Cisco to acquire wireless backhaul specialist in IIoT push

April 07, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Cisco to acquire wireless backhaul specialist in IIoT push
Networking giant Cisco Systems has announced its intent to acquire wireless backhaul systems provider Fluidmesh Networks, whose leading technology delivers reliable and resilient wireless solutions for mission critical applications.

Fluidmesh’s technology is designed to provide zero loss of data transfer within high-speed assets including rail, subways, public transit, and ports. The acquisition of Fluidmesh, says Cisco, will extend its industrial wireless offerings to industries with on-the-move assets and applications in situations where reliable backhaul is mission critical.

Cisco’s scale combined with Fluidmesh’s solution-based offerings and relationships with systems integrators, says the company, will accelerate its industrial IoT business to enable successful industrial wireless deployments, broaden reach to key customer segments, partners, and end users.

“Cisco provides one of the most secure and reliable networking technologies on the market today,” says Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager for Cloud, Compute, and IoT businesses at Cisco. “With wireless technology playing a greater role in every organization’s multi-access IoT strategy, reliable wireless connectivity is paramount to organizations operating Industrial IoT environments, whether that’s manufacturing, mining, rail, or ports, where wireless technology automates operations to improve safety and lower costs."

"The acquisition of Fluidmesh," says Centoni, "strengthens Cisco’s offerings in this space with leading technology that’s designed to provide zero loss of data transfer at speeds in excess of 300 Km/h.”

The acquisition of Fluidmesh, which is privately held, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2020. The Fluidmesh team will join Cisco’s IoT business.

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