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Making Smarter Manufacturing and IoT a Reality Today

Recently, Lopez Research published a white paper entitled Building Smarter Manufacturing with the Internet of Things (IoT). It is a worthwhile read especially for industrial and manufacturing companies as they wrestle with the implications of IoT for the factory floor and beyond. 

The paper describes what IoT means for manufacturers today, including some of the compelling business benefits and value from improved connections between people, processes and data. A recent video infographic, ‘Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Possibilities’ produced by Cisco Consulting Services cites some statistics, including how intelligent connections across the value chain resulted in ‘reduction of time to market drives 1.2% bottom line improvement’:

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IoT at Mobile World Conference with Cisco and SAP

Wow, that was one heck of a week.  MWC 2014 is over, but, it was incredible.  The show was packed, the collaboration with customers was dynamic and, once again, Barcelona was a fantastic host.  For me though, it was also a clear statement that the Internet of Things (IoT) is exciting and gaining steam with mobile operators.  In fact, as I looked through three discreet lenses, I could clearly see the excitement from customers and the advancement of the technologies that will help to enable them.  I walked no less than 5 miles a day, traversing what became my own personal MWC IoT Triangle, jamming in customer and partner meetings in the Cisco booth, running to SAP’s booth to collaborate on our joint demos and then to the Plaza De Palau where I was hosting Smart and Connected City tours. Read More »

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No matter how harsh is your work environment, Cisco has you covered

Cisco_IndustrialEthernetSwitches_2 27 14“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” – Popular US Postal Service motto

Many of my US colleagues have told me that they grew up hearing the phrase above and thinking how reliable their mail service is, even under the harshest conditions, they always got their mail. We in Cisco think that your network should be as reliable and resilient, and work under all conditions, particularly now when the Internet of Things (IoT) requires a level of resiliency at a scale never imagined before, and under conditions beyond what the traditional datacenter or wiring closet can offer.

These days, one of the challenges that the Internet of Things has to deal with is that it “…is already connecting the physical world today, but the real world, unlike the digital world, is much more uncertain and variable. We have to connect objects in unpredictable environments, often subject to Mother Nature or just the movement of our earth and its inhabitants…”

In fact Cisco defines the Internet of Things as “the intelligent connectivity of physical devices driving massive gains in efficiency, business growth and quality of life.”

In order to establish intelligent connectivity to physical devices, networking equipment have to be able to coexist in the same environmental in which the physical device are operating.

Very often, these physical devices are operating in harsh environments both from a temperature prospective (like in a smelting furnace or in a mining field located in Siberia), from a dustiness prospective (like in a cement production plant), from a vibrations prospective (like on a train or on a mining truck) etc.

To properly operate in these environments networking devices have to be specifically designed with highly ruggedized casing to protect the device’s internal components, and with specific connectors to avoid any possible water penetration or to get unplugged because of hard vibrations.

We’re excited to announce today an extension of our Industrial Ethernet portfolio adding a new series of IE2000 IP67 switches! Read More »

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Collaboration Solutions Power Next-Generation Citizen Experiences

Last month, Cisco announced new research that I find particularly exciting in my role of helping customers maximize value from their investments in collaboration, video, and mobility. “Internet of Everything: A $4.6 Trillion Public-Sector Opportunity,” the latest research and economic analysis by Cisco Consulting Services, calculates the value that the Internet of Everything (IoE) will create in the public sector worldwide from 2013 through 2022. According to Cisco, IoE will enable a global total of $19 trillion in Value at Stake over the coming decade — $4.6 trillion in public-sector value combined with the $14.4 trillion in private-sector value identified in related research last year.

IoE brings together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before. The civilian sector will drive $3.1 trillion of IoE’s value in the public sector, through increased revenue, reduced costs, and improvements to employee productivity and citizen experience. The remaining $1.5 trillion of IoE public sector Value at Stake will result from more effective military operations.

What excites me about this report is that 69 percent of the civilian public sector Value at Stake is powered by people-centric connections that can be enhanced by collaboration, video, and mobility technologies.

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Summary: CIO Perspectives – Mobility, Customer Experience and the Road Ahead

Many business and IT leaders understand the current benefits of mobility, but some are still wondering what’s down the road and how the growing Internet of Everything (IoE) will impact the future of mobility and enhance tomorrow’s digital experience, for those both inside and outside of the workplace.

How can today’s CIOs be prepared to travel down the mobility road ahead? Here are three key points to consider:

1. Mobility is fueling the growth of the Internet of Everything.

We define the Internet of Everything as bringing people, process, data, and things together to make networked connections more relevant and valuable.  The concepts of mobility and IoE are not running parallel paths. Instead, the Internet of Everything is in large part, fueled by the growth of mobility. We see this best in the solutions and scenarios driving adoption – from farmers using sensors to monitor livestock to the hospitality industry creating more personalized experiences for their guests, mobility is a significant driver in bringing the IoE to life.

2. Mobility is driving a new customer experience.

In the coming years, we will continue to see the transformation from customer service to customer experience, both inside the workplace and with external customers. With increased mobility, it’s no longer enough to simply provide product information or the basic tools to get the job done. Employees and customers want more integration, more personalization and more context. Demand for this capability is setting the stage for tomorrow’s customers and employees, who will desire better integration of apps, content and context to make their decisions; both lifestyle and business decisions.

3. Mobility extends beyond traditional “carpeted office” applications.

Several years ago, the concept of BYOD and mobility might have been viewed as more easily deployed in traditional office settings. Today, mobility is significantly extending across the value chain. The results are driving more efficient organizations and industries built on the power of predictive context.

Like a traveler embarking on a long trip, organizations must be prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities for the road ahead. Learn more about how your business can benefit from an architectural approach to mobility to reap the benefits of the Internet of Everything.

Read the full article: CIO Perspectives – Mobility, Customer Experience and the Road Ahead

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