Toshiba Corp. and Cisco Systems are collaborating on new ways to utilize the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve manufacturing, transportation and city environments.
The agreement will pair Cisco’s Fog Computing 2 network environment with Toshiba’s endpoint management technology. The combination will be used to help monitor and maintain multiple devices, stream computing technology for high-speed information processing collected from devices and to provide storage technology to accumulate information generated with machine-2-machine (M2M) technology, the companies said.
For Toshiba, the Japanese company wants to generate new value by creating what it calls a Human Smart Community that uses cloud computing, big data and analytics by connecting energy, health care, storage products and services. Toshiba hopes to combine IoT, M2M and fog computing to spread connectivity to manufacturing systems, traffic/transportation systems and smart cities.
For Cisco, the networking giant hopes to generate value through the proliferation of its Fog cloud computing technology and promote innovation from its products related to IoT and IoE.
Hironobu Nishikori, corporate senior VP and president and CEO of Cloud & Solutions Company at Toshiba, said in a statement that fog computing will “increase for managing many devices in the cloud” and this agreement will “open up ways” to offer products in the realm of M2M and IoT.
In the same statement, Wim Elfrink, executive VP of industry solutions and chief globalization officer, said the agreement will “strengthen the technology foundation” for IoE and that the products from the relationship will be a “key accelerator in the rapidly growing Internet of Everything.”