Fog Computing Feature
October 17, 2014

Tieto, Cisco Combine Forces to Push the Internet of Everything

The idea that, one day—one day not too far from now based on how things are going—most every bit of electronics in a household or business will be able to interconnect and share information isn't really too far out of line, especially given how many such enterprises have moved to help build such a development. The so-called Internet of Everything has recently seen a major new push to try and establish it more thoroughly, and that move comes from the combined forces of Tieto and Cisco.

The combination of Tieto and Cisco, according to reports, is set to try and drive development in a new platform geared toward better getting devices connected to each other while maintaining autonomy at the individual device level. Tieto will bring in its Industrial Internet platform to serve as the base, according to reports, allowing customers to better connect the various devices involved—from wearable devices to full-on machines and facilities—and allow the information therein to be more readily passed and shared. Cisco, meanwhile, will be bringing in its own brand of expertise to help augment the platform, from its networking solutions—regarded by some as the best in the field—to its Cisco Fog Computing system with IOx, a system that can take the network edge and turn it into a powerful computing infrastructure designed to give applications a simpler way to interconnect.

Cisco's vice president and general manager of IoT systems and software, Kip Compton, offered up some further comment on the connection between Cisco and Tieto, saying “With machines and sensors producing an ever-increasing amount of data, companies are facing an unprecedented challenge. They need to act in real time with the incoming data and work within the limits of available bandwidth. In order to retain low latency and high QoS, data can be processed locally closer to the data source, be it a factory supply chain, traffic system, power distribution system, basically anything that produces data. With Tieto, we now have the first relationship in place in the Nordics to develop fog computing solutions that will alleviate the data tsunami and bring broader Internet of Everything benefits to key industries.”

As Compton notes here, perhaps the biggest problem faced by the Internet of Things (IoT), as it's sometimes known, is that there's a whole lot of data being generated, which in turn requires plenty of bandwidth to readily transmit from one place to the next. But that data also wants for processing, and that means a whole new way to handle all that data is required. That's where Tieto and Cisco's collaboration looks to come into play, and should hopefully produce a mechanism by which all that data can be more easily handled and compressed into a fashion that the average user can actually use.

The Internet of Everything, which is essentially a refinement of the Internet of Things, is poised to change a lot in the way we conduct business and even live our lives outside of business. But such a system will create a large quantity of data, and that data needs better ways to handle it and make it available for use. In the end, an Internet of Everything that does nothing more than generate reams of data that can't produce action will be largely useless, and Tieto and Cisco's combined effort should go a long way in making sure that doesn't happen.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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