At the IoT World Congress in Barcelona last Wednesday, the Industrial Internet Consortium announced the IIC Resource Hub, a free interface to IoT resources developed by the IIC. The hub includes a web-based tool called IIoT Project Explorer, which guides users through the analysis and planning of their own IIoT projects. The IIC Resource Hub also references IIC resources including knowledge and expertise from IIC foundational documents, testbed insights, toolkits, demos, and relationships with global standards and industry groups—all designed as actionable intelligence for those involved in industrial IoT projects.
|The IIC Resource Hub is designed to offer real world help in building Industrial Internet of Things projects. (Image source: IIC)|
“With the Resource Hub, we were trying to figure out how to use our assets to help with IoT projects,” William Hoffman, president of the IIC, told Design News. “We couldn’t find something off-the-shelf to help with IoT projects, so we built our own with programmers. Our steering committee was concerned that we get what we’ve learned out there in a form that was usable. We wanted to help early-stage users find a way to walk through this technology. Nobody is going to read a 3,000-page reference paper, but they can use the Resource Hub for what they need.”
A Real-World Guide for Industrial IoT
The Resource Hub is designed for use across multiple industries and among all the technical and business stakeholders in the IIoT. “Members of the IIC have developed these essential resources for the industry so project managers and system architects don’t have to rely solely on intuition and prototyping in unchartered territory,” said Dirk Slama, VP of business development at Bosch Software Innovations, in a statement. Slama is also chair of the IIC Steering Committee. “The IIC Resource Hub will help lead to successful IoT implementations and facilitate the multi-billion-dollar opportunities of the IIoT.”
The IIC Resource Hub includes:
- IIC Body of Knowledge: This portion of the hub brings together resources that have been developed, tested, and published by industry leaders from the IIC membership, including: testbed overviews and outcomes, Insight Reports, IIC foundational documents (Industrial Internet Reference Architecture, Industrial Internet Security Framework, Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework, Business Strategy and Innovation Framework, Industrial Internet of Things Analytics Framework, and Vocabulary Technical Report), and select white papers.
- The IIoT Project Explorer: This is a web-based methodology for creating an assessment of an IoT project. The IIoT Project Explorer enables users to scope a solution and create a mutual basis for communication between technical and business project stakeholders. It also directs a quantitative method for developing implementation, rollout, and growth plans.
- Ecosystem Directory: This is a mapping of the IIoT ecosystem that categorizes IIoT products, services, researchers, and end users, making experts searchable by their expertise.
The IIC Resource Hub is free and accessible at hub.iiconsortium.org.
Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.
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