Cisco brings IoT kit and new Ethernet switch

Cisco today announced Industrial Operations Kit and the Industrial Ethernet 4000 (IE 4000) Series Switches to strengthen the Internet of Things (IoT) offerings.

Cisco will be targeting utilities, oil, gas and energy companies, and municipalities with the new IoT solution.

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These industrial verticals are looking for simple way to deploy Field Area Network (FAN) pilots, as well as reduce the cost of deploying a secure network infrastructure for medium and small size deployments.

Enterprises can deploy the Cisco Industrial Operations Kit in days to create affordable industrial architectures for large field area network pilots.

The Industrial Operations Kit offers better manageability and control for services such as smart utility grids, roads, rails, airports and fleets by managing up to 300 industrial routers and 250,000 RF Mesh endpoints with a single server.

Cisco Industrial Ethernet 4000 Series Switches

The kit includes a single headend router, bundled with Cisco PRIME Access Registrar software for authentication, authorization and accounting, and Connected Grid Network Management System with Cisco Embedded Services Routers for zero-touch deployment.

Cisco said its IE 4000, the industry’s first 40Gbps Gigabit Ethernet switch, offers high bandwidth and low-latency network connectivity. In addition to providing more than double the scalability of other industrial switches, the IE 4000 brings real-time connectivity and enterprise intelligence to harsh industrial environments.

The IE 4000 can improve uptime and performance of industrial assets and increase operational safety and efficiency by providing real-time information about the endpoints on the network.

“The solution shortens the time to deployment and gives customers a way to centrally manage their field area network without compromising security. With the Cisco Industrial Operations Kit, we are able to offer our customers more choices to match their specific needs, giving them an easy path to more IoT-friendly environments,” said Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global solutions marketing for electricity, Itron.

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