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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…


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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.

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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…

Cisco UK & Ireland

Your First Year is On Us...

Euro 2016 is in full swing, and Europe is absorbed in football fever once again.

And as is often the case with the world’s best-loved sport, there’s rarely any part of the globe that isn’t tuned in – and right now it’s the same in North America, with the Copa America Centenario having just blown the whistle on an exciting final.

But it’s not just the beautiful game that has fans excited. Many are also enjoying a connected stadium experience for the first time, making live matches more engaging, connected and digitally immersive than ever before.

Cisco has deployed this technology in more than 350 stadiums in 40 countries around the world. We see first-hand the biggest demand from fans globally is the ability to have more reliable mobile connectivity to share their passion for the game, check player and match statistics, and experience a match like never before.

Bringing together communication, entertainment, and operations all onto one single connected stadium platform can add huge benefits to the live fan experience while creating new efficiencies and commercial opportunities for businesses.

The modern, increasingly digital sports fan craves convenience – parking that is easy to find, accessible local and stadium amenities, and the ability to find their friends in huge crowds.

Fans also want a more immersive live sports experience – with access to the right content, in the right context, and augmented within the event itself.

A connected stadium also looks at how to convert massive volumes of digital interactions into deeper fan and operational insights that fuel new business opportunities, while also having a contextually aware conversation with fans.

For us at Cisco, we invest a lot of time, energy and R&D into developing the right digital solutions that create ‘value-add’ for supporters, sports clubs, and sponsors.

Let me bring this to life with some of the great work we’ve done so far across Europe…

In Turkey, Beşiktaş JK and Vodafone partnered with Cisco to build the first smart and connected stadium in the country, the 42,000-seat Vodafone Arena. Fans attending are able to enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi and rich digital content on HD screens all around the facility.

In Wales, Principality Stadium offers a unique fan experience when over 70,000 sports fans descend on the Cardiff city centre ground for a major event.

The connected stadium has been able to encourage match-goers to arrive earlier and hang around later once a match has finished. Cisco StadiumVision delivers unique content to HD displays for die-hard supporters in fan zones to extend their experience (where they can also buy a drink), resulting in overall dwell time increasing by 90 minutes.

This has big pluses for the commercial model of sport, while giving the connected fan what they want. It creates new revenue streams for sports clubs, as well as also new advertising categories for sponsors – helping brands reach larger audiences in more engaging ways.

In Sweden and Norway, where the football leagues are looking to increase overall attendance, connected stadium strategies are focused on motivating younger generations to get back into football grounds.

So to entice digital natives in, the solution offers up unique digital content, services and experiences only available at the match, which helps to drive and encourage ticket sales.

Whether it’s in Cardiff, Wales, Stavanger, Norway or Denver, Colorado, forward-thinking sports and entertainment customers are digitally transforming their businesses and providing new levels of fan experiences today. Learn more here.

What’s driving this change in sport, similar to any other consumer-focused sector, are lifestyle trends where people desire to be more connected than ever before.

Truly, there’s never been a better time to be a connected sports fan.


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