The week-long Cisco Live event in Berlin finished today, and I had a chance to quickly check out a few (not all sadly due to lack of time) exhibits –. This is a very brief photo tour of perhaps 1% (at a guess more than 10k attendees, hundreds of firms present) along with short (typically 10-second) videos just to give an idea of the event.

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The event took place very close to the city centre, so it was an excellent opportunity to also see some Berlin art.

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Some vendors had created fun games with a technical twist. This was one of my favourites.

 

I feel tempted to make something similar : )

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The developer zone allowed you to learn, practice things and express your own creativity. It was packed, this is a semi-quiet moment towards the evening.

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There were plenty of Arduino’s and other bits of hardware:

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Build your vehicle and then make use of the data!

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Another one of my favourites was this drone:

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The underside hosted multiple video cameras:

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The props appeared to be made from carbon fibre:

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Each ‘toy’ had a serious purpose, to convey an idea or a solution:

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It was interesting to see the breadth of sensors on the drone, and how the collected information was used:

 

It’s no Caravaggio, but this is Berlin and the flower is my contribution to the art world:

 

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Back in the more serious area, there were experts from hundreds of businesses ready to provide information on all sorts of IT topics:

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It was interesting to see how complex information was conveyed; lots can be learned from experts willing to deep-dive into product explanations and people really appreciated knowing things in such immense detail.

 

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Here is a firewall and intrusion prevention device for industrial use:

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There were plenty of ruggedized bits of hardware on display for specific industries such as rail:

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The ability to predict degradation prior to failure is invaluable especially when specialist machinery has lead times for spares. Industrial machine and robotics hardware was in action, demonstrating how valuable data could be collected from new and existing installations:

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There were many techie games to play when taking a break. I didn’t get a chance to try this one but it looked interesting:

 

This train was pretty cool, controlled by Arduino's from what I could tell:

 

That’s it! This was just a short tour but I hope it was useful.