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Chuck will be there!

We are so excited about DevNet Create 2020! This event gives us a chance to meet developers and technology partners and explore real solutions teams (and individuals!) are building from API services and leveraging in their organizations. We are also looking forward to congratulating the first round of developers that passed the newly released DevNet exams and upleveled their careers with these new certifications. 

This year our biggest developer advocate, CEO and Chairman Chuck Robbins will be in attendance for a fireside chat with Susie Wee, SVP and GM of Cisco DevNet. There is also a fantastic line up of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, including our “must-see” list below:

 

Starbucks: Radical Automation

We are really looking forward to this presentation! Listen in as Dexter Park, Lead Application Developer at Starbucks explains how his team leverages APIs to automate the process of full-stack network provisioning – reducing the deployment process from hours of manual touch and troubleshooting to 3 minutes per site. This approach and end solution has provided the business with a solution to manage infrastructure across 10,000 locations – it has been an incredible process to witness.

 

Cisco Meraki: Designing the Cisco Meraki Python SDK with OpenAPI Specification

Releasing the latest Python SDK (Software Development Kit) has been an engaging and rewarding experience for our team at Meraki. Join us in this session as our own, Shiyue Cheng, covers the lessons learned in creating this incredibly popular API SDK for our developer ecosystem. 

 

Cisco Meraki: Applying Machine Learning Techniques to Detect Objects with a Meraki MV Camera

Join Merakian Rafael Carvalho as he demonstrates how Machine Learning (ML) techniques can be applied to detect objects in images for anomaly detection in manufacturing, customer engagement in retail, object counting in a public facility, and other use cases. Attendees in this hands-on workshop will use a Meraki camera to perform live object detection on what they are seeing right in front of them.

 

Whether you are a developer or thinking about ways to program your network to be more automated, data-driven, or integrated – this event offers a lot of thought leadership and industry expertise to help you explore what’s possible! We hope to see you there.

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See More of What You Want with MV

Hot on the heels of the recent product release, we have two more features to share. These latest features are designed to give users more of what they want – more detail in snapshots, and more video retention by increasing the relevancy of motion-based retention. We’re doing this by enabling full sensor resolution snapshots via the API, and by adding regions-of-interest to the motion-based retention tool. 

Full Sensor Resolution Snapshots

If you have used the Sensor Crop feature on MV12 series, MV22, or MV72 models, then you may already be aware that the cameras capture raw video at the full sensor resolution (4MP or 2688×1520) before downscaling the video to 1080p or 720p resolution for streaming and storage. Now, users can take “full-frame” snapshots using the Snapshot API. The resulting snapshot will have a 4MP resolution, regardless of the configured video quality settings.

The additional detail in the full resolution snapshot can be helpful for identification, or improving the accuracy of results returned by third-party computer vision services. It’s important to note that full frame snapshots are only available via the API on live video; snapshots on historical video are only available at the configured video recording quality. This feature is available on all second generation cameras running the MV 4.2 beta firmware. 

Fine-Tune Motion Based Retention with Areas of Interest

Our next feature is designed to make Motion-based retention more intelligent. When Motion-based retention was first released in 2017, it offered users a way to dramatically increase the retention of video stored on the camera. With Motion-based retention enabled, the camera retains the most recent 72 hours of continuous video, after which time it trims footage that contains no motion. The original Motion-based retention eliminated the majority of “empty” footage for most users, but what about instances where the camera detects near constant motion in part of the frame, from a spinning ceiling fan or always-on displays? Adding regions of interest — an option already available for Motion Alerts — allows users to specify where they care about motion, say at an entrance or exit. Motion that occurs in other areas of the scene will be discarded for the purposes of Motion-based retention. 

To add an area of interest, navigate to the camera, then settings, and quality and retention. Once Motion-based retention is enabled, click and drag on the video frame to select your desired regions of interest. Multiple areas can be selected to allow for fine-tuning. Once set, only footage that contains motion within the selected area of interest will be retained after 72 hours when Motion-based retention is enabled.

Interested in learning more about video retention, snapshots or MV smart cameras? See our documentation for more information on video retention, or the Meraki Devnet site for more information on our APIs. Check out an upcoming webinar for an overview of our MV smart camera line. Let us know what you think about the new features on the Meraki Community page. 

Cisco Meraki coming to South By Southwest (SXSW)

This March is shaping up to be a big month for events featuring Meraki APIs! We will be in full-force at DevNet Create this year on March 10-11, and immediately following that we’re excited to partner with other Cisco teams and Capital Factory to present the Cisco Innovation Hub at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX! 

