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Cisco Sees RFID Maturity at the IoT's Core

The company's Brazilian branch sees identification via RFID tags being increasingly integrated with the Internet of Things.
By Edson Perin
Feb 21, 2017

Brazil is developing a plan for the Internet of Things. In December 2016, the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) presented a public call for the IoT, aimed at receiving proposals to obtain non-refundable financial support for public policies covering the Internet of Things—a topic that has officially entered the strategic agenda of the Brazilian government.

Minister Gilberto Kassab, the head of the nation's Ministry of Science Technology Innovation and Culture (MCTIC), at BNDES' headquarters in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), signed a transfer to the bank of R$17 million ($5.5 million) focusing on IoT initiatives.

Cisco's Giuseppe Marrara
The agreement was signed with the president of BNDES, Maria Sílvia Bastos Marques, and in the presence of the consortium formed by McKinsey & Co., Fundação CPqD and Pereira Neto|Macedo Advogados.

This topic is of interest to several international corporations, such as Cisco, which focuses on the investments that the Internet of Things can bring to the information technology (IT) sector. For Cisco, a point still to be analyzed is what it wants from the plan's application. The company believes that for the IoT, big data and analytics are the basic units of information.

After data collection, Cisco explains, it's understood that there would be no Internet of Things without the real world being automatically perceived, read and measured by systems without human interaction. "RFID is a relevant component of this revolution," says Giuseppe Marrara, Cisco's director of government relations. "The sensing models adopted, as well as the connectivity models, will depend very much on business models."

The Cisco executive believes that passive, active and semi-passive RFID tags are important examples of sensors integrated into the Internet of Things, and that readers will increasingly be integrated into it as well. "In this sense," he explains, "RFID technologies already have a well-developed ecosystem, as well as a robust set of players, and can be integrated with other types of sensors and analytics solutions to bring even more business intelligence."

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