Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco's networking solutions connect people, computing devices and computer networks, allowing people to access or transfer information without regard to differences in time, place or type of computer system.
Cisco provides end-to-end networking solutions that customers use to build a unified information infrastructure of their own, or to connect to someone else's network. An end-to-end networking solution is one that provides a common architecture that delivers consistent network services to all users.
The broader the range of network services, the more capabilities a network can provide to users connected to it. Cisco offers the industry's broadest range of hardware products used to form information networks or give people access to those networks; Cisco IOS® software, which provides network services and enables networked applications; expertise in network design and implementation; and technical support and professional services to maintain and optimize network operations.
Cisco is unique in its ability to provide all these elements, either by itself or together with partners. Cisco serves customers in three key target markets:
- Service Providers - Companies that provide information services, including telecommunication carriers, Internet Service Providers, cable companies, and wireless communication providers.
- Enterprises - Large organizations with complex networking needs, usually spanning multiple locations and types of computer systems. Enterprise customers include corporations, government agencies, utilities and educational institutions.
- Commercial/Consumer - Small- and medium-sized businesses or individuals with a need for data networks of their own, as well as connection to the Internet and/or to business partners.
Cisco commitment to innovation and research has been fundamental to allow the company to maintain a leading position in an always evolving technological area.As a result of that commitment to innovation and research, over the past years Cisco has been broadening the scope of its activity into related emerging areas, such as Smart Grids and Smart Buildings where information networks are becoming fundamental enablers for future processes of infrastructure integration and upgrade.
Cisco’s most important participation in IST projects was the 6NET project, a 3 year project focusing in the creation of a pan-european testbed for IPv6 with 35 partners from 16 different countries. Cisco was the project coordinator and more than 85 Internet Draft RFCs, 10 Global Grid Forum documents and 100 technical deliverables were produced. Cisco has since then continued to participate in several projects with significant success.
Since then Cisco has participated in several projects from FP6 and FP7 in many different areas like: Internet of Things, Mobile Internet, Smart Buildings, Next Generation Virtualized Infrastructures, etc.
Cisco will leverage its existing Open Service Delivery Platform as the basis for the Open Urban Services Platform proposed in the iCity project to create and deploy new smart services and applications to community citizens as well as people that manage and operate the community infrastructure. Cisco will also bring in its expertise in IP-based converged networks and architectures as the foundation for open internet-enabled public services and services of public interest. Taking advantage of this experience Cisco will lead WP3 where senior architects will be involved and will participate heavily in WP4. Cisco will also support the pilots roll out with its Advanced Services organization in WP5.