This week sees the IoT ( Internet of Things) World Forum (IoTWF) Research & Innovation Symposium that is showing IoT related subjects such as the current research, use cases, and customer experiences as part of the Internet of Everything. This time the symposium will focus on transportation and energy, key areas where IoT can change the life of every human being.
To complement the IoT relevance in Energy, you will have seen the press release today from Cisco highlighting the adoption of the Cisco Secure Ops Solution by Royal Dutch Shell, details of which were shared with delegates at the forum (and if not I’ve put a link at the bottom of this post).
Peter Granger “drills-down” on the new Secure Ops solution adopted by Royal Dutch Shell
We saw the collaboration between Cisco and Shell and Shell’s commitment to Cisco’s architectural approach at Cisco Live. If you haven’t read it you can here: High Energy at Cisco Live in San Francisco. At the event Alan Matula (CIO and EVP, Shell) spelled out the changing IT and OT (Operational Technologies) environment in his industry, and how Shell had seen this all coming…
“About 3 or 4 years ago we saw the internet of everything coming and we decided to set up a unique differentiated technology outfit and we put it right next to research and development and that actually pushes the technology advances as close as possible to the business outcomes that we’re trying to drive.”
So, what’s new? well a lot actually. I think the first thing is how Cisco is changing to not only work with partners as we’ve always done, but to take the lead in providing a solution directly to our customers if that’s what they want. With this solution there are a number of partners, but Cisco provides leadership so everyone knows their role and we have a more holistic approach, guided by Cisco.
Now down to the business. Shell will deploy the Cisco Secure Ops Solution at upstream, downstream and lubricant sites. The Cisco Secure Ops Solution provides remote proactive monitoring and Service-Level-Agreement -(SLA)-driven management of security, applications and infrastructure. At the IoTWF Shell shared that it has deployed the Cisco Secure Ops Solution to increase the security maturity level by improving its cyber security and risk management, while lowering costs of delivery and operations.
When you think about all the challenges that oil and gas industry companies face today, you’ll see that they operate in the world’s toughest conditions. Whether it’s traditional on-shore or off-shore or non-traditional methods (horizontal drilling and “fracking” for example), energy companies have to be aware of a variety of threats, including safety, environmental, and cyber threats, when making important decisions in real-time.
“Cisco’s solution is designed to help companies combat new and evolving cyber security threats to the energy industry, specifically in the industrial control system (ICS) domain. Working with Shell, Cisco has developed solutions that directly address security concerns for the types of sometimes harsh environments in which Shell operates.”
“Cisco Secure Ops is a turn-key solution that implements and maintains security controls, risk management and compliance for industrial control system (ICS) environments using a combination of people, process and technology. Industrial control system delivery partners, like Rockwell and Yokogawa Electric, support the solution. Additional partners will be forthcoming.”
Here’s a quote from Greg Carter of Cisco (Director/GM, Internet of Everything Services Group, Cisco) that confirms the benefits:
“Cisco Secure Ops Solution was designed to provide a robust and secure solution to quickly address potential threats that come with the increase in connected people, processes and things with IoE. I’m thrilled that Shell is already seeing the benefits from these innovations on a global scale and look forward to continued success with this solution across other verticals in the months ahead.”
If you want to learn more about the Cisco Secure Ops solution, click here. To read a copy of the Press release, click here.
Serhii Konovalov, Global lead for O&G Industry, and Jason Celaya, Energy Industry IoE PSS, have been working closely with Oil & Gas and Petrochemical customers and the Yokogawa team over the three days of the event.
Greg Carter, Director/GM, Internet of Everything (IoE) Services Group at Cisco hosted the breakout session: “Internet of Everything (IoE) Enabling IA Solutions and Innovation”. In that session he comprehensively explained, “What is Internet of Everything (IoE)” and presented how IoE enables value-added IA solutions and provides innovations for life cycle management with focus on IA customers.
I had the opportunity to talk with Serhii and here are his comments to some aspects of the event:
What is the biggest topic among customers during the event? “Two major topics were clearly in the lead: Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security and accelerated growth of Industrial Wireless in O&G”
What kind of solutions is Cisco and Yokogawa working together? “ Cisco and Yokogawa are working on the number of initiatives to address emerging trends and joint customer requirements. One major initiative that we launched and showcased at the event is Secure Ops, that directly targets Cyber Security challenges with innovative and systematic approach”
What is your general opinion of Cisco participation? “The participation at the event demonstrated growing strength of partnership between Cisco and Yokogawa. It was great to hear feedback and strong support from the customers at the event about Cisco’s continued focus on O&G industry and Internet of Things, as well as great time to discuss current projects and priorities”
Watch out for other events that Cisco will be making a big impact at in the future!
Look out for Cisco at the upcoming presence at ENTELEC 2014. We’ll have both Exhibition space with demonstrations and a speaking slot.
ENTELEC is the Energy Telecommunications and Electrical Association focusing on communications and control technologies used in Oil & Gas and Electric Utility companies.
The ENTELEC 2014 Conference & Expo runs from May 20 -- to May 22, 2014, and this spring conference is being held in the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas, one of the US major Oil and Gas centers.
Here’s advance warning of the Cisco presentation and booth.
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.:
Collaboration in O&G Operations: A Study into E&P Operational Behavior
- Cisco, Room 332B
And Exhibition details:
Cisco Systems, Inc. Stand 231
Collaboration in Oil and Gas Operations is far more than just people using video and communications tools to talk to each other. With the advent of the Internet of Everything (IoE) that involves People, Process, Data and Things, operations staff at all levels of the organization expect to be able to collaborate with experts, supervisors, field workers and third parties using real time data feeds from videos and sensors, and have visibility to M2M communications, as well as to advanced modelling and analytical tools, whilst collaborating! Cisco is already well known for its field virtual expert enabling collaborationtechnologies (more info here: Cisco Field Expert Collaboration for Oil and Gas At-A-Glance PDF -- 1.44 MB). With that you can get immediate, face-to-face access to experts with on-demand video and communications tools. Now we’re taking it one step further… Read More »
It is with great pleasure I introduce you to another industry and technology thought-leader from Cisco, Clara Alvarado.
Clara Alvarado is Cisco’s Solutions Marketing Manager for Applications Enablement and Management portfolio for the Internet of Things group, with an industry bias towards Oil and Gas. In that position Clara develops the strategy and requirements for the programs and initiatives needed to successfully execute on the strategy, ensure the alignment of the channels, sales, technical operations and support teams, and serves as a liaison between Cisco’s IoT Business Group, customers, partners and sales teams.
Prior to Cisco, Clara Alvarado held several roles in marketing and business development in companies such as Lucent Technology, Avaya and Emerson Electric (Emerson are a strong partner of Cisco, we won’t talk about the other two!). She holds a BS in Electronic Engineer form Universidad Javeriana, a MBA from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and a Competitive Strategic Marketing Diploma from Wharton Business School.
Announcing the Cisco Manufaturing & Energy Facebook page!
Today we officially launch our Facebook page for Cisco Manufacturing & Energy.
We are launching this page for two main reasons:
First, we are expanding our blog platform and team. In addition to our original manufacturing industry team, we are adding thought leaders and experts from Cisco’s oil, gas, and energy teams.
Second, Facebook, as a social networking platform, is an excellent forum for discussion. It gives all users a simple environment in which to exchange ideas, articles, and opinions. It is where you will find videos, blogs, pictures and many other things related to the manufacturing, oil, gas, and energy industries. It is also a place where new contacts and relationships can be made, so be sure to get involved and engaged! Read More »