Zeiss, Cisco build secure industry 4.0 connectivity platform

May 11, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Carl Zeiss AG, a large player in the field of industrial metrology, is currently developing its product portfolio to make it ready for the Industry 4.0 concept. Towards this end, the Oberkochen, Germany based company has inked a collaboration contract with Cisco. Together with Cisco, Zeiss plans to provide a secure data transmission platform to connect Zeiss devices (e.g. measuring machines) in the field to higher-level systems within the Industry 4.0 environment.

Together with Cisco, Zeiss will the network infrastructure required to establish next-generation digital services. These are based on the direct communication of the Zeiss devices and machines with higher-level systems, whereby knowledge is extracted and analysed from the processes and the machines. Zeiss already enables its customers to systematically analyze process and quality data. As a result, these customers can steer their processes more effectively and identify currently untapped process and quality potential.


Customers who use these solutions will now be able to securely connect and transfer their data across sites and supply chains. As leading networking and security company, Cisco is contributing the secure connectivity platform for this joint project. The aim is to enable machines to quickly and securely transmit their system status and results, thus enabling the initiation of measures to optimize manufacturing. 


Both partners said they are together laying the foundation that will make it possible to directly connect Zeiss machines to higher-level IoT systems and platforms on a global level with integrated security. This involves the joint development of a solution for the monitoring of Zeiss measuring machines. It will simultaneously allow the fast provisioning of global services to customers such as remote subject matter expert and help-desk support. The goal for Zeiss is to connect production to industrial platform solutions and to explore the potential of end-to-end data links for applications such as analytics and maintenance. 

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