Cooperation Bridges IIoT Work With China

Dec. 17, 2016
The Industrial Internet Consortium has signed a memorandum of understanding with a leading Chinese think tank to further global interoperability.

Countries around the world have been forming their own initiatives to help develop the infrastructure surrounding the increased connectivity that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents. Industry 4.0 in Germany, Industry of the Future in France and China’s Made in China 2025 are a few key examples. Nationalism aside, organizations throughout the world are becoming increasingly aware of the need for interoperability between the various plans.

In its latest push to achieve this objective, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is working together with the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). The two groups have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help ensure interoperability with the Industrial Internet in China.

“We look forward to working with the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology to help further the development of the industrial Internet throughout China,” said Wael William Diab, chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and senior director for Huawei. “We’re especially excited about joint activity on testbeds and research and development projects that will help advance the adoption of the Industrial Internet.”

Besides the collaboration on testbeds and R&D projects, IIC and CAICT will also work together to identify and share best practices, harmonize architectures and other elements, and collaborate on standardization.

CAICT is a specialized think tank for the Chinese government; a research academy under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. “The collaboration with the IIC will help establish tight relationships between the IIC and Chinese entities and organizations, such as the AII Alliance, and will develop, facilitate and enhance the Industrial Internet,” said Xiaohui Yu, CTO of CAICT.

The latest MoU with CAICT is one of several agreements that IIC’s newly formed Liaison Working Group has been making with groups around the world. IIC, which is not a standards body in itself, has agreements with close to 25 other groups—standards and open-source organizations, consortia, alliances, certification and testing bodies, and government entities/agencies—to help eliminate duplication of efforts in standards and development.

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Aaron Hand | Editor-in-Chief, ProFood World

Aaron Hand has three decades of experience in B-to-B publishing with a particular focus on technology. He has been with PMMI Media Group since 2013, much of that time as Executive Editor for Automation World, where he focused on continuous process industries. Prior to joining ProFood World full time in late 2020, Aaron worked as Editor at Large for PMMI Media Group, reporting for all publications on a wide variety of industry developments, including advancements in packaging for consumer products and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage processing, and industrial automation. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of ProFood World in 2021. Aaron holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

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