so service-oriented. And that’s a value we have at Canarie, but you guys demonstrate it in spades. I think it’s amazing.” – Nancy Carter CFO, Canarie

“I attended one ARIN on the Road in Calgary two years ago, and I became really interested in what ARIN was. Before, even though I worked with universities and was involved, it was kind of nebulous, kind of vague to understand what ARIN was doing. I got the opportunity to apply for a fellowship, and I am really happy to be here. It was really enlightening to see other fellows and to make contact. I’m glad to be here.” – Adrian Schmidt, Burman University

“I first decided to run for an AC seat at the Jamaica ARIN meeting. Someone said that I should start kissing babies now. Someone else said, “Oh look there’s Jason and his baby”. Within seconds the baby was brought over for me to kiss. I look more uncomfortable than the baby does in the photo. It went to Facebook and was widely mocked, appropriately though.” – Chris Woodfield, Salesforce

“I’ve been to 14 ARIN meetings. One of the things I like about going to ARIN conferences, other than seeing the people who are here, is that it’s always somewhere different. A lot of places it’s somewhere you don’t think you’re going to end up, so Iowa could end up being something super cool. But then you go to places like Jamaica where there are different activities. There was the one time where we went and swam with the dolphins. It almost gives you a mini adventure, because you are always going somewhere different and you don’t know what you’re going to run into when you get there.” – Kathleen Hunter, Comcast

“I’ve been to 39 ARIN meetings. My favorite ARIN meeting was over Halloween. Two things happened: 1. Stacy Hughes was Mae West which is a really funny networking joke because we had MAE-West and she was Mae West. 2. Lyric Apted was the elf. It was right after September 11th and we were flying home, and she came out of security screening holding her whole costume like it was not a good day for elves. It was really funny. So we all had costumes. It was super fun.”
– Cathy Aronson, Daydream Imagery LLC

“This is my second ARIN meeting, both with the fellowship group. I just think it’s fantastic that there’s an organization like ARIN that’s willing to make it possible for people who would really have a hard time justifying coming to an event like this and participating in the policy process. Participating remotely is fine, but in person is better. I’m a person who really enjoys policy and those kinds of discussions and nuances. I need to see the process in person. So thanks ARIN for making that happen.” – Frank Bulk, Premier Communications Inc.

“I’ve been to six ARIN conferences, the first one was Toronto. I’d say the best one was in Puerto Rico where they had the casino night. It was an awesome time. It was a lot of fun.” – Marc Lindsey, Avenue4 LLC

“This is my third ARIN meeting. I typically do not have strong opinion on most of the discussion either way, but I find it very amusing and interesting to listen to other people argue with each other while they seem to mostly agree with each other. It’s always interesting to hear. It feels good to understand what all is going on as far as policy at ARIN. So I’m always glad to be here.” – Colin Baker, SupraNet Communications, Inc

“I have always been fascinated how they do the policy discussions in these meetings, I’ve never experienced that before, and it really was a way for me to see the involvement of the community and bottom-up input for policy discussion, so for me that always stands out in my mind and always will. Also attending the Women’s Networking lunch – that to me is just amazing. The last three ARIN meetings, I have been to each one of them. And the other thing is the mentors, my mentor was Cathy Aronson when I came as a fellow the first time, and she is just amazing. The whole mentorship program is just very, very helpful.” – Leah Symekher, Board Advisor & Consultant/NARALO Representative SFBay Area ISOC Chapter

“I happen to work with Phil Benchoff who happened to create the legacy IP only stickers with the Amish buggy and horse on it. I was at an ARIN meeting and had one of these stickers given
to me with a business card. It’s kind of interesting that these have come full circle. We’re IPv6. Go IPv6!” – Brian Jones, Virginia Tech

“I’ve been to a lot of ARIN meetings, because I think I got a reputation for not saying stupid things. I was on the Board for a while, and we did a series of long late-night meetings because there was nobody saying that we should stop. We should just keep working until our work is done. So we had a series of meetings where we were overhauling the bylaws and at about 3 or 4 in the morning we were just sort of saying maybe it’s time to call it a night, so we were ready for the Members Meeting in the morning. Members are who we need to serve, and maybe we should be awake for that.” – Lee Howard, Retevia

“This is my first ARIN meeting and my first RIR meeting actually. I think it’s great. I was at the newcomer’s session. It was a very solid introduction of ARIN and basically the procedures, the policy making, everything. Then I was at today’s meeting the whole day. I saw people debate over policy and argue with each other. It was fun. I met a lot of people at the social events and the food was really good.”
– Paula Wang, ICANN

“I always remember my first memories at ARIN. The ARIN offices were trying to get AFRINIC off the ground. It was a very special experience seeing everybody putting in their time and energy and thoughts to make sure that AFRNIC could get started. So, coming to ARIN meetings always reminds me of that. It’s very special.”
– Ernest Byaruhanga, AFRINIC

“This is my second ARIN meeting. I find the format of the meeting held by ARIN a little different than how we do it at APNIC. There are always new things to learn when you go to the other RIR meetings. From the experience of our colleagues, being sure there is a synergy between RIRs. I like ARIN meetings for that purpose.”
– Roopinder Singh Perhar, APNIC

“I’ve been to eight meetings and my favorite ARIN meeting was my first meeting as a fellow and I had the trifecta of Leslie Nobile, Cathy Aronson, and Leif Sawyer all sitting around me and encouraging me to go to the microphone to ask a question. I did it. And that started it all.” – Alison Wood, State of Oregon

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Cisco announces $1 billion program for smart cities

By Zenobia Hegde

So-called “smart cities” have less pollution, safer streets, and better quality of life for citizens. But many finance officers struggle to fund the upgrades that will make their cities smart. To help, Cisco introduced the City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program.

