Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage when it comes to any discussion on what the future of a truly connected world is going to be.
Beyond our interest in smart homes, smart cars and smart cities or the fascination in wearable tech,the who’s who in networks is stepping up in their endorsement of IoT as well.
Cisco, the brand synonymous with all things networking related, recently announced a new certification specifically for people keen on proving their expertise in IoT.
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This certification, together with the development of synergies among IoT stakeholders through engagements like the IoT World Forum, has shown the tech’s giant’s strong affirmation of IoT’s role in the future of IT. The certification was made possible through Cisco’s partnership with Rockwell Foundation.
According to Cisco’s blog ,the certification, called the Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist certification, is for IT and Operational Technology professionals in the manufacturing, process control, and oil and gas industries working on the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of industrial network systems.
Through the certification Cisco intends top address the need for skills alignment for Operational Technology and IT professionals according to to IoT related tech and solutions.
Besides the writings on the wall regarding IoT why should Cisco care anyway? Well, its all about setting standards for the rising IoT segment really.
While the market has seen some training in configuring and maintaining of smart objects, each object or device has its own specifics. The networks used for IoT aren’t traditional.This alters the approach to setting up essential infrastructure for device or object interconnection.
There are countless different protocols used by smart objects devices.Cisco believes some degree of standardisation for all this in a world where convergence is being fostered by IoT will deliver huge efficiency gains.
Are you a networks, IT or OT professional? How relevant do you think this certification will be in your particular field in the short to medium term?