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TMCNet:  Cisco opens center of innovation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[August 30, 2013]

Cisco opens center of innovation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aug 30, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) -- Cisco has announced the opening of a center of innovation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The center of innovation, or COI, will reportedly integrate Cisco's portfolio with technology from local players to create solutions that meet the needs of the Brazilian market. The center of innovation is part of the investments package announced in 2012 in Brazil.

According to the company, the COI will be a key resource for Cisco as it creates long-lasting relationships with the Brazilian government and customers and works with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success.

The Rio Cisco COI will initially focus on developing local solutions for key markets that are relevant for Brazil, including education, urban development (Cisco Smart+Connected Communities), sports and entertainment, public safety and security, health care, smart grid, and oil and gas.

The Cisco Rio COI will look to extend Cisco solutions to the specific needs of Brazil to continue improving the quality of instruction and education assessment, create innovative learning models, improve decision making and reduce costs with administrative efficiency.

The Cisco Rio COI will support the efforts of Cisco's global Smart+Connected Communities in Brazil, which aim to implement Cisco technologies via a service-delivery platform to enhance access to Internet-based services, spur economic development, and reduce the cost of government operations. These solutions are vital to the development of a more efficient urban infrastructure and the growth of Brazilian cities, both in developments and in the redevelopment of existing areas, the company said.

The Cisco Rio COI will look to support Brazil's preparations for the World Cup and Olympic Games, developing solutions to serve the unique needs of the country, using Cisco Connected Sports solutions. These solutions are focused on transforming the nature of sports and entertainment experiences through network-based innovation.

The Cisco Rio COI will use Cisco's open platform for security solutions. Through Cisco's ecosystems of partners, Cisco intends to help customers in the public and private sectors to protect the general population and optimize the resources used to respond to situations, improving precision and timeliness. This is achieved through the convergence of security systems such as sensors, video, telephony and radios, with systems integrated on a common Internet Protocol platform. Once these systems are integrated, the response of organizations to critical situations will be more appropriate, because they will have the information at the necessary time and place, and in a format that facilitates the operation.

Using the network as a platform, Cisco HealthPresence solutions combine high-definition video, audio and clinical information for patients to increase the efficiency of medical professionals and their organizations; make available health care to more people; improve patient experience; and increase the availability and flow of information. The Cisco Rio COI will develop specific health care solutions for the Brazilian market.

Cisco Smart Grid allows utilities and other energy industry organizations to build highly secure networks based on IP to efficiently manage the demand of generation, distribution, storage and electricity consumption. With the convergence of tracking systems and control in a single IP network, the industry can reduce operating expenses and help ensure that network operations and traffic management are given high priority. The convergence network also enables service interruptions to be reduced as well as the time needed to respond, identify, isolate, diagnose and repair faults.

Cisco oil and gas solutions developed in Rio will play a fundamental role in enhancing productivity and operational efficiency in exploration and production. With Cisco integrated network architecture and collaboration solutions, the oil supply chain becomes more efficient from well to pump, the company reported.

Rodrigo Dienstmann, president, Cisco Brazil, said: "The Center of Innovation in Rio is a key part of our Brazil investment strategy to increase our relevance in the country. We will work closely with our partners to design and deliver the specific vertical solutions our customers need as Brazil continues its rapid economic and social growth." http://www.datamonitor.com Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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