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Cisco Eyes ‘Internet of Things’ With M2M Networking

Enterprise networking giant Cisco has unveiled a new compact router in an attempt to bring internet to devices which are normally not connected to the web, like refrigerators and ATMs.

The Cisco 819 Integrated Services Router (ISR) Machine-to-Machine Gateway has been designed to bring networking capabilities to non-traditional IP devices, in-line with Cisco’s vision for ‘Internet of Things’.

The company says that using Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networking technology, organisations will be able to more efficient and reduce costs. Cisco has high hopes for the router, informing that it expects devices like the Cisco 819 to power more than 20 billion devices by 2020.

“Disruptive technologies and new business models are driving our customers to deploy intelligent networks closer to end users across diverse environments. The Cisco ISR 819 is an innovative new platform which brings leadership in routing, security, and optimisation to the M2M market,” said Praveen Akkiraju, SVP/GM, Service Routing Technology Group, Cisco.

“We are excited to bring the ISR to interesting new applications such as ATM machines and ambulances as this technology will enable our customers to deploy mission critical applications with confidence,” he added.

Cisco said that the ruggedized version of the router was available at a price staring from $2,300 while the non-ruggedized version starts from $1,600.