The Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFoG Consortium Combine Membership

Under the IIC umbrella, the combined membership will work to accelerate the adoption of the IIoT, fog and edge computing.

Under the IIC umbrella, the combined membership will work to accelerate the adoption of the IIoT, fog and edge computing.

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) have agreed in principle to combine and bring OpenFog members into the IIC organization.  

The combined memberships will continue to drive the momentum of the Industrial Internet including the development and promotion of industry guidance and best practices for fog and edge computing, according to the organizations. They expect the details to be finalized in early 2019. 

“The Industrial Internet Consortium, now incorporating OpenFog, will be the single largest organization focused on IIoT, AI, fog and edge computing in the world.  Between both of our organizations we have a remarkable global presence with members in more than 30 countries,” said IIC President Bill Hoffman. “This agreement will help accelerate the adoption of the IIoT, fog and edge computing.”

The Industrial Internet Consortium is focused on accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things. The OpenFog Consortium was founded to advance fog computing and address bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT, 5G and AI applications.

“We’re excited by the growth and advancement of fog technologies–from a technology, standards and general awareness standpoint—since our launch nearly three years ago,” said Matt Vasey, OpenFog chairman and president, and director, AI and IoT business development, Microsoft.  “During that time, it has increasingly become apparent that we share so much synergy with the efforts of the IIC that it just made sense to bring the two consortia together.  The resulting combination of memberships, resources and shared knowledge will only further the growth of the technologies, including fog, that will support IIoT ecosystems.”

Source: Press release.

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