Press Release / 17.9.2018

NEEDHAM, MA – September 17, 2018 The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA), an initiative to support the secure exchange and the simple linking of data in business eco-systems on the basis of standards and by means of common governance models, announced they have agreed to a liaison to work together to advance their shared interests. Under the agreement, the IIC and IDSA will work together to promote the digital economy by preventing fragmentation and harmonizing various aspects in the fields of the industrial Internet.

From left: IIC Executive Director Dr. Richard Soley, IDSA Deputy Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Boris Otto

From left to right: IIC Executive Director Dr. Richard Soley, IDSA Deputy Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, IIC liaison officer Mr. Wael William Diab, IDSA Architecture Working Group Chair Mr. Andreas Teuscher and IDSA and IIC member Dr. Kym Watson.

A ceremony to solidify the liaison was held on September 12, 2018, at the quarterly IIC member meeting in Chicago. IIC Executive Director Richard Soley and IDSA Deputy Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Boris Otto of Fraunhofer ISST signed a memorandum of understanding that outlined the joint activities between the two organizations.

Joint activities between IIC and IDSA will include:

 

  • Identifying and sharing good practices;
  • Realizing interoperability by harmonizing architecture and other elements;
  • Collaborating on standardization;
  • Emphasizing the focus concerning security and usage control of data in the IIRA integrating the trusted connector approach; and
  • Promoting the cooperation and validating the architectural alignment by establishing at least one joint use case with companies using testbeds of the IIC.

 

“Data is the center of IoT innovation. Our collaboration will advance data sovereignty as one of the fundamental building blocks of the digital economy,” said Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Deputy Chairman of the IDSA Board and Executive Director of Fraunhofer ISST.

“As data becomes more of an economic factor in IIoT, the collaboration between our two organizations will provide guidance to help accelerate the innovation of the IoT,” said IIC Executive Director Dr. Richard Soley.

“With billions of IoT devices collecting data, the trustworthiness of that data within ecosystems remains a key concern. This collaboration will help improve trustworthiness within ecosystems and IIoT solutions,” said Andreas Teuscher, Chair of the IDSA Architecture Working Group and Chief Industrial Security Officer of SICK AG.

“Data and trustworthiness are an important part of successful IoT adoption,” Said Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group, and Senior Director at Huawei. “The collaboration with IDSA adds to the industrial IoT ecosystem that IIC is driving.”

The IIC Liaison Working Group is the gateway for formal relationships with standards and open-source organizations, consortia, alliances, certification and testing bodies and government entities/agencies.

About the Industrial Internet Consortium

The Industrial Internet Consortium is the world’s leading membership program transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IIC delivers a trustworthy IIoT in which the world’s systems and devices are securely connected and controlled to deliver transformational outcomes. The Industrial Internet Consortium is a program of the Object Management Group (OMG).

About the International Data Spaces Association

With the establishment of the International Data Spaces Association, business and research take an active part in designing a trustworthy architecture for the data economy. More than 90 companies and institutions from 17 countries are members of the association. The IDSA aims to guarantee data sovereignty by an open, vendor-independent architecture for a peer-to-peer network which provides usage control of data from all domains.

 

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