Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Comcast Business Forms Enterprise Services Team for Fortune 1000 Accounts

Comcast Business has formed a new Enterprise Services unit that will target Fortune 1000 companies and other large enterprises that have multiple locations nationwide.

The new Comcast Enterprise Services team will offer a portfolio of managed enterprise solutions that includes Broadband, Ethernet, Voice, Router, Security, Business Continuity and Wi-Fi. The team will design, build, implement and manage customized communications networks for large enterprise customers.  The new product portfolio will be branded "Managed Enterprise Solutions."

Comcast also announced the acquisition of Contingent Network Services, a national technology deployment and managed services company that helps enterprise customers outsource their day-to-day network operations. Financial terms were not disclosed. Contingent provides deployment and managed services to a number of well-known national brands. The company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Comcast Business and will continue to operate under the Contingent brand name.

"We’re committed to expanding and enhancing our offerings for businesses of all sizes, and having the expertise, tools and portfolio in place to deliver customized service packages to nationwide enterprises is a key part of our growth strategy," said Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business. "Large companies need a provider who can help them manage complex networks, develop business continuity plans and integrate cloud-based applications. Our entry into this segment of the market will introduce new innovation and choice."

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-business-announces-new-unit-targeting-fortune-1000-enterprises

Telstra Launches 600 Mbps-capable Category 11 Device

Telstra announced the world’s first 4G LTE Advanced Category 11 (Cat 11) 600 Mbps capable deployment on a commercial network. The announcement was made in partnership with NETGEAR, Ericsson and Qualcomm.

Specifically,the Telstra Mobile Network will now support a new WiFi 4GX Advanced III Mobile Broadband Hotspot featuring 3 band Carrier Aggregation technology.  The new Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III mobile hotspot supports up to 15 WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously.

The early Cat 11 enabled footprint is concentrated on the CBD’s of Eastern Seaboard capital cities; initially Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, and in selected popular holiday locations. The network reach supporting these Cat 11 speeds will also continue to expand in line with growing mobile data demand.

The announcement comes one month after the launch of the first Cat 9 (450 Mbps) devices on the Telstra Mobile Network.

“When you combine the power of Qualcomm Technologies’ Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem with Qualcomm VIVE 11ac, Ericsson’s LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology on Telstra’s network, and the NETGEAR AirCard® 810S, it really is an unbeatable technology that we are pleased to offer our customers before anyone else in the world.”

http://www.telstra.com

Microsoft Integrates Office Apps into Salesforce

Microsoft and Salesforce are extending their strategic partnership to connect the Salesforce Customer Success Platform to Microsoft Office productivity apps and services, including Skype for Business, OneNote, Delve and Windows 10.

This builds on two new integrations announced in October 2014: Salesforce App for Outlook, which works with Outlook 2013 and Office 365, and Salesforce1 Mobile App for Microsoft Office.

"Customer success is at the heart of everything we do at Salesforce, including our partnership with Microsoft," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce. "Our collaboration has been so successful, now we're doubling down and delivering even more innovation that will help our mutual customers be more productive and connect with their customers in a whole new way."

http://www.salesforce.com
http://www.microsoft.com

Mobile Malware Report Finds Plenty of Risks

About 80 percent of malware infections detected on mobile networks have been traced to Windows-based computers and laptops, according to a newly published Motive Security Labs H1 2015 Malware Report from Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent said hardcore professional cybercriminals have invested heavily in the Windows malware ecosystem, making it the favorite platform for launching attacks on the mobile ecosystem. The Motive report also found that cybercriminals are quickly taking advantage of unique opportunities in the mobile ecosystem to spread spyware. In fact, 10 of the 25 most prolific threats on smartphones are in the mobile spyware category and are often delivered bundled with games and free software.

