Cisco, IBM Launch Internet of Things Consortium

The concept of the Internet of Things has been making plenty of headlines lately, but this one is huge: Cisco, IBM, GE and AT&T have launched the Industrial Internet Consortium, an open membership group that aims to break down technology silo barriers and drive better big data access with improved integration between digital and physical worlds.

The IIC plans to lead the charge in establishing interoperability across various industrial environments for a more connected world. The idea is to help organizations connect and optimize assets, operations and data more easily and with more agility. The expected result is unlocked business value across all sectors and greater adoption of industrial Internet applications, which is a baseline factor for speeding up the reality of the Internet of Things.

"Ninety-nine percent of everything is still unconnected," said Guido Jouret, vice president of Internet of Things Business Group for Cisco. "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."

More the Merrier

Part of the consortium's goal is to deliver best practices, reference architectures, case studies and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies. The group also plans to influence the global standards development process for Internet and industrial systems, facilitate open forums to share practical insights, and build confidence around security innovations.

"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," said Ron Ambrosio, distinguished engineer and...

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