Getting Real Results with the IIC Microgrid Testbed

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is getting real results from its testbed program. The Microgrid Testbed project, co-led by RTI, is demonstrating the ability to power a grid with 100% renewable energy sources whereas the current grid can’t go above 40%. It’s also showing integration with cloud-based management applications that help a utility manage multiple microgrids.

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Getting Ready for B(r)each Season with the New IIC Security Maturity Model

With California weather getting warmer, I've been working on my beach body. I'm ok without washboard abs, but I wouldn’t mind trimming down the love handles. My shoulders are a bit strained, so a little physical therapy might be necessary as I crank up the effort.

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Industrie 4.0 and IIC Bury the Hatchet

In 2015, there was a great deal of confusion, competition and even animosity between the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and Germany’s Platform Industrie 4.0. At first, some thought the IIC was the USA's response to Germany’s initiative, others felt that the IIC was attempting a land grab, and others zeroed in on the fact that the OMG managed both the IIC and, in its standards area, the DDS standard (the OPC Foundation has come a long way in its understanding of the pros and cons of DDS and OPC-UA since then).

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Why You Should Switch to Connext DDS Secure

“Security should be built in, not bolted on.” True. You’ve heard it. I’ve heard it too. In fact, with the IIoT quickly becoming a reality, this phrase is being repeated so many times that I’m worried about it becoming a cliche that creates a sense of urgency without real potency. But why is security often bolted on to begin with? Will understanding the reasons help us avoid it? I hope so. There are many reasons, ranging from economic ones to regulatory, educational, and technical ones, which I cannot get into in this blog post in detail (see the IISF for additional details).

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Hey, Charlie Miller! Let's Talk About Securing Autonomous Vehicles

A recent Wired article on Charlie Miller (infamously known for remotely hacking and controlling a Jeep) claims that “open conversation and cooperation among companies” are necessary prerequisites to building secure autonomous vehicles. This seems rather far-fetched when so many companies are racing to dominate the future of the once-nearly-dead-but-newly-revived (remember the Big Three bailouts?) automotive industry. As naive as that part of the article sounds, what really blew my mind was the implication that the answer to re-designing security lies solely within the autonomous-vehicle industry.

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Industrial Internet Connectivity Document Evaluates Core Standards: DDS, OPC-UA, WebServices

The Industrial Internet Consortium has released an important part of its Reference Architecture guidance: its Connectivity Framework document. This is actually pretty important; this document dives into the detail on connectivity for IIoT systems, establishes criteria for evaluating connectivity technologies/standards and puts forward some likely technologies for core connectivity standards, including DDS, OPC-UA and WebServices. In other words, there is some really valuable guidance here.

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