Chet Namboodri, Cisco’s Director of Global Industries for Manufacturing and Automotive and long-time Automation Fair participant shares his evolutionary perspective.
Cisco and IP have transformed the way we do business.
Consider how IP has unified communication services – phone calls, faxes, voicemail, web conferencing can all be delivered to any handset. IP lowers infrastructure costs by allowing voice and data to run over a single network.
In commerce, IP maximizes mobile user productivity by allowing businesses to support anytime, anywhere and any device access.
IP is now making an impact on industrial networking. It’s allowing businesses to maximize their operational efficiency and quickly adapt to change. Cisco and IP (Internet Protocol) are helping industrial customers develop robust, secure, future-ready and cost effective EtherNet/IP (Industrial Protocol) for their distributed network applications.
I videoed a few of the demos and will talk about them in future blogs, but I wanted to share some great images from the booth, and also from the ‘Table-Topics’ I helped moderate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some delegates really get the trends and are on their way to implemented open standards networks throughout their organizations. During the Table topics a pharmaceutical company and a utilities company talked about ‘Wireless in Manufacturing’ and the direction they were taking. There are challenges ahead and we talked about how Cisco was helping to tackle some of the key ones -- security and manageability came out tops, so Cisco’s Secure-X architecture advances were appreciated.
Table Topics provides a relaxed discussion
The Rockwell Robot, the OSIsoft PI software, the Panduit solutions and the Emerson and Honeywell sensor networks booths (Wireless Hart and ISA100 respectively) were all big draws, as were the new IE2000 hardened switches from Cisco. There was huge interest in the M2M demonstrations and the way the ‘Internet of Things’ is becoming as huge as the 2008 forecasts predicted.
The Cisco Live event is a mixture of learning, networking and discussion. If you get a chance to attend you’ll meet folks from all over the world and see that the challenges and solutions are often not that different between countries or organizations.
Watch out for my next blogs where I go into more depth on the demonstrations and messaging from Cisco.