In examining the top 25 threats to mobile devices, the Motive report concluded that the main threats are currently:

  • Spyphone apps that track calls, text messages, location, e-mail and browsing; 
  • ‘Scareware’ apps that try to extort money by claiming to have encrypted the phone’s data;
  • Identity theft apps that steal personal information from the device;
  • Banking ‘Trojans’ that attempt to steal banking credentials and credit card numbers;   
  • SMS Trojans that make a living by sending text messages to ‘premium’ numbers;
  • Malicious adware that uses personal information, without consent, to deliver annoying targeted ads.
  • A proxy app allowing hackers to anonymously browse the web through an infected phone - at the owner’s expense.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/


Dimension Data and EMC Eye Hybrid Cloud Opportunities

Dimension Data and EMC announced a strategic alliance to speed the adoption of hybrid cloud as a platform for the mid-size enterprise. The companies are collaborating on solutions that span private cloud on or off premises, public and hybrid cloud including advanced managed services for storage. The alliance features flexible consumption based pricing models on storage, cloud and managed services. To ensure client success, a dedicated team of sales, technical and marketing specialists from Dimension Data and EMC will align client workloads and applications to the best solutions.

http://www.emc.com

Rob Lloyd Joins Hyperloop as CEO

Rob Lloyd, the former president of Sales and Development at Cisco, has joined Hyperloop Technologies as CEO.

Hyperloop Tech is a visionary start-up working on a new mode of transportation involving levitating cars traveling at high-speed through air-evacuated tubes. The company, which was inspired by Elon Musk as an alternative to high-speed rail in California, currently has about 50 employees and offices in Los Angeles.

In a blog posting, Lloyd says Hyperloop Tech. plans to embrace a design/build/transfer and operate business model.

http://hyperlooptech.com/

Agora Raises $20 Million for its WebRTC Platform

Agora, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, raised $20 million in Series B funding for its communications as a service (CaaS) for enterprises.

Agora enables premium, Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) for any application through a simple SDK. It goes beyond current WebRTC services by providing consistent quality of experience (QoE) on a global scale as an easy-to-use and cost-effective cloud service. Agora uses a globally distributed cloud infrastructure and advanced algorithms to preserve premium communications quality across mobile and other devices and varying network conditions. Agora's 65 global data centers and HD audio codecs minimize latency for real-time communications, managing background noise and up to 70% packet loss, while supporting as many as 2,000 users in a single session.

"We are pleased that our original investors continue to support Agora with a substantial Series B round of venture capital funding," says Tony Zhao, CEO and founder of Agora. "Agora meets the needs of tomorrow's applications to deliver richer communications between people around the world from their mobile devices," Zhao adds.

Agora is backed by venture capital firms Morningside, SIG, GGV Capital, ShunWei, and IDG.

http://www.agora.io

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Salesforce Brings Big Data Analytics to IoT Cloud

Salesforce unveiled its IoT Cloud aimed at connecting billions of events with its leading enterprise platform as a service.  Salesforce IoT Cloud features a massively scalable, real-time event processing engine for unlocking insights from the connected things, customer interactions, sensors, and digital streams.

IoT Cloud's capabilities include:


  • Listen to the World at IoT Scale: IoT Cloud connects everything to Salesforce. In addition to the Internet of Things, connecting to phones, wearables, windmills and industrial turbines and other devices, IoT Cloud connects data from websites, social interactions and more to Salesforce. By connecting the billions of real-time events and digital content with Salesforce, the IoT Cloud brings customer context to transactional data.
  • Trigger Actions with Real-time Rules: With IoT Cloud, business users can use intuitive, point- and-click tools to define, modify and set rules and logic for events that can trigger actions across Salesforce. A global fleet management company, for example, can enforce passenger safety standards by setting filters for "hard brakes" or "hard accelerations" and defining rules that trigger in-car sensors to log service cases reporting possible instances of erratic driving. Or, a national retailer holding a holiday sale can set rules based on loyalty program status, inventory or sales performance, triggering retail beacons to send discount offers to in-store shoppers in real-time.
  • 1:1 Proactive Engagement through Salesforce: IoT Cloud seamlessly works across the Salesforce Customer Success Platform to surface insights and trigger real-time 1:1, personalized actions for sales, service, marketing or any other business process. For example, a thermostat provider can parse through billions of events gathered from weather forecasts, sensors and temperature settings to proactively alert customers on how to manage their HVAC usage within their predefined budget. Or, a vehicle assistance service partnering with an auto brand can send personalized offers on behalf of local dealers based on sensor data that tracks fluid levels and mileage.

