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Security, IoT and Risk Management for Industrial Networking

March 7, 2013 at 8:15 am PST

Isn’t it great to meet your respected peers all in one place to share ideas on improving industrial business performance?

Executives, engineers, developers and analysts did just that at the ARC World Industry Forum in Orlando recently.  And Cisco representatives were there to discuss the challenges and rewards of networking in industrial environments. Here is a summary on forum discussions specific to cyber security, the Internet of Things and risk management.

Brian Uffelman is a Security Solutions Architect for the Cisco Connected Industries Group.  In this video Brian summarizes his talk on securing the end-to-end (Plant-to-Business) network from internal network threats.  Brian speaks of the benefits of a complete security architecture that starts in the DMZ to keep threats out of the network and extends security all the way to the individual production user. Read More »

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Cisco Connected Industries at Cisco Live! Melbourne, Australia, 5-8 March, 2013

March 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm PST

Cisco MelbourneCheck out the Connected Industries presence at Cisco Live Australia, 2013.

Cisco Connected Industries are present  in Melbourne showing off some of the latest ruggedized equipment that Cisco has for industrial users such as those in the manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Mining sectors.

There’s a static display of equipment to allow customers to “touch and feel” all models of the Industrial Ethernet range: IE3000, IE2000, IE3010, C819, AIR1552, ESR5915, ESR5940.

There will also be h a great demo session focused on real-time mobile data collection in the mining industry (to show a harsh environment application).

CiscoLive_tech_demoThe demonstration utilizes the Cisco 819 M2M router and Cisco Industrial Ethernet switches to show how telemetry can be collected from a mining vehicle and back-hauled over a Cisco wireless mesh infrastructure to a central data center. The data can be securely monitored for abnormal fluctuations from a remote location using Cisco’s VPN and ASA Firewall technologies. The detection of an abnormality can be used to generate warning alerts via management systems, IP Telephony and Instant Messaging. Cool huh? Now that’s Connected Manufacturing! (or Connected Mining in this case!).

Can’t make it to Melbourne this year? Then register for Cisco Live 365 and get all the session action on your desktop!

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Bringing Flexibility to Manufacturing through Mobile Collaboration

February 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm PST

Manufacturing’s evolving workforce has introduced both challenges and opportunities to the manufacturing industry. With the increasing penetration of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, manufacturers are seeking ways to leverage their newly-connected workers to enhance the impact of the enterprise network and adapt to the needs of its employees and customers. The reasoning is simple. Deploying mobile collaboration technologies on the plant floor adds value by connecting factory product experts with R&D, sales and even maintenance teams that are off-site. Until recently, plant floor engineering resources were “off the grid,” detaching product knowledge and real-time production status from enhancing global operations, sales, and customer support.  Adding these previously untapped workers to the network brings exciting collaboration opportunities from reducing plant floor downtime to sharing best practices across the manufacturing enterprise.  This new level of connectedness can also go beyond internal uses to benefit customers and partners who rely on manufacturing efficiency and information sharing.

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Please Welcome Jason Pates to the Cisco Manufacturing Blog

February 21, 2013 at 11:23 am PST

I’m pleased to introduce Jason Pates to the Cisco Manufacturing Blog.

jpatesJason leads the Manufacturing, High Tech and Energy verticals for Cisco’s Customer Business Transformation (CBT) consulting practice which is a part of the Collaboration Technology Group here at Cisco.

The CBT team includes a group of experienced business consultants who work with many of the world’s leading companies on strategies to leverage Unified Communications and collaboration tools to drive business value through cost savings, increased revenue, improved employee productivity and business processes.

As a technical project manager and consultant skilled in analyzing and improving business processes, Jason has many years experience  managing organizational change and optimizing workflow for organizations of all sorts. He is trained in Six Sigma process improvement methodology, e-commerce strategy, and financial analysis. Read More »

Cisco Congratulates Winners of the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards

February 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm PST

Manufacturing Leadership Awards

 As a signature sponsor of the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership Summit and members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council Cisco would like to congratulate all of the Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Award recipients that were officially announced today by Manufacturing Executive. These companies have been selected from a considerable pool of nominees from across the globe for their leadership in the following categories: Global Value Chain, Sustainability, New Workforce, Game-Changing Technologies, Information Leadership, Innovation and Operational Excellence.

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