A new non-profit has been launched that is working towards boosting the fortunes of the industrial Internet of Things [IoT] sector.
The Industry Internet Consortium [IIC], launched by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel, has a mandate to improve integration between physical and digital worlds, and it’s hoped the adoption of industrial Internet applications will help to hasten the IoT sector.
“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. "Given the importance of this technology, the federal government is investing over $100 million [£60 million] per 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."
There will be five ways in which it will try to encourage innovation, which are:
- Use existing and create new industry use cases and test beds for real-world apps.
- Convey best practices, reference architectures, case studies and standards requirements to make deployment of connected technologies easier.
- Influence the global standards development process for Internet and industrial systems.
- Facilitate open forums to share and exchange real world ideas, practices, lessons and insights.
- Build confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.
The five founding members of the group will all hold permanent seats on an elected IIC Steering Committee along with four other elected members. This committee will provide leadership and governance to help companies capitalise.
Any business, organisation or entity that is interested in accelerating the industrial internet is invited to join the organisation with the fee structure and membership application form available from the consortium’s website.