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IoT Meets Standards, Driving Interoperability and Adoption

For years, industrial control systems have been characterized by proprietary devices, protocols, communications, and applications. However, at the Hannover Fair last spring, virtually every exhibitor showed products that support IP, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi interfaces—something that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving this change, with an exponentially growing number of connections among people, process, data, and things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key enabler of this evolution. By 2020, according to Cisco’s analysis, there will be 50 billion connected devices—all needing a common way to work together.

As I discussed in my last blog, the worlds of Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) are converging—and they are converging around standards. The good news is that the industry is recognizing that a fragmented, proprietary model does not scale, and inhibits the value of IoT deployments. The IoT standardization efforts are focused on four different areas: Read More »

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Cisco Messages on Hannover Messe Part 3 – That knowing look between ODVA and Cisco

Adrienne Meyer, ODVA, Manager of Member Services and Guy Denis, Business Development Manager at Cisco Systems, explain the value and integration that Cisco brings to ODVA for the past decade at Hannover Messe 2013.

Here is the third and final installment from the recent Cisco presence at Hanover Messe presence. The first installment can be viewed here: Cisco Messages on Hannover Messe Part 1, Guy Denis talks about the Cisco Booth, and the second here: Messages on Hannover Messe Part 2 – Rudolph Maly and 4th Industrial Revolution.

Adrienne is asked about the value that Cisco brings to the ODVA, and how long Cisco has been working with the ODVA. Adrienne talks about the decade long relationship and how Cisco works with a number of the ODVA technical working groups. Adrienne goes on to talk about how the ODVA manages the development of the Ethernet IP technology that Cisco Supports, and how Cisco is showing the breadth of the technology that has been developed and is available at the event.

Guy Denis talks about the strategic nature of the relationship and how Cisco supports the open-standards-based approach of the ODVA. This is very important to Cisco, our partners, and, of course, to our customers. Cisco strongly believes in the open-standards approach to TCP-IP for industrial networking moving forward, for the benefit of all parties.

As I mentioned in my last blog, this is another example of the Internet of Things which is the part of The Internet of Everything and the part that is already with us today in the manufacturing industry. Read More »

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One Size Does Not Fit All – Cisco Embedded Industrial Solutions

Walking around the 2013 Hannover Messe Faire can be a daunting task whether its navigating through the Hannover campus and its’  13 co-located tradeshows Leitmessen-2013or figuring out which one of the broad range of special events, forums and key note speaking engagements to attend.  One thing is for certain.  The Internet of Things”, The Integrated Industry”  and “The Industrial Revolution 4.0″  themes all describe the evolution of connecting, embedding and extracting intelligence from previously unconnected devices. Although the industries can not come to a consensus on what to call this paradigm shift, one thing is for certain….The chosen protocol that’s empowering this evolution is ETHERNET.

The challenge lies in integrating Ethernet functionality into devices, machines or automation equipment that doesn’t always conveniently fit into a 1u, 2u, 3u, 4u… or DIN rail mounted enclosures.  Designers, integrators and machine builders need a flexible alternative to address the diverse applications, size and environmental considerations required to truly take advantage of deploying anytime, anywhere, any device connectivity to industrial automation applications.

ess2020Cisco is a pioneer in providing robust, and scalable embedded technology solutions.  Kevin Holcolmb, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, discusses our new ESS 2020 Embedded Switch.   Read More »

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Cisco and ODVA at 2013 Hannover Messe

The buzz this year at Hannover Messe Fair is around “The Integrated Industry”.  One of the key technologies that’s enabling this convergence is unmodified Ethernet being deployed to the factory and plant floor.  Cisco’s core strategy for the industrial market is to accelerate the adoption of open standards by partnering with organizations like ODVA.  Cisco is a founding member of the ODVA and has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for close to 10 years.

2013-04-09 00.59.35Adrienne Meyer, Manager of Member Services at ODVA and Guy Denis, Cisco Business Development Manager – Connected Industries Group reminisce about the history of the relationship and speak about the importance of evolving and developing open network standards and interoperability for the converged manufacturing IT and plant networks, including security, wireless, IP telephony,power over Ethernet and real-time Ethernet/IP.

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Opening the Machine Network

So here we are. Last week was Automation Fair. What did you learn?

Oh, you didn’t go? Well, that is your loss, truly. A free show in Chicago where you could have learned about all sorts of new products and insights from Rockwell Automation and their network of partners, of which Cisco is a proud Alliance Partner. And you would have gotten free breakfast and lunch too!

Ok, in multiple booths we showed how one machine can integrate into another, and form a production line. Funny how that happens. We at Cisco are a part of ODVA, a trade association of many partners that subscribe to open standard networks.

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