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Cisco Product Rollout Targets Mobile Workforce

Cisco offers the Location Solution for the health-care industry, the In-Store Mobility Solution for the retail industry, and the First Mile Wireless Solution for the oil and gas industries.

Cisco Systems on Tuesday rolled out several new products for the mobile workforce in vertical industries such as health care and retail. The networking giant said the products are a result of businesses' growing need for mobility.

"We've been working on this vision for a year by aligning our roadmaps and integrating our technologies across security, unified communications, wireless LANs, and wired networking," said Alan Cohen, Cisco's VP of mobility solutions, in an interview. After conducting independent research and surveying business decision-makers, Cisco came up with three key conclusions:

-- Most businesses don't have a long-term mobile IT strategy.

-- One out of four decision-makers are out of compliance with industry regulations when it comes to security policies of their wired and wireless networks.

-- Most businesses haven't planned for how to connect their assets to their network.

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