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Cisco Automation Fair

Automation Fair is a can’t miss conference for leading automation, controls, operations and IT professionals.  This year’s event will be held in Houston on the 13th and 14th of this month at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

As in previous years, this year’s Automation Fair will again feature industry forums that present examples and concepts different industrial companies such oil and gas producers and manufacturers have used to increase their productivity and improve the efficiency of their business. As part of our strong strategic relationship with Rockwell Automation, Cisco will once again have a significant presence at this event.

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ISO/IEC JTC 1 Leads Global Innovation through ICT

There is no sphere of life today that is not impacted by information and communication technology (ICT). ICT fuels innovation, efficiency, and economic growth, both in the ICT-producing and ICT-using sectors – in other words, the whole interconnected world.

The ICT industry is complex and forward-thinking by its very nature. From a standardization perspective, this means that any document developed needs to at once respond to and anticipate the needs of a multitude of different industries and applications operating on a global scale. The effectiveness and growth of the industry are dependent upon the ability of the many component parts and systems to inter-operate, work reliably and efficiently, and meet diverse needs.

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The International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, has addressed the standardization needs of the ICT industry around the world since 1987. ISO/IEC JTC 1 is the place where the basic building blocks of new technologies are defined and the foundations of ICT infrastructures are laid.

JTC 1 works to address the standardization needs of the global ICT industry, speeding the developmental process and the wide deployment of relevant standards. The U.S. plays a leading role in JTC 1, with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) holding the secretariat. ANSI member and accredited standards developer the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) serves as the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator to JTC 1.

JTC 1 is one of the largest and most prolific technical committees in the international standardization community. With over 2,600 published standards under the broad umbrella of the committee and its 19 subcommittees, including ISO/IEC JTC 1/ SC 17, Cards and personal identification (credit cards/contactless cards), ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 27, IT Security Techniques (common criteria/identity management); and, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 29, Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information (MPEG/JPEG).

JTC 1 makes a tremendous impact on the ICT industry worldwide. The issues that JTC 1 deals with affect everyone – from the computers and credit cards that we use each day to the signaling systems that control our transportation infrastructure. Of all major industries, ICT carries the largest umbrella. Read More »

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BYOD with Flair – Cisco Customer Vitra AG has Designs on Manufacturing.

September 13, 2013 at 9:20 am PST

 

Having just moved into a new house, my wife and I are looking to see how all our old furniture can be re-used -- with her eye on the best design (she’s a designer by trade), and my eye on cost. We’ll end up somewhere in the middle I expect, slightly geared towards ‘design’ if past experience is anything to go by!

An example of Vitra design -- the VitraHaus

Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra pulls off both objectives -- providing customers with great design, AND managing to reduce cost in the organization, How? With Cisco of course!

Take a visit across the Swiss border into Germany and you can visit to the VitraHaus location, its flagship store. Visiting Vitrahaus is like taking a trip through design history, but it also offers the opportunity to encounter the work of leading contemporary designers. Furnishings and objects from the Vitra Home Collection are arranged in a variety of settings for both living and working.

Communications and collaboration are central to bringing these concepts to life. Vitra has been partnering with Cisco for over a decade, evolving its IT infrastructure and expanding wireless LAN deployments. The biggest concentration of wireless access points, more than 70, is at Weil am Rhein. The latest stage of that IT strategy intends to make wireless a key enabler for business transformation.

“Improving guest Wi-Fi access was very important,” says Marco Gersbacher, head of IT infrastructure services at Vitra, “while we also wanted to make sure the business was fully prepared for bring-your-own-device.

Although Vitra had no formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, a growing number of employees were using personal smartphones and tablets alongside company laptops in the workplace.

Vitra Style - style is pervasive in all that they do.

Vitra Style -- style is pervasive in all that they do.

This trend created problems with device recognition and password reset requests. Certain devices could connect only over the wired network, others just to Wi-Fi, and some not at all. So, a robust BYOD framework was a strategic priority. Without visibility of devices, however, the company was unable to guarantee network performance and security.

A validated Cisco® Borderless Network design has helped enable Vitra unify access across all network domains: wired, wireless, and VPN. The solution was installed by NextiraOne and includes the following components: Read More »

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The Gold Value of a “Connected Mine”

Tony ShakibBy Tony Shakib, Vice President of IoT Vertical Business, Cisco

 

 

 

I’ve been in IT for a long time and I often hear that data is worth its weight in gold.  Well, I recently spoke with Canadian-based Dundee Mining Company about how the data generated from their mines is now “connected” and helping the mine produce more gold – more economically and more safely.

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Industrial Grade SDN

September 9, 2013 at 6:55 am PST

The software defined network has become all the rage lately for reasons that seem to vary and are caught up in interesting perceptions.  One view was that it allowed a single network to be controlled centrally and divided up logically to prevent different groups from interfering with one another, well that’s true.  Another view is that it provides a central place of management that configures and monitors the network for performance and faults, well that is true.

The basis is really the separation of the control plane (configuration and management) onto a server that centrally controls many network nodes.  From the data plane which are the switches and routers that pass the data for the application from one end device to another, or many.  The SDN controller communicates over a secure communications path using an API supported by the network device.

Yet what may be the most significant possibility of SDN is the ability to use programmatic control from the very applications that use the network for transport to stipulate any number of services that application needs from the network.  We are seeing this in data centers that will allow end user departments to define a complete network for say ERP from within the ERP application and no help from IT.  Why not for controls?  And since SDN is based on open source initiatives the ability for anyone to create and market applications for say a controls system is very real. Read More »

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