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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Industrial Internet Consortium™?

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is an open membership group formed by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel to break down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds to unlock business value. The IIC is open to any business, organization or entity with an interest in accelerating the Industrial Internet.

What companies founded the IIC?

There are five founding members – AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, Intel and IBM. As founding members, each company will hold a permanent seat 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.

Why was the IIC formed?

As the digital and physical worlds collide, organizations need to be able to more easily connect and optimize assets and operations to drive agility across all industrial sectors. The IIC was formed to help achieve this goal by identifying the requirements for open interoperability standards and defining common architectures to connect smart devices, machines, people, and processes that will help to accelerate more reliable access to big data and unlock business value.

What are its objectives?

The IIC will take the lead in establishing interoperability across various industrial environments for a more connected world. Specifically, the consortium’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 industrial systems;
  • Facilitating open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights;
  • Building confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.

How is the IIC organized?

The Industrial Internet Consortium is formed as a group under the Object Management Group, a nonprofit trade association as set out in section 501(c)(6) of the US Internal Revenue Code.

An elected Steering Committee provides the leadership and governance within the Industrial Internet Consortium. More information on the Steering Committee’s responsibilities and election process can be found HERE.

Who is on the Steering Committee?

There are 10 members on the IIC Steering Committee. Permanent seats are held by each of the founder companies (AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, Intel and IBM). Two members are from industry, one member from a start-up organization, and one member from academia. The Executive Director of the IIC, Dr. Richard Soley, is the Ex-Officio Steering Committee member.

How do companies join? What are the costs?

There is a formal process for IIC membership. It is designed to ensure that all members execute the same agreements and are therefore all governed by the same rules. There are five levels of membership: Founder, Industry >$50 million, Industry <$50 million, Academic/Nonprofit; and Government Agency. The fee structure and membership application forms are available HERE.

Are there any restrictions to joining?

The IIC is a newly formed not-for-profit group that offers open membership for any public, or private business, organization or entity.

Is this an international Consortium?

Yes. In today’s global economy, members need to collaborate with colleagues across the world to address the unique challenges of incorporating the digital with the physical. Globally integrated enterprises run factories and source parts and materials from across the globe. Smarter cities and governments across the world will utilize and benefit from the Industrial Internet which will enable smarter buildings, cleaner energy, better emergency preparedness and responsiveness. While some of the early research and innovation for the Consortium comes out of the United States, the scope of the IIC is worldwide.

Why should a company join the IIC?

We’re at the precipice of a major technological shift, where smart machines will communicate and connect in ways that will lead to transformational business outcomes. Any company that wants to have a voice in setting the direction for the Industrial Internet, can and should join the Consortium. Members are developing critical collaborative relationships with leaders in technology, manufacturing, academia and the government on working committees. Members can participate in IIC research projects and test beds activities. Members also gain an immediate, visible platform for their opinions.

How can members get involved?

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. Members are encouraged to join one of several working committees: Technology, architecture, security, membership, governance, marketing and communications. These committees work collaboratively through email, conference calls and at quarterly IIC meetings.

If we assign some staff members to work in a Working Committee, where will they work and to whom will they report?

Members of a Working Committee may work anywhere they have access to a broadband internet connection. They will become integral elements of the process, where the working group lead will coordinate the development work.

Do I need to be a member if I want to contribute to the working committees?

Yes, only IIC Members may be a part of a working committee.

What do the working committees do?

Working Committees are formed at the discretion of the Steering Committee when sufficient interest and leadership exists. Each committee contributes to specific work streams as mandated by the Steering Committee. An IIC staff member coordinates the activities for each group. Significant committee deliverables are reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee prior to being announced and adopted. Today there are 7 working committees. Future working committees are formed at the discretion of the Steering Committee when sufficient interest and leadership exists.

How does the IIC compare to other organizations?

We all have the same goal: delivering best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies.
Other organizations develop standards. The IIC focuses on creating frameworks, use cases and test beds for real-world applications across various industrial environments as well as building confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.

Is the IIC just focused on industrial uses?

The work of the IIC will have broad implication which is why an ecosystem is emerging: to bring better technology solutions and services to market that result in a more productive and efficient world. In turn it holds the potential to bring about profound transformation that impacts many aspects of daily life, including the way many of us do our jobs. The implications promise to bring greater agility to industries as diverse
as aviation, rail transportation, power generation, oil and gas development, and health care delivery.

Does the IIC support any specific technologies?

The IIC advocates for open standard technologies and will be influencing the global standards development process for the Industrial Internet. The Technology working committee will be working on specific recommendations, which will be announced at a future date.

Will the IIC create standards?

The IIC will influence the global standards development process for internet and industrial systems to improve the integration of the digital and physical worlds. The IIC scope includes the identification and location of sensor devices, the data exchange between them, control and integration of collections of heterogeneous devices, data extraction and storage plus data and predictive analytics. The challenge for the IIC is to ensure that these efforts come together into a cohesive whole.

Are there test bed activities? How can someone get involved with test beds?

Test bed activities are one of the primary functions of the IIC. IIC members are actively working on identifying and prioritizing test beds.

Where and how often do IIC members meet?

The IIC holds general membership meetings four times a year. In 2015, the meetings will be held in Reston, VA (March); Niskayuna, NY (July); Barcelona, Spain (September); and La Jolla, CA (December). In addition, IIC Working Committees hold ongoing and task-specific working meetings via conference calls and WebEx.

Where is the IIC headquartered?

The staff is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Who do I contact for more information?

If your question is not answered above or you need additional information, please visit www.iiconsortium.org, send an email to [email protected] or call +1-781-444-0404 for more information.


Last updated on July 05, 2015


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