CISCO IS THE latest company to throw its hat into the Internet of Things (IoT) ring with a new system aimed at smart city infrastructure.
The Cisco IoT System (great name, guys) consists of 15 IoT products ranging from 4G modules to security cameras to mass-transit WiFi access points, all aimed at "turning data into action".
Cisco IoT System is based around six "pillars" to create a complete architecture. The first is network connectivity, available in ruggedised and non-ruggedised form factors.
Second is fog computing, a system designed to bring IoT analytics to the edge of networks, analysing data locally before adding it to the cloud.
Third is security, ranging from IP surveillance in the real world to malware prevention in cyber space.
Data analytics is fourth, linking the system into the Cisco Connected Analytics Portfolio, while offering options for third-party integration too.
Management and automation and application enablement APIs complete the sextet.
Kip Compton, VP and GM of the 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 IoT.
"This unique systems approach delivers a framework that makes it possible to deploy, accelerate and innovate with IoT.”
Among the new products are the IW3702 Wireless Access Point for mass transit and city transport, and a range of 360-degree 720p IP cameras.
Cisco's announcement is far from unexpected, but with so many players already in the game, and a number of cities already signed up with other vendors, unless Cisco can show itself to be significantly better, it may be too late to the party to make an impact.
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