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CISCO BLOG

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

MLR Networks at HOSPACE 2016 – 10th November

MLR Networks is delighted to announce their sponsorship of HOSPACE 2016 for the second year running.

HOSPACE 2016 is a one day annual conference and exhibition hosted by HOSPA, the UK’s leading educational organisation for Professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management and IT within the hospitality industry.

At the exhibition, MLR Networks, with its partner Zhone Technologies,  will be showcasing passive optical networking, a revolutionary approach to delivering more in-room IP services such as IP voice and IP TV for guests using a fibre backbone.  The solution reduces the floor space required for remote cabinets and lowering IT energy consumption costs.   Come along to learn how a major UK hotel has used passive optical networking to provide more in-room IP services for guests, without any additional cabinet space or extra containment for cabling.

MLR Networks has a long history of working in the hospitality industry, having worked with most of the major 5 star hotels in London and with groups such as De Vere Group, Village Hotels and Morgans Group.

Get involved by searching for #HOSPACE2016 and #HOSPACE on twitter. Follow us on Twitter to stay updated on the exhibition.

Halton and Warrington Business Fair 2016  -  3rd November

MLR Networks is delighted to be exhibiting at the Halton and Warrington Business Fair on 3rd November at the Select Stadium in Widnes.  It’s the first time MLR Networks has attended the fair and we’re looking forward to meeting some of our fellow Halton businesses to talk about data cabling, wireless networks and telephony solutions.

Halton and Warrington Business Fair is a showcase for local businesses running since 2008.  It’s free to attend and visitors can attend one of the many interesting and informative workshops at the event.  To pre-register for your ticket, please click here and complete the online form.

Your First Year is On Us...

Visit our stand

MLR Networks is delighted to be exhibiting at The Connected Stadium Summit on 25th and 26th October at Wembley Stadium.  The Summit provides a uniquely focused and realistic view on how to ensure ICT investments deliver. It is an opportunity to find inspiration and business partners around best practice ICT strategies, how to lure fans away from home big-screen TVs, boost revenues and meet/exceed expectations across the board with the latest technologies.

At the Connected Stadium Summit, MLR Networks with Nokia, will showcase passive optical LAN, a revolutionary approach to delivering IP connectivity for back office, retail and customer services over a fibre backbone.  Passive optical networks can deliver voice, data and video over a single fibre optic cable, reducing the need for remote cabinets and lowering IT energy consumption and costs.

MLR Networks is a network infrastructure specialist with a wealth of experience delivering large scale networking projects in leisure and hospitality.

Sponsoring Hospitality…

MLR Networks are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the weekly chat #HospitalityHour hosted on the social media platform Twitter.

This weekly hour (every Monday 5pm-6pm) is aimed at those that operate in and around the hospitality industry including Hotels - Leisure - Event Planning - Tourism & more.

To join in you simply need use the hashtag #HospitalityHour during the day/times mentioned above to promote your business and the industry as a whole.

The first #HospitalityHour starts on 7th November 2016.

MLR Networks have extensive experience working in this industry…

Visit our website to read a case study about how we have helped a hotel group improve their connectivity.

Source - Cisco UK&I - Latest Blog below:

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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