|By Business Wire
|March 27, 2014 11:15 AM EDT
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel today announce the formation of the
Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership group focused
on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better
access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital
worlds. The consortium will enable organizations to more easily connect
and optimize assets, operations and data to drive agility and to unlock
business value across all industrial sectors.
An ecosystem of companies, researchers and public agencies is emerging
to help drive adoption of Industrial Internet applications, a
foundational element for accelerating the Internet of Things. The IIC is
a newly formed not-for-profit group with an open membership that will
take the lead in establishing interoperability across various industrial
environments for a more connected world. Specifically, the IIC’s charter
will be to encourage innovation by:
Utilizing existing and creating new industry use cases and test beds
for real-world applications;
Delivering best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and
standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies;
Influencing the global standards development process for Internet and
Facilitating open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas,
practices, lessons, and insights;
Building confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.
“We are at the precipice of a major technological shift at the
intersection of the cyber and physical worlds, one with broad
implications that will lead to substantial benefits, not just for any
one organization, but for humanity,” said Janos Sztipanovits, E. Bronson
Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Director of the
Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS), Vanderbilt University.
“Academia and industry understand the need to identify and establish new
foundations, common frameworks and standards for the Industrial
Internet, and are looking to the IIC to ensure that these efforts come
together into a cohesive whole.”
As founding members, AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel will each hold
permanent seats on an elected IIC Steering Committee along with four
other elected members. The Steering Committee will provide leadership
and governance to help organizations capitalize on this vast opportunity.
Given the importance of this technology, the federal government is
investing over $100 million/year in R&D related to cyberphysical
systems, and has been partnering with the private sector on a series of
testbeds in areas such as healthcare, transportation, smart cities, and
increasing the security of the electric grid.
“By linking physical objects to the full power of cyberspace, the
Industrial Internet promises to dramatically reshape how people interact
with technology,” said Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “The
Administration looks forward to working with public-private
collaborations like the new IIC to turn innovative Industrial Internet
products and systems into new jobs in smart manufacturing, health care,
transportation and other areas.”
The IIC is open to any business, organization or entity with an interest
in accelerating the Industrial Internet. In addition to gaining an
immediate, visible platform for their opinions, consortium members will
join in developing critical relationships with leaders in technology,
manufacturing, academia and the government on working committees. The
IIC will be managed by Object Management Group (OMG), a nonprofit trade
association in Boston, MA. The fee structure and membership application
forms are available at www.iiconsortium.org.
“The Industrial Internet builds upon AT&T’s vision of enabling people to
operate anything remotely, anytime and virtually anywhere,” said Mike
Troiano, vice president, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business
Solutions. “The IIC is an assembly of the world’s leading technology
innovators working to mobilize devices and machines around the world,
whether they’re in an office building or on a ship in the middle of the
ocean. Together, we share a common goal of building a more connected
“Ninety-nine percent of everything is still unconnected. As the world
looks to connect more things over the Internet, it is creating the next
industrial revolution. Cisco is collaborating with Industry leading
companies to break through the barriers of connecting things in
industrial environments safely and securely, and paving the way for the
Internet of Things,” said Guido Jouret, vice president of Internet of
Things Business Group for Cisco.
“As leaders we have come together to drive the ecosystem and market
development of Industrial Internet applications and ensure organizations
around the world can more easily create better services, access better
data, and most importantly, seamlessly connect all the pieces together,”
said Bill Ruh, vice president, GE Global Software. “The IIC has been
established to achieve this goal through the creation of common
architectures and use cases that will enable businesses in aviation,
transportation, healthcare or energy to ‘plug-and-play’ Industrial
Internet technologies anywhere, anytime.”
“IBM's vision of a Smarter Planet is being realized as we connect more
of the physical world with the Internet, pairing the Internet of Things
with advances in analytics, mobile and cloud computing in ways that lead
to new insights and efficiencies that can be harnessed for competitive
advantage. Smarter cities, utility grids, buildings, and machines are
becoming more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, and through
this consortium we will accelerate both innovation and technology
advancement,” said Ron Ambrosio, Distinguished Engineer & CTO, Smarter
Energy Research, IBM.
“The IIC aligns well with Intel’s vision for the Internet of Things
which centers around accelerating business transformation through a
robust end to end IoT solution, connecting both existing systems and new
systems into a secure infrastructure,” said Ton Steenman, vice
president, IoT Solutions Group, Intel. “Enabling IoT scale requires an
open solutions architecture facilitated by standards and a strong
ecosystem. The IIC will help accelerate the momentum and make the
Internet of Things a reality more quickly.”
“The Industrial Internet is ushering in a new era of explosive industry
growth and innovation, unlike anything we've seen in decades,” said Dr.
Richard Soley, executive director, Industrial Internet Consortium and
Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group. “OMG has spearheaded
technological developments that have - and will continue to - enable the
Industrial Internet. We are applying our 25 years of experience to the
IIC to set the groundwork for the technological revolution to come.”
“The Industrial Internet Consortium provides an outstanding vehicle for
transitioning into practice the foundational research that the National
Science Foundation has long supported through investments in
cyber-physical systems (CPS),” said Farnam Jahanian, assistant director
of the National Science Foundation for Computer and Information Science
and Engineering. “We believe adoption by the private sector of
fundamental CPS advances is an important part of the R&D innovation
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