Cisco Unveils New Line of Enterprise IoT Sensors


Cisco on October 14 introduced two new cloud-managed sensor solutions that help businesses simplify asset and facility monitoring across their organizations, from indoor IT cubicles to outdoor Operational Technology (OT) spaces. ) to scale.

Numerous companies currently operate in commercial buildings with limited capacity and are in favor of a growing mobile workforce. It is critical for business operators to have actionable data from their offices and assets to better manage the performance and maintenance of network equipment. Remote surveillance using Internet of Things (IoT) sensors offers a number of benefits to help improve efficiency, including employee safety by avoiding unnecessary site visits and equipment checks , reduce network outages and downtime, and reduce the costs of premature equipment failure.

The solutions:

Meraki MT Sensors monitor indoor environments and information technology infrastructure. Three models of cloud-managed devices – MT10, MT12 and MT20 – provide real-time data on indoor temperature, humidity, water leaks and property/room access.

Vision of industrial assets Sensors monitor Operational Technology (OT) assets and facilities in outdoor and indoor industrial spaces. Bundled into a new cloud-based management dashboard that fosters actionable visibility from sensors to the network, the IP65 and IP67 rated sensors are pre-integrated with the Cisco LoRaWAN IoT Gateway and provide information on temperature, humidity , supervision of vibrations and lighting levels of equipment and installations.

“Remote visibility and operation has become increasingly important, not only for efficiency, but also to effectively manage the post-COVID-19 industrial surroundings,” said Kevin Prouty, Group Vice President, IDC Energy and Manufacturing Insights. . “Remote monitoring solutions that are quick and easy to deploy across the enterprise, from IT to OT, provide clear business value. New Cisco Industrial Asset Vision and Cisco Meraki MT solutions potentially simplify deployments and move toward unifying the data needed for strong decision making. Industrial companies need their data to be managed in silos and to be secure from endpoint to information point of view,” he added.

Customers in a wide range of industries, including utilities, oil and gas, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail, have already implemented these solutions to improve their daily operations and mitigate business interruptions and costly downtime. inactivity.

“The expansion of Cisco Meraki’s simplicity into our physical security and asset management has immediately improved our ability to keep our systems up and running and support school operations,” said CR Hiestand, systems and network administrator for the School District. Reading. “Before deploying the Meraki MT, we were unable to track data trends that would allow us to take preventative action when an incident such as a defective air conditioning unit occurred. Now, we are alerted as soon as the temperature rises above a specific threshold and can immediately address HVAC equipment failure, to ensure there is no network outage for any of our 20,000 students and staff.”

“For numerous companies and their IT teams, real-time visibility into critical infrastructure is imperative to keeping their businesses running smoothly,” said George Bentinck, director of product management, Cisco Meraki. “Meraki MT provides real-time insight and monitoring across IT environments through just one cloud dashboard, providing customers with the signing simplicity they have come to expect from Meraki.”

“Connecting sensors to the network and gaining access to multiple dashboards and their correlated data has become an increasingly difficult requirement at scale in today’s OT environments,” said Vikas Butaney, general manager of IoT at Cisco. “With this announcement, Cisco is taking another step forward in providing customers and partners with easy-to-use, scalable solutions that provide end-to-end visibility and automation.”

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