Cisco, Metropolis Sign MoU

MoU with association comprising 106 of the world's largest cities to develop Cisco's Vision 2030 for sustainable cities around the world

March 9, 2009

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PARIS -- Cisco today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Metropolis, an association comprised of 106 of the world's largest cities, to develop its "Vision 2030" for sustainable cities around the world. As part of this MoU, Cisco will advise Metropolis on how to build a collaborative operating model between Metropolis member cities and establish an Urban Leadership Academy to demonstrate how future cities can effectively use technology to advance clean public transportation, decrease pollution through intelligent urban development, offer pervasive access to citizen-centric services and support sustainable economic growth.

Key Facts:

• The announcement was made at a ceremony attended by Wim Elfrink, chief globalisation officer and EVP, Cisco Services, and Jean-Paul Huchon, president of Metropolis.

• As part of the strategic collaboration, Cisco will collaborate with Metropolis over an initial 2 year period to develop new practices and enhance existing models in urban development and sustainability.

• Metropolis is the world association of major metropolises and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities.

• The collaboration with Metropolis is a significant milestone for Cisco, as part of its recently launched global "Intelligent Urbanisation" initiative, as it works to help cities around the world take advantage of the network as the next utility for integrated city management, better quality of life for citizens, and sustained economic development.

• Today's announcement builds on the strong foundation of the collaboration between Cisco and Metropolis on the Connected Urban Development program.

Jean Paul Huchon, president of Metropolis:"The 21st century will be the century of metropolises. Today, more than half the world's population lives in urban areas, and this phenomenon is set to rapidly increase. The main priority of Metropolis today is to offer the best to these metropolises and their populations. Signing with Cisco is very important for our network to develop the best way to build sustainable cities and to strengthen our goal, which is the exchange of information and experience."

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