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Cisco prepares application platform for Internet of Things

Sophie Curtis | Feb. 1, 2013
Company claims its IoT vision goes far beyond ruggedised switches, routers, wireless and boxes.

The Internet of Everything was one of the topics highlighted in Cisco's Connected World Technology Report, which provides insight into the attitudes of the world's next generation of workers.

As more people, things and devices connect to the Internet, more data from more places will be introduced across corporate and service provider networks, which open up new vulnerabilities and a need for more sophisticated security approaches, the report warns.

Speaking to Techworld as Cisco live, Ian Foddering, Chief Technology Officer for Cisco UK & Ireland, said that the Internet of Things is the next logical step for Cisco.

As sectors such as transportation, manufacturing and energy become increasingly automated, and the number of connected end points grows, the onus will fall on the network companies to keep these applications up and running.

Foddering said that the advantage of working to an open standard like IP is it provides a common framework, making it easy for organisations to partner up. For example, Cisco is already working with Schneider Electric to develop IoT applications around energy management in buildings.

However, he flagged the need for faster adoption of IPv6 within organisations, in order to free up more IP address space and enable companies like Cisco to realise the opportunity that exists with the Internet of Everything at a macro level.

"When you start to connect more and more things to the network, you can suddenly start to completely change the way things are delivered and how services are offered, so I think there's a huge possibility here," he said.

"We've reached a point now when you can get email on your phone and browse the web, but for me that is just the beginning. That's why this Internet of Everything is so exciting for us, because it allows us to start painting a picture of where we see the future going in that world of connected things."


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