Fluidmesh link at Wellington Police Station in Central Western NSW.

Cisco plans to acquire the Hills’ distributed wireless backhaul manufacturer, Fluidmesh Networks, for an undisclosed sum, with the acquisition to be completed in Q4.

Fluidmesh’s technology aims to provide zero loss of data transfer when assets such as trains and subways are moving at high speed. The company’s wireless technologies are used in rail, mining, port, and public mass transit operations combining large bandwidth requirements and long distances.

Cisco said Fluidmesh will join its IoT business, extending Cisco’s industrial wireless offerings to more industries, key customer segments, partners, and end users.

“With wireless technology playing a greater role in every organization’s multi-access IoT strategy, reliable wireless connectivity is paramount to organizations operating Industrial IoT environments, whether that’s manufacturing, mining, rail, or ports, where wireless technology automates operations to improve safety and lower costs,” said Liz Centoni, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Cloud, Compute, and IoT businesses.

“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 300 Km/h.”