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Partners Can Drive Cisco's Deep Fusion Reasoning Engine Into Smart Cities, Health Care, Manufacturing

The Cisco system is in early development and executives say pilot programs in Europe are promising for partners willing to develop capabilities around artificial intelligence and customer business outcomes.

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Cisco Systems took partners on a journey last week into a future where artificial intelligence can analyze and manage something as complex and unpredictable as a busy city intersection.

A system called Deep Fusion Reasoning Engine is in early development at Cisco, and executives say pilot programs in Europe point to promise for partners willing to develop capabilities around AI and customer business outcomes.

Ruba Borno, vice president of growth initiatives and chief of staff to CEO Chuck Robbins, and Sean Curtis, Cisco director of technology experiences, demonstrated the system in a keynote this week at Cisco's Partner Connection Week conference.

From a nearly indecipherable web of code drawn from video data, the system identifies objects with great accuracy, determines patterns, predicts interactions and makes recommendations. Borno and Curtis demonstrated the system using a city street as an example, but said the AI improvements the system makes will be applicable across a wide range of industries from health care to manufacturing.

Cisco will rely on partners' customer knowledge to drive the system into the market, and Borno said significant opportunities await partners with code development expertise.

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