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How Many Automation Devices Are Available for the Industrial Internet of Things?

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and its potential to transform production operations is one of the hottest current topics in manufacturing.  Along with Industrie 4.0, IT/OT convergence, and Smart Manufacturing, the IIoT is cited as the latest means for making manufacturing production more flexible, more cost effective, and more responsive to changes in market demand.  Not surprisingly, numerous market forecasts attempt to quantify the potential inherent in the IIoT, promising that billions of “things” or devices, worth trillions of dollars, will soon be connected. more

Industrial Internet Consortium Reference Architecture Reinforces IT/OT Convergence

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an industry group founded in 2014 by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel, issued its Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) in June 2015. This group, which currently has over 200 member companies, is focused on accelerating growth in the Industrial Internet by promoting best practices. more

IEEE P2413 Standards Group Allies with Industrial Internet Consortium toward development of an architectural framework for an interoperable IoT

The IEEE, or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, announced formal collaboration with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) toward development of a comprehensive reference architecture, or architectural framework, for an interoperable Internet of Things (IoT).  Under the agreement, the IEEE P2413 working group is to provide the Industrial Internet Consortium with draft specifications for the standard that it is developing, as well as a gap analysis relative to current IoT standards. more

Planning an Industrial Internet of Things Device Interface Strategy

The potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to transform production operations is one of the hottest current topics in manufacturing. Along with related initiatives, such as Industrie 4.0, IT/OT convergence, and Smart Manufacturing, the IIoT is cited as an approach to make manufacturing production more flexible, cost effective, and responsive to changes in customer demand. more