From March 13–23, SXSW will host approximately 432,500 people from over 102 countries participating in the SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Events. SXSW Interactive is deemed the World’s largest gathering of creative professionals with 4,967 conference speakers and 2,147 conference sessions. Many tech giants have launched their early or beta versions at this conference, including Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla, Highlight, and Meerkat, and while Uber “didn’t launch at SXSW, it was conceived here”, according to Fast Company. Interactive has even hosted speakers such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Ferris, President Barack Obama, Mark Cuban, Braaam Cohen, Biz Stone, and several worldwide tech leaders.

During the Interactive Festival part of SXSW, innovative companies from all over the world meet, market their innovations, attend pitch sessions, learn from a huge variety of events, and make critical connections. This year, Cisco Webex, DevNet, Meraki, AppDynamics, DNA Spaces, CDA, and Cisco Investments have joined forces with Capital Factory to present the Cisco Innovation Hub at SXSW!

Meet us there to network with some of the most exciting and interesting people in the industry, check out new product launches, and explore our Independent Software Vendor (ISV) demos. We’ll also have Whisper Suites, Meetups, a Customer Briefing Center, and talk tracks from Cisco acquisition founders, product managers, Cisco Investments, and our partners. Here are some of the sessions and activities you won’t want to miss:

Sat, March 14th at 11am: Keynote Session with Todd Nightingale,  SVP/GM, Cisco Meraki

Sat, March 14th at 2pm: Cognitive Workspaces Panel with API Product Manager, Tony Carmichael 

Sun, March 15th 5pm: Hot Pepper Pitch where contestants pitch their ideas for startups under the influence (of very hot peppers) to win cash and product prizes! This is sure to be a good time for contestants and spectators alike.

Learn more and register here!

We hope to see you there!

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Cellular Insights: More Power To You

Organizations across industries are eager to build their Wireless WAN infrastructure on the Meraki platform and some of them already have a head start with our new product line –  MG Cellular Gateway. MG provides a solution for optimal cellular signal strength. It gives our customers the flexibility of pairing MG with any Meraki or Cisco ISR/vEdge router or 3rd party router to provide another uplink for SD-WAN, or as a failover or primary link. 

MG was only launched a couple of months ago and we’re already releasing new features. There is no better way to see these features in action than to try it out for yourself

Quick network diagnosis 

We’re always seeking to provide capabilities that truly add value to our customer’s business. For cellular troubleshooting, customers have frequently told us how challenging it can get without any visibility into the signal characteristics at their site. This lack of control leads to them taking a hit on business functions that rely on cellular signals. 

MG users can now take advantage of this data within the Meraki platform to quickly diagnose what’s affecting cellular connectivity, or what led to performance degradation, through historical stats— signal strength, latency, and loss—that are visual and easy to interpret. By knowing how cellular connectivity is at certain sites at any given time, it’s simple to get to the root cause of network issues. Easy monitoring of live data along with the signal level, signal quality, and connectivity data could potentially save hours of troubleshooting. 

It gets even better with an API-driven architecture. MG can be managed completely through APIs, giving customers the flexibility of custom reporting and integrations that they need. Stay tuned for more updates!

How to access

From your Meraki dashboard, go to Monitor->Cellular gateways; select the MG for which you’d like to get the health data, and then go to Uplink from the menu bar. Scroll below to view the historical and connectivity data as far as 30 days in the past. 

MG Cellular Monitoring

 

Test out the new capabilities for yourself.  To learn more about the MG Cellular Gateway, you can refer to these additional MG resources: 

Introductory Blog

Features

Datasheets

Free trial

 

Twice the Storage, Twice the Fun

In the past few weeks, we’ve released several new features for the MV smart cameras – including scheduled exports, live link-sharing, and profiles and APIs for quality and retention settings. We have more feature announcements this week, and some new hardware models, with the MV22X and MV72X.

See More, Store More

The MV22X and MV72X models share the same form factor as the MV22 and MV72, but with 512GB of storage. Organizations have two ways to take advantage of this extra storage – longer retention, or higher resolution. For customers interested in longer storage duration, the new MV22X and MV72X can store up to 90 days of 24/7 video.

For those looking for higher resolution, the new MV22X and MV72X can record in up to 4MP resolution, which contains almost double the level of detail found in 1080P. The additional pixels can be useful for the identification of subjects or objects at farther distances, or when used by a 3rd party computer vision service for additional analytics. 

Video Wall Enhancements for MV32

The MV32 is also getting new functionality, with support for dewarped tiles on video walls. This lets users see multiple views from a single MV32 camera at one time, making it easier to stay on top of what is happening. Users can also add in de-warped tiles from multiple MV32 cameras to a video wall, and mix in other camera views, allowing them to create highly customized video walls. For more information on video walls, and setting up dewarped tiles, please refer to the documentation.  

