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The Industrial Internet Consortium Announces the Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report V2.1


New definitions for industry-leading terms such as edge, IT/OT
convergence & connectivity/interoperability

Industrial Internet Consortium
® (IIC™), the world's
leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating
the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), today
announced V2.1 of the Industrial
Internet Vocabulary Technical Report
Designed to reduce
confusion in the marketplace, the report is a foundational document that
provides a common set of definitions for IIoT terms used in all IIC
documents. It is also intended as a reference for anyone working in
IIoT, including those in IT, OT and vertical industries.

The new version of the report serves an urgent need in the industry by
defining new IIoT vocabulary terms that are widely used across many
vertical industries. The report adds definitions for terms used in data
management, edge and edge computing, IT/OT convergence, connectivity,
interoperability, brownfield and greenfield.

"People from different backgrounds and different vertical industries
will often use different terms to mean the same thing. Additionally, the
industrial internet has core concepts that mean different things to
different people," said Anish Karmarkar, Co-Chair of the Vocabulary Task
Group, and Senior Director, Standards Strategy & Architecture at Oracle.
"Without an agreed upon vocabulary, there's a lot of room for
misunderstandings. For example, we've defined IT/OT convergence as a
process of interweaving IT and OT in order to create IIoT systems. While
IT/OT convergence is a hot topic today, not everyone is on the same page
as to what it exactly means."

The report provides definitions for data management, including data,
data at rest, data in motion, data in use, data integrity and many
others to make communication on this subject easier for IIoT
stakeholders. The report also clears up confusion on "connectivity" and
"interoperability," which IIoT stakeholders often mix up. "Connectivity"
means the ability of a system or app to communicate with other systems
or apps via networks. "Interoperability" means the ability of two or
more systems or apps to exchange and use that information.

"Edge and edge computing are hotly debated topics in IIoT this year,"
said Marcellus Buchheit, one of the primary authors of the IIC IIoT
Vocabulary Technical Report
, and President & CEO, WIBU-SYSTEMS USA
Inc. and Co-Founder, WIBU-SYSTEMS AG. "IIoT stakeholders in every
industry have been asking ‘where is the edge,' or ‘what is edge
computing.' The report defines the ‘edge' as the boundary between
pertinent digital and physical entities, delineated by IoT devices, and
‘edge computing' as distributed computing that is performed near the
edge, where the nearness is determined by the system requirements. At
the moment, the IIC is the only consortia to provide definitions for
‘edge' and ‘edge computing.'"

Read the IIC Journal of Innovation September
2017: Edge Computing
to learn even more about edge computing. JOI
articles show that by moving compute closer to data sources, edge
computing allows for faster sense-analyze-response cycles, which is
important for running mission-critical, real-time IIoT applications such
as equipment monitoring or autonomous machinery.

The IIC will continue to revise the IIC IIoT
Vocabulary Technical Report
with definitions for new IIoT terms. IIC
IIoT Vocabulary Technical Report
and a list of IIC members who
contributed can be found on the IIC Website at

About Industrial Internet Consortium
The Industrial Internet
Consortium is the world's leading membership program transforming
business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things
(IIoT). The IIC delivers a trustworthy IIoT in which the world's systems
and devices are securely connected and controlled to deliver
transformational outcomes. The Industrial Internet Consortium is a
program of the Object Management Group (OMG). For more information,

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