The new cloud-managed solutions help improve business resiliency with greater visibility into physical spaces for IT and Operational Technology environments.
Cisco today announced two new
cloud-managed sensor solutions that help businesses simplify asset and facility
monitoring across their organizations, from indoor IT closets to outdoor
Operation Technology (OT) spaces at scale.
Specifically, the new cloud-managed solutions help improve
business resiliency with greater visibility into physical spaces for IT and
Operational Technology (OT) environments. Organizations can make use of the
solutions via Cisco and Meraki all-in-one dashboards for managing IT and
physical data. The solutions are the next step for businesses to create a
trusted workplace supporting in-house and mobile work environments.
“For many businesses and their IT teams, real-time
visibility into critical infrastructures is crucial in keeping their business
running smoothly,” said George Bentinck, Director of Product Management, Cisco
Meraki. “Meraki MT provides real-time awareness and monitoring into IT
environments via a single cloud dashboard, providing customers with the
signature simplicity they have come to expect from Meraki.”
The solutions help address workforce safety concerns driven by COVID-19. Many businesses today operate in commercial buildings with limited capacity and are supporting a growing mobile workforce. Business operators must have actionable data from their office space and assets to better manage network equipment performance and maintenance. Remote monitoring using Internet of Things (IoT) sensors offers a list of benefits to help improve efficiencies, including employee safety by preventing unnecessary site visits and equipment checks, reducing network outages and downtime, and reducing costs for premature equipment failure.
The IoT sensor solutions are designed to simplify installs, offering enhanced security and scale. They include:
- Meraki MT sensors
monitor indoor environments and IT 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.
- Industrial Asset Vision sensors
monitor OT assets and facilities in outdoor and industrial indoor spaces.
Bundled in a new cloud-based management dashboard that fosters actionable
visibility from the sensors to the network, the IP65 and IP67 rated sensors are
pre-integrated with Cisco LoRaWAN IoT Gateway and provide insight for equipment
and facilities temperature, humidity, vibration monitoring, and lighting
“Remote visibility and operation have become
increasingly important not just for efficiencies but to also effectively manage
the post-COVID industrial environment,” said Kevin Prouty, Group Vice President
for IDC Energy and Manufacturing Insights. “Remote monitoring solutions
that are fast and simple to deploy across the enterprise from IT to OT provide
clear business value. Cisco’s new Industrial Asset Vision and Cisco Meraki MT
solutions potentially simplify deployments and move towards unifying the data
needed for resilient decision-making. Industrial companies need their data to
be managed across silos and to be secure from endpoint to insights.”
Customers across various industries, including utilities,
oil and gas, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail, have already
deployed these solutions to improve their day-to-day operations and mitigate
business disruptions and costly downtime.
“Expanding the simplicity of Cisco Meraki into our asset
management and physical security has immediately improved our ability to keep
our systems functioning and support school operations,” said CR Hiestand,
Network & Systems Administrator, Reading School District. “Before
deploying Meraki MT, we weren’t able to keep track of data trends that would
allow us to take preventative action when an incident like a faulty air
conditioning unit occurs. Now, we’re alerted as soon as the temperature rises
above a specific threshold and can immediately address the HVAC equipment
failure to ensure there’s no network interruption for any of our 20,000
students and staff.”