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Cisco opens new regional HQ

F.Y. Teng | April 17, 2013
The networking vendor also celebrates its two decades in Singapore.

Networking vendor Cisco Systems, Inc. officially opened its new headquarters for operations in Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China on Wednesday (April 17, 2013), hosting Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information, and Ministry of Education, Sim Ann, as the guest of honour.

Located in Changi Business Park, Singapore, the office will serve as the base for about 1,000 Cisco employees who will see to the company's various operations, including "sales, marketing, human resources, finance and [the delivery of] Cisco services [for Singapore and the rest of the region]," said the company's executives in a statement on Wednesday.

"It will also feature a Customer Briefing Center [CBC], where Cisco's latest technologies and solutions are available for demonstrations to, and proof-of-concepts with customers and partners," they added, before citing a number of their new office's notable features, including its "intelligent building structures."

In particular, they highlighted their company's "green initiatives." Among them:-
* "Using Cisco TelePresence to reduce global travel, [thereby saving up to] 700,000 tons of attributable CO2 emissions"
* "Implementing motion based sensors for energy efficient control of lighting"
* Running "quarterly e-waste exercise[s], [and seeing to the responsible disposal of electronics] and [driving] recycling [programmes] where possible"
* "Power[ing] down system[s]: [ensuring] IP phone screens are switched off after hours and on weekends"
* "Reduc[ing] paper use [by enforcing] badge and password-access printing [policies] to limit waste"
* Combining the practice of "utilization-based space allocation with mobility technologies [to] enable employees to sit at any desk, on any floor, hence reducing real estate footpring, using less infrastructure resources, and providing flexibility to allow for team expansion."

At the office opening, Cisco executives celebrated their company's 20 years of operation in Singapore, counting the ways it had contributed to bringing mass connectivity to the island-state's populace, as well as to social work and education in the country.

"Singapore stands out as a shining model in the world of what can be achieved by a n economy through information and communications technologies. Singapore's vision is very much aligned with Cisco's especially when it comes to Internet and education, two of the great equalizers in life," said Cisco President and COO Gary Moore. "These have formed the foundation for Singapore's success and Cisco is proud to have played a role in both of them from building the Internet infrastructure to developing the skills in young Singaporeans through the Cisco Networking Academy program."


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