IoT News Roundup

Cisco's Connected Factory for Industry 4.0; HARMAN, IBM Watson Internet of Things intro cognitive rooms that bring connected experiences to consumers; Blockchain, IoT Consortium progresses toward ecosystem protocol; Opto 22 joins EdgeX Foundry, solidifies support for open IoT edge solutions; Agenda released for IoT Slam Live Internet of Things conference; COMPUTEX 2017 to showcase IoT innovations.
By IOT Journal
Apr 28, 2017


Cisco's Connected Factory for Industry 4.0

Machines that make up a modern factory create more than just sweatshirts or submarines. They create lots and lots of data. This data can tell you everything from how efficient the machine is to how likely it is to break. For plant managers, being able to see and act on this data is key. It holds the secrets to new product introduction velocity, real-time margins, and productivity stats at the worker level. It even allows access to a so-called 'product pedigree' – so they can so they can track a product from start to finish.

To help plant managers tap into that data, Cisco is introducing three new pieces to the Connected Factory portfolio. In doing so, we are laying the foundation for Industrie 4.0. And our own Digital Network Architecture, or DNA, is powering it. Welcome to the next generation of smart manufacturing.

1. Time Sensitive Networking now supports the IE4000 Switch family: A new standard that protects the data and makes sure those critical applications are running on the network. And, what you purchase today will work tomorrow.

2. Cisco IoT Intelligence Platform: Not looking for just another visualization platform? This one is unique. It can extract data from a variety of sources – and it can tie together all the existing data threads in the plant. Oh, and it's also analytic-engine agnostic. Reporting is easy – just drag and drop data in a simple interface.

3. Industrial Network Director: Made with operators in mind – not just IT. Factories have full control of the plant network. They can also set-up faster and risk less downtime. Plus, it offers true plug-and-play functionality. Install your managed switch and rest assured that the proper security, settings, and functionality are set. No manual programming required

Data must be actionable. Cisco Connected Factory brings the power of real-time data to manufacturing. Our solutions provide full visibility, with a focus on three things:

• Simplicity: Use Cisco's trusted network to get the most out of your factory floor.
• Security: We know this is top of mind, our security solutions have you covered.
• Better intelligence: The more you know, the faster you can act.

As the leader in networking, our rich history gives us a unique lens into the manufacturing world. We understand that a smart network is necessary to get to the 'right' data, and we know the impact that kind of insight has into the business. Together, with our growing list of ecosystem partners – we can help manufacturers get the most of their businesses.

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