Cisco has launched an Internet of Things system, creating six technology pillars designed to help reduce the complexity of IoT for manufacturers.
By 2019, Cisco forecasts there will be nine networked devices per person in the UK, representing a significant challenge for manufacturers.
And it reckons that half of manufacturers are already reducing costs and increasing efficiency by automating inventory management, real time monitoring and control machine operations and automating lighting to monitor and reduce power.
It says the IoT system simplifies large scale management of networked devices and objects, and provides business insights more quickly via a data analytics platform at the network’s edge
Cisco is currently working with a number of partners including Rockwell Automation. Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and CTO of Rockwell Automation said: “Together with Cisco, we are helping customers derive value from the Internet of Things, by simplifying connectivity of assets on the plant floor with the rest of the enterprise and with remote experts.
“By focusing on the key values of the Cisco approach to IoT, our mutual customers can benefit from improved decision making that can lead to streamlined business and manufacturing processes, reduced network complexities and improved security.”
Cisco has also launched 15 IoT products within the six pillars.
The six pillars of Cisco’s IoT System are:
1. Fog Computing
This is when data is processed on the edge of the network to produce immediate insights and action. Cisco predicts that 40 per cent of IoT created data will be processed in the fog by 2018, and 25 of its network products are now enabled with Cisco’s fog computing.
2. Application Enablement Platform
This offers a set of APIs for industries and cities, ecosystem partners and 3rd parties vendors to design, develop and deploy their own applications.
The IoT System connects cyber and physical security for visibility into both physical and digital assets, increasing protection and operational benefits.
4. Data Analytics
48 per cent of value created by data insights is generated from IoT deployments. The IoT System provides the infrastructure to implement analytics and harness actionable data.
5. Network Connectivity
The foundation of IoT, this portfolio includes routing, switching, and wireless products.
6. Management and Automation
With increasing endpoints and applications, field operators need an easy-to-use management system. The IoT System can be customised for each deployment’s unique needs and help bridge siloed departments.