Cisco moves to simplify smart city digitization

Tue, 2015-06-30 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. Yet today, more than 99% of things in the physical world remain unconnected.  To capitalize on the unprecedented opportunities presented by this wave of digitization, companies and cities are increasingly deploying Internet of Things solutions.

But often that's easier said than done. Digitization, Cisco notes, can be complex.

The new Cisco® IoT System announced this week addresses the complexity of digitization with an infrastructure designed to manage large-scale systems of diverse endpoints and platforms, and the data deluge they create.

A 6-pillar approach
The new system comprises six critical technology elements or ‘pillars' which -- when combined into an architecture -- the company says will help reduce the complexities of digitization. They are:

  1. Network connectivity
  2. Fog computing
  3. Security
  4. Data analytics
  5. Management and automation
  6. Application enablement

Council Lead Partner Cisco also announced 15 new Internet of Things products within the six pillars.

Partners add support
The Cisco IoT System enables industry verticals such as utilities, transportation, public safety and smart cities to deploy and accelerate IoT solutions and realize business benefits with targeted solutions, according to the company's announcement.

Key industry leaders have already ported their software applications to run on the Cisco Fog Computing™ system, including Council Lead Partners GE and Itron and Associate Partners OSISoft and Bit Stew Systems.

"With the Cisco IoT System, our joint customers around the world can more easily realize the promise of IoT, including distributed analytics, real-time monitoring and dynamic control in the network itself," said Simon Pontin, Itron's chief technology officer.

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