Two of the leading industrial internet technical standards groups have formed an alliance which is likely to accelerate the development of technologies in the sector.
The Industrial Internet Consortium and the Edge Computing Consortium have signed a partnership agreement – technically a memorandum of understanding – to advance the industrial Internet and edge computing.
Under the agreement, the consortia say they will work together to “maximize interoperability and portability for the industrial Internet”.
Joint activities between the IIC and the ECC will include:
- Identifying and sharing IIoT best practices
- Collaborating on test beds and research and development projects
- Collaborating on standardization
Haibin Yu, chairman of ECC, says: “We are very excited about the cooperation between ECC and the IIC.
“We believe that an in-depth exploration of edge computing technology used in the industrial internet area will better meet the industrial customers end-to-end needs to promote the global industry digitization transformation.”
Dr Richard Soley, executive director, IIC, says: “This MoU expands collaboration opportunities for IIC members with key industry players focused on edge IoT.”
Wael William Diab, IIC chair of the liaison working group, says: “Edge computing is a key enabling technology to the industrial IoT system.
“The liaison with the Edge Computing Consortium broadens the industrial IoT ecosystem in line with the Liaison Working Group’s effort to build coalitions within the industrial IoT space.”
The ECC and the IIC have agreed to meet regularly to exchange information and have targeted a joint workshop in Beijing on August 30, 2017, for ECC and IIC members to share use case information.
The IIC’s liaison working group is the gateway for formal relationships with standards and open-source organizations, consortia, alliances, certification and testing bodies and government entities and agencies.
The agreement with the ECC is one of a number of agreements made by the IIC.