Cisco develops routers for vending machines, vehicles, medical equipment

On Tuesday, Cisco Systems Inc (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.), a company that designs and sells electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology, announced the Cisco 819 Integrated Services Router (ISR), which provides communication for vending machines, vehicles and medical equipment, according to the company. This is the latest addition to its core routing infrastructure portfolio.


On Tuesday, Cisco Systems Inc (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.), a company that designs and sells electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology, announced the Cisco 819 Integrated Services Router (ISR), which provides communication for vending machines, vehicles and medical equipment, according to the company. This is the latest addition to its core routing infrastructure portfolio.

The Cisco 819 ISR Machine-to-Machine Gateway serves as a single, integrated platform that extends corporate 3G/4G wireless WAN network services to small devices in challenging environments, says Cisco. The company estimates that technologies such as the Cisco 819 ISR will help connect more than 50 billion devices to the Internet by 2020.

According to Cisco, the ruggedized version of the Cisco 819 starts at $2300, while the starting list price for non-ruggedized version is US $1600.

The Cisco 819 ISR adds networking capabilities to previously non-networked devices and supports standalone GPS, which location-based applications can use to retrieve real-time GPS data, according to the company.

The Cisco 819 ISR can be used with portable medical services. These medical devices with remote monitoring of patients could cut down on healthcare facility visits as well as make healthcare accessible to patients who are immobile, according to Cisco.

This router also works with GPS and high-speed mobile broadband technology to track vehicles and offer text updates on arrivals to passengers. It also enables organizations to cut costs with just-in-time processes and to improve functionality and safety for fleet management services, according to Cisco.

Vending machines equipped with the Cisco 819 ISR can “find” and “talk” to the nearest replenishing depot / vehicle, so machines are refilled before products run out – which could boost revenue for both coin-operated machines and credit-card operated terminals that carry high-value goods such as MP3 players, says the company. Additionally, the 819 ISR can provide security for machines dispensing high-value goods.

According to Cisco, the Cisco 819 ISR technology can also provide video surveillance from ATM machines.

The module comes in two versions, hardened and non-hardened. The hardened version can withstand temperatures as low as negative 13 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit — both of which may be encountered in outdoor ATM deployments, says the company. The hardened version also provides the flexibility for deployment in many different stationary and mobile environments where they may be subjected to shock from falls, vibration such as that encountered on commercial vehicles, temperature variations and fluctuations, dust, splash water, or low power availability.

“The Internet of Things represents the next evolution of the Internet and has the potential to change the world as we know it today — for the better,” says Dave Evans, chief futurist and technology officer for the International Business Solutions Group at Cisco. “In the not too distant future, we’ll transition to a world where your doctor can get instant health results from a patient’s wearable device and everything has an IP address. As we approach a world of 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, technologies that provide an always-on, secure connection, will be key enablers of the Internet of Things.”