IoT Cloud launch partners include ARM, Etherios, Informatica, PTC ThingWorx and Xively LogMeln.  The service will be in pilot the first half of 2016 with generally availability later in the year.

"Salesforce is turning the Internet of Things into the Internet of Customers," said Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer, Salesforce."The IoT Cloud will allow businesses to create real-time 1:1, proactive actions for sales, service, marketing or any other business process, delivering a new kind of customer success."

http://www.salesforce.com/iot-cloud

Brocade Releases New OpenDaylight-based SDN Controller

Brocade introduced its SDN Controller 2.0, a commercial distribution of the OpenDaylight (ODL) controller based on the Lithium ODL release.

Some highlights:

  • Enhancements to the Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB) interface and the OpenStack Modular Layer 2 plug-in (certified in Red Hat's Juno distribution) enabling cloud providers to completely use an open software stack to manage their data center infrastructure
  • OpenDaylight clustering for improved scalability and stability
  • A new user interface for applications to provide a consistent and intuitive view of the network under control


Brocade said its SDN Controller is continuously built from OpenDaylight code, free of proprietary extensions. The company provides multi-vendor compatibility testing and single-source support for Brocade SDN Controller environments.

The company also announced two SDN applications:

  • Brocade Topology Manager: a free SDN application that displays discovered network topology, allowing administrators to create a list of nodes and conduct simple searches for nodes. 
  • Brocade Flow Manager: extends the capabilities of the Brocade Topology Manager by enabling users to view and interact with the network topology using near-real-time information to perform traffic engineering and network segmentation based on end-to-end flow views. 

"Brocade's strategy is driven by the very close collaboration we have with our leading service provider and enterprise customers to deliver unique networking products and solutions that speed their transition to the New IP, and software is increasingly central to that pursuit," said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade. "Delivering open solutions like the Brocade SDN Controller 2.0 and related applications, packaged with a full complement of education and services, will facilitate the smooth journey to SDN for customers worldwide."

http://www.brocade.com/


Hewlett Packard Enterprise Targets $50 Billion Annual Revenue, Faster Growth, Smaller Workforce

Hewlett Packard hosted an all-day Securities Analyst Meeting ahead of its pending split into two independent company.  Here are some highlights of the executive presentations for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The new Hewlett Packard Enterprise will have more than $50 billion in annual revenue and will trade under the ticker symbol "HPE".

Hewlett Packard Enterprise expects 25,000 to 30,000 people to leave the company, primarily associated with the ES transformation.  This will result in a GAAP-only charge of approximately $2.7 billion, beginning in the fourth quarter fiscal 2015. The cash impact will be approximately $2.6 billion over the next three years, beginning in fiscal 2016.

"Hewlett Packard Enterprise will be smaller and more focused than HP is today, and we will have a broad and deep portfolio of businesses that will help enterprises transition to the new style of business," said Meg Whitman. "As a separate company, we are better positioned than ever to meet the evolving needs of our customers around the world."

Hewlett Packard Enterprise said it is uniquely positioned to guide customers on a journey to a Hybrid Infrastructure, whether that includes public cloud (HP Helion, AWS, Azure or others), Virtual Private Cloud, Managed Private Cloud or Traditional Data Center. While it sees opportunities in cloud, the company believes traditional IT and private cloud will continue to dominate the market. Nearly 90% of IT spend over the next three years will be in traditional IT and private cloud.

Cloud revenue is expected to be about $3 billion in FY15 and monetized across the entire portfolio. The company expects cloud revenue in fiscal 2015 to be approximately $3 billion, growing over 20% annually for the next several years. This estimate includes revenue from the enterprise group, software and enterprise services segments which support customers' cloud build and consume.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Inc. will consist of four main groups:

Enterprise Group - includes networking, all-flash storage, HP Apollo servers, converged systems, Aruba and TS Consulting

Annual Revenue of $27.8 billion, operating profit of $4.0 billion, operating margin of 14.
Approximately 50% of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's revenue will come from EG, spread across servers, storage, networking, and technology services.

