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Cisco Provides Innovative Video Services for Older Citizens in The City of Almere

July 06, 2010

Looking to assess how video communications can help increase citizen participation, the city of Almere Kennisstad in the Netherlands, in conjunction with Cisco and the technology innovation foundation, have launched a pilot project. This project is part of Cisco's global "Aging Well" program.

Cisco's 'Aging Well - new opportunities for a connected society' program develops proof points that illustrate globally significant innovation in action and establishes strong alliances, share insights, and inspire others.
By making it easier for the senior citizens to share a passion, such as music or keeping fit, the pilot project in Almere, is aimed at increasing the participation of older citizens. This project is being led by the Municipality of Almere and is supported by Cisco's global consultancy, the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), as well as the government foundation Almere Kennisstad.
"The city of Almere is one of the most innovative communities in the world and the Netherlands' fastest-growing city," stated Coks Stoffer, managing director, Cisco Netherlands. "The leaders of the city have a well-established commitment to making technology play a role in connecting and including people in the communities of today and tomorrow."
Using the advanced video collaboration technology, Cisco TelePresence, different video-enabled approaches will be experimented with, including live interaction as part of the project. This new partnership will allow music lovers in different parts of the city to share their passion via Cisco TelePresence, where cross-city travel is not practical. The initiative supports the city's core principles and its social, health and economic policies. It builds on the extensive high-speed, symmetric broadband platform.
Recently, the company introduced Cisco Cius, an ingenuitive mobile collaboration business tablet. The tablet uses virtual desktop integration technique to keep the users connected. Cisco Cius includes Collaboration applications including Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, WebEx, Presence, and IM. HD Soundstation in the device supports Bluetooth and USB peripherals, 10/100/1000 wired connectivity and a handset option. It is an ultra-portable device weighing just 1.15lbs (0.52kg).

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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