Germany leads the internet of things, says Cisco

Cisco's Rob Lloyd says Germany leads the internet of things with its automotive industry, with Israel and Mexico close behind

Germany and Israel lead the world in implementing the internet of things (IoT), according to Cisco.

Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco, said Germany is leading the global trend, especially in its manufacturing and automotive industry.

Speaking at a press briefing at the supplier’s annual Cisco Live conference, Lloyd said: “Germany’s automotive industry is totally embracing IoT with the impact of semi-autonomous driving and safety.”

He also said different cities in the world are embracing IoT at different speeds and in different ways. He said Barcelona has seen revenues and great citizen experience from automating parts of the city, as well as Japan. He also noted Argentina as a country beginning to realise the benefits of IoT in the manufacturing industry.

“We’re also seeing parts of the US driven by the consumer industry and wearables,” he said, noting sport, entertainment and healthcare as industries influencing consumers involvement with the IoT.

What cities need to do to secure their networks prior to embracing IoT

Cisco’s VP and CTO of the security and government group Bret Hartman, gives Computer Weekly three security tips city authorities should think about before embarking on IoT and the connected city:

  1. “To deal with the threat, you need visibility,” he said. “You need to be able to see what’s going on.” Hartman said it is imperative to be aware of who is accessing different devices and how they are used.
  2. The second area to concentrate on is analytics. “If you have that visibility, what are you going to do with it?” Hartman said it is easy to become buried in a sea of data, and that you need the right type of tools to analyse the data.
  3. Lastly, cities must concentrate on securing the IoT network as much as possible, rather than trying to secure individual devices.

“Each country is embracing IoT in a different way,” he said. “It’s global trend, but Germany in my opinion has big companies embracing it.”

Cisco CEO John Chambers added: “The countries who get it, it’s because something is really driving them.”

“If after a meeting with a mayor if they don’t get excited about IoT, we don’t come back and go to another country,” he said. “They need to have a vision.”

Chambers said he believes Israel is leading the way. “They are going to be the first digital country, way ahead of everybody else,” he said.

Chambers also chose South Korea and Mexico as two wildcard countries embracing the new sensor technologies. He said the president of Mexico understands the issues and is going to build a modern and prosperous Mexico.

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