Internet of Things (IoT)

Using tech for good: How Cisco IoT is keeping rhinos safe

Imagine deploying an internet of things (IoT) solution to track mobile assets, but there’s no internet access, no cellular connectivity and no power. The landscape is hilly with rocky outcrops, and, to make things even more interesting, you’re installing towers surrounded by wild lion prides and herds of buffalo. No sweat, right? But that’s nothing […]

Optimizing manufacturing’s new output: data

Digital-first enterprises deliver eight times more revenue growth and twice as much profit margin than their peers. It’s true in retail. It’s true in banking. And it’s true in manufacturing – the focus of this blog post. My friend and former colleague, IDC analyst Frank Gens, shared those insights in Preparing for the Digital-First Economy: […]

Edge computing: Benefits and IoT use cases

Edge computing brings a number of benefits to the Internet of Things. Reduced latency, improved resiliency and availability, lower costs, and local data storage (to assist with regulatory compliance) to name a few. In my last blog post I examined some of these benefits as a means of defining exactly where is the edge. Now […]

IoT: Quench the thirst for smart water management

Water is one of our most precious resources. Yet every year, we lose more than 126 million cubic meters globally to leaks, poor metering and theft. Beyond that is the energy wasted moving water that never gets used. It adds up to staggering economic – and environmental – costs. It also presents one of the […]

From outside-in to inside-out: My take on IoT

At IDC I co-founded a practice that studied the three dimensions of IoT: industry technology platforms, industry verticals and industry geographies. As an industry analyst, I had a front-row ticket to the IoT market and continually witnessed incredible innovations. Like many other experts, I kept my seatbelt buckled for what we expected to be IoT’s […]

How to secure the modern utility grid

Utilities are embracing modernization efforts to increase efficiency and reliability and enable renewable energy. But there’s another trend utilities must account for: cyberattacks. Attacks in July of 2019 against the US and in December of 2015 against the Ukraine power grid proved that a cyberattack can take utilities offline, endangering lives and incurring significant financial […]

Testing Wi-Fi 6, private LTE, and soon, 5G — with the help of robots

With so many wireless technologies available — including up-and-comers Wi-Fi 6, private LTE (CBRS band), and 5G — selecting the right one for your industrial IoT deployment can present quite a challenge. Over the past 30 years, many access technologies have come and gone, and we’ve learned that no single solution fits every scenario. To […]

Modeling the 5G-powered smart city today that will protect us tomorrow

Cisco is committed to working with service provider partners and clients to harness 5G and make our urban spaces smarter, more proactive, and responsive —keeping us all safe.

Taking your industrial networking deep into the ground: Cisco IoT and Sandvik modernize mining operations in Sweden

Tucked into the pastoral landscape of northern Sweden, Boliden, a mining and smelting company that concentrates on the production of copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver, quietly hums away at operations. Mining for precious metals and other resources was once traditionally manual, grueling work. Miners would go underground for hours, often in unsafe working conditions. […]