As intelligent technology rapidly evolves the way we experience the world around us, our guiding principle remains unchanged: Collaboration. As we are seeing, building out an intelligent infrastructure capable of alleviating global challenges rests not in the hands of one of us, but in the collective power of all of us.
We recently showcased a collection of collaboratively developed sensor-gateway-data center driven solutions at the Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Center at openBerlin. As guest blogger Rajiv Gupta, Cisco Account Manager at Intel Corporation, so eloquently shows us, a new and better world awaits when we focus on amplifying our unique individual strengths as well as our united commonalities. We wouldn’t have it any other way. ~ David McKinney
Welcome to Berlin!
Cisco’s innovation centers are designed to showcase what can be achieved with the Internet of Things (IoT). They are spaces where Cisco partners and customers can come together to accelerate opportunities presented by the latest technologies, deepen relationships and foster innovation. Most importantly, they are places where startups, accelerators, researchers and universities can come together, build solutions and engage in rapid prototyping to get working solutions to market as quickly as possible.
Even before the first innovators walk through the door, openBerlin is a demonstration of the IoT in action. Intel has been working with Cisco to transform a nineteenth-century building on the Euref Campus of the Technical University of Berlin into a 21st Century smart building. openBerlin has a fully connected and automated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and is in the process of wirelessly connecting thousands of sensors to control temperature, humidity and CO2 levels to create the ideal working environment.
The technology enabling this connected building is a solution blueprint for creative workspaces designed by openBerlin. It includes the Cisco Intercloud, which is powered IoT middleware from German firm RelayR. The solution also has edge computing capabilities – or what Cisco calls fog computing – enabled by a fog gateway from Advantech, a member of the Intel IoT Solutions Alliance (ISA). The gateway is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor. Fogging extends cloud computing to the edge of the network and enables the operation of compute, storage and networking services between end devices and cloud computing data centers.
What’s exciting about openBerlin is that it is far more than a technology showcase. It also demonstrates the power of collaboration and the belief that both Cisco and Intel share: that successful IoT solutions will be built through cooperation and the involvement of a broad and open ecosystem of partners – like ISA and like the visitors to openBerlin.
Research from Gartner suggests that by 2017, 50 percent of IoT solutions will originate in startups that are less then three years old. The opportunities are too great and the possibilities too vast for one company to provide all the answers. The expertise and ideas are going to come from many different sources. That’s why centers like openBerlin are so important.
It’s also the reason that we at Intel are developing technology platforms like Intel Edison. Intel solutions are helping to create a common platform for the billions of connected devices that will come to market, regardless of the developer, manufacturer, or end application. Technologies like these provide the basic building blocks that help turn innovative ideas into desirable products, and which in turn will help more non-specialists develop exciting and marketable prototypes of products and services that consumers and businesses will want to use.
Innovative, smart, and rich with entrepreneurs: Berlin is the ideal host for Cisco, Intel, and the IoT. And openBerlin is an ideal addition to Berlin’s thriving start-up scene. We can’t wait to see the results.