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IIoT networking framework published

The Industry IoT Consortium's (IIC) networking framework guides IIoT stakeholders on developing appropriate networking solutions to enable IIoT applications and stimulate industrial digital transformation.

By Industry IoT Consortium (IIC) October 2, 2021
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The Industry IoT Consortium (IIC) announced the Industrial Internet of Things Networking Framework (IINF) publication. The framework guides Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) stakeholders on designing and developing the appropriate networking solutions to enable IIoT applications and stimulate industrial digital transformation. It details the requirements, technologies, standards, and solutions for networking that support diverse applications and deployments across a broad range of IIoT sectors and vertical industries.

“An underlying network is the foundation of any IIoT solution. It includes technologies at the network layer and below as well as related capabilities for management and security,” said David Lou, Co-chair, IIC Networking Task Group, Chief Researcher, Huawei Technologies, and one of the primary authors of the framework. “An underlying network enables the exchange of data and control and forms the basis of digital transformation across industries.”

The framework serves as a guideline and toolbox for IIoT networking solution stakeholders who design, develop, deploy, or operate the solutions and end-users in many industries trying to network their assets or products.

“IIoT applications span a range of industrial sectors as well as business, usage, deployment, and performance perspectives,” said Jan Holler, Co-chair IIC Networking Task Group, Research Fellow, Ericsson, and one of the primary authors of the framework. “The IINF helps organizations sort through numerous networking technologies to ensure interoperability across industry sectors. It answers the fundamental question, ‘How do I design, deploy, and operate a successful networking solution for my industrial IoT applications?'”

The IINF includes use cases from several industrial sectors, including smart factories, mining, oil & gas, and smart grid, to illustrate the diversity of networking considerations. Networking technologies and standards are covered in-depth to help organizations address their concerns and technical requirements. Finally, the IINF includes best practices for IT architectural blueprints.

The IINF supplements other IIC foundational industry guidance, including the

– Edited from an IIC press release by CFE Media. The IIC is a CFE Media content partner.


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