Cisco Adds Machine Learning to Its IoT Platform


The Cisco IoT Center adds machine learning and other enhancements designed to help providers better manage IoT cellular environments and 5G use cases.

Cisco has announced new enhancements to its Cisco IoT center, including machine learning and smart billing. The additions are designed to assist their service provider partners in offering optimized management for cellular IoT environments and 5G use cases.  Machine-to-machine connections are expected to rise 19% and account for 50% of all connections by 2023, according to Cisco’s 2020 Annual Internet Report.

“Cellular IoT deployments are accelerating across connected cars, utilities, and transportation industries and with 5G and Wi-Fi 6 on the horizon IoT adoption will grow even faster. Cisco is investing in connectivity management, IoT networking, IoT security, and edge computing to accelerate the adoption of IoT use-cases,” said Vikas Butaney, vice president product management IoT, Cisco. “With today’s advancements, Cisco is further enabling our service provider partners with machine learning to simplify and accelerate cellular IoT services while creating new bundled services to grow their revenues.”

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According to the company’s website, the Cisco IoT Control Center enhancements include:

  • Using Machine Learning (ML) to improve management: With visibility into 3 billion events every day, Cisco IoT Control Center uses the industry’s broadest visibility to enable machine learning models to quickly identify anomalies and address issues before they impact a customer. Service providers can also identify and alert customers of errant devices, allowing for greater endpoint security and control.
  • Smart billing to optimize rate plans: Service providers can improve customer satisfaction by enabling Smart billing to automatically optimize rate plans. Policies can also be created to proactively send customer notifications should usage changes or rate plans need to be updated to help save enterprises money.  
  • Support for global supply chains: SIM portability is an enterprise requirement to support complex supply chains spanning multiple service providers and geographies. It is time-consuming and requires integrations between many different service providers and vendors, driving up costs for both. Cisco IoT Control Center now provides eSIM as a service, enabling a true turnkey SIM portability solution to deliver fast, reliable, cost-effective SIM handoffs between service providers.
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