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A basic description of the Internet of Things.

Five information and technology companies have launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to help guide the development of standards for the Internet of Things.

Credit: IDG Connect

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) was launched on Thursday by five information technology (IT) and equipment firms in an effort to guide standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). The consortium, which includes AT&T, Cisco Systems, General Electric, IBM, and Intel, plans to define best practices and requirements for standards and to develop reference architectures and case studies.

The group's goal is to work with existing standards bodies to enable seamless communication between devices such as sensors, valves, and motors, and IT systems. "We're talking about a very heterogeneous world across multiple industry segments," says IBM's Ron Ambrosio.

The consortium believes the IoT will make many industries much more efficient and enable companies to access a vast amount of data. However, universal standards are needed so products developed by companies in different industries can work together.

"Up until this point, many of the deployments in the Internet of Things have happened in a very siloed manner, and this has somewhat, as an industry, held us back," says Intel's Ton Steenman.

The group wants to add more members and is open to anyone, notes Richard Soley, executive director of the IIC and CEO of the Object Management Group.

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