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By Rich Handley

IBM, Cisco Collaborate on Intelligent IoT Platform

A year ago, IBM and Cisco announced a global collaboration to bring business insights to the edge of the network with the Internet of Things (IoT). Since then, the companies have been working to enable businesses to leverage IBM Watson IoT in the cloud, in conjunction with Cisco's Kinetic IoT data-management platform, to derive value from IoT data, no matter where it resides.

The companies have now completed the integration process. IBM's Global Services group and Cisco's IoT group have been focused on helping customers create new sources of value and drive efficiencies via digital transformation. The resultant platform enables businesses to extract, compute and move data, whether at the edge, on premises or in the cloud. The system enables customers to analyze business performance at the point of data collection, so they can monitor and control how their environment, assets and personnel perform.

The Port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest port by cargo tonnage, is leveraging the IoT and advanced analytics to transform its operational environment and improve efficiencies. IBM and Cisco have been working to enable the port's goal of hosting autonomous ships by 2030. The port processes more than 140,000 ships annually, and coordinating the berthing of each vessel is a complex task that involves multiple parties and thousands of data points. Collecting data about weather and water conditions like wind, visibility, height of tide and tidal stream enables the port to determine optimal conditions and timing for a safe berth and passage of a ship.

Additional value is provided by helping them to calculate clearance heights for ships. Increasing the capacity of ships based on clearance heights can increase the revenue generated by each ship entering the port. That same data can be used in the future to give ships advice regarding the most environmentally friendly conditions in which to enter the port. The system offers secure authentication and management of Cisco gateways; the application of intelligence at the point of data generation to enable decisions at the edge; automated connectivity, deployment and management of sensors; streamlined extraction, processing and delivery of data; and cloud analytics, data visualization and insights.

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