Use IoT to drive informed decisions and actions
According to Cisco, 500 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2030¹.
Those connected “devices” are already common place in many homes, cities and businesses; for example smart meters; allowing utility companies to provide greater billing accuracy whilst pro-actively analysing demand and load balancing energy supply more efficiently; smart motorways monitoring everything from traffic volume, air quality and weather to improve road safety and keep traffic flowing, and to connected factories, where it is of vital importance that machines, PLCs and industrial controls systems are able to share real-time, accurate data.
With a string of strategic acquisitions in this area around data analytics and Fog computing, Cisco are positioning themselves to be a leading player in the IoT space. Cisco already has the industry’s most reliable, scalable, high-performance portfolio of IoT networking solutions, including ruggedized routing, switching and wireless products, plus software-only solutions that can be integrated with third-party devices. Options for connecting ‘Things’ now including wired (Ethernet), indoor/outdoor WiFi (802.11, Bluetooth LE), and routed via 3G/4G/LPWAN networks.
In designing an IoT-ready network, an early consideration for business is to determine the different type of IoT devices to be monitored and the frequency of the data points to be collected which will determine the most appropriate type of connectivity. Not all devices will require a real-time connection however others, such as those in transportation or manufacturing using advanced robotics, will require ultra-low latency, time-sensitive network connectivity. Furthermore, these business-critical devices need to be secure.
The vast amount of information that is generated from this myriad of connected devices provides invaluable insight for organisations to support them in the smooth running of their businesses, whether the goal is reducing maintenance costs, enhancing customer service or improving productivity. The ability to collect data, analyse it, make an informed decision at the network edge or in a centralised data centre and then act accordingly to ever changing conditions is fast becoming an integral feature of successful business operations.
For almost 20 years, Oxspring Networks have been designing, installing and supporting mission critical networks. As a Cisco IoT authorized partner, working with selective eco-system partners, we are able to provide solutions that enable organisations like yours achieve their business outcomes.