Enterprise Services - includes cloud services
Annual Revenue of $20.3 billion, operating profit of $1.0 billion, operating margin of 4.9%
The Enterprise Services group is undertaking further cost reduction measures, office consolidations, data center consolidations and headcount reduction.

Software - includes ADM, Big Data and Security
Annual Revenue of $3.8 billion, operating profit of $0.8 billion, operating margin of 22.3

Financial Services - includes pre-provisioning, asset recovery and cloud migration
Annual revenue of $3.3 billion, operating profit of $0.4 billion, operating margin of 11.2%

Archived webcast materials are online.
http://h30261.www3.hp.com/news-and-events/hp-investor-events/upcoming-events/09-15-2015.aspx





Deutsche Telekom Extends Cloud Service to China with Huawei

Deutsche Telekom is extending its public cloud offering to the Chinese market in partnership with Huawei.  Huawei provides the hardware for the Deutsche Telekom cloud services while Deutsche Telekom ensures reliable operation in a German data center.

“Customers will receive both cost-effective resources as well as quality and reliability from German data centers with our product,” says Dr. Ferri Abolhassan, Managing Director of T-Systems and responsible for the IT Division. “We're unveiling this here in Shanghai in order to help Chinese businesses expand their operations into Europe. In a second step we are also planning to do the reverse with European businesses moving into China. Thus we will be one of the first companies in Germany to integrate actively into the ‘Digital Silk Road’.” Both companies have also joined forces to work on research and development for new cloud solutions. Experts forecast 30 percent annual growth of the cloud market in China through 2018.

http://www.telekom.com/media/company/287814

Hibernia Express Transatlantic Subsea Cable Ready for Service

The Hibernia Express transatlantic cable is now ready for service.

The new 4,600km ultra low latency submarine cable connects Halifax, Nova Scotia to Slough, England and Cork, Ireland. It carries optical transport services up to 100Gbps speeds and is capable of 200Gbps service on select segments. The 6-fiber-pair cable is optimized for lowest latency performance, offering an unmatched roundtrip delay of sub-60 milliseconds on the New York to London route. It is engineered to potentially scale up to 400Gbps per circuit and up.

“The Hibernia Networks team has demonstrated an unwavering commitment towards completing the first transatlantic subsea cable in over a decade and we are thrilled to announce its official launch,” states Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO of Hibernia Networks. “We are proud to have accomplished this transformational milestone, and more importantly, we are proud to deliver the lowest latency, highest performance capacity required to facilitate real-time access to information and content by the ever growing global communications community.”

http://www.hibernianetworks.com/hibernia_express


  • Hibernia Express utilizes a 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, with a portion of the fibers optimized for lowest latency and a portion optimized for 100X100 Gpbs design capacity. The total cross-sectional design capacity of the cable will be over 53 Tbps. Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform.

Qualcomm Acquires Capsule Technologie for Telehealth

Qualcomm announced its acquisition of Capsule Technologie, a leading global provider of medical device integration and clinical data management solutions with more than 1,930 hospital clients in 38 countries.

Capsule's medical device integration and clinical data management platform enables data collection, EMR and health IT system integration and monitoring in one of the largest ecosystems of connected devices inside the hospital. The acquisition extends Qualcomm Life's connected health offerings into the hospital, ultimately creating a more seamless care continuum from hospital to home and all points in between.

Capsule will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Life.

"Qualcomm is focused on strengthening its position in specific Internet of Everything verticals, like healthcare," said Derek Aberle, president, Qualcomm Incorporated. "The acquisition of Capsule expands the breadth of our healthcare platform, enabling us to provide connectivity solutions for the entire care continuum and create one of the world's largest connected health ecosystems. This will be an important step in advancing the Internet of Medical Things."

http://www.capsuletech.com/
http://www.qualcomm.com

FireEye Calls Out SYNful Knock - A Cisco router implant

FireEye published a technical overview of SYNful Knock, a stealthy modification of a Cisco router's firmware image that can be used to maintain persistence within a victim's network. The backdoor malware reportedly has been confirmed in a number of router implants spread across four different countries:  Ukraine, Philippines, Mexico, and India.

