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SlideshowPics: Cisco's IoT Fog Rolls Into Chicago
Sarah Thomas
7/23/2014
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CHICAGO -- Cisco paid a visit to Chicago this week to talk Internet of Things with guests both live and joining virtually via telepresence.

The IT giant is making a big push into connecting anything and everything and, as part of this goal, announced plans for three additional IoT innovation labs across the world. It also talked up the importance of distributing intelligence at the edge of the network rather than in central offices, a concept Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has dubbed "fog computing." (See Cisco to Open 3 More IoT Innovation Labs and Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT.)


For more on the wide, wide world of connected devices, check out our dedicated IoT content channel here on Light Reading.


The event took place at Chicago's 1871, a co-working space for digital startups, where we managed to snap a few pics. Click on the picture below to launch a short slide show from Cisco's IoT day.

Welcome to the Future, in the Past
Cisco chose the 1871 co-working center to host its event in a nod to its work with startups. The IT giant has committed to funding innovative IoT startups at one of its five IoT Innovation Labs.
Cisco chose the 1871 co-working center to host its event in a nod to its work with startups. The IT giant has committed to funding innovative IoT startups at one of its five IoT Innovation Labs.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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SReedy
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SReedy,
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8/1/2014 | 9:22:38 AM
Re: The Chicago World's Fair
Okay, but AirBnB got it's start there at least! https://twitter.com/Airbnb/status/494997667005489152/photo/1
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Mitch Wagner,
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7/31/2014 | 3:40:13 PM
The Chicago World's Fair
Calling that an example of the IoT is a reach. It predates the Internet by something like 80 years. 
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DHagar,
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7/23/2014 | 11:45:37 PM
Re: 1871
@SReedy, fascinating - that's good stuff.

Sounds like Cisco may be onto something.  It appears that  the IoT "Network" they are developing would address the issues Phil_Britt raises.

 
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Phil_Britt,
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7/23/2014 | 2:00:05 PM
On the edge
Pushing intelligence further out from the central network makes sense in a lot of ways, but the user with the device with the imbedded intelligence will likely be on his own if the intelligence fails on his end. Too often the "help desk" for tech companies is anything but, and the supervisors are primarily coaches with not that much more technical background.
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SReedy,
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7/23/2014 | 12:15:57 PM
1871
1871 is worth checking out too. Very cool set up. It rents out its conference rooms to companies like Cisco for events, but the real activity is in the game room, open work space, and throughout the huge facility at the Merchandise Mart.
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