Cisco Expands Jasper for IoT Control

Control Center 7.0 release adds new Traffic Segmentation capabilities.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Jun 27, 2017
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The second day of the Cisco Live event was highlighted by a new release from Cisco's Jasper division touting improved control and security for Internet of Things (IOT) connected devices.

"Just over a year ago we announced the acquisition of Jasper," Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM of IoT and Applications at Cisco, said during his keynote at Cisco Live today. "Jasper today is announcing a new version, with control center 7.0."

Cisco acquiredJasper for $1.4 billion in a deal that was first announced in February 2016.

"We first introduced our Control Center IoT connectivity management platform to the market over 10 years ago, and since then it has become the largest IoT platform with over 43M devices being managed today, and more than 1.5M new devices being added per month," Jahangir Mohammed, GM of IoT at Cisco, said in a statement "What we’ve learned from enabling IoT success for our 11K customers is that companies have different needs at different stages of their IoT journey."

"So today we’re introducing the biggest evolution of our Control Center IoT platform ever, providing a flexible model and new Premium Services that help meet the needs of customers at any phase," he added.

Among the elements that are part of the Control Center 7.0 update are premium services that go beyond what the platform has traditionally offered. The traffic segmentation service can be used to help organization support different classes of traffic. The other new premium services is the Threat Protection & Smart Security (TPSS) service providing a new layer to help mitigate against cyber-risk.

From a connectivity perspective, Control Center 7.0 now supports multiple types of LPWAN (Low-Power Wide Area Network) technologies including NB-IoT and LTE-M that are now being used by cellular network providers to connect IoT devices.

Jasper users now also benefit from integration with the broader Cisco portfolio including Cisco Spark for collaboration.

"When we acquired Jasper, we made a promise to the industry that Cisco and Jasper would be more than the sum of our separate parts – that we would create something better together,” Trollope stated. "This is the realization of that promise."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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