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Cisco and Colorado team on economic development

State is latest "Smart+Connected" community

Cisco and the State of Colorado are working together to establish pilot programs to ignite economic development and sustainable practices throughout the state. Under the Colorado Connected Communities Initiative, the state will harness Cisco network technologies to facilitate growth in public sector markets like healthcare, education and energy. 

The CCCI is part of Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities effort to help municipalities achieve economic growth, environmental sustainability and enhance quality of life through vertically-integrated networking platforms. Smart+Connected Communities is one of the 30 market adjacencies Cisco is addressing beyond its core router and switching markets. 

Under CCCI, Cisco says it will demonstrate to project stakeholders, using simulation and modeling tools, how pilot projects are being deployed.  One such project involves the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado implementing distance-learning based on Cisco TelePresence and WebEx. Another will involve energy management in the city of Grand Junction, using Cisco Smart Connected Building systems to manage energy consumption across multiple buildings on the state, local and private levels. 

Others include the use of Cisco HealthPresence for distance clinical care. 

The pilots are expected to assist collaborative initiatives the state is working on, such as a K-12 statewide education network and the implementation of a secure smart grid. The initial partnership pilots are also expected to help extend potential stimulus funding that the state is seeking to apply to these initiatives, Cisco says.

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