Cisco unveils compact routers to assist vending machines and vehicles to connect to the Internet

Networking major Cisco announced the latest addition to
its core routing infrastructure portfolio: the Cisco 819 Integrated Services
Router (ISR) Machine-to-Machine Gateway.

Integrating networking capabilities into non-traditional
IP devices enables machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity that can help
organizations achieve operational efficiency, cost savings and innovation.

The Cisco 819 ISR Machine-to-Machine Gateway serves as a
single, integrated platform that extends corporate 3G/4G wireless WAN network
services to small devices in challenging environments far beyond the confines
of headquarters.   

Cisco estimates that technologies such as the Cisco 819
ISR will help connect more than 50 billion devices to the Internet by 2020.

The Cisco 819 ISR enables new business opportunities both
by adding networking capabilities to previously non-networked devices and by
supporting standalone GPS, which location-based applications can use to
retrieve real-time GPS data.   For example, the Cisco 819 ISR
could enable the following:

Portable medical services with remote monitoring of
patients could cut down on healthcare facility visits as well as make
healthcare accessible to patients who are immobile.   

M2M communication works with GPS and high-speed mobile
broadband technology to track vehicles and offer text updates on arrivals to
passengers.   It also enables organizations to cut costs with
just-in-time processes and to improve functionality and safety for fleet
management services.   

Vending machines equipped with the Cisco 819 ISR can
“find” and “talk” to the nearest replenishing depot /
vehicle, so machines are refilled before popular products run out — this
boosts customer satisfaction and revenue for both coin-operated machines that carry
low-value goods such as snack foods and credit-card operated terminals that
carry high-value goods such as MP3 players.  Additionally, the
819 ISR provides the performance, availability and security required for
machines dispensing high-value goods.   

M2M technology enables innovations such as video
surveillance from ATM machines, flexible monitoring capabilities and more.

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 optimization to the
M2M market,” said Praveen Akkiraju, SVP/GM, Service Routing Technology Group,

Many M2M deployments will consist of hundreds if not
thousands of devices.   Thus, superior management and monitoring
are critical for the success of these deployments; the Cisco 819 ISR provides
the full solution as it can be remotely and centrally managed with Cisco

This along with the support for extensive 3.5G and 3.7G
MIBs provides network managers visibility into and control of devices,
including devices connected to the router in these remote

Many emerging countries are adopting 3G as their main
connectivity.  With its 3G support and affordable pricing, the
Cisco 819 ISR appeals to organizations in these countries looking for
integrated micro-branch support. 

In the case of the Norwegian Public Roads
Administration, the hardened Cisco 819 router enables TDC to offer a new
real-time traffic monitoring service by connecting 700 traffic enforcement
cameras into their WAN network.   TDC also sees a huge potential
in IP enablement, especially in the transport and industrial sector,” said
Ketil Kivedahl, CEO, TDC Norway.

Recently, Cisco announced
that Charter Communications, a communications and entertainment services
provider and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, is
deploying the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and Cisco ASR 9000 Series
Aggregation Services Routers to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile
backhaul services to residential and commercial customers.  

Charter isinvesting to stay ahead of increasing demands being driven by both video and
advanced collaboration applications. Residential customers are empowered to
enjoy personalized viewing experiences from all types of content sources,
backed by Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN).

By Team
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