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Future tied to connectivity

CISCO Systems Inc, the only global information technology company with its own corporate pavilion at the Expo, displayed "Smart and Connected Life" yesterday.

It's a vision of daily life and city development that may come to be in 2020.

It debuted yesterday in honor of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

In the Cisco Pavilion in Zone D, the world's biggest router vendor displayed applications with future technologies for use in utilities, safety and security, real estate, transportation, health care, learning, sports venues and government services.

Highlights include systems that will allow for green home-energy control, digital whiteboards in classrooms, virtual health care, real-time public transportation management and smart grids for utilities.

"Cisco is providing a blueprint for smart and connected communities," said Rob Lloyd, executive vice president of Cisco Worldwide Operations.

"A smart and connected community improves the quality of life for its citizens by streamlining public service functions like education, transportation and health care," Lloyd added.

Aspects of the technologies, such as a wireless transportation management system, are currently being tested in Chinese cities such as Chengdu and Chongqing.

They're also being used internationally, in the US state of Colorado and in New Songdo, a city being built from scratch in South Korea, according to the US-based firm.


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