FireEye warned that this attack vector is potentially severe.

https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2015/09/synful_knock_-_acis.html

Plexxi Raises $35 Million for SDN

Plexxi, a start-up pioneering next-generation converged networking solutions, raised a $35 million round of financing .

Plexxi’s products – Plexxi Control and the Plexxi Switch – and market solutions create an optimized network that dynamically helps applications perform better.

The round was led by a new investor with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. This brings Plexxi’s total funding to $83 million.

“We are experiencing a generational shift to a new era of IT in which applications and data are rapidly increasing demand for a new agile and scale-out networking architecture,” said Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi. “Plexxi represents a transformative converged networking and application-centric approach to traditional legacy networking. 2015 has been a record-breaking year for Plexxi as we gain a foothold in federal, financial services, education and service providers markets here in the United States and around the world.”

http://www.plexxi.com/


  • Plexxi is based in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Broadcom Adds Wi-Fi/Bluetooth to Automotive Silicon Portfolio

Broadcom introduced two new connectivity chips in its automotive portfolio for providing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for in-car infotainment and telematics systems.

The new solutions include a 5G WiFi/Bluetooth Smart 2X2 MIMO combo chip with Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB) support as well as a stand-alone tri-mode Bluetooth Smart (version 4.2) system-on-a-chip (SoC).

"Broadcom's new automotive-grade chips enable car makers and tier one suppliers to keep pace with the rapidly evolving mobile and IoT ecosystem by providing immediate access to the latest in wireless connectivity technologies," said Richard Barrett, Broadcom Director of Automotive Wireless Connectivity. "By tailoring our products to meet the stringent quality and environmental demands of the automotive industry, we can significantly expand our footprint and stay ahead of the competition in this fast-growing market."

http://www.broadcom.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

Arista Debuts Data Center Switches for 25/50/100GbE

Arista Networks introduced its new line-up of data center switches for 25/50/100GbE switching.

The new family of Arista 7060X, 7260X and 7320X fixed-leaf and modular-spline form factor switches offers a range of options at 1GbE to 100GbE along with Arista EOS (extensible operating system) features such as Smart System Upgrade with hitless software upgrades, hitless speed change and network rollback.  Highlights:

  • 7060CX-32S - offers multi-speed 10/25/40/50/100GbE on all 32 ports in a 1RU leaf switch along with flexible L2 and L3 features and wirespeed performance.
  • 7260QX-64 - 64 ports of 40GbE in a compact 2RU system with low latency and power per port of under 5W per port.
  • 7260CX-64 - delivers a new standard for 100GbE port density within a fixed form factor chassis offering 64 line rate 100GbE interfaces in 2RU.
  • 7320X-32C - brings high density 40/100GbE connectivity options to the 7320X series of modular switches with 32 ports of 100GbE for a total of 256 ports of 100GbE per system. Each port can support a choice of 100GbE, 40GbE, 2x50GbE, 4x 10GbE or 4x 25GbE.

New 7050X fixed switch models are the 7050SX-72Q and 7050TX-72Q that offers a flexible combination of 48 10GbE ports with 6 QSFP+ 40GbE ports that are both power efficient and low latency with support for wire speed VXLAN routing.

Significant, Arista said pricing for the 7060X and 7260X start at under $1000 per 100GbE port.

Arista also announced availability of new optics at both 40G and 100G including an industry compatible 40GbE BiDi transceiver that operates over multi-mode fiber and a choice of cost effective solutions for 100GbE connections for server to leaf and leaf to spine connections including Active Optical Cables, 100GBASE-SR4 and 25GbE breakout cables.


As part of the new product launch, Arista hosted an event with key ecosystem partners at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The event concluded with the closing bell ceremony. http://www.arista.com

Salesforce App Cloud Extends its Enterprise PaaS Model

Salesforce introduced the next evolution of its core platform -- Salesforce App Cloud integrates services including Force, Heroku Enterprise and Lightning along with new shared identity, data and network services. The tools enable developers "to build apps fast in any language they want, for any device, and manage them in a single enterprise cloud environment."

