Cisco Addresses Complexity of Digitization with New IoT System

By CIOReview | Monday, July 13, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Growth in cloud computing analytics and increase in the interconnectivity of machines and interpersonal devices have entangled digitization. Cisco has launched a new IoT (Internet of Things) System to address the complexity of digitization.

The new Cisco IoT System comes with an infrastructure constructed to manage the data avalanche that is created by large scale systems that have disparate end points and platforms.

It consists of six analytical technology elements (pillars) that combine into an architecture to reduce the convolution of digitization. The six pillars are Network Connectivity, Fog Computing, Security, Data Analytics, Management and Automation and Application Enablement Platform, reports M2M World News.

The Network Connectivity pillar includes purpose-built routing, switching, and wireless products that are in ruggedized and non-ruggedized form factors. To support the Network Connectivity Pillar of the new IoT System Cisco has introduced the following products -IE5000 purpose-built IE switches to bring connectivity to factory-level manufacturing and cities, IW3702 is a wireless access point for connected mass transit systems and city Wi-Fi. The IR 809 and IR 829 series introduce 7 new industrial routers with Wi-Fi. For utilities, 4G/LTE module for CGR 1000 is a product, Mobile IP Gateway (MIG-2450) for connected rail solutions and 5921 Embedded Services Routers for defense to extend reach of industrial networking into remote environments.

Fog refers to a distributed computing infrastructure for the IoT that allows customers to analyze and mange data locally and derives immediate insights from connections that extend computing capabilities. Fog Computing expands data analytics applications to the networks. The Cisco Fog Computing system includes GE (Predix), Itron (Riva), OSISoft (PI), smartFOA in Japan, Bit Stew, Davra, SK Solutions and Toshiba.

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. This pillar of the IoT System unifies cyber and physical security. With the 360° 5MP & 720p IP cameras,Cyber and Physical Security Analytics  have been enhanced to provide camera applications that include audio detection, sensor aggregation, audio message triggers, metadata generation, local video player and video summarization.

The Data Analytics technology element implements analytics and controls actionable data for Cisco Connected Analytics Portfolio as well as Third party analytics software. Data Analytics Highlights include Fog Data Services that 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.

The IoT System provides support for multiple siloed functions, enhancing security and control to manage the increasing volume of endpoints and applications through the Management and Automation element. IoT Field Network Director, a management software allows operators to monitor and customize IoT network infrastructure for industrial scale. Fog Director enables central management of multiple applications running at the edge. This management platform gives administrators control of application settings and lifecycle providing easier access and visibility into large-scale IoT deployments.

The Application Enablement Platform which forms the sixth pillar 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.