In a major boost to machine 2 machine (M2M) initiatives, AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel today announced the formation of Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).
The consortium, which will pave strong foundational for accelerating the Internet of Things, will enable organizations to more connect and optimize assets, operations and data to drive agility and to unlock business value across all industrial sectors.
“Ninety-nine percent of everything is still unconnected. As the world looks to connect more things over the Internet, it is creating the next industrial revolution. Cisco is collaborating with Industry leading companies to break through the barriers of connecting things in industrial environments safely and securely, and paving the way for the Internet of Things,” said Guido Jouret, vice president of Internet of Things Business Group for Cisco.
The U.S. government is investing over $100 million per year in R&D related to cyberphysical systems, and has been partnering with the private sector on a series of testbeds in areas such as healthcare, transportation, smart cities, and increasing the security of the electric grid.
“IBM’s vision of a Smarter Planet is being realized as we connect more of the physical world with the Internet, pairing the Internet of Things with advances in analytics, mobile and cloud computing in ways that lead to new insights and efficiencies that can be harnessed for competitive advantage. Smarter cities, utility grids, buildings, and machines are becoming more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, and through this consortium we will accelerate both innovation and technology advancement,” said Ron Ambrosio, CTO, Smarter Energy Research, IBM.
The IIC will be managed by Object Management Group (OMG), a nonprofit trade association in Boston, MA.
Mike Troiano, vice president, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions, said: “The IIC is an assembly of the world’s leading technology innovators working to mobilize devices and machines around the world, whether they’re in an office building or on a ship in the middle of the ocean.”