“The Internet of Things is the next technology transition where devices will allow us to sense and control the physical world by making objects smarter and connecting them through an intelligent network”, Lindsay Hiebert, Senior Marketing Manager, Internet of Things, Cisco Systems
The Internet of Things in a Manufacturing Plant Environment
The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. This technology allows objects within such places as manufacturing floors, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems to be controlled from virtually anywhere in the world. This connectivity also means more data can be gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security. The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything (people, process, data and things) is about connecting the unconnected.
IT organizations face several challenges: a globalizing economy, the increasing cost of IT ownership, business users directly going to public Cloud providers, the difficulty of operating complex environments, effectively enabling innovation as well as variety of risks around security and compliance. Given these challenges, IT decision makers must innovate and conduct business differently in order to remain effective. Data shows that despite years of IT cost reduction programs, the industry on average has only managed to shift an additional 1% of IT spend towards growth and innovation.
Does transforming your IT mean moving from a cost center to a business enabler? Changing your architecture to include Cloud? Redesigning applications or selecting off-the-shelf application? Or moving from a centralized IT delivery to IT services broker? A majority of business leaders have said “yes” to all of the above. Read More »
It’s estimated that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population by the end of this year. That is a tremendous amount of connections and as more devices enter the market, the way people, processes, data, and things – the Internet of Everything – connect will change everything about how we do business and live our lives.
Mobility is the power-player when it comes to the future of the Internet of Everything, revolutionizing everything from our shopping habits to healthcare innovations. In this blog, Mala Anand, Senior Vice President, Cisco Services Platforms Group, outlines the importance of mobility as an Internet of Things driver and how these “things” are essential to the success of the Internet of Everything.
Be sure to read the first blog in this series by Rachael McBrearty, Chief Creative of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, about the Nexus of the Internet of Everything.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is on course to exponentially grow in the coming years, with more than 30 billion devices installed by 2020. And this count doesn’t include the “standard” items such as PCs, tablets, and smartphones!
We have already seen how IoT innovations can connect homes, linking light bulbs, locks, thermostats, and more. We have even seen networks make their way under water to the ocean floor. And during this year’s Cisco Live, mobile phone notifications, sensors on streetlights and recycling bins and other smart technology gave attendees insight into the fluidity of a connected city, as these “things” spoke to each another. These innovations are fascinating, but the question still remains -- what’s next?
Multiple changes are on the horizon for public sector information technology managers. Over the next two years, IT organizations could be heavily impacted by these transformations, via a very distinct series of events. Government and education CIOs, program managers, and business process planners will need to keep an eye on these looming changes as they embark on long-range IT plans.
(This is part 2 of a 7-part series sharing insights from Cisco partners about the Future of Cloud.)
Chris Kemmerer, Director, Mobility Solutions, Verizon, had a lot to share with me at CiscoLive! “What I’m seeing this year is very transformational,” said Kemmerer. “What we’re seeing is how to take some of these foundation services and layer applications and more value on top of them.
“For example, our Cisco Powered hosted collaboration service has been very successful as we see the market shifting from premises-based phone services to cloud-base phone systems. Our traditional focus in the cloud space has been infrastructure as a service (IaaS). We’ve taken the underlying infrastructure of our IaaS platform and started to layer applications to provide software as a service (SaaS) on top of that with some key partners.”
Organizations can benefit greatly from these value-added services. “Why put your communications in the cloud? I think customers learn very quickly about the speed with which they can execute in a reliable, responsible manner. When customers are looking to stand up new locations, in the old days, it would be a month or two just for planning. Now we’re doing it in weeks.”
However, not all clouds are created equal. “Being a carrier, there’s an expectation from our customers that we are five 9s reliable, however you want to calculate that,” said Kemmerer. “The way we look at it, when we say we’re providing an enterprise-class service, it’s going to be over an application-aware network. It’s going to be secure. It’s going to offer SLAs. These are the things that, in my mind, are going to differentiate our services from say a commodity or best effort service.”
You can also learn more about how providers are addressing the need for enterprise class services in the latest edition of Unleashing IT.