Cisco Smart and Connected Communities

Cisco Smart and Connected Communities

This week of Next Generation Tech-Talks, join Phil Calzadilla (CEO and founder of NextNet Partners) and Tim Lake (Regional Manager at Cisco Systems for the State Local and Education team) as they discuss Cisco Smart and Connected Communities.
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A Little About Today’s Guest

Tim Lake leads Cisco’s Public Sector and Education field team for the Southwest States. He is passionate about strategic private and public sector partnerships, leveraging technology to enable educational transformation, and help deliver a new generation of citizen services. With a specific focus in Cisco’s Internet of Everything vision, he believes we will transform the public sector in the southwest over the next few years.

Prior to his current role, Tim partnered with educators around the Western US developing holistic 21st Century Learning Strategies enabled by sound technology investments and Cisco’s Education 3.0 Methodology. Before his career at Cisco he formed and subsequently sold a startup providing hosted applications to financial institutions. He lives in Phoenix and is a proud alumnus of The University of Arizona.

What are some of the trends you’re seeing right now in SLED, in State, Local and Education?

“All of the things you’ve been hearing about for years on smart cities, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things, all of those get used interchangeably. Now we’re seeing that happen, and we are seeing some very innovative things happen at our customers. And we’re seeing a lot of innovative people reaching out, speaking to us, asking how we solve some complex problems, go after some really great opportunities, and really transform the way citizens interact with our government.”

What does the term Smart Connected Communities mean for you guys at Cisco?

“That’s a term that it can mean whatever you want it to mean. And I don’t say that in a bad way. It means that if someone at a city, whether it’s a leader, an elected official has an idea, whether it’s an app or a way to change the transportation system or something around economic development, it’s sort of a catchall way to use technology and digitization efforts to transform the community.”

What are you seeing with IoT and IoE in regards to State, Local and Education?

“Well, they’re the first ones that can really take advantage of that at scale, and they have a responsibility to monitor things that are out there. Whether it’s air quality, whether it’s devices, whether it’s citizens’ safety, there’s so much data that comes into these public sector entities, and it needs to be made available sometimes for legal reasons or just because they wanna provide that information out to the community. And they’re in a very interesting point right now where they’re being handed these challenges first, whereas private industry may not have these concerns unless you’re large manufacturer, or you truly have a very big presence. So this is one of those very exciting times where IoE and IoT hits the public sector first and foremost, and then the private sector later.”

Are you seeing any specific verticals within SLED, so state, local, or education, that’s actually doing something around IoT or IoE?

“Absolutely, and I think a lot of that is in process now, and I’m excited to be able to talk about it probably in a year with some of the customers that we’re working with. I’m seeing some very interesting ideas around transportation.”

What would you tell our audience in regards to doing business with the public sector?

“Well I think one of the things I would say, depending on the audience, doing business with the public sector is a very interesting, sometimes challenging, opportunity, and I think as people, vendors, look at wanting to do business with the public sector, they need to go in with eyes wide open, and understand while it is a different market, it’s still a very innovative group of people. And NextNet understands this. You as well as anyone know how much opportunity there is doing business with the government, but that you’ve got to go in knowing your stuff and willing to work in ways that are helpful to them.”

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