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Across the UK, we’ve been experiencing one of most severe winters we’ve seen for several years. Combined with a particularly virulent flu season, the odds have been well and truly stacked against an already over-stretched NHS.

No doubt, we’ve all seen press stories on how A&E departments have been forced to treat patients in corridors as surgery waiting lists rise. That’s why I was so pleased to be involved in a recent project that resulted in a new hospital opening on time and on budget.

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary boasts some of the most up-to-date technology currently available within the NHS. This includes medical grade ubiquitous WiFi throughout, which has been fully tested and accepted – and is available to all patients and staff.

Read more on the Cisco website…


Open Innovation challenges to transform Manchester with smart technologies

Source - Cisco

Wireless Networks


If you are struggling to manage and maintain your current network, then you may be looking at Wireless Networks in the wrong way.

See thing’s our way… Read more about Wireless Networks on our website.


The What and When of IoT Adoption

One country’s regulator shakes its crystal ball…

Take-away: The IoT market structure in a 2017 UK Ofcom report provides a framework that spans segmentation by business (B2B) and consumer (B2C), public and private sector.

IoT: what and when?

Do you know which market sectors will adopt the Internet-of-Things (IoT) most rapidly? Industry authors have asked this question in the context of business (B2B) and consumer (B2C) markets. [1] It will also be one of the topics of debate as Cisco brings together industry experts at the IoT World Forum (22-24 May, 2017).

Although policy makers and regulators have published reports on the importance of IoT within their jurisdictions, [2] there has been a reluctance by this type of organisation to commit to forecasts. As recently as January 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce could justify a wait-and-see approach, by referring to “premature [IoT] quantification and metrics”.

The commissioning of a report by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom indicates a pioneering willingness by a national regulator to forecast the scale of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Read the full article online

(Source - CISCO)

Keeping hospital patients connected – one family’s Wi-Fi experience

For those who follow me on social media or listen to my podcasts, you’ll know that I am an unashamed geek – and that much of the time, I geek-out defiantly about Wi-Fi.

But until my mother went into hospital for a routine operation, it hadn’t occurred to me how much my family and I would end up relying on Wi-Fi. I could spend the rest of this blog discussing how the hospital uses Wi-Fi to connect medical devices, clinical staff and monitor equipment. This is of course correct, but what I want to talk about is the positive impact Wi-Fi has had on my family.

The hospital in question has Wi-Fi everywhere – and I mean everywhere. And they allow access to patients and visitors, simply and easily with just a couple of clicks. This is especially helpful because my mum isn’t young, so needs to be able to connect her tablet device to the internet quickly and easily.

Keeping her connected to the whole family is hugely important, and being able to use her tablet for video calls with her children and grandchildren helps keep her happy.

Sounds easy – but is it?

However, while making a video call might be simple at home, with just a handful of devices connected to your home network, it’s a different story in a hospital setting.  Here there are multitudes of patient and visitor devices plus staff and clinical devices, all relying on the Wi-Fi access, with many of them critical to the quality of patient care.

Achieving a great experience for virtually everyone and everything in the building isn’t easy therefore, but this NHS Trust has worked hard to design and build a Wi-Fi network that is second to none. Some of the best practices it uses are covered in my podcast with some of Cisco’s top Wi-Fi experts:

And in a week when we’ve learned that phone services in NHS hospitals are costing as much as 50p a minute and a month’s worth of bedside TV services can cost as much as an annual TV licence fee, the Wi-Fi access for patients and loved ones becomes even more important.

Read more online…

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Making video easy with the cloud

It is well proven that video collaboration can help reduce travel costs and increase productivity and innovation. As this Forbes Insights research paper concludes: “Video energises communication and collaboration across all industries and all sizes of companies. It not only reduces or eliminates travel costs, but it also opens up new opportunities for business growth, faster time to market, increased productivity and accelerated innovation. Video makes face-to-face interactions a reality again—a powerful way to build business relationships. Bringing people together at critical moments is crucial to extend and scale the value of organisations’ core resource: people.”

The historic challenges with video have been the lack of user adoption and the cost and complexity of the infrastructure required. Adoption of video is intrinsically linked to the user experience, and that is where Cisco has made a huge impact with the latest generation of video endpoints designed to be easy to use for anyone. Cisco’s design-led and user experience focused approach has been validated by receiving eight prestigious Red Dot Awards for these products.

There have been a lot of improvements to Cisco’s on premises architecture for video which makes it simpler to deploy, and the breadth of features and flexibility available with this will still be preferred by many businesses. However the growing trend for cloud delivered SaaS (Software as a Service) now gives organisations a choice to go with hybrid deployments (on premises infrastructure components coupled with cloud services, providing a unified user experience) or pure cloud.

The two key services required for video to work are bridging (to allow for three or more parties in a meeting) and endpoint registration. Both of these are now available as SaaS delivered from the Cisco Collaboration Cloud. Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) Cloud has been available for a while and provides video bridging integrated with WebEx Meeting Center, allowing people to join from any SIP or H.323 device, Microsoft Lync / Skype for Business, and browser or mobile with the WebEx client. And as of 1st July in Europe, Cisco video room systems can now register to the Cisco Collaboration Cloud.

Cisco Spark Room Systems supports cloud registration of the latest generation of video room systems running Spark Room OS. The supported systems include codecs, multipurpose room and desktop endpoints: SX10N, SX20N, SX80, MX200 G2, MX300 G2, MX700, MX800, DX70, DX80. Set up of an endpoint is extremely simple and only takes a few minutes — power on, enter an activation code when prompted and it will register with the Cisco Collaboration Cloud.

As well as not requiring any on premises infrastructure, Spark Room Systems takes user experience to a new level. The Cisco Spark app (mobile and desktop) can automatically pair with Spark Room OS systems using ultrasound through the Spark Proximity feature. This allows users to interact with the video endpoint through the Spark app — call Spark contacts, search the corporate directory and start and join meetings in Spark rooms along with CMR Cloud meetings. Active calls can be moved seamlessly between Spark Room OS endpoints and the Spark app, allowing people to join a meeting from wherever they are and move around. Content can be shared wirelessly from the Spark desktop app so there’s no need to physically connect your PC or Mac to the endpoint.

Spark Proximity

For iPhone and iPad users this is going to get even better this autumn with the release of iOS 10. Cisco and Apple announced a strategic partnership in 2015 and have since been working together closely to provide the best business mobility experience possible. With iOS 10 the Spark app will leverage new iOS APIs on the iPhone and iPad to allow users to make video calls from the native dialler. This means you will be able to start a video call on a Spark Room OS endpoint (through Spark Proximity) in the same way as you place a normal call on your iPhone and iPad (using contacts, recent and favourites) — everyone knows how to make calls on their personal devices so it can’t get any easier than that!

There has never been a better time for businesses to use video collaboration. Cisco provides a best in class video user experience and a full breadth of deployment options, from fully on premises through hybrid all the way to pure cloud.

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