Internet, edge computing groups sign memorandum of understanding

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Edge Computing Consortium (ECC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner on shared interests of advancing the industrial internet and edge computing.
By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) August 4, 2017

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Edge Computing Consortium (ECC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner on shared interests of advancing the industrial internet and edge computing. Under the agreement, the consortia will work together to maximize interoperability and portability for the industrial Internet.

The report provides Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) vocabulary, and the new version aligns interdependent terms, eliminates unnecessary terms, and adds new relevant terms.Joint activities between the IIC and the ECC will include:

  • Identifying and sharing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) best practices
  • Collaborating on test beds and research and development projects
  • Collaborating on standardization.

"We are very excited about the cooperation between ECC and the IIC," said Mr. Haibin YU, chairman of ECC. "We believe that an in-depth exploration of edge computing technology used in the industrial internet area will better meet the industrial customers end-to-end needs to promote the global industry digitization transformation."

"This MoU expands collaboration opportunities for IIC members with key industry players focused on edge IoT," said Dr. Richard Soley, executive director, IIC.

"Edge computing is a key enabling technology to the industrial IoT system. The liaison with the Edge Computing Consortium broadens the industrial IoT ecosystem in line with the liaison working group’s effort to build coalitions within the industrial IoT space," said Wael William Diab, IIC chair of the liaison working group.

The ECC and the IIC have agreed to meet regularly to exchange information and have targeted a joint workshop in Beijing on August 30, 2017, for ECC and IIC members to share use case information.

The liaison working group is the gateway for formal relationships with standards and open-source organizations, consortia, alliances, certification and testing bodies and government entities/agencies. The agreement with the ECC is one of a number of agreements made by the IIC liaison working group.

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