Reference architecture for industrial Internet systems released
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) released the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA), which is designed to provide a common language for the elements of Industrial Internet systems and the relationships between them. This common language helps developers decide which elements they need for their systems, enabling faster delivery of implementations.
"For the Internet of Things (IoT) to reach the predicted install base of 50 billion things by 2020, developers need to be able to connect and scale systems quickly," said Dr. Shi-Wan Lin, co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium Technology Working Group and principal engineer with the Strategy and Technology Office, Internet of Things Group, Intel. "The Industrial Internet Reference Architecture has broad applicability across industrial and other IoT systems to drive that scalability and interoperability within the industry."
The IIRA is designed to place existing and emerging standards into a common structure, making it easier to quickly identify gaps that need to be filled to ensure interoperability between components. The Reference Architecture document outlines key characteristics of Industrial Internet systems, various viewpoints that must be considered before deploying an Industrial Internet solution, and an analysis of key concerns for the Industrial Internet including security and privacy, interoperability, and connectivity.
Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
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