Testbed Working Group

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Staff Chair: Joseph Fontaine

Testbeds are a major focus and activity of the Industrial Internet Consortium and its members. The Industrial Internet Consortium Testbed Working Group accelerates the creation of testbeds for the Industrial Internet and serves as the advisory body for testbed proposal activities for members. It is the centralized group which collects testbed ideas from Industrial Internet Consortium member companies and provides the members with systematic yet flexible guidance for new testbed proposals. Industrial Internet Consortium testbeds are where the innovation and opportunities of the Industrial Internet – new technologies, new applications, new products, new services, new processes – can be initiated, thought through, and rigorously tested to ascertain their usefulness and viability before coming to market.


Learn more about testbeds in general and specific Industrial Internet Consortium testbeds below.

A testbed is a controlled experimentation platform that:


  1. Implements specific use cases and scenarios.
  2. Produces testable outcomes to confirm that an implementation conforms to expected results.
  3. Explores untested or existing technologies working together (interoperability testing).
  4. Generates new (and potentially disruptive) products and services.
  5. Generates requirements and priorities for standards organizations supporting the Industrial Internet.

It is the centralized group which collects testbed ideas from member companies and provides systematic yet flexible guidance for new testbed proposals.

The Testbed Working Group divides testbed proposals into short-, medium- and long-term projects. Long-term testbeds are 24 to 60 months in duration. These longer term testbeds are characterized by innovation that creates new markets and has an impact on broader economic and societal benefits. These testbeds will often be funded by institutions (agencies, academia and governments) in collaboration with industry.

Testbeds of medium duration (12 to 24 months) focus on “go to market” product delivery. More than routine product testing, these testbeds must demonstrate interoperability within an ecosystem (more than one company or proprietary technologies) and within the approved roadmap. These testbeds will also open up new markets. Because of the product focus, these testbeds will often be funded by industry, and the funding organizations and testbed participants may choose to retain some or all of the intellectual property. Finally, “plug fests” are opportunities for new product creation that coincides with the development of longer-term testbeds, representing the spin-off of new applications in the development of the multi-year testbeds.

Our priorities and activities around testbeds continue to evolve over time. What will not change is our commitment to create and develop testbeds which support our goals of innovation and interoperability if the testbed is viable.

For more information, please send your questions to us.

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