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Why are you Using Legacy and Proprietary Networks for your Factory Floor?

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 am PST

These days you hear a lot about convergence. Networking, compute, and storage technologies are converging in the data center. Wired and wireless networks are converging in campus networks. These converging technologies are being driven by a desire to make IT infrastructure more flexible and responsive to changing business and employee needs, and to use IT as a competitive advantage to deliver products and services faster to the marketplace.

What has this got to do with industrial networks?

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Cisco Live Australia On Now! Watch out for Cisco Industrial Automation!

March 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm PST

Cisco Live Australia follows on from Cisco Live UK where we’ll be showing an array of Industrial Network products, ideal for manufacturers of all sizes.

It’s Still not too late to turn up -- go to this link to see the exciting Show, Conference and Exhibition. You can click on the logo on the right too!

The exhibitor list is on this link at the World of Solutions, and make sure you don’t miss out on:

  • Cisco Booths, including  ‘Cisco Industrial Automation’ where you’ll see the latest in factory networking that’s compatible with Cisco and other IT infrastructure and the basis of what many manufacturers are now seeing as the only way to converge IT and Plant networks safely, securely and with productivity and cost benefits.
  • Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks and the installation and certification of the fibre and copper foundation of those networks.
  • Panduit -- a Cisco Partner that is a leading global supplier of complete end-to-end solutions for data centres and enterprise networks. The Panduit solution portfolio encompasses products, software and services based on the principles of a Unified Physical Infrastructure approach. Read More »

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Cisco Live UK 2012 Industrial Sector: Get a head start solving business needs at the Industrial Solutions Booth

January 9, 2012 at 10:24 am PST

Cisco Live UK (January 30th-Feb 2nd in London)  is right around the corner.  A good number of our attendees hail from the industrial verticals such as Transportation, Oil & Gas, Water/Waste Water Treatment, Automotive, and Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods.

These industrial companies are wrestling with business challenges such as reducing costs, speeding time to market and improving production uptime. How does Cisco play in the industrial space you ask? Read More »

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Honeywell Strengthens Wireless Solutions Offering With Cisco

November 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm PST

Otherwise known as: “Industry Leaders Expand Customer Choice and Reduces Total Cost of Ownership”.

A press release out of Honeywell’s Baveno, Italy site late last month told of Honeywell’s announcement that it is offering wireless access point[s] (the Aironet 1552 Access Points to be precise) from Cisco -- “global leader in networking”, as part of Honeywell’s OneWireless™ solution of industrial wireless products and services.

The Press Release stated that “These solutions provides customers seeking to implement a long-term, plant-wide wireless infrastructure at their industrial facilities with industry leading technology and support from two of the largest and most established wireless solutions providers in the world.”

It was all about Cisco’s new Aironet 1552 Access Point together with Honeywell’s OneWireless network, providing wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi applications and ISA100.11a field instruments under a single infrastructure and minimizing total cost of ownership.  Read More »

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Convergence Live: Cisco at Automation Fair, 16th-17th November 2011

Automation Fair is just around the corner – two weeks from now.  Convergence will be alive at AF this year.   My colleagues Peter Granger and Andrew Lach have blogged about Cisco’s overall presence and our social media channel, respectively.

In my video, I highlight the Innovation and Collaboration that the convergence of plant and enterprise networks enables, which we will be showcasing in our Cisco booth on the AF show floor, including:

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