Connectivity, fog and security part of the six critical tech elements key to build a world of connected things.
Looking to fight digitalisation complexity, Cisco has launched its IoT system together with 15 smart products.
The IoT ecosystem includes an infrastructure designed to manage large-scale systems of diverse endpoints and platforms, and the data deluge they create.
Based on six pillars, the system’s first level is ‘network connectivity’ that includes purpose-built routing, switching, and wireless products available in ruggedised and non-ruggedised form factors.
‘Fog computing’, the second pillar, is a distributed computing infrastructure for the IoT which extends computing capability to the ‘edge’ of networks. 40% of IoT-created data will be processed in the fog by 2018, according to Cisco.
‘Security’ is the third pillar of the IoT System, which unifies cyber and physical security to deliver operational benefits and increase the protection of both physical and digital assets.
The company added that the system provides an optimised infrastructure to implement the fourth pillar, ‘data analytics’, and harness actionable data for both the Cisco Connected Analytics Portfolio and third party analytics software.
The fifth pillar, ‘management and automation’, will leverage security, control and support for multiple siloed functions to deliver an easy-to-use system.
An ‘application enablement platform’, the sixth pillar, will include a set of APIs for industries and cities, ecosystem partners and third-party vendors to design, develop and deploy their own applications on the foundation of IoT System capabilities.
Based on the six pillars, Cisco also introduced 15 new IoT products to its portfolio in the network connectivity, physical and cybersecurity, data analytics and management and automation sectors.
Kip Compton, GM, IoT Systems and Software Group at Cisco said: "The Cisco IoT System provides a comprehensive set of IoT technologies and products that simplify and accelerate the deployment of infrastructure for the Internet of Things."
John Magee, CMO at GE Software said: "GE and Cisco have a shared vision for the power of the iIoT to transform industries, said "Cisco’s continued innovation in solutions that make it easier to connect to machines and devices of all types and to move intelligence to the edge of the network are helping our mutual customers take full advantage of the Industrial Internet to drive new levels of efficiency and to create new revenue streams."
Doug Davis, SVP for Internet of Things Group at Intel said: "IoT is a significant opportunity but one that needs interoperability and scale to fulfil industry predictions of billions of connected devices."