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It’s Not Just the Connections, It’s the Applications

The Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting sensors, cameras, machines, and other devices at an amazing rate. But what drives the value of these digitized devices is not just the connections—it’s the applications that the connections enable. Think, for example, of a connected transportation system. It is not enough that buses have GPS and can connect to the Internet—what could really make a difference is an application that dynamically plans bus routes based on where people are, how long they have been waiting, and where they are going. That’s where the true value is.

You might even say that applications are the reason we connect things and collect data from those things. So those of us who are building the IoT infrastructure must understand what application developers need, and then enable them to take advantage of the IoT infrastructure and the data it carries. This means we need more than open APIs—we must make it easy for an application to get the data it requires from the infrastructure and to provide input into the infrastructure.

Additionally, we need to respond to the changing ways people want to interact with the devices at the edge. Traditionally, a process engineer might control or program a production line using a fixed human-machine interface (HMI) screen physically attached to the production machinery. Today, there is a growing need for remote and mobile interface capabilities—especially for the growing ranks of Millennials who want to be able to use iPads and other mobile devices to interact with IoT deployments. Cisco’s IOx platform is a flexible application development environment with a goal of enabling developers to connect applications with any protocol, interface, or device. In the future, this could even enable a control engineer in the factory to look at a robot’s operation through smart goggles, instantly viewing maintenance statistics and malfunction alerts.

Millennials in the workforce demand flexibility and mobility in interacting with IoT deployments

Millennials in the workforce demand flexibility and mobility in interacting with IoT deployments

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#IoTChat Wed 11am PT with @ZebraTechnology

IoTChat Sep 24This week, our #IoTChat co-host is Zebra Technologies (@ZebraTechnology)!  We’ll be talking about device management and IoT Platforms.  Zebra Technologies is one of the sponsors for the Internet of Things World Forum in October (#IoTWF!) so I’m excited to have them join.

Here are three simple steps to join the #IoTChat [Wednesdays, 11am PT] – our weekly industry discussion on the Internet of Things: Read More »

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Cisco Live Connected Buses: More Than Just a Ride

Cisco 819 ISR and HD IP video camera on board one of 34 connected buses at Cisco Live.

Cisco 819 ISR and HD IP video camera on board one of 34 connected buses at Cisco Live

Last week when Cisco Live attendees hopped on one of 34 connected shuttle buses in Orlando, they saw the Internet of Things (IoT) in action. The buses provided service for a record breaking 20,000 attendees traveling between 17 hotels and the Orange County Convention Center. 

Free Wi-Fi kept attendees securely connected from the time they left their hotel until they reached the convention center without losing connectivity. They simply used the same Cisco Live SSID and password on the buses as in the convention center. Greater productivity and an enhanced service for attendees made for a great experience…but, that’s not all.

Video cameras help keep passengers around the world safer and more connected and Cisco Live was no exception.  Each connected bus had an on-board Cisco HD IP video camera which sent a live feed to a monitor in the Cisco IoT Pavilion.

More than 50 touchscreen kiosks helped attendees in the convention center track important event information along with the bus schedule and route information.

Beyond keeping attendees connected, there was a lot going on under the hood…literally.   The Cisco 819 Integrated Services Router (ISR) did more than just provide passenger Wi-Fi. It enabled high speed voice, video and data communication 24/7 …everywhere!  The vibrations of a moving bus, a few spilled beverages, Florida’s high humidity and hot summer temps posed no challenge for the ruggedized 819 ISR that delivers Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications in even the harshest conditions.

Back in the Cisco Connected Transportation booth, a monitor showed live GPS tracking of every bus in the fleet and visually tracked all buses and their location on a color coded interactive map.  On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) monitoring captured real-time vehicle telematics such as speed, tire pressure, RPM, engine temperature and fuel efficiency. This data was sent to the 819 ISR which transmitted the information to Davra Networks’ RuBan Suite for visual representation.

Wei Zou and Andy Manuel demonstrate Cisco's Connected Fleet Management solution at Cisco Live.

Wei Zou and Andy Manuel demonstrate Cisco’s Connected Fleet Management solution at Cisco Live.

Cisco Connected Fleet Management demo with video feed and Davra's RuBan software showing GPS location of Cisco Live connected buses and telematics info.

Cisco Connected Fleet demo with video feed from buses (left screen) and Davra RuBan software showing GPS location of Cisco Live connected buses and telematics data (right screen).

Additionally, areas around schools, playgrounds and other locations with reduced speed limits can be identified as “safety” areas using geofencing to send warnings or alerts or even take automatic action when a warning is triggered. Managers can be notified immediately when accidents occur or speed thresholds are exceeded.  On-board digital signs can display specific messages based on GPS location. The possibilities are nearly endless

The robust solution increases safety and fuel efficiency, reduces operating costs and enhances the passenger experience while helping transit operators comply with industry regulations and government mandates.  Cisco’s Connected Fleet Management solution is bringing the IoT to life!

Wishing all of you in the U.S. a safe and happy 4th of July!

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