IIoT reference architecture published

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced the publication of the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF), which is designed to help unlock data in isolated systems and enable interoperability between previously closed components.
By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) March 2, 2017

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) 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 IIoT connectivity landscape and is designed to provide 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.

The IICF also provides an assessment template as a 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.

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– Edited from an IIC press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering IIoT and Industrie 4.0 stories.