“We are in­volved in 13 Smart City projects”

Sameer Garde, Pres­i­dent, Cisco In­dia and SAARC

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While Cisco no doubt has the lion’s share of the In­dian net­work­ing mar­ket, but is that a prof­itable busi­ness with so much com­modi­ti­za­tion hap­pen­ing? How would you ra­tio­nal­ize then Cisco’s fo­cus shift back to net­work­ing?

There is a rea­son, why we are re-in­vent­ing the net­work right now, or why we are fo­cus­ing back on the core of our busi­ness. That is pre­cisely be­cause cus­tomers are ask­ing us to do that. Maybe 7 or 8 years ago, you prob­a­bly had one de­vice in of­fice, you had 2 ap­pli­ca­tions that you pos­si­bly ac­cessed on a daily meet­ing ba­sis. To­day you prob­a­bly have 3-4 de­vices, 5-6 lo­ca­tions that you ac­cess those de­vices from; you want to con­nect to WIFI, prob­a­bly use 25-30 ap­pli­ca­tions; some­times your iPad, some­times your lap­top. That makes it a very com­plex en­vi­ron­ment. So cus­tomers come to us and ask us to man­age this com­plex­ity. My in­tent as a busi­ness per­son from the cus­tomer’s point of view is how can you help me sim­pli­fy­ing this com­plex­ity of an in­di­vid­ual ac­cess­ing 25 ap­pli­ca­tions from 5 de­vices

and 6 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions at any time. So we have to au­to­mate that, be­cause you can’t do this man­u­ally now. I need soft­ware to au­to­mate this process, which pos­si­bly could let you could start us­ing the 13th ap­pli­ca­tion to­mor­row and then you come back to IT and said give me ac­cess to this 13th ap­pli­ca­tion. So I think au­to­ma­tion was re­quired to re­move the man­ual abil­ity to be able to pro­vi­sion em­ploy­ees, who are so mo­bile and us­ing mul­ti­fold de­vices. That’s why we had to in­vent and that’s why we build­ing a lot more soft­ware to given to man­age this com­plex­ity from a sin­gle peer across for a net­work ad­min­is­tra­tor of or a in­fra­struc­ture of a net­work.

So it is not like the tra­di­tional the way even Cisco used to play in the net­work­ing space. Would you say this come­back in net­work is more soft­ware driven?

It is def­i­nitely more soft­ware ori­ented, and it is more au­to­ma­tion ori­ented; it is more data an­a­lyt­ics ori­ented. It helps cus­tomer get more vis­i­bil­ity in that net­work. We give more con­trol for the cus­tomers to be able to de­fine in­tent and trans­late that into an IT pol­icy and then see how the data can be an­a­lyzed to back the in­tent. That cir­cu­lar logic con­tin­ues to work and it is more soft­ware de­fined nowa­days.

What would be your re­view of last 12 months on the gov­ern­ment busi­ness? Go­ing ahead, what do you ex­pect with elec­tion com­ing near, the gov­ern­ment spend­ing might slow down? What would be your road map ac­cord­ingly?

I am very op­ti­mistic on the gov­ern­ment side. That is be­cause dig­i­tal In­dia is real, so there are at least 60 gov­ern­ment to cit­i­zen ser­vices. Na­tional broad­band net­work be­ing rolled out is real. The gov­ern­ment is that WiFi will be like what STD, ISD, PCO used to be 15 years ago. So In­dia needs closed to 8 Mil­lion WiFi hotspots, typ­i­cally there should be 150-200 peo­ple per hotspot. In­dia only had 15000 hotspots right now, so huge amount of in­vest­ments is go­ing to hap­pen Smart cities is real, 16 smart cities have been al­lot­ted out of 99. Cisco, is in­ci­den­tally in­volved in 13 of these Smart Cities.

In a smart city, what ex­actly in­ter­nal over­all so­lu­tion Cisco is pro­vid­ing?

Net­work is one core part of in­ter­net, there is a data cen­ter, and there is a net­work part, so this is a core part. But the most im­por­tant part of the smart city net­work is the plat­form play for IOT that we have. So there are a bunch of sen­sors that are be­ing de­ployed; there are light­ing sen­sors, there are cam­eras, and

Na­tional broad­band net­work be­ing rolled out is real. The gov­ern­ment is that WiFi will be like what STD, ISD, PCO used to be 15 years ago. So In­dia needs closed to 8 Mil­lion WiFi hotspots, typ­i­cally there should be 150-200 peo­ple per hotspot.

there is garbage man­age­ment, huge cases of traf­fic man­age­ment. All of these are in­for­ma­tion, which is com­ing through dif­fer­ent types of sen­sors. So you need to have a kind of an IOT plat­form, which is able to take all the data of dif­fer­ent types.

All these in­for­ma­tion are of dif­fer­ent types; you need a plat­form which can in­te­grate all these into one soft­ware plat­form and one pro­to­col. Here multi pro­to­cols which gets in­te­grated into one pro­to­col, which is what we call are the smart city plat­form call it CKP (City Ki­netic Plat­form). So ba­si­cally it’s a plat­form, which in­te­grates all of these things and then throws thus data into ap­pli­ca­tions which can an­a­lyze it.

One role Cisco is play­ing is de­ploy­ment of all these sen­sors; make sure the ap­pli­ca­tion is in­te­grated with our plat­form and then man­ag­ing, in case there is a prob­lem we will for­ward, to who­ever is man­ag­ing that is­sue, man­ag­ing the central com­mand cen­ter where are all these in­for­ma­tion is com­ing . You need to an­a­lyze that data and use that data to fur­ther im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity, ef­fi­ciency.

SAMEER GARDE, Pres­i­dent, Cisco In­dia & SAARC

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