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Omron and Cisco collaborate to enhance IoT security in manufacturing

10 June 2018

Omron and Cisco Systems have agreed to collaborate by integrating Cisco’s networking and security technology into Omron PLCs. Through this collaboration, the two companies will enhance the security of today’s increasingly intelligent manufacturing sites with IoT.

Omron and Cisco will work together to construct a secure environment where PLCs, as core automation components, provide security authentication for three discreet elements, namely people at manufacturing sites, devices connected to machinery and production lines, and data exchanged.

By integrating Cisco’s network and security technology with Omron’s controller technology, which brings together control and information, the companies aim is to enable the safe and secure use of IoT in the manufacturing environment.

Prior to forming this partnership, Omron developed the Machine Automation Controller NJ Series, the flagship PLC that comes standard with the OPC UA server and is compliant with the security enabled global communications standard. The new PLCs enables secure data communication with software and devices supporting OPC UA.

In addition, by combining Omron’s PLCs with Cisco’s network and security technology through this technological collaboration, the companies will expand the range of solutions available for the authentication of people and devices.

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