Cooperation ZEISS and Cisco

ZEISS and Cisco to deliver secure global machine connectivity

ZEISS is expanding its portfolio in the field of digital services.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-05-09.

ZEISS is expanding its portfolio in the field of digital services to better serve its customers with smart services to ease daily operations and gain efficiency. Together with Cisco, ZEISS is building 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. At the CONTROL 2017 trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany, ZEISS and Cisco will announce their collaboration in the field of global secure machine connectivity. 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.

Together with Cisco, ZEISS is developing the required network infrastructure, laying the foundation for new 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 market 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.

ZEISS und Cisco 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. Further details about the collaboration will follow in the course of the year.

Press contact

Bernd Balle
Industrial Metrology
Phone: +49 7364 20-8148
bernd .balle @zeiss .com


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2015/16 the company generated revenue approximating €4.9 billion with over 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

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