Mr. Steve Collen
Steve Collen is the director of marketing in Ciscos Physical Security business unit, focusing on the development of network-based surveillance, access control and collaboration systems. Steve was one of the founders of the business unit and is working hard to make it a $1 billion product line for Cisco. After product management roles at British Telecom and AT&T, Steve joined Cisco in 1995 and has been responsible for the management and marketing of high-end routing, network security and other product lines.
Steve is the father of two and enjoys shooting, soccer and motorcycling. He is a native of the U.K. and became a U.S. citizen in 2010. He has a degree in management science from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the U.K. and an MBA from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.
SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: I thought of Cisco as I read
about the millions of Americans who have been affected by this year's
storms, fires and other disasters. Bridges are down, roadways are destroyed,
and communications have been severely disrupted. What kinds of solutions
does Cisco bring to market in this context?
Steve Collen: Well, our goal is to protect people, property, communities and infrastructure by using the network as a platform to deliver and integrate key security capabilities. A basic example would be delivering real-time video surveillance footage of an in-progress incident to a first responder's iPhone or tablet. Once on scene, the first responder can then upload and share their own video of the event.
SecuritySolutionsWatch.com:Is "the network as a platform"
approach related to Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities initiative?
Steve Collen: As we describe on our website, "Cisco
Cisco Smart+Connected Communities
uses intelligent networking capabilities to weave together people, services, community assets, and information into a single pervasive solution." The network is the platform that helps transform physical communities into connected communities. Connectivity is essential in keeping communities safe. More
SecuritySolutionsWatch.com:Thank you for joining us today, Mike. Please give us an overview of your
background and your role at Honeywell Building Solutions.
Mike Taylor: Thanks for having me. I currently serve as vice president of Americas marketing for Honeywell Building Solutions, a business unit of Honeywell that installs and services systems that keep facilities safe, secure, comfortable and energy efficient. In this role, I am responsible for overall strategy, marketing, product management and training in North and South America. Iíve been with Honeywell for more than 25 years, and have held a variety of sales, marketing and general management positions.
Congratulations on the recent announcement regarding
the selection of Honeywell Instant Alert® for Schools by the Lamar
School District in Texas. Please give us an overview of the Instant Alert
Mike Taylor: Instant Alert is a Web-based notification service that gives administrators a way to send clear, consistent messages to thousands of families within minutes via phone, cell phone, pager, e-mail and PDA. Schools can use the service to update parents on both critical and everyday issues, including emergencies, bus delays, event cancellations and even report cards. Compared to the time- and resource-intensive phone trees and flyers many districts use to deliver information, Instant Alert can send 100,000 30-second phone calls in 15 minutes and more than 6,000 text messages per minute.
To use Instant Alert, a designated school representative initiates a message through a secure Web site or by phone. The message is instantly relayed to all contact points provided by parents or guardians. Parents can update their contact information online and specify how they want to be reached ó e.g., e-mail for a routine message, and e-mail and cell phone for emergency communications. In addition, Instant Alert allows schools to develop an unlimited number of subgroups, including sports teams, clubs, parent organizations and grade levels, and send customized messages to these groups.
Teachers and administrators also can send alerts to individual parents, which can help combat truancy and, as a result, increase school budgets.
The service was launched in 2004 and is currently used by schools in almost 30 states. Its quick adoption is due to the fact that Instant Alert takes the guess work out of where and how to reach parents ó a growing concern for schools in todayís mobile society. And because itís Web based, districts donít have to install any hardware, software or additional phone lines, keeping costs low.
The service was launched in 2004 and is currently used by schools in almost 30 states. Its quick adoption is due to the fact that Instant Alert takes the guess work out of where and how to reach parents ó a growing concern for schools in todayís mobile society. And because itís Web based, districts donít have to install any hardware, software or additional phone lines, keeping costs low. More