Salesforce is also adding a new interactive learning environment called Trailhead and AppExchange, which the company says is the largest enterprise app marketplace in the world.

alesforce pioneered the enterprise Platform as a Service market when it launched the Force platform in 2008. And today, Salesforce is the leading enterprise PaaS.

The company said its new App Cloud extends the enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Highlights:
  • Heroku Enterprise—Private Spaces, Regions and Identity: enables developers to create connected apps using network, data and identity services shared across the App Cloud. Enterprises can run apps in a dedicated Heroku private space with direct access to Salesforce's trusted infrastructure and to customers’ on-premise data from legacy systems. With Regions, companies can choose to run their apps in metro areas throughout the world--including Dublin, Frankfurt, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Northern Virginia and Oregon--based on accessibility, compliance or other requirements. In addition, with Identity, Heroku Enterprise is connected to Force with bi-directional data sync, single sign-on and robust role-based access controls.
  • Salesforce Lightning—The Future of Modern Apps: a new metadata-driven platform service that is highly customizable, with drag and drop components, such as maps, calendars, buttons, and number entry forms. 
  • Trailhead—Interactive Learning for All Salesforce App Creators: App Cloud includes Trailhead, a new interactive learning environment with gamification features. 

“CIOs need a way to develop apps for the connected world,” said Tod Nielsen, executive vice president of App Cloud, Salesforce. “App Cloud brings together all of Salesforce’s leading platform services, empowering IT leaders with an integrated, trusted platform to quickly build connected apps for every business need.”

http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2015/09/150910.jsp

Taiwan's Chunghwa Deploys G.fast with Alcatel-Lucent

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s leading service provider, is to commence the world’s first commercial deployment of G.fast ultra-broadband access technology.

Chunghwa Telecom is conducting a nationwide roll-out of FTTx (fiber-to-the-premises) infrastructure to residential and business customers using a combination of fiber and copper technology from Alcatel-Lucent. Specifically, CHT will use a combination of Alcatel-Lucent’s fiber and G.fast technology as part of their FTTx strategy including:

  • 7368 Intelligent Service Access Manager (ISAM) Optical Network Terminals (ONTs)
  • 7368 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) CPE with integrated reverse power
  • 5520 Access Management System to accelerate last mile fiber-to-the-home ultra-broadband connectivity while taking advantage of reduced costs and complexity.

Alcatel-Lucent said its G.fast technology has already been in trials with more than 30 operators worlwide.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

NSF Funds Smart City Projects across U.S.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced nearly $40 million in grants to support Smart City projects around the U.S.

"NSF's investments are helping to cultivate increasingly smart and connected communities for the future," said NSF Director France Córdova. "The effective integration of networked computing systems, physical devices, data sources, and infrastructure, all with humans in the loop, is improving the quality of life for people all across the nation."

The funding commitment includes:

  • Approximately $12 million for new projects funded through US Ignite to support research leading to prototype applications that leverage gigabit and advanced networking connectivity and impact multiple national priority areas, including healthcare, energy, transportation, manufacturing, education and learning, and public safety. The awards will also build "living labs" that provide the support needed to scale up these prototype applications across cities and regions, leading toward an ecosystem of smart and connected communities.
  • Approximately $10 million in new Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) research projects with a focus on Smart and Connected Communities and the Internet of Things.
  • More than $3 million to support the creation of a new instrument--the Array of Things--in Chicago that will be the first research infrastructure to allow researchers to rapidly deploy sensors, embedded systems, computing and communications systems at scale in an urban environment.
  • Nearly $2.5 million to enhance the design and operation of efficient, secure and Critical, Resilient, Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) that provide essential goods and services in the context of cities and communities.
  • $2.5 million to enable NSF-funded researchers to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Global Cities Team Challenge.
  • Approximately $2 million in new Smart and Connected Health research projects to accelerate the development of next-generation health care solutions to enable patient-centered care and wellness that extend to the home, workplace, and community.
  • $375,000 to establish a Research Coordination Network to stimulate novel international research on how to integrate data from physical sensors, social media and other sources.
  • Nearly $4 million to support academic and industry partnerships through the Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program that facilitate integration of breakthrough research discoveries into human-centered service systems.

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136253&org=NSF&from=news