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IoT: "99% of Everything is Still Unconnected"

Cisco, IBM, Intel Among Founders of New Consortium

No self-respecting technology trend would be caught in public without a consortium or two, and now Internet of Things has added a new one, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel, the IIC describes itself as "an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds."

The big news seems to be that the United States government is given it a seeming stamp of approval. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said the IIC will "(link) physical objects to the full power of cyberspace (and) dramatically reshape how people interact with technology."

Little ole prescient me wrote a few weeks ago that the IoT seems to be an enormous opportunity for the United States to reclaim some industrial & manufacturing pride. Given the free talk of a Zettabyte Age - a zettabyte being 1 billion terabytes - it seems that someone will keep busy manufacturing the routers, cables, connectors, processors, storage, and other hardware that will be required by this quantum leap in computing demand.

Reflecting Google executive Urs Hölzle's comment last week that only 1% of the world has moved to the cloud, a Cisco executive, Guido Jouret, said "Ninety-nine percent of everything is still unconnected" as part of the company's official statement backing the IIC.

IBM, for its part, ties the IoT and IIC with its vision of a "Smarter Planet," according to Ron Ambrosio, one of its Distinguished Engineers. Intel executive Tom Steenman noted his company's commitment to "a robust, end-to-end IoT solution" and said "enabling IoT scale requires an open solutions architecture facilitated by standards and a strong ecosystem."

The IIC's charter includes delivering best practices and reference architectures, influecing global standards development, and "building confidence (in) innovative approaches to security." It is a non-profit group that is "open to any business, organization or entity with an interest in accelerating the Industrial Internet." It will be managed by the Object Management Group in Boston.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming @ThingsExpo in New York June 10-12, for which I'm serving as Conference Chairman, to see many of the recent IoT pieces coming together and dots connected.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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