We’ve written before about Cisco’s interest in wearables. Now they’ve gone and built it into their bureaucracy.
Cisco announced the other day that it’s launched a division devoted to the Internet of Things — the idea that everything (everything) will be connected to the Net and will communicate with each other. Cisco, being a leading vendor of devices that route bits around the Net, gets extremely interested when it comes to thinking about where those bits might go.
The idea isn’t exactly new; my dishwasher sends me an email when its filter needs cleaning, and networked refrigerators is a punchline from the Internet boom days. But increased mobility, more-ubiquitous wireless connectivity, better batteries, and a bigger Internet address space make this perhaps an idea whose time is near.
The division will be run by Guido Jouret, who was previously vp and general manager of Cisco’s Enterprise Video and Emerging Markets Technology Groups.