Press Release

The Industrial Internet Consortium publishes the industrial internet connectivity framework

Guidance to enable communications interoperability for IIoT solutions

February 28, 2017 – Needham, MA – The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the global, member-driven organization that promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), today announced the publication of the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF), a reference architecture for IIoT system and solution architects to evaluate connectivity technologies as they design IIoT solutions.

The IIC developed the IICF to help unlock data in isolated systems, enabling interoperability between previously closed components and subsystems and to accelerate the development of new applications within and across industries.

“Seeking to unlock the full potential of the global IIoT marketplace, the IICF offers a framework to help simplify the complexity of proprietary technologies and standards which businesses face,” said John Tuccillo, Senior Vice President of Global Industry and Government Affairs, Schneider Electric and IIC Steering Committee Chair. “The IICF will help accelerate the creation of new value streams with its broad applicability across multiple industries, IIoT systems and applications.”

The IICF maps the rich landscape of IIoT connectivity and provides a comprehensive treatment of connectivity as a means of building interoperable IIoT systems. It clarifies the layers of the IIoT connectivity stack and defines the minimum expectations of an IIoT connectivity framework as being able to achieve syntactic interoperability between IIoT components and subsystems, i.e., the components and subsystems must be able to unambiguously exchange structured data between participants.

“As the Industrial Internet of Things continues to evolve, a common connectivity architecture is critical in enabling the seamless data sharing required to unlock the potential of the IIoT,” said Dr. Rajive Joshi, Principal Solution Architect at RTI and Co-Chair of the IIC Connectivity Task Group. “The IICF provides this common architecture, clarifying the connectivity stack and defining criteria for core connectivity standards. The framework provides the roadmap IoT practitioners and system architects need to navigate the complex IIoT connectivity landscape.”

The IICF provides an assessment template as a practical tool for evaluating any connectivity technology and placing it correctly on the IIoT connectivity stack. It defines a connectivity reference architecture to enable horizontal interoperability and establishes the criteria for core connectivity standards. The IICF offers a catalog of connectivity standards and identifies potential core connectivity standards to accelerate IIoT initiatives. The IICF paves the way for a marketplace of connectivity gateways and core gateways that will create more choices and readily available solutions for IIoT system developers.

For more information about the IICF and free download, click here.

About the Industrial Internet Consortium

The Industrial Internet Consortium® is a global, member-supported, organization that promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial Internet of Things by coordinating ecosystem initiatives to securely connect, control and integrate assets and systems of assets with people, processes and data using common architectures, interoperability and open standards to deliver transformational business and societal outcomes across industries and public infrastructure. The Industrial Internet Consortium is managed by the Object Management Group® (OMG®). For more information, visit www.iiconsortium.org. Note to editors: Industrial Internet Consortium is a registered trademark of OMG. For a listing of all OMG trademarks, visit www.omg.org/legal/tm_list. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Additional Quotes

Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium

“The IIC connectivity framework outlines a comprehensive set of functions, considerations and best practices that clarify how technologies can be effectively applied to industrial IoT. There are many connectivity technologies in the market today and this reference framework brings clarity on how companies can determine a best fit for the needs of industrial applications."

Jean-Pierre Desbenoit, ICT Standardization & Industry Relations Director - Global Strategy at Schneider Electric

“While connectivity is key for IIoT solutions, the multiplicity of technologies makes it difficult to put everything together. With this connectivity framework document, the IIC structures the approach for IIoT solution designers and provides a very useful and pragmatic tool for assessing connectivity technologies and ultimately delivers the solutions meeting the expectations of our customers.”

Bob Gessel, Head of Technology & Strategy Development, Ericsson North America

“There will always be many different connectivity solutions in the Industrial IoT world and it's important to enable interoperability and portability, especially in the face of this diversity and constant change. The IIC is providing guidelines to deal with that constant change with the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF).” “Mobile connectivity is increasing in importance across different vertical industries as the evolution of 4G and the introduction of 5G establish an even stronger platform for Industrial IoT applications with both massive low power and mission-critical connections that have Industrial Internet connectivity at the core,” continued Sara Mazur, Head of Ericsson Research.