The Industrial Internet Consortium continues push; announces Steering Committee Election results

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a public-private organization formed to accelerate adoption and enablement of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced on Tuesday four new Steering Committee members for a total of 13 members.

Earlier this month, IIC announced three new steering committee members as the result of a special election. These steering committee members join other global companies on the steering committee, including General Electric, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, The MITRE Corporation, RTI, SAP and Schneider Electric, and have agreed to provide guidance and direction for the IIC for four years.

The members include Bosch Software Innovations – Dirk Slama, director of business development; EMC – Said Tabet, chief architect for IoT strategy; and Huawei – Wang Xuemin, director for standardization and industry department.

The Steering Committee members, voted in as the result an annual membership election, include ABB, Eric Harper, senior principal scientist, elected to serve a one-year term in one of the large industry seats; Fujitsu, Jacques Durand, director of standards and engineering, re-elected to serve a two-year term in one of the large industry seats; MITRE Corp., Robert A. Martin, senior principal engineer, re-elected to serve a one-year term in the academic non-profit seat; and Real-Time Innovations, Stan Schneider, CEO, re-elected to serve a two-year term in the small industry seat.

These members will officially join their peers at the IIC’s quarterly member meeting in St. Leon-Rot, Germany on Sept. 19th.

“I’d like to congratulate the new and re-elected Steering Committee members on their election and welcome them to the team,” said John Tuccillo, IIC Steering Committee Chair, and Senior Vice President of Global Industry and Government Affairs, Schneider Electric. “We have a dynamic group and I look forward to working together to guide the IIC and collaborate on strategic initiatives in the coming years.”

“As a Steering Committee member, I will foster collaboration between group leaders and encourage knowledge sharing and best practices among members to advance the goals of the IIC,”said Eric Harper, ABB’s senior principal scientist. He currently serves as co-chair for both the technology working group and the industrial analytics task group. He contributes to both the Testbed and Business Strategy and Solution Lifecycle (BSSL) Working Groups.

“As a Steering Committee member, I’ll continue to use my large-industry expertise with standards development organizations and testing, conformance, and interoperability labs to further the mission of the Industrial Internet Consortium,” said Jacques Durand, Director of Standards and Engineering, Fujitsu. “I’ll also bring additional representation on the SC for the IIC members of East Asia and in particular for the Japanese IIC community.” Durand is co-chair of the BSSL Group, and an active participant in the Liaisons, Technology, and Testbed groups.

“During the past year, I have been actively engaged in crafting the Industrial Internet Security Framework,” said Robert A. Martin, senior principal engineer at MITRE, who brings his knowledge and skills about risk management, cyber security, and quality assurance to the IIC. “As a Steering Committee member, I will ensure that we are diligent in how we shape new solutions and approaches to security.” Previously Martin co-chaired the Vertical Taxonomy Task Group and delivered the first version of the Verticals Taxonomy. He also serves on the Testbed Subcommittee and participates in the Industrie 4.0/IIC Joint Working Group on Security.

“The IIC has the scale and momentum to lead the amazing future of the Industrial IoT. Small companies bring great ingenuity and agility to the IIC but they need the IIC to move quickly,” said Dr. Schneider, CEO, Real-Time Innovations, a small company with more than 1,000 IIoT projects spanning many industries. “On the Steering Committee, I will work to speed execution and communication.”

Dr. Schneider is the Chair of the Steering Committee Testbed Subcommittee, chartered to clarify testbed strategy and ensure execution and maximum industry impact. Recently, Dr. Schneider created the Ecosystem Task Group to help member companies leverage the IIC’s members and resources to maximize return.

The IIC announced last month a new testbed for next-generation factories: The Factory Automation Platform as a Service (FA PaaS) Testbed with IIC member organizations Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, and Intel Japan leading the testbed project. The goal of this testbed is to test open IoT platforms that seamlessly integrate factory automation (FA) in the front lines of manufacturing and information technologies (IT) that support management and operations.

The FA PaaS testbed includes an IoT data-processing platform, which processes big data, an IoT head-end system, and an IoT gateway, which securely connects the service platform layer with the FA environment. An FA edge device provides functions unique to FA applications and enables communications with FA devices in next-generation factories.

An IoT platform provides integration and security between the FA environment and the service platform layer, enabling interoperability between the FA environment, IoT gateways and the IoT data-processing platform, accelerating application development for next-generation factories.

The FA PaaS Testbed will be verified for secure connections between FA environment and the service platform layer, the flow of operational data from manufacturing, and other functions by June 2017. Later, the FA PaaS Testbed will be verified with IIC member companies and customers.

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