Cisco reveals new tools and networking products for IoT

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The company want to make it easier for businesses in manufacturing, utilities and mobile working to introduce IoT devices

Cisco has confirmed its commitment to the IoT, with the announcement of new developer tools, networking products and partnerships to establish its position in the IoT world.

The first major facilitator is the launch of its Catalyst industrial switches and integrated services routers that have been specifically built for IoT environments. Both tools are managed by Cisco DNA Center that allows businesses to manage their infrastructure in a single area, even if they're being used across environments.

“In IoT, the conversation is about business outcomes. It starts with secure connectivity as the foundation of every IoT deployment. By providing scale, flexibility and security, we’re turning the network into a secret weapon for our IoT customers,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, IoT at Cisco.

An extension of Cisco’s IoT developer tools within its DevBet IoT developer centre will make it easier for creators to integrate Cisco’s IoT networking solutions into their apps and services.

“With a new DevNet IoT developer center, we’re empowering thousands of partners and developers around the world to build upon our IoT platform,” Centoni said.

Cisco also said it wants to work closer with resellers, ISVs, manufacturers and service providers to spread the reach of its IoT programme. By providing the hardware and software tools businesses need to embrace the IoT world, Cisco believes it can make a difference to a whole host of industries, particularly manufacturing, utilities and remote and mobile assets. It has recently unveiled validated designs for those industries to get them up and running faster.

“We closely collaborated with Cisco on Cisco's new compact, low-power industrial router to meet the stringent environmental and safety standards used in the utilities industry,” said Didier Hinguant, telecom director at Cisco partner Enedis.“We operate and deploy our connected grid with thousands of Cisco routers via Field Network Director zero touch provisioning, with an agile, highly secure and future proof network using IPv6 to address our scalability constraints.”

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