Looks like the Internet of Things (IoT) is about to get smarter.
IBM and Cisco on Thursday signed a deal to integrate IBM’s Watson IoT technology into Cisco’s cloud architecture.
According to the agreement, the new solution will combine the artificial intelligence and business analytics of IBM’s Watson IoT platform with Cisco’s edge routers and real-time fog analytics capabilities. The companies said the partnership will enable both immediate analytics at the edge of the network, as well as the collection of data for longer term analysis in the cloud.
Cisco’s vice president of Data and Analytics Mike Flannagan said in a blog post Thursday, the integrated edge solution will help industrial, autonomous and remote businesses take advantage of cloud and cognitive computing without having to transfer all or unessential data to the cloud.
Early adopters of the new service include Bell Canada, Colombia’s Port of Cartagena and Silverhook Powerboats, IBM said.
“The way we experience and interact with the physical world is being transformed by the power of cloud computing and the Internet of Things,” said Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson IoT, Commerce & Education. “For an oil rig in a remote location or a factory where critical decisions have to be taken immediately, uploading all data to the cloud is not always the best option. By coming together, IBM and Cisco are taking these powerful IoT technologies the last mile, extending Watson IoT from the cloud to the edge of computer networks, helping to make these strong analytics capabilities available virtually everywhere, always.”
IBM and Cisco said the solution, which will include the Watson IoT Platform cognitive and real time insights from IBM with Cisco streaming edge analytics, will be marketed and sold together.