Cisco Snatches Fluidmesh for On-the-Move IoT Backhaul

Sdxcentral | April 06, 2020

Cisco Snatches Fluidmesh for On-the-Move IoT Backhaul
Cisco today announced plans to acquire Fluidmesh Networks, a wireless backhaul vendor specializing in high speed and widely distributed environments, including mass transit, industrial IoT, ports, mines, and factories. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Cisco said it expects the acquisition to close before the end of the year, bolstering its IoT business. “Cisco’s backhaul solutions generally focus more on the routing aspect of transport. Acquiring Fluidmesh gives it a more robust backhaul offering which its enterprise customers, particularly those interested in deploying private wireless networks, are looking for,” said Patrick Filkins, senior research analyst at IDC.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

Essence Group Announces Success in Meeting Supply Demand Throughout 2021 Despite Major Chip Shortages Caused by Ongoing COVID-19 Disruption

Essence Group | December 29, 2021

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

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Kontrol Technologies Corp. | January 15, 2022

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To help maximize the value of time series data and drive operational intelligence, Azure Time Series Insights introduces support for a broad range of industrial IoT analytics capabilities. Check out, Chandrika Shankarnarayan, Principal PM Manager for Azure Time Series Insights, showing the new capabilities in this space.

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