The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and EdgeX Foundry, an open-source project building a common interoperability framework to facilitate an ecosystem for IoT edge computing, announced on Friday they have agreed to a liaison. Under the agreement, the IIC and the EdgeX Foundry will work together to align efforts to maximize interoperability, portability, security and privacy for the industrial Internet.
EdgeX Foundry is an open-source project building an open interoperability framework within a full hardware- and OS-agnostic reference software platform to enable a vendor neutral ecosystem of plug-and-play components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions.
Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX technology can quickly and easily deliver interoperability between connected devices, applications and services, across a wide range of industrial and enterprise use cases. It offers the flexibility, security and scalability that businesses need in order to confidently build and deploy IoT solutions that can adapt to changing business needs.
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. The agreement with the EdgeX Foundry is one of a number of agreements made by the IIC Liaison Working Group.
Hosted by The Linux Foundation, EdgeX Foundry has an ecosystem of more than 60 vendors and offers all interested developers or companies the opportunity to collaborate on IoT solutions built using existing connectivity standards combined with their own proprietary innovations.
Joint activities between the IIC and the EdgeX Foundry will include identifying and sharing best practices; collaborating on testbeds and experimental projects; working toward interoperability by harmonizing architecture and other elements; collaborating on common elements; and periodically hosting joint seminars.
“We are excited about working with EdgeX Foundry,” James Clardy, IIC liaison to EdgeX Foundry. “And we look forward to leveraging the experiences of the IIC to help further accelerate the adoption of the industrial Internet.”
“EdgeX Foundry’s primary goal is to simplify and accelerate Industrial IoT by delivering a unified edge computing platform supported by an ecosystem of solutions providers,” said Philip DesAutels, senior director of IoT for The Linux Foundation. “Formalizing this liaison relationship with the IIC is fundamental to unlocking business value at scale. Together, we will provide better best practices that will drive the unification of the industrial IoT.”