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Industrial Manufacturing. What is it doing at the IoT World Forum?

Paul Puess head shot for ROK IoTWF post for Cisco IoE blogEd Note: As we head off to the IoT World forum, we have the honor of a Guest Post By Paula Puess.  Paula Puess has over 25 years of experience in both the IT and Manufacturing industries.  She is currently the Global Market Development Manager, Visualization & Information software for Rockwell Automation.


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Connected Enterprise image for ROK IoTWF post for Cisco IoE blogIt’s understandable if IT professionals reading this blog accused industrial manufacturing as being a technology laggard. Some hear “manufacturing” and immediately think “labor intensive,” “isolated operations,” and “dangerous and dirty.”

Not exactly a cutting-edge image.

So, what perspective does Rockwell Automation – the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information – offer IT experts from around the globe during the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum? Read More »

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Cisco Power Over EtherNet (POE) – What’s the Benefit to Your Business?

April 25, 2013 at 11:11 am PST

An introduction to how Cisco Industrial POE can simplify electrical wiring, increase device portability, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This is available on the Cisco IE3000 and IE2000 Series products now.

IP devices are becoming Ubiquitous, and the Internet of things is upon us, and predictions are for billions of devices connected over the Internet of Everything. So, what does this mean in terms of connectivity? Will everything be wireless? Clearly not for several reasons, including up-stream and downstream high speed connectivity with data centers and storage, and issues of reliability in harsh environments. However, many devices such as sensors will be wireless, and they’ll need to be back-hauled back to the data center or control areas.

So those sensors and devices, which may or not be battery powered, will need to connect to a wired infrastructure of some sort. Many will need a wire-line, especially in the world of manufacturing, energy and utilities.  That’s where Power over Ethernet, or PoE, is proving invaluable. Read More »

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Cisco Connected Industries talks about the IE2000 Industrial Ethernet Switch

April 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm PST

Connected Industries shows off the entry level Industrial Switch, the IE2000

Yuta Endo, Cisco Connected Industries Product Manager,  discusses the newest version of the IE2000 range of products that addresses the growing trends of Industrial and Enterprise Network convergence; connectivity across Industrial equipment; and the heightened security concerns that are burgeoning.

The IE2000Yuta talks about the product features and benefits, such as support for IEEE standards such as the IEEE 1588 PTP v2 Motion Control standard.

The product is available now for customers in the Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Mining, Transportation and Energy industries, and is already in use by many Cisco manufacturing customers.

Recently the product line added Power over Ethernet (PoE), so that both the IE2000 and IE3000 ranges have PoE in both the fixed and modular versions. More on that in my next blog!

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Cisco Live Australia 2013 a success for Connected Industries and IoT

March 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm PST

I just caught up with some colleagues who were present at the Cisco Live 2013 event just held in Melbourne, Australia, 5-8 March, 2013. “It was a great success for both Cisco and the Connected Industries Group”,  said Guy Denis, one of the experts who has just returned from Australia.

CiscoLive_Aus_2013-bYou probably saw my earlier blog telling you that  The Cisco Connected Industries Group (CIG) were at Cisco Live!, and I just got word that over 3,000 attended over the four days in Melbourne. There  was strong interest in follow-up meetings by over a hundred folks who were keenly interested in mining and Oil and Gas, in addition to Manufacturing. Not surprising really, as the region has a solid industry in these three areas. Many folks were very interested in the 819 for 4G mobile assets (think earth movers and that kind of thing), and the IE2000 was well received.

The Keynote by  Carlos Dominguez (the opening speech of the event)  featured the Internet of Everything (IoE) and The Internet of Things (IoT)  with industrial use cases  and  the network in mind. 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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