Today, the Open Interconnect Consortium, Inc. (OIC) announced a strategic liaison agreement with the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC) to share information that will help streamline interoperability for the Internet of Things (IoT). This technical collaborative between the IoT consortiums will help to accelerate the delivery of an industrial grade IoT architectural framework.

With 4.9 billion connected devices to be in use in 2015, the need to create industry standardizations in IoT is increasing rapidly. Through this formal liaison, the Industrial Internet Consortium will share its use cases and architectural requirements focused on the industrial market. In turn, OIC will ensure that its specification and associated open source project (IoTivity) will deliver the necessary features in an IoT communication framework to meet the requirements and make the use cases not just real, but also easy to implement.

“This liaison was developed as a result of both consortiums’ desire for interoperability in the industrial IoT,” said Richard Soley, executive director, Industrial Internet Consortium. “OIC’s focus on developing standards through an open source project makes it an ideal partner for the Industrial Internet Consortium. By sharing use cases with the OIC, we will identify new scenarios that will ultimately result in systematic interoperability between devices.”

“This strategic liaison between the OIC and IIC is extremely complementary and a huge win for the industry,” said Imad Sousou, vice president and general manager, Intel Open Source Technology Center and vice president of the board at the OIC. “By ensuring the standards and associated open source software from the OIC support the use cases and requirements defined by the IIC, we can accelerate the delivery of an industrial grade communications framework for the IoT.”

OIC now has more than 50 members that include Dell, HP, Siemens, and Honeywell, among others while the Industrial Internet Consortium supports a diverse public-private ecosystem of 141 member companies in 20 countries.

About Open Interconnect Consortium

The Open Interconnect Consortium, a Delaware non-profit corporation, is being founded by leading technology companies with the goal of defining the connectivity requirements and ensuring interoperability of the billions of devices that will make up the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). To learn more, visit www.openinterconnect.org.

About Industrial Internet Consortium

The Industrial Internet Consortium is an open membership organization, with 141 members to date, formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel in March 2014, the Industrial Internet Consortium catalyzes and coordinates the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet. Visit www.iiconsortium.org.