Cisco to ?simplify? IoT for businesses and cities

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Cisco has launched its IoT System, designed to simplify the Internet of Things (IoT) for businesses and cities.

By managing a growing mix of endpoints, networks and data, the IoT System aims to help businesses make better and faster decisions.

The IoT System comprises of six technology ‘pillars’ which – when combined together into an architecture – help reduce the complexities of IoT.

Within these six pillars, Cisco has launched an array of new IoT products aimed at helping raise operational efficiency, improving security, creating new services and turning data into action.

The six pillars of the IoT System are:

- Network Connectivity: This pillar includes purpose-built routing, switching, and wireless products available in ruggedised and non-ruggedised form factors.

- Fog Computing: ‘Fog’ is a distributed computing infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) which extends computing capability – and thereby data analytics applications - to the ‘edge’ of networks. It enables customers to analyze and manage data locally, and thereby to derive immediate insights from connections. Cisco predicts that 40% of IoT-created data will be processed in the fog by 2018. Over 25 of Cisco’s network products are enabled with Cisco’s fog computing or edge data processing platform, IOx.

- Security: The security pillar of the IoT System unifies cyber and physical security to deliver operational benefits and increase the protection of both physical and digital assets. Cisco’s IP surveillance portfolio and network products with TrustSec security and cloud/cyber security products allow users to monitor, detect and respond to combined IT and Operational Technology (OT) attacks.

- Data Analytics: The Cisco IoT System provides an optimized infrastructure to implement analytics and harness actionable data for both the Cisco Connected Analytics Portfolio and third party analytics software.

- Management and Automation: The IoT System provides enhanced security, control and support for multiple siloed functions to deliver an easy-to-use system for managing an increasing volume of endpoints and applications, field operators need an easy-to-use management system.

- Application Enablement Platform: Offers a set of APIs for industries and cities, ecosystem partners and third-party vendors to design, develop and deploy their own applications on the foundation of IoT System capabilities.

Cisco’s new IoT products include:

Network Connectivity

- IE5000: Purpose-built IE switch that brings connectivity to factory-level manufacturing and cities.

- IW3702: Wireless access point for connected mass transit systems and city Wi-Fi.

- IR 809, IR 829 series: Introducing 7 new industrial routers with Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE connectivity, ideal for transportation or IoT application deployments.

- 4G/LTE module for CGR 1000 for utilities

- Mobile IP Gateway (MIG-2450) for connected rail solutions

- 5921 Embedded Services Routers for defence extend reach of industrial networking into remote environments.

Physical and Cyber Security

- 360° 5MP & 720p IP cameras: These high-quality cameras cater to versatile environments and can host 3rd party software applications. Features include 360° view for situational awareness and audio and digital sensors.

- Physical Security Analytics: Camera applications include audio detection, sensor aggregation, audio message triggers, metadata generation, local video player and video summarisation.

Data Analytics

- Fog Data Services: Allow operators to create policies that monitor and take actions on data flowing through the IoT environment (data-in-motion). It resides on the IOx platform so users can integrate custom policies with applications.

Management and Automation

- IoT Field Network Director: This management software allows operators to monitor and customise IoT network infrastructure for industrial scale.

- Fog Director: Allows central management of multiple applications running at the edge. This management platform gives administrators control of application settings and lifecycle, for easier access and visibility into large-scale IoT deployments.

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