Author Archives: Rick Huijbregts

About Rick Huijbregts

As Vice President, Smart Connected Communities, Rick Huijbregts leads the development of Cisco Canada’s Smart Connected Communities practice including Smart Connected Real Estate. Huijbregts is responsible for accelerating the growth of this industry in Canada. Huijbregts holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnical University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management. En tant que vice-président, Communautés Smart+Connected, Rick Huijbregts est chargé de l’expansion de Communautés Smart+Connected de Cisco Canada, y compris de Smart+Connected Real Estate. À ce titre, il lui incombe de stimuler la croissance de cette industrie au Canada. M. Huijbregts détient un baccalauréat en gestion de construction de l´université polytechnique de Tilburg, aux Pays-Bas, une maîtrise en aménagement immobilier et en gestion de projet de l´université de Delft, aux Pays-Bas, ainsi qu´un doctorat de l´université Harvard avec spécialisation en technologie immobilière et en gestion de placements.

Announcing our Canadian partnership with Schneider Electric

The first day of spring seems like the perfect time to formally announce a Canadian partnership which will create new opportunities for sustainable development and innovation. Today, together with Schneider Electric, we announced a Canadian partnership that will create new … Continue reading

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New Cisco IoE Innovation Center a Catalyst of Opportunity

Today it was my pleasure to participate in one of the most exciting announcements so far this year: Toronto has been selected as the location for one of four global Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centers, and will serve … Continue reading

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Technology for a sustainable future of our communities

Cisco shares the passion for a greener and more sustainable future, and we have been the proud event sponsor for Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Conference for several years now. Canada is poised to be a nation of … Continue reading

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The Security of Networked infrastructure and Intelligent Communities

This is the first of a short series of blogs on topics that continue to be raised in my travels and interactions with customers and stakeholders of intelligent communities. Very often, our discussions focus on cost and funding models, stakeholder engagement, … Continue reading

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Smart cities, good or bad?

This was written in response to a live debate hosted by the Economist on Smart Cities. Two debaters at the opposite site of the spectrum–one making a living of his argument how big IT companies aren’t doing our Cities any … Continue reading

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Smart + Connected in Canada: An Intelligent Communities TweetChat

If you have been following the building and technology industry the past few years, it will come as no surprise to hear that Canada is a leader in smart cities. From coast to coast – literally – from Fredericton to … Continue reading

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The Twenty-one Smartest: Intelligent Communities

On Monday October 21st, the ICF (Intelligent Community Forum) announced its 2014 “Smart 21″. The ICF selects 21 communities after an in-depth review of hundreds of submissions by towns, cities, and regions from across the world that demonstrate excellence in … Continue reading

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Why we need free Wi-Fi in our cities

The National Post occasionally publishes an “everything you need to know about a complicated issue” feature, and last month I read about free public Wi-Fi but I couldn’t help thinking that there’s nothing complicated about it. The article examines Councillor … Continue reading

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Next-Gen Canadian Infrastructure Depends on A Highway Built of Bits and Bytes

In a recent Globe and Mail article, four reputable Canadians present ideas to build a stronger Canada through better infrastructure: Adrienne Clarkson calls for better Canadian rail infrastructure and believes there is much room to improve upon and increase the … Continue reading

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Cisco Canada’s Connect Roadshow: Fueling Innovation with the Internet of Everything

With Victor Woo, General Manger, Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada The world we live in is becoming increasingly complex and increasingly connected. More than 12 billion people and things are communicating today via Internet Protocol (IP) over the Internet; yet we … Continue reading

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