Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Cisco acquires mission-critical wireless firm Fluidmesh

Steve Rogerson
April 14, 2020



Cisco is to acquire privately-held Fluidmesh Networks, a New York-based specialist in wireless backhaul systems.
 
Fluidmesh’s technology delivers reliable and resilient wireless connectivity for mission critical applications, whether it’s high-speed rail and mass transit or large-scale distributed sites such as ports and urban settings where signal strength can be a problem. Its products are quick to deploy and configure, offering customers a cost-efficient, low-maintenance system.
 
Fluidmesh will extend Cisco’s 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 offerings and relationships with systems integrators, should accelerate Cisco’s industrial IoT business to enable successful industrial wireless deployments, broadening reach to key customer segments, partners and end users.
 
“Cisco provides one of the most secure and reliable networking technologies on the market today,” said Liz Centoni, Cisco senior vice president. “With wireless technology playing a greater role in every organisation’s multi-access IoT strategy, reliable wireless connectivity is paramount to organisations 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 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 300km/h.”
 
The acquisition of Fluidmesh is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals. The Fluidmesh team will join Cisco’s IoT business.
 
Fluidmesh’s technology is designed to provide zero loss of data transfer when assets such as trains and subways are moving at high speed. Its customers are using the wireless technologies in rail, mining, ports and public transit to improve productivity, safety and the customer experience.