Meraki as a Bluetooth Radio Platform

Finally, we will be enabling the Bluetooth radios on all second-generation MV smart cameras (the MV12 series, MV22 series, MV32, and MV72 series) in the first half of 2020. As part of this, we will be making Bluetooth scanning be available via API on MV cameras. For customers with both MR access points and MV smart cameras, this will offer improved BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) coverage. Stay tuned for more information!

Interested in learning more about these announcements, or MV smart cameras in general? Check out what’s new on the website, or join a webinar for an overview of the MV smart camera line. Let us know what you think about the new models and features in the Meraki Community!

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NEW DECADE, NEW WI-FI 6

The last decade has seen Wi-Fi grow to reach shocking milestones, with over $2 trillion of economic value delivered. This new decade is on track to be the era of Wi-Fi dominance, as 59% of all internet traffic will use the technology. The next 10 years will see new device types, and diverse high-density wireless environments, which is why we want to offer an expanded range of Wi-Fi 6 options. The Meraki Wi-Fi 6 portfolio, combined with Wireless Health and our recent security innovations, will help organizations prepare for a reliable and secure wireless future.

What’s new?

Today, we are introducing three new wireless access points to the Cisco Meraki lineup:

  • The MR56 is our best-in-class 8×8 Wi-Fi 6 access point, designed for ultra high-density, and ultra high-performance.
  • MR46 is our newest 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 access point, which will serve high-density, high-performance environments.
  • MR36 is Cisco’s first 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 access point, designed for high-performance requirements, and large scale deployments with an eye on value.

Meraki Wi-Fi 6

The three Wi-Fi 6 models feature all of the newest 802.11ax capabilities, including OFDMA and MU-MIMO for both downlink and uplink. These features are critical for environments with large amounts of wireless clients and high bandwidth requirements. For example, Meraki access points at the U.S. Open last year saw vast amounts of uplink traffic, as 200,000 attendees uploaded photos and videos to social media and iCloud.

The Meraki cloud will help deliver Wi-Fi 6 at scale across distributed sites and large quantities of mobile devices. Armed with Wi-Fi 6, IT admins can meet performance levels across a broad range of challenging Wi-Fi environments. For example, 4K video or new applications such as VR and AR require extremely low latency wireless. These new access points will provide an immersive wireless experience for those using these emerging technologies. Wi-Fi 6 delivers this performance, even in dense environments such as corporate headquarters, auditoriums, event halls, or retail stores.

We are excited to see what new possibilities await for device mobility across a broad range of use cases and environments. New decade, new possibilities!

To learn more, join us on an upcoming wireless webinar, or try out one of the new Wi-Fi 6 devices via free trial.

How to secure the forklift, MRI, POS terminal, and other IoT devices on your network

In the latest Meraki Unboxed podcast Episode 18: Meraki APIs + Technology Partners = new integrated solutions, we invite technology partner Armis to talk about a newly featured solution on the Meraki Marketplace focused on IoT security. Armis’ turnkey solution natively integrates with the Meraki platform to provide visibility into the devices and software on your network, analyze their behavior, and automatically block suspicious or malicious devices.

In this episode we discuss the proliferation of enterprise and industrial IoT devices such as forklifts, HVAC, medical devices, POS terminals or price scanners, printers, etc. Listen in to learn how these IoT devices pose security threats on the network and how Armis’ solution can help mitigate these risks. 

We’re proud to showcase this example of how the open and extensible Meraki platform can power native integrations with other technologies. For more information about Armis or our other technology partners, visit the Meraki Marketplace.

 

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Cisco on Cisco: Meraki Systems Manager

The growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) brings a lot of benefits to the workplace. BYOD provides employees with flexibility to leverage more connectivity options while increasing productivity and satisfaction by allowing employees to work where and when they want to. 78% of organizations in the US* are embracing BYOD policies, as it allows them to report reduced operational and IT costs, diminished work delays, and enhanced security., 

Recently, Cisco IT deployed Meraki Systems Manager as their Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution to support Cisco’s BYOD model. At Cisco, the IT team manages 60,000+ mobile devices, all of which are BYOD. BYOD plays a big role in allowing Cisco employees to connect to the right work resources, anytime, anywhere, simply using their personal devices. 

A seamless onboarding experience for Cisco employees 

 

At Cisco, BYOD onboarding/enrollment is completely user-driven. When an employee wants to have access to Cisco applications and services on their personal mobile device, the first step is to download the Cisco eStore application. Once the Cisco eStore app is downloaded, employees log into the app using their Active Directory credentials and begin the process of enrollment. The entire process is easy to follow and gives employees an understanding of what will happen on their personal device if they choose to be managed by Meraki Systems Manager. After opting into MDM management, employees will then be prompted to install the configuration profile which includes the certificate that authenticates the user and their device. As soon as the installation is complete, employees will have access to their Cisco email, calendar, and WebEx.  

