The Countdown is on! One Year Countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games!

Nathan Phillips Square will come alive with an exciting festival on Friday, July 11 as we kick off celebrations marking one year to go until the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The festival will begin Friday, July 11 at 11:45am with the unveiling of the state-of-the-art Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock.


We want YOU to be there! Cisco has redesigned the traditional countdown clock into an innovative social hub located in the heart of Nathan Phillips Square. It’s an Internet of Everything social portal with a number of exciting, interactive features that will constantly evolve up to, and during, the Games.
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Encouraging Girls in Engineering: Investing in our Future


When academia and industry partner together you get “Feats of Engineering,” a program to encourage enrolment and career opportunities for young women in engineering.

On June 11th we had the privilege to host Youth Think Tank members Claire and Vikki and Ryerson student Stephanie at our Cisco Canada headquarters in downtown Toronto. We were just a little excited – here are the students showing off their new Cisco ICAN shirts with Associate Systems Engineers Alice Okundaye and Sam Yiu.

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After a short welcome and introduction to Cisco the students were put to work configuring a Cisco Telepresence unit. They used the same unit to have a videoconference with Cisco Engineer, Casey Kewais, located in our office in Kanata, Ontario. Continue reading

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The Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA) is your Answer to the Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL)

The recent introduction of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) requires Canadian companies to verify whether individuals have given permission to receive messages that may be marketing or otherwise considered SPAM.

The Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA) has several built-in features to help companies adhere to CASL guidelines. The Outbound controls on the ESA are focused on ensuring senders are not seen as a SPAM source and that messages to clients are validated against data sources. Optional settings such as Per-sender Throttling and High Volume Mail Detection can also assist in ensuring no unauthorized individuals can send bulk email. The following list details some of the built-in features that can be enabled for outbound mail.  Continue reading

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A Thousand and One Uses for Video Cameras in Cities

Video cameras are becoming more and more common in cities around the world. In fact, cameras are no longer reserved for the police, who traditionally use them to discourage criminal activity and assist investigations. They are used for many different reasons. For example, images obtained from cameras installed around a group of buildings can be useful to the Ministry of Transportation for managing traffic; to the highway department for optimizing snow removal; to municipal services for managing special events or optimizing the use of parking space…

The concept of a “smart city” calls for more use of video. Furthermore, a study conducted last year by IHS revealed that the video surveillance market will generate revenues of 20.5 billion dollars in 2016, an increase of 114% compared to the 9.6 billion reported in 2010.  Continue reading

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Internet of Things for Buildings (BIoT)

Almost nine years ago, I joined Cisco in its corporate real estate department. The team I joined was tasked to look at innovative ways to reduce the need and improve the utilization of slightly less than 20 million sq.ft of corporate real estate. I’d like to believe that this is where the Cisco Smart + Connected Real Estate practice was born. Now, almost nine years later and after several departmental and international job-role changes, I am still close to the transformation of the real estate industry.

My role has since expanded, but I am still passionate about the opportunities in front of us to help the construction and real estate industry embrace technology and innovation as it looks to improve productivity and efficiency in what is still a conventional industry.

I’d like to believe that we have taken the transformation to a whole new level in the Canadian marketplace, where I ended up settling after a few international stints.

One of the proof points for Canada’s success in real estate transformation, I believe, is the fact that the flight I am on from Toronto to Las Vegas is full of Canadians from the construction and real estate industry, and from the IT sector that supports the industry’s transformation. We are on our way to Realcomm.  Continue reading

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What Every Business Needs to Know, Now, About the Future of Work

Previously I’ve written about how the way we work is changing. Specifically, I said that work is more interconnected than ever before.

And it’s true. Think about all the ways you communicate with your colleagues and how they communicate with you. It’s changed greatly over the last decade as videoconferencing and remote working have become pervasive.

But how we collaborate with colleagues still pales in comparison to how we collaborate in our personal lives. Think about your family and friends and how seamless the experience is when you communicate. Devices with single-button design. Video in the palm of your hand. User interfaces that are simple and intuitive.

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How far we’ve come: Cisco and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Hundreds of Smart Communities, and thousands of municipal leaders from across the country, embarked on Niagara Falls May 29 – June 3, 2014. During a jam-packed five-day event, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) hosted its Annual Conference and Tradeshow. One of the highlights was FCM’s Annual General Meeting, during which Mayor Brad Woodside of Fredericton was installed as FCM’s new president.

In between the prominent speakers from Federal and Provincial governments, including Federal PM hopeful (2015) Justin Trudeau, FCM again pulled together a full agenda of industry and policy break-out sessions to help facilitate the dialogue between municipalities and their leadership, and drive the shared message of growth, development and engagement.

Left to right: John Longbottom (Canadian Smarter Cities Strategy Leader,  IBM), Gary Burroughs (Regional Chair, Niagara Region), Jim Diodati (Mayor, City of Niagara Falls), Rick Huijbregts (Vice-President, Smart and Connected Communities, Cisco Canada),  and Claude Dauphin (FCM President)

Left to right: John Longbottom (Canadian Smarter Cities Strategy Leader, IBM), Gary Burroughs (Regional Chair, Niagara Region), Jim Diodati (Mayor, City of Niagara Falls), Rick Huijbregts (Vice-President, Smart and Connected Communities, Cisco Canada), and Claude Dauphin (FCM President)

Cisco is in its third year of its partnership with FCM. It has been a great partnership between two like-minded organizations, as we look for opportunities to grow Canada’s economy and create prosperous and (globally) competitive communities. FCM has provided Cisco a great platform to share our beliefs on innovation, collaboration, and productivity with Canada’s municipal leaders.  Continue reading

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Expert’s Corner: #HealthSummit14

This post was republished with permission from ReBoot Communications as part of its “Expert’s Corner” series leading up to the 14th Annual Healthcare Summit in Kelowna, British Columbia.

In anticipation of The 14th Annual Healthcare Summit, Reboot is excited to present “Expert’s Corner”, a series of blog posts featuring outstanding healthcare leaders and professionals who will be speaking at the summit later this month. Read on for a glimpse of what #HealthSummit14 is all about…

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Putting the ‘Everywhere’ in Advanced Malware Protection Everywhere

It’s no secret that we’re more focused today on security than we have ever been. It began last year with our landmark acquisition of Sourcefire and continued in April when we announced Cisco Managed Threat Defense Service (MTD). MTD was the first service resulting from the Sourcefire acquisition and delivers a unique on-premise security solution integrating hardware, software and analytics designed to monitor, capture and analyze threats in any stage of the attack continuum.

Building on the momentum of these two announcements, we unveiled the latest piece of our security portfolio – Advanced Malware Protection Everywhere (AMP Everywhere) – last month at CiscoLive! in sunny San Francisco.

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What’s new for AMP Everywhere?

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Four Ways to Add Cisco Canada to Your Social Network

At Cisco we are connecting the unconnected in ways never before possible. This is evident in the way we are transforming industries through the Internet of Everything, and in our mission to create the most connected games in Canadian history next year at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

For a taste of what I mean, take a look at this recent post by our CTO Jeff Seifert or any one of the posts by our PR Director Karin Scott sharing how we continue to transform education in Canada.

The Internet of Everything is an exciting evolution in how we use technology, one that isn’t stopping or slowing down. And it’s only going to get more amazing as we connect the 99 per cent of things not already connected to the Internet.

What would you like to see connected to the Internet? Odds are it will be a reality soon, or already is.

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