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The Province of Nova Scotia and Cisco Collaborate to Advance e-Nova Scotia Initiatives

HALIFAX, NS. – July 19, 2011

A memorandum of understanding signed today by Premier Darrell Dexter and Cisco Canada President Nitin Kawale will support efforts in improving economic, social and environmental sustainability for all Nova Scotians.

This memorandum of understanding marks the first time Cisco has entered into a collaboration agreement with a province in Canada.

"Change is key to a better future, and this kind of collaboration will develop innovative and effective solutions," said Premier Dexter. "Global companies bring new ideas and new opportunities for Nova Scotians to improve our healthcare, connected communities and higher education. Cisco is currently working with global cities such as London, United Kingdom, Songdo, South Korea, and Vancouver, Canada, on a range of connected solutions."

This non-binding three-year agreement will help strengthen Nova Scotia's efforts in delivering reliable and effective solutions in areas including healthcare, education, and environment.

The relationship will encourage the adoption of new technology and solutions, mentoring and collaboration, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.

"We are delighted to collaborate with the Province of Nova Scotia and to work with them on further utilizing their demonstrated leadership in ICT and broadband deployment," said Mr. Kawale. "Cisco has been involved around the world in helping countries, states, provinces and cities develop Smart+Connected Community strategies to realize economic development, enable environmental sustainability and enhance quality of life. We look forward to helping Nova Scotia investigate the benefits that connected solutions can bring to the province."   

Cisco's Smart+Connected Community solutions provide communities with tools to help generate sustainable economic growth and enhance quality of life.  These solutions include those for utilities, safety and security, real estate, transportation, healthcare, education, sports and entertainment venues, and government services.

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