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Cisco Live at Cisco Live on Intent Based Networking PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 08:36


Chemical plants, oil refineries and mines represent some of the most challenging work environments on Earth. In these industries, connectivity and data are business-critical, with production downtime impacting the bottom line and worker safety. 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.

“A secure connection is the foundation for every IoT deployment,” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, IoT at Cisco. “By extending intent-based networking to the IoT edge, we are helping IT and OT teams work together to reduce operational complexity, boost the bottom line, and improve worker safety.”

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. By bringing intent-based networking to IoT customers, organizations gain the ability to scale in an automated way and the flexibility to connect their legacy and future infrastructure, such as with 5G, all while securely connecting it all with built-in and layered on protection.

Ecosystem innovation

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

“By integrating the new Cisco heavy duty access point with Emerson’s next-generation WirelessHART gateway, we are able to leverage sensor data from critical assets to eliminate blind spots, and improve productivity and safety of their operations,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager of wireless for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.

As the network becomes increasingly programmable, Cisco’s ecosystem of partners and developers is crucial to drive innovation. Cisco’s developer program, DevNet, features a set of developer tools to unleash innovation at the IoT Edge. Ecosystem partners now have a consistent way to build and manage applications at the edge and enable the extra flexibility customers need to enable better business outcomes. The IoT Developer Center is complete with learning materials, developer tools and support resources so partners can start building solutions and applications today.