It is a $1 billion (€0.85 billion) program aimed to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for cities around the world to fund and adopt technologies that will transform their communities.

The funding will be provided through Cisco Capital® in partnership with private equity firm Digital Alpha Advisors and pension fund investors APG Asset Management (APG) and Whitehelm Capital.

“Funding is a major stumbling block for municipalities beginning their smart city transformation,” said Anil Menon, Global president of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities. “With our partners, Cisco will bring the capital and expertise it takes to make smart city projects a reality. Digital Alpha, APG, and Whitehelm Capital bring a fresh perspective on investment in an area that has previously been perceived as too new and, therefore, too difficult to finance.”

Anil Menon

The program helps cities assemble the right type or suite of finance instruments to fund and deploy innovative technology with minimal initial investment. Whether a city is looking to reduce energy usage, ease traffic and parking, or boost public transportation ridership and revenues, the program will help cities with solutions.

Revenue-share financing, for instance, even allows a city to tie financing to desired outcomes and extend future operating budgets through revenue streams from the new services that a digitised infrastructure makes possible.

Additionally, today at the Smart City Expo World Congress, Cisco is announcing added functionality to its newly renamed connected digital platform, Cisco® Kinetic for Cities, which integrated with the Cisco Kinetic IoT data platform. The new features provide enhanced support for public safety.

From the new full-policy automation options to an improved dashboard with integrated video, updates to the platform put citizen safety first. Real-time notification of emergency information now draws on additional IoT data sources and Cisco Spark™ Collaboration, enabling faster emergency response. For more information about the latest additions to Cisco Kinetic for Cities, click here.

Terry Yates

Cisco has also announced new purchasing options for Cisco Kinetic for Cities, including prepackaged starter solutions, which combine the Cisco IoT data platform, solution, and services with those from our ecosystem partners into ready-to-roll-out, end-to-end solution suites.

Cisco has added a number of new Cisco Kinetic for Cities customers. The Town of Cary, North Carolina, for instance, has created a “Living Lab” providing smart city technologies to improve the lives of citizens. Using the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform, town officials can actively monitor the number of available parking spots—particularly spots for the handicapped—to gauge use and help with planning.

“The Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform provides us the tools we need to positively affect our citizens’ lives,” said Terry Yates, Infrastructure and network manager, Town of Cary, North Carolina. For additional information about Cary’s Cisco Kinetic Smart City efforts, reference this blog: Town of Cary, NC: Using Insights for Parking Improvements.

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Cisco announces $1 billion program for smart cities

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By Zenobia Hegde

So-called “smart cities” have less pollution, safer streets, and better quality of life for citizens. But many finance officers struggle to fund the upgrades that will make their cities smart. To help, Cisco introduced the City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program.

It is a $1 billion (€0.85 billion) program aimed to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for cities around the world to fund and adopt technologies that will transform their communities.

The funding will be provided through Cisco Capital® in partnership with private equity firm Digital Alpha Advisors and pension fund investors APG Asset Management (APG) and Whitehelm Capital.

“Funding is a major stumbling block for municipalities beginning their smart city transformation,” said Anil Menon, Global president of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities. “With our partners, Cisco will bring the capital and expertise it takes to make smart city projects a reality. Digital Alpha, APG, and Whitehelm Capital bring a fresh perspective on investment in an area that has previously been perceived as too new and, therefore, too difficult to finance.”

Anil Menon

The program helps cities assemble the right type or suite of finance instruments to fund and deploy innovative technology with minimal initial investment. Whether a city is looking to reduce energy usage, ease traffic and parking, or boost public transportation ridership and revenues, the program will help cities with solutions.

Revenue-share financing, for instance, even allows a city to tie financing to desired outcomes and extend future operating budgets through revenue streams from the new services that a digitised infrastructure makes possible.

Additionally, today at the Smart City Expo World Congress, Cisco is announcing added functionality to its newly renamed connected digital platform, Cisco® Kinetic for Cities, which integrated with the Cisco Kinetic IoT data platform. The new features provide enhanced support for public safety.

From the new full-policy automation options to an improved dashboard with integrated video, updates to the platform put citizen safety first. Real-time notification of emergency information now draws on additional IoT data sources and Cisco Spark™ Collaboration, enabling faster emergency response. For more information about the latest additions to Cisco Kinetic for Cities, click here.

Terry Yates

Cisco has also announced new purchasing options for Cisco Kinetic for Cities, including prepackaged starter solutions, which combine the Cisco IoT data platform, solution, and services with those from our ecosystem partners into ready-to-roll-out, end-to-end solution suites.

Cisco has added a number of new Cisco Kinetic for Cities customers. The Town of Cary, North Carolina, for instance, has created a “Living Lab” providing smart city technologies to improve the lives of citizens. Using the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform, town officials can actively monitor the number of available parking spots—particularly spots for the handicapped—to gauge use and help with planning.

“The Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform provides us the tools we need to positively affect our citizens’ lives,” said Terry Yates, Infrastructure and network manager, Town of Cary, North Carolina. For additional information about Cary’s Cisco Kinetic Smart City efforts, reference this blog: Town of Cary, NC: Using Insights for Parking Improvements.

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