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The Industrial Internet Consortium Publishes Industrial Networking Enabling IIoT Communication White Paper

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Practical guidance on industrial networking

The
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 the IIC Industrial
Networking Enabling IIoT Communication
white paper. The paper
serves as an introductory guide on industrial networking for IIoT system
designers and network engineers, and offers practical solutions based on
key usage scenarios.

"Industrial networking is the foundation of IIoT," said David Zhe Lou,
Chief Researcher, Huawei Technologies. "There are many choices of
networking technologies depending on the application, the industrial
network, deployment situation and conditions, but there is no universal
or preferred industrial networking solution."

Industrial networking infrastructure and technologies reside at the IP
layer and below, and enable industrial assets, such as machines, sites
and environments, to connect to the business professionals supporting
applications across a wide range of industry sectors. Industrial
networking technologies provide the foundation for applications that
enable manufacturing productivity and profitability.

"IIoT applications have different needs depending on the industrial
application and therefore demand robust, flexible and secure networks,"
said Cliff Whitehead, Business Development Manager, Rockwell Automation.
"This white paper will help IIoT system designers and network engineers
understand the tradeoffs they can consider when designing an industrial
network architecture that will be a strong foundation for current and
future IIoT scenarios."

Industrial networking is different from networking for the enterprise or
networking for consumers. For example, IIoT system designers and network
engineers need to make decisions about using wired or wireless
communications. They have to figure out how to support mobility
applications such as vehicles, equipment, robots and workers. They must
also consider the lifecycle of deployments, physical conditions, such as
those found in mining and agriculture, and technical requirements, which
can vary from relaxed to highly demanding.

"Networking technologies range from industry-specific to universal, such
as the emerging 5G, which meets diverse industrial needs," continued Jan
Höller, Research Fellow at Ericsson. "Industrial developers need
guidance when devising solutions to select the right networking
technologies, and this white paper is the first step to providing the
missing methods and tools."

The Industrial Networking Enabling IIoT Communication white paper sets
the stage for the Industrial Internet Network Framework (IINF), which
will complement the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF) by
detailing requirements and best available technologies for the lower
three layers of the industrial internet communication stack.

The full IIC Industrial
Networking Enabling IIoT Communication
white paper and a list of
IIC members who contributed can be found on the IIC website: https://www.iiconsortium.org/pdf/Industrial_Networking_Enabling_IIoT_Communication_2018-08-29.pdf

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,
visit www.iiconsortium.org.

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