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Posted On: 9/6/2011

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SAN JOSE, CA -- Cisco Systems Inc. has unveiled an integrated services router (ISR) designed for use as a machine-to-machine gateway. The company describes the new Cisco 819 as its latest router designed to enhance the "Internet for Things."

Applications for the 819 include communication with self-service appliances like vending machines, as well as fleet management and other transportation-related tasks and security (for example, video surveillance of automated teller machines). Among many other potential uses are communication with medical devices able to transmit information about patients from remote locations.

According to Cisco, vending machines equipped with the 819 ISR can "find" and "talk to" the nearest warehouse or delivery vehicle, so machines can be refilled before popular products run out. The company observed that this boosts customer satisfaction and revenue, not only for such coin-operated machines that carry low-priced merchandise as snack foods, but also for credit card-operated venders that carry high-value goods such as MP3 players.

Integrating networking capabilities into devices not typically equipped for Internet protocol communications enables machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity that can help organizations achieve operational efficiency, cost savings and innovation, the manufacturer noted. The 819 machine-to-machine gateway serves as a single integrated platform that can extend corporate 3G (and 4G) wireless wide-area network services to small devices in challenging environments far beyond the confines of headquarters. Cisco estimates that such technologies as the 819 ISR will help connect more than 50 billion devices to the Internet by 2020.

Available in both hardened and non-hardened versions, the Cisco 819 ISR can be installed in small spaces with limited environmental controls. The hardened version can withstand temperatures ranging from -13°F. (-25° C.) to 140° F. (60° C.).

"Many M2M deployments will consist of hundreds if not thousands of devices," the manufacturer said. "Thus, superior management and monitoring are critical for the success of these deployments. The Cisco 819 ISR provides the full solution, as it can be remotely and centrally managed with Cisco Prime."

Introduced this spring, Cisco Prime is a management service designed to provide unified access across wired and wireless networks.

The company explained that this, along with the support for extensive 3.5G and 3.7G management information bases (MIBs), offers network managers visibility into and control of devices, including the ones connected to the router in these remote sites.

Cisco is a worldwide leader in networking.