Today, about half of the video surveillance cameras sold are IP (versus analog) cameras. Manufacturers are using video surveillance to ensure safety and security on plant floors and to reduce shrinkage in warehouse and retail locations.
Neil Peterson, the senior manager for wireless marketing at Emerson Process Management was recently quoted in a Control Engineering article, saying that “process plants identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as critical to the country’s infrastructure must be secured against all threats: cyber and physical”.
In support of the growing demand for IP-based video surveillance in industries including manufacturing, Cisco recently introduced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 with a suite of hyper-scalable connected physical security solutions. These can help manufacturers support their video surveillance deployments and configurations in a hyper-scalable and flexible manner.
Cisco’s Guido Jouret, General Manager Emerging Technologies and CTO, discusses Video Surveillance Manager 7
Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, along with Cisco’s related end-to-end Connected Physical Security Solutions give plant and IT managers access to robust video surveillance scalability, network aware intelligence, streamlined implementation and simplified management.
Recently, the Economist highlighted the shift from government funded models to private funded models for R & D. As we know, R&D serves as the font of new ideas and leads to mass transformation of industries. Concepts such as the internet and satellite communications resulted in part from publicly funded R&D.
This is a real change for leading corporations. This puts more pressure on manufacturing companies to find and leverage key technologies to deliver new products and compete. Most manufacturing companies focus on core capabilities. They typically licensed or purchased technologies that enabled continued operation. But these were not partnerships. This could be very effective for a ‘fast follower’ company. Innovative companies have typically used a range of R & D funding sources, especially internal, to fuel innovation.
But the rules are changing! New industries are emerging that require a new strategic approach to R&D and innovation. Companies that do not adapt will be disrupted. Read More »
It’s a pleasure to introduce Sue Nolin, Cisco’s newest Manufacturing Industry Marketing team member.
Sue Nolin rejoins Cisco after ten years in the world of successful networking start-ups. She was formerly with Cisco’s VPN and Security Business Unit, as the result of Cisco’s acquisition of Atliga Networks in 2000. Sue has since sold and marketed networking solutions commonly used by manufacturing industries. They include WiFi, RFID and Unified Communications technologies, and how they are applied to address business problems.
Sue looks forward to sharing her views and thoughts on manufacturing industry-relevant topics and to your comments on her blogs. Agree or disagree? Tell us! Sue has a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, so don’t criticize her writing -- just her views!
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Arun recently. In his role as Global High-Tech Lead in IBSG, Arun has been instrumental in forming Cisco’s approach to Innovation – both inside Cisco and for our customers, as well as looking at global integration and collaboration for many of those customers. Arun has published many papers such as:
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.