Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Industrial Internet
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
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
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
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
- 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is the IIC just focused on industrial
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
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
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,
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.