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IIC focuses on connectivity framework and analytics

Progress made within the Industrial Internet Consortium Working and Task Groups has been focusing on further definition and refinement of the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF).

THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET CONSORTIUM working and task Groups have released an update on the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework.

The connectivity gateway concept in the IIC connectivity framework is that gateways integrate other connectivity technologies within a functional domain, and interface with connectivity core standards in other functional domains.

According to the update, "Connectivity refers to the infrastructure to enable communication between participants. Communication refers to the exchange of information between them. Without connectivity,there is no communication. Communication is the basis for interoperable systems, and to be meaningful, requires some context. The more context the connectivity infrastructure can maintain, the more meaningful the communication."

The Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF) defines the role of a connectivity framework as providing syntactic interoperability for communicating between disparate IIoT systems and components developed by different parties.

A key concept is that the architecture provides cross-industry-wide connectivity without requiring an unlimited number of core gateways, by establishing the minimum criteria for an IIoT core connectivity standard. Each core connectivity standard need only connect to other core connectivity standards through standardized core gateways, rather than building many bridges between many domain-specific standards.

The IICF guidance can be used in a number of ways. An assessment template provides a worksheet that can be used to place a technology correctly on the IIoT connectivity stack, establish an IIoT system′s connectivity requirements and identify core connectivity standards most aligned with system needs.

The IICF offers a starter set of completed assessment template worksheets for relevant IIoT connectivity frameworks and transport standards. It also identifies potential core connectivity standards, and highlights the nonoverlapping system aspects.

Web resources

The PDF of the report is available on the IIC website at: www.iiconsortium.org/pdf/2017-Q2-IAD-Connectivity-and-IA-paper-Final.pdf.

A video done by Dr. Rajive Joshi of Real-Time Innovations is an excellent diecussion of the business and technical benefits of applying the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF) to accelerate development of IoT solutions.

You can view the video at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=6A6tVYexcIc&feature=youtu.be.

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Source: Industrial Ethernet Book Issue 101 / 4
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