Cisco IT needed an Enterprise-ready MDM solution

 

For a large enterprise like Cisco, it is critically important to automate IT processes, report intelligently, and integrate with their existing infrastructure. With Systems Manager, powered by Meraki APIs, Cisco IT is able to accomplish these priorities with global scalability. 

Cisco IT has a big ecosystem of “of custom-built, in-house systems and it was a top priority to have an MDM solution integrate with them seamlessly. An example of that is the close integration between the Cisco eStore application and Meraki Systems Manager. The Cisco eStore application is the central hub for Cisco employees to have Cisco manage their phones to establish client VPN and access to corporate email, collaborative applications, and other resources. The Cisco eStore app provides a simple and intuitive user-friendly experience, while all the mobile security and management is taken care of on the backend with Meraki Systems Manager.

Effective security Cisco IT can count on

 

On top of providing employees a simple and efficient way to access work resources with their personal mobile devices, Cisco IT can rest assured knowing security is front and center for the entire process. With Meraki Systems Manager, Cisco IT has created security policies that require employee consent before they are given access to what they need. These policies depend on consistent compliance from employees,  so they can continue to have access to business resources.

Currently, Cisco IT is deploying employee BYOD with Meraki Systems Manager and will complete the rollout for the 60,000+ devices by June of this year. If you would like to learn more about Cisco IT and Meraki Systems Manager, visit the Cisco on Cisco booth at Cisco Live Barcelona starting January 27th, or attend a Systems Manager webinar to try out its MDM capabilities. 

 

*Frost and Sullivan 2018
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I See What You Did There…

Video access is a powerful tool. Knowing this, it helps to ensure that the right people get timely and secure access to video when needed. 

While current camera permissions on the Meraki dashboard allow a lot of flexibility, they may not be the quickest way to share video. For this purpose, we have added the ability to share live video externally to non-dashboard users. Admins like school principals or branch managers can now easily share live video to emergency response personnel or temporary workers when additional situational awareness is needed. Because these links expire, security camera administrators can rest easy, knowing sensitive information is protected. 

On top of this, users need to be accountable when they are accessing video to ensure the system is not abused. With the new video access log, site managers can verify if employees are accessing video for legitimate business reasons. Network administrators can now also monitor the number and length of video viewing sessions to mitigate bandwidth usage spikes. 

Share live video to non-dashboard users

An admin can now quickly share live video externally to any email address. These links expire and can be revoked, so admins can be certain no one can get access to sensitive information unless required. 

Read more about the feature on the Meraki Documentation site.

Get more visibility through the video access log

On a network with many camera users and custom permissions, it can be extremely valuable to have a clear audit log of who is accessing video through the Meraki dashboard and how. The video access log provides network administrators with information on who’s doing what with video in your network.

The log includes access-related actions for all cameras within the network, including:

  • Video viewed locally
  • Video viewed through cloud access
  • Video viewing session ended
  • Screenshot created
  • Video export created
  • Video export deleted
  • Video export downloaded
  • Video export link created
  • Video range paused
  • Video range unpaused
  • Video range deleted
  • Snapshot created via API

Learn more by visiting the Meraki Documentation site, and try using these features today! We would love to hear your use cases and thoughts on the external stream feature and video access log, on the Meraki Community.

Barcelona, here we come!

Cisco Live is like a merry-go-round, and it feels like no sooner has one finished we’re planning the next. And there’s a good reason the planning starts so early: there’s a ton going on! These are huge events, attracting Cisco fans from across the globe – the last one held in San Diego attracted almost 30,000 attendees!

It’s this success that drives Cisco to run multiple Cisco Lives around the world each year, and the new decade kicks off with a return visit to Barcelona for the last week of January. As always, The Cisco Meraki team will be there in large numbers, helping to ensure we get to meet and shake the hands of as many attendees as possible. We’ve created a website with all the details, and here’s a quick rundown of what we have in store this time around.

11 new dashboard product and feature demos

8 formal presentations (technical and less technical)

2 walk-in labs to try out

6 #MerakiMission challenges to complete

The new Capture the Flag

DevNet workshops

And last but not least…

An Innovation Showcase talk by the always-energized head of Meraki, Todd Nightingale

We’ll also be hanging-out in our Meraki Lounge, where we’ll be serving quality coffee alongside the cloud managed IT. There’ll even be a happy hour on Tuesday, definitely not to be missed! With all these opportunities to meet Merakians, and with everything else that goes on both in and around Cisco Live, we’re confident this will be a great experience for everyone, as always.

Our top priority at events like Cisco Live is meeting customers, past, present and future, partners, developers, IT leaders and anyone enthusiastic about our mission to simplify IT and unlock the potential of organizations the world over. We very much look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.

Sign-up here to join us in Barcelona! https://www.ciscolive.com/emea.html

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