Cisco Celebrates Two Years of Globalisation Centre East

Centre Provides a Global Vision for Sustainable, Smart and Connected Communities

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BANGALORE, INDIA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2010) -  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Globalisation Centre East celebrated its two year anniversary of ongoing innovation in technology offerings, new partnerships and collaborative efforts with communities, cities, countries and governments around the globe. Over the past couple of years Cisco has established several examples of public-private partnerships and led global efforts to roll out Smart+Connected Communities, a global initiative launched out of the Globalisation Centre East in February 2009. This initiative is one of 30 key market adjacencies the company has identified.

Smart+Connected Communities is Cisco's global initiative to partner with government leaders around the world to help transform communities. With the network as the platform, technology can play a key role towards integrated city management, better quality of life for citizens, and economic development.

A number of important announcements were made in recent months to commemorate the Globalisation Centre East anniversary. Key milestones and highlights in the journey that started two years ago, include:

  • In December 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cisco and the City of San Francisco during Mayor Newsom's visit to Bangalore to collaborate on a joint vision for a 'Sustainable 21st Century San Francisco.' The Mayor had a preview of Cisco's Banyan Building at the Cisco Globalisation Centre East in Bangalore, which represents the most sustainable building for the company worldwide. 
  • In December 2009, Cisco and the City of Amsterdam announced the rollout of Urban EcoMap, an Internet-based tool that enables cities around the world to provide smarter climate change information for their citizens.
  • In September 2009, Cisco announced an MoU with the Chongqing municipal government for a strategic relationship to advance Chongqing's IT manufacturing industry, spur innovation and R&D in green technologies and to develop Smart+Connected Communities solutions.
  • In August 2009, Cisco announced its intention to expand its relationship with Gale International to create smart, sustainable cities of the future. The companies announced that they intend to collaborate on the Meixi Lake District project in Changsha, Hunan Province, China.
  • In July 2009 Cisco announced Smart Connected Buildings as its latest emerging technology, a key component in delivering on its vision for Smart+Connected Communities. The Cisco Network Building Mediator, a Smart Connected Buildings solution, provides the intelligence to interconnect and enable building systems such as heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC), lighting, electrical, security, and renewables over the IP network to build smart and energy-efficient buildings of the future. Sandeep Vij, vice president and general manager, leads the team out of the Globalisation Center East, reporting to Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of the Emerging Technologies Group.
  • In June 2009 Cisco signed an MoU with Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company Limited (GIFTCL) and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) for the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) project. Cisco will collaborate with GIFTCL in achieving GIFT's vision of becoming a world class financial services centre, with infrastructure and facilities benchmarked to global standards.
  • In April 2009 Cisco expanded its collaboration with the Incheon Metropolitan City to help the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) accomplish the vision of Smart+Connected Communities. Cisco is working with Incheon to help drive better city management, an enhanced quality of life for citizens, and support sustainable economic development.
  • In April 2009 Cisco signed an agreement with Gale International, a global leader in city-scale real estate development, to establish the "Cisco Global Center for Smart+Connected Communities" in Songdo International Business District (IBD), a 1,500-acre new city being developed off the coast of Incheon by Gale International and POSCO E&C. In collaboration with Gale International, Cisco is helping achieve its vision for Smart+Connected Communities in Songdo IBD.
  • In March 2009, Cisco announced its collaboration with Metropolis, an association comprising 106 of the world's largest cities, to develop new practices and enhance existing models in urban development and sustainability for cities around the world. The collaboration sets up key components of Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities initiative in alignment with Metropolis' 'Vision 2030.'
  • In February 2009, Cisco unveiled its holistic blueprint for Smart+Connected Communities, a global initiative using the network as the platform to enable economic, social and environmental sustainability and transform communities, cities and countries.


  • Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and Executive Vice President, Cisco Services
    "Over the next five years, 500 million people will be urbanised and technology will play a significant role in managing this change. In the last two years, Cisco's Globalisation Centre East has moved quickly towards creating a platform for what we call Smart+Connected communities. This anniversary, we have crossed a noteworthy landmark in our globalisation vision by collaborating with several partners and governments to help build sustainable communities of the future. As we enter the phase of the industrialisation of internet, the role of the network as the platform will become even more integral to building these smart and connected communities."


Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer, highlights achievements and opportunities on the horizon from Cisco's Globalisation Centre East in Bangalore, India:

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Wim Elfrink, Executive  Vice President, Cisco Services & Chief Globalization Officer