Recently Cisco was honored to be named in the Automation World 2011 First Team Honorees list. This recognizes Cisco as a leading player and trusted partner for manufacturing, distribution and industrial companies.
In the category of ‘Networking Components – Ethernet’ Cisco was named as a First Team Honoree, and that doesn’t surprise me. Over the years folks have stopped coming up to me and asking what Cisco is doing at, say, an Industrial Networking event such as the Rockwell Automation Fair. Now folks are really interested in how Cisco is leading the change for Ethernet for the Factory. Cisco’s partnership with Rockwell has spawned the Cisco Industrial Ethernet (IE3000) range, and the Stratix 8000. The Stratix 5700, a smaller form factor and lower entry point than the 8000 is the newest addition to the Range. My recent: Cisco Live UK: Day 4, Part 2 – Rockwell Automation IP Ethernet shows me interviewing Mark Daniels of Rockwell Automation. Mark is the Rockwell Automation Ltd. Business Manager, Architecture and Software, based in Milton Keynes in the UK. Mark is talking about the Cisco Live Demonstration of Motion Control in the video blog. This is the kind of partnership that help produce products and Solutions that helped us win this award.
The second Honor was for ‘Networking Components – Wireless’. Here Cisco has lead the way in industrial-strength wireless solutions which, like many of Cisco’s fixed-wire products, are hardened for the Industrial environment, many with ATEX (Atmospheres Explosibles) and CSA Canadian Standards Association) compliance. Cisco even has an IP Handset that has For ATEX Zone 2/Class 22 and CSA Class I Division II certifications, the 7925G-EX. Other products help build out ATEX and CSA Certified Wireless Networks such as the Cisco Aironet 1550 Series Outdoor Access Point, which can enable a self-healing, and self-optimizing wireless network that mitigates the impact of wireless interference. Our recent work with Honeywell (read the blog: Honeywell Strengthens Wireless Solutions Offering With Cisco) talks about how Cisco’s new Aironet 1552 Access Point together with Honeywell’s OneWireless network, provides wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi applications and ISA100.11a field instruments under a single infrastructure and minimizing total cost of ownership.
Check out my blog on how Höganäs North America chooses Cisco over Motorola, Nortel, Avaya, and others – Part 1, and Höganäs North America chooses Cisco over others for Unified Wireless and Secure Network – Part 2 to find out about a real customer using the kinds of products that lead to Cisco winning the award from Automation World.