Cisco Connects Harsh Environments and Remote Locations at the IoT Edge

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

Cisco is introducing new networking technology purpose-built to withstand the rigors of the harshest of environments while providing IT and OT teams with intent-based networking capabilities to scale and accelerate IoT projects. Intent-based networking represents a fundamental shift in the way networks are built and managed.  Moving away from the manual, time-intensive methods by which networks are traditionally managed, these modern networks capture business intent and translate it into network policy. 

Cisco IoT networking technology includes Catalyst Heavy Duty switches and access points designed to withstand extended exposure to dust, water and other extreme environmental conditions.  These IP67 rated products are managed by the Cisco DNA Center, providing universal management, network assurance, and segmentation across campus, branch and operational technology (OT) environments. The new Cisco Industrial Router now also supports Cisco SD-WAN capabilities to securely connect remote locations and elevate applications performance. 

For the oil and gas industry, better insights mean improved machine uptime, predictive maintenance, and reduced risk for workers.  Cisco and Emerson are working together to bring to market a joint solution that combines state-of-the-art wireless networking with process control systems.

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