The Industrial Internet Consortium is to absorb the OpenFog Consortium to boost specifications for Industrial IoT, fog and edge computing. The move will bring OpenFog members into the IIC organisation at a time when their complementary areas of technology are emerging in the mainstream.
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. The organisations expect the details to be finalised in early 2019.
“This is great news for the industry. Both organisations have been advancing the IIoT, fog and edge computing, and their members represent the best and the brightest in their fields. It makes sense to merge their expertise and work streams to continue providing the IIoT, fog and edge guidance that the industry needs,” said Christian Renaud, Research Vice President, Internet of Things, 451 Research.
“The Industrial Internet Consortium, now incorporating OpenFog, will be the single largest organisation focused on IIoT, AI, fog and edge computing in the world. Between both of our organisations 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 the world’s leading membership program transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things. The OpenFog Consortium was founded at the end of last year 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.”