Security at the Core of Cisco's IoT Initiatives

Executives at the company's subsidiary in Brazil stress the importance of its Kinetic platform for processing Internet of Things data.
By Edson Perin

Kinetic makes it easy to connect gateways and IoT devices to a network, the company reports, then securely extracts, normalizes and delivers data from those devices to participants in an ecosystem. The platform plays a central role in enforcing policies defined by information owners, by providing selected data for the private or public cloud, or for other endpoints of a user's choice.

Cisco's security technologies are integrated across the entire end-to-end IoT platform. The firm renamed its Smart + Connected Digital Platform as Kinetic, offering a set of tools and guidelines for building smart-city structures.

Laércio Albuquerque, Cisco Brazil's president
"Among the platform's functions," Albuquerque says, "are extracting data from their sources and making them usable; calculating data to transform them, apply rules and reliably deliver them for business results; and moving the data to the right applications at the right time."

According to Cisco, Kinetic is a cloud-based platform that helps customers extract, calculate and move data from connected things to IoT applications, in order to provide better results and services. Kinetic gets the right data for the correct applications at the proper time—through the private cloud, the public cloud and hybrid environments—by enforcing policies to support property, privacy, security and data-sovereignty laws. According to the company's website, "These are all critical requirements for any smart city and community deployment."

"Cisco Kinetic represents an important milestone for Cisco and our customers who want to unlock the value of data generated by machines, things and connected spaces," says Jahangir Mohammed, Cisco's VP of IoT, in a document posted to the company's website. "Cisco Kinetic for Cities is designed to harness the power of all this data to drive smart-city initiatives. We are excited to align our efforts on developing these IoT technologies that bring simplicity, scalability and interoperability to organizations across all industries."

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