IoT - the catalyst for digital transformation. Campofrío and Philips share experience
Bárbara Fontela Baró
EMEAR Communications Intern
Digital Business, Internet of Things, Partners, Manufacturing
Recently, Maciej Kranz, Vice President of Cisco’s Strategic Innovations Group presented his book “Building the Internet of Things” in Spain. I had the chance to read the book, attend the event and talk to the author!
We will connect more than 50 billion devices to the Internet by 2020. But the Internet of Things is not just about connecting things. It’s about connecting things, processes, data, people and analytics to improve efficiencies. IoT is a source of data, and data is the gold of the 21st century.
In his book, Kranz provides practical insights into how large and small organizations have started on their IoT journey. After reading it, business leaders will be able to understand how to implement IoT. By driving digital transformation using this technology, they can reduce costs, generate new income, improve efficiency and decrease time-to-market.
José Manuel Petisco, General Manager, Cisco Spain opened the event. He highlighted how cybersecurity is the most important challenge for the IoT transformation. The Internet of Things requires an integrated security approach: the network needs to incorporate segmentation and automation for self-defense.
Video - Interview to Maciej Kranz and José Manuel Petisco on IoT
Maciej Kranz confirmed that the role of Cisco in the IoT transformation is two-fold: “First, we are getting the industry together on standards and inter-operability. Second, we are developing our own capabilities in terms of security, connectivity, analytics, management and solution development to drive IoT”.
One Cisco customer and one partner, both mentioned in the book, joined the presentation on stage: Javier Álvarez, CIO of Campofrío Food Group, and José Ramón Córcoles, Chief of Systems of Philips Lighting Spain and Portugal.
Campofrío shared its ‘Factory 4.0’ project. The company used the opportunity to re-build one of its factories that burned down into a ‘smart’ factory that connects machines, devices, sensors and people in real time. Campofrío chose Cisco Connected Factory solution for the project. And they are now able to monitor and analyse their processes in order to optimize them.
As for Philips Lighting, José Ramón Córcoles talked about the intelligent lighting system of Torre Europa, one of Madrid’s most iconic skyscrapers. Energy consumption decreased by 70% thanks to this solution that enables IoT. The company used Cisco's switching technology along with their LED luminaires with Secure Power over Ethernet (PoE) and sensors.
Maciej Kranz told us during the event, “Nothing will escape the IoT tsunami”. And having listened to the discussion at the book launch, I have to agree.