“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” – Popular US Postal Service motto
Many of my US colleagues have told me that they grew up hearing the phrase above and thinking how reliable their mail service is, even under the harshest conditions, they always got their mail. We in Cisco think that your network should be as reliable and resilient, and work under all conditions, particularly now when the Internet of Things (IoT) requires a level of resiliency at a scale never imagined before, and under conditions beyond what the traditional datacenter or wiring closet can offer.
These days, one of the challenges that the Internet of Things has to deal with is that it “…is already connecting the physical world today, but the real world, unlike the digital world, is much more uncertain and variable. We have to connect objects in unpredictable environments, often subject to Mother Nature or just the movement of our earth and its inhabitants…”
In fact Cisco defines the Internet of Things as “the intelligent connectivity of physical devices driving massive gains in efficiency, business growth and quality of life.”
In order to establish intelligent connectivity to physical devices, networking equipment have to be able to coexist in the same environmental in which the physical device are operating.
Very often, these physical devices are operating in harsh environments both from a temperature prospective (like in a smelting furnace or in a mining field located in Siberia), from a dustiness prospective (like in a cement production plant), from a vibrations prospective (like on a train or on a mining truck) etc.
To properly operate in these environments networking devices have to be specifically designed with highly ruggedized casing to protect the device’s internal components, and with specific connectors to avoid any possible water penetration or to get unplugged because of hard vibrations.
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We’re connecting more of our world every day through smart, IP-enabled devices ranging from home appliances, healthcare devices, and industrial equipment. These new connected devices are offering new ways to share information and are changing the way we live. This technology transformation is what we call the Internet of Things (IoT) – and it is evolving daily.
Yet, as our connected lives grow and become richer, the need for a new security model becomes even more critical. It requires that we work together as a community to find innovative solutions to make sure that the IoT securely fulfills its potential and preserves the convenience that it represents.
With this in mind, Cisco is launching the Internet of Things Security Grand Challenge. We’re inviting you — the global security community — to propose practical security solutions across the markets being impacted daily by the IoT.
Many business and IT leaders understand the current benefits of mobility, but some are still wondering what’s down the road and how the growing Internet of Everything (IoE) will impact the future of mobility and enhance tomorrow’s digital experience, for those both inside and outside of the workplace.
How can today’s CIOs be prepared to travel down the mobility road ahead? Here are three key points to consider:
1. Mobility is fueling the growth of the Internet of Everything.
We define the Internet of Everything as bringing people, process, data, and things together to make networked connections more relevant and valuable. The concepts of mobility and IoE are not running parallel paths. Instead, the Internet of Everything is in large part, fueled by the growth of mobility. We see this best in the solutions and scenarios driving adoption – from farmers using sensors to monitor livestock to the hospitality industry creating more personalized experiences for their guests, mobility is a significant driver in bringing the IoE to life.
2. Mobility is driving a new customer experience.
In the coming years, we will continue to see the transformation from customer service to customer experience, both inside the workplace and with external customers. With increased mobility, it’s no longer enough to simply provide product information or the basic tools to get the job done. Employees and customers want more integration, more personalization and more context. Demand for this capability is setting the stage for tomorrow’s customers and employees, who will desire better integration of apps, content and context to make their decisions; both lifestyle and business decisions.
3. Mobility extends beyond traditional “carpeted office” applications.
Several years ago, the concept of BYOD and mobility might have been viewed as more easily deployed in traditional office settings. Today, mobility is significantly extending across the value chain. The results are driving more efficient organizations and industries built on the power of predictive context.
Like a traveler embarking on a long trip, organizations must be prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities for the road ahead. Learn more about how your business can benefit from an architectural approach to mobility to reap the benefits of the Internet of Everything.
Welcome to the New Manufacturing Renaissance driven by a collage of sensors, robots, servers, clouds, tablets, machines, people and …things. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is serving as the canvas that connects and integrates all those “things.” Over the last few years we have been inundated by industry pundits and scholars predicting the efficiency gains, value opportunities and innovations that can be obtained from the IoE revolution. In fact, Cisco estimates the manufacturing IoE value opportunity is $4.2 trillion over the next 8 years.
Forward thinking CTO’s understand that technology plays a significant roll in enabling this renaissance. In a recent Industry Week article, our CTO, Padmasree Warrior, made the following observation:
“At this point, we believe that every company, big and small, is essentially becoming a technology company,” Warrior says. “Technology has become implicit and embedded in every business process today — the supply chain, manufacturing floor, automation and IT: They are all driven by technology and data analytics, not just operational expertise.
This renaissance is accelerating now thanks to the convergence of a number of technology trends: the low cost and accessibility of Big Data associated with cloud computing; the plummeting cost of electronic sensors, microprocessors and other components that can be used to make machines more adept; and advances in software and communications technology that make it possible to manage manufacturing with a whole new level of precision and enable new forms of collaboration.
Convergence has to not only occur between Information (IT) and Operational (OT) Technologies , but also within the C-suite. The CTO’s primary responsibilities are evolving to become more tightly integrated and aligned with the enterprise’s business and operational goals. The result is optimized business processes, enhanced information for better decisions, reduced costs, lower risks and shortened project timelines.
Sujeet Chand, chief technology officer at Rockwell Automation adds,
“The role of the CTO is no longer just to enable technology. Our role is to use that technology to help move the business forward. It’s all part of the convergence between IT and OT,”
“To really get value from that convergence, you’ve got to highlight what value is going to be derived. You don’t want to connect manufacturing to IT for the sake of connecting manufacturing to IT or put all kinds of real-time data into the cloud for no reason.”
The New Manufacturing Renaissance is creating a wave of technologies and ideas. The revolution threatens to shatter long-standing business models, upend global trade patterns and surpass the radical gains and innovations brought forth by the Industrial Revolution.
Has your organization evolved and embraced the opportunities afforded by the IoE revolution? Is your CTO driving business relevance through the innovative use of technology? Have you broken down organizational silos to foster a true innovation culture throughout the manufacturing value chain?
In the next few years, there will be more mobile users and more mobile connections than ever:
By 2018, there will be 4.9 billion mobile users, up from 4.1 billion in 2013, according to the newly released Cisco VNI forecast
In addition, there will be 10 billion mobile-ready devices and connections, which includes 8 billion mobile devices and 2 billion machine-to-machine (M2M) connections
Are the networks that are in place today able to handle the influx and sophistication of devices and data, or is this wave of technology going to usher in a need for a different kind of network?
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that organizations need a flexible, programmable infrastructure that can expand and contract more readily to their needs, especially in terms of security. A security-centric, programmable infrastructure that detects and responds to emerging threat vectors is essential for organizations to thrive in our hyper-connected era.
However, many business and IT leaders are unsure of what that looks like. How can a programmable infrastructure examine security holistically and gain visibility across the entire cybercrime continuum—before, during, and after an attack?