The Internet of Things is the concept that at some future point everything from toasters to complex medical devices will have an Internet address.
It’s a concept that is now starting to come to fruition with the use of IPv6 for addressing, but it still requires networking gear, which is where Cisco is trying to help. Cisco this week launched the new ISR 819 router which is intended for machine to machine traffic.
The new router is the smallest member of Cisco’s ISR router product family and is intended for use in machines and micro-branches as a way to provide connectivity. The ISR 819 has both wired WAN connectivity as well as 3G as a way to connect ‘things’ to the Internet.
Prashanth Shenoy, product marketing manager for routing at Cisco, explained to InternetNews.com that the ISR 819 is a hardened device that complies with a long list of environmental and security standards. The device can work in extreme environment of up to 95 percent non-condensing humidity and can handle temperature ranging from -25 Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. The device is also very small and can fit in the palm of a person’s hand.
“It has gone through a lot of testing and we’ve made sure that it can handle extreme rugged environments,” Shenoy said.