The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global organisation who targets transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the Edge Computing Consortium (ECC), an organisation driving edge computing industry development in the Internet of Things (IoT) area, have announced they 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 maximise interoperability and portability for the industrial internet.
Joint activities between the IIC and the ECC will include: identifying and sharing IIoT best practices, collaboration on on test beds and research and development projects and standardisation
“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 digitisation transformation.”
“This MoU expands collaboration opportunities for IIC members with key industry players focused on edge IoT,” said Dr. Richard Soley, executive director, IIC.
Wael William Diab, IIC chair of the Liaison Working Group mentioned that edge computing is a key enabling technology to the industrial IoT system. He said that the MoU broadens the industrial IoT ecosystem in line with the Liaison Working Group’s effort to build coalitions within the industrial IoT space.
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.