Cisco's 819 ISR is aimed at bringing networking capabilities to systems not normally connected to the Internet.
officials are continuing to bring their networking capabilities farther from
the data center, with the latest example being the company's new Cisco 819 ISR
The new Integrated
Services Router (ISR), announced Aug. 23, dovetails with Cisco officials' idea
of the "Internet of things," putting networking capabilities into machines not
normally connected to the Internet, from ATMs and refrigerators to GPS systems,
portable medical devices and vending machines.
The new router
comes just as the idea of machine-to-machine (M2M) Internet connections is
about to take off, according to Inbar Lasser-Raab, senior director for
marketing for Cisco's ISR product line and Borderless Networks strategy.
"There is a
lot of interest" in such technology, Lasser-Raab said in an interview with eWEEK.
The M2M trend "is on the cusp of
really big growth."
The idea is to
enable businesses to use the Cisco 819 ISR gateway to extend the corporate
3G/4G wireless WAN services to devices located far away from a business'
headquarters. Through the router, companies can improve the efficiency of their
businesses-which, in turn, will help them save money, she said.
There are many
uses, according to Lasser-Raab. An ATM machine, sensing it's getting low on cash,
can send a signal to the main office alerting it to the situation. The system
at the main office can see which trucks are on the road and signal to the one
closest to the ATM to bring in more cash, a move that can save the bank time
and money, she said.
In the medical
industry, the router could enable portable medical services with remote patient
monitoring, reducing the number of patient visits to the hospital. Vending
machines with the router can discover and communicate with delivery vehicles to
ensure popular drinks do not run out, while the technology could improve video
surveillance at ATM machines.
said the demand for greater networking for M2M communication will only grow.
According to Cisco's numbers, by 2015, there will be 25 billion connected
devices, with much of the Internet traffic being generated by communications
What will be
needed are products that facilitate that M2M communication, but also are rugged
and small, so they can fit in remote places and can handle difficult
environments that may see extreme weather or temperatures.
"Size is an
issue ... and it does need to fit into a small device," Lasser-Raab said.
management also is key in helping IT departments reduce the need for on-site
maintenance, troubleshooting and other operating expenses.
The Cisco 819
ISR is lighter than the lightest Apple MacBook Air device and smaller in both
length and width than the Apple iPad 2 tablet, according to Cisco. It's also
available in hardened and non-hardened versions. The hardened model can hold up
to temperatures as low as 13 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 140 degrees. It
also can withstand shocks from falls, vibrations, dust, water and low power
availability, the company said.
also is PVv6-ready, which will be particularly important in large-scale
deployments, Lasser-Raab said.
features include support for firewalls, intrusion detection, content filtering
and encryption for VPNs. In addition, the Cisco 819 ISR can be remotely managed
with the Cisco Prime offering, the company said.
The router is
available immediately, with the hardened version starting at $2,300 and the
non-hardened model at $1,600.