Online Community to Facilitate Network Convergence

Nov. 1, 2013
The online community is designed for engineering & IT professionals to discuss deploying a holistic Internet Protocol infrastructure

Cisco, Panduit and Rockwell Automation, in cooperation with ODVA, are sponsoring a new online community that extends the Industrial IP Advantage website. The community helps IT, engineering, maintenance and operations professionals take advantage of the future-proof interoperability delivered by Internet Protocol (IP).

The Industrial IP Advantage discusses emerging-technology trends in industrial plants and IT networking. The website offers guides, case studies, technical white papers, and online discussions on how these technologies can be applied to automation, industrial compute, remote assets and services, video, energy management, mobility, and security and compliance.

On Nov. 13 and 14, 2013 at the annual Automation Fair event, the Industrial IP Advantage booth will showcase key technology trends and a working demo of an IP-centric infrastructure. The booth’s “Ask the Expert” area encourages attendees to seek technology, design and deployment advice on-site and from the online community.

Many manufacturers use multiple networks with proprietary protocols to manage devices, which create breakdowns in communication within an organization, increase threats to network security, and complicate IT management. This approach does not scale and creates inefficiency across manufacturing and business operations. To stay competitive, companies are looking to integrate the entire manufacturing value chain and leverage IP to seamlessly connect devices, processes, systems and people.

“IP integration is a critical factor for the evolution of industrial networks to assist in maximizing plant uptime and ensuring long-time reliability,” said Steve Timian, director of Industrial Automation Solutions, Panduit Corp. “This new online resource provides valuable education and knowledge-based experiences to assist in the implementation of sophisticated network architectures that provide connectivity from plant to enterprise.”

To join the Industrial IP Advantage community forum, click here.

Source: Industrial IP Advantage

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