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New initiatives announced by Industrial Internet Consortium

A series of liaisons, testbeds and challenges focussing on the IIoT in action are targeting vertical markets including global mining, geospatial applications, smart buildings and a new negotiation automation testbed.

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) working with other trade groups have announced a series of programs to help further the development of the industrial internet.

Under the agreements, the IIC will work together with industry partners to align efforts designed to maximize interoperability, portability, security and privacy for the industrial internet.

Industrial Internet Consortium focuses on vertical markets

Global Mining

Under an agreement, the IIC and the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) will work together to align efforts to maximize interoperability, portability, security and privacy for the industrial internet.

Joint activities between the IIC and GMG will include:

  • Identifying and sharing IIoT best practices
  • Collaborating on standardization
  • Collaborating on interoperability in mining through the two organizations respective committees, working groups and task groups
  • Collaborating in IIoT adoption by co-creating reference architectures, methodologies and guidelines
  • Participating in a joint workshop to exchange ideas and information

"Emerging technologies are changing the way centuries-old industries operate," said Dr. Mark Dunn, IIC Liaison Officer and Principal Research Engineer, Coal Mining Research Program, CSIRO Energy. "In the mining domain, adding sensors and internet connectivity to vehicles, machinery and people is increasing mine safety, enhancing productivity and improving our use of global natural resources."

Open Geospatial Consortium

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced they have agreed to a liaison to work together to advance their shared interests.

"OGC recognizes the important work the IIC is doing in industries such as smart cities, energy, government and others," said Nadine Alameh, CEO, OGC. "We are looking forward to our collaboration with the IIC as together we explore ways geospatial information can help to further the adoption of the industrial internet."

"Through its liaison program, IIC is accelerating the digital transformation and its adoption by building industry ecosystems across verticals," said Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee. "We are excited to partner with the OGC who bring a tremendous expertise in the application of geospatial data across industries."

Smart Buildings Challenge

The Smart Buildings Challenge, a program designed to give smart building technology suppliers the ability to collaborate with customers to create targeted, outcome-based solutions for smart buildings. The Challenge presents contestants with a set of smart building problems faced by building operators and investors, as well as a set of parameters required of the solutions.

Technology suppliers will develop solution proposals, alone or with partners, and compete to deploy pilot implementations to fulfill the requirements outlined by the challenge. A jury will select the winners from the pool of entries at the end of the Challenge. Prizes for winners will include the opportunity to deliver a live Proof of Concept in a shopping mall supported by Deka and ECE.

The Smart Buildings Challenge is one of the IoT Challenges co-organized with the Trusted IoT Alliance. The Challenges are open to the industry vendors, organizations, teams and individuals worldwide and are designed to advance and validate industrial IoT applications and solutions.

Negotiation Automation Testbed

A Negotiation Automation Platform Testbed is being led by IIC member NEC Corporation with support from IIC members Kabuku Inc., Fraunhofer IOSB and Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI).

The IIC Negotiation Automation Platform Testbed will use a variety of AI infrastructure technologies, which automatically negotiate with each other, in order to find mutually agreeable contract terms. In the future, the testbed aims to promote standardization activities that support the growth of AI throughout society.

"In a manufacturing use case, automatic negotiation on conditions for the trading of products benefits both buyers and sellers," said IIC Testbed Lead Dr. Satoshi Morinaga, Research Fellow, NEC. "It enables buyers to be flexible with their demands by expressing their procurement requirements within a range and sellers can expand opportunities for orders and profits by making full use of their assets.

News by Industrial Internet Consortium.

Source: Industrial Ethernet Book Issue 114 / 4
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