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Agents of Change: Cisco

Jack Loo | Jan. 28, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have networking specialist Cisco.

This example of technology-enabled healthcare makes hospitals more efficient, cost effective and competitive as they are able to reduce waiting time, care for more patients and reach a wide network of citizenry.

With intelligent systems, organisations will be better able to manage resources, which in turn will help make these systems less resource intensive and more sustainable. For example, using intelligent building management solutions that are built with Cisco networking technologies, building managers will have access to a wider range of information and deeper control of building systems. This intelligence and control would translate to an optimised use of resource such as energy consumption.

Internet of Things

We believe that the future, and tomorrow, starts here - where things are increasingly connected to the network and ultimately we will see society move from the "Internet of things" to the 'Internet of Everything'. This will see things gain context awareness, increased processing power, and greater sensing abilities. This in turn will demand a distributed, application-centric networking, computing and storage platform. Cisco is embracing this phenomenon by taking a holistic approach through a range of technology, from networking equipment, to data centres, to servers and networking software.

While currently 99 percent of things in the physical world are still not connected to the Internet, we expect that to change, with 37 billion intelligent things being connected to the Internet by 2020. What this means is that the physical world will become more connected and enmeshed to the Internet, ultimately giving them the potential to become connected and intelligent.

Customers are asking for networks that are far more robust in terms of managing larger data workloads. This has to be addressed on two fronts, the physical infrastructure and the IT infrastructure. The physical infrastructure needs to support the greater number of devices that need to connect to the Internet, and the IT infrastructure needs to manage the larger flow of data.

With the greater number of devices connecting to the Internet and the increased amount of data available, there is potential for things to become more "intelligent" through analytics and algorithms.

For example, City planners in Songdo, South Korea are integrating smart networking technologies that aim to improve the quality of life through connecting the various systems, such as public transportation and power, around the city together. This provides them with an in-depth control and intelligence over these systems, and helps optimise resources.       

Another example is the concept of a "Connected Vehicle", in which a car could receive firmware upgrades over a network, or communicate with other cars to help prevent crashes.


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