Originally presented on April 11, 2017

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) landscape today is a confusing mix of proprietary connectivity technologies and standards. Some are general purpose, some are mostly appropriate for enterprise applications, and others are optimized for a narrow set of domain-specific use cases in vertically integrated systems. This confusion hinders the ability to share data that IIoT systems need. Architects need clarity on how to effectively share data between IIoT components and systems.

To address this confusion, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) just released the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF). It is the result of years of work by many organizations and the only extensive connectivity analysis by multiple experts from many companies at a major consortium. More importantly, it is not just high-level design. It provides detailed, useful, tangible, and practical guidance for those building IIoT solutions today.

The IICF crystallizes the requirements, layers, functions, and considerations of the IIoT connectivity stack. Specifically, it defines a new framework layer as an essential element of the IIoT connectivity puzzle. The IICF includes a deep assessment template to evaluate any connectivity technology and place it correctly on the stack. It then catalogs common IIoT standards, evaluating them against the template. The IICF thus establishes a starting point for accelerating connectivity technology selection.

With the guidance of the IICF, system developers now have a clear roadmap for navigating the IIoT connectivity landscape. The framework clarifies the connectivity stack, provides an assessment template for system architects evaluating connectivity technologies, defines a reference architecture for data sharing and establishes criteria for core connectivity standards. It sorts out differences and applicability between connectivity frameworks standards such as DDS, OPC-UA, oneM2M, and connectivity transports standards such as MQTT, CoAP, HTTP that are sometimes used to build ad-hoc frameworks.

In this webinar, Dr. Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI and IIC Steering Committee member, and Dr. Rajive Joshi, Principal Solution Architect at RTI and Co-Chair of the IIC Connectivity Task Group, will discuss the significance of the IICF in accelerating IoT development and the analysis of current standards.


Dr. Rajive Joshi - Principal Solution Architect, RTI

Dr. Rajive Joshi, is the Principal Solution Architect at Real-time Innovations (RTI) and the co-chair of the Connectivity Task Group at the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). He is the lead author of the IIC’s Connectivity Framework (IICF), a co-author of the IIC’s Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA), the primary author of a book on sensor data fusion and has over 30+ publications. He is also the co-inventor of nine patents, and the co-developer of RTI’s flagship product: the Connext DDS databus. Dr. Joshi is a technical contributor to the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), the Joint Task force on Networked Media and various open-source projects. He also holds a Doctorate in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Dr. Joshi’s doctoral work on data fusion applied to robotics and computer vision was awarded the best thesis at RPI, and also the best paper at the IEEE Multisensor Fusion conference.

Dr. Stan Schneider - Chief Executive Officer, RTI

Stan Schneider is CEO at Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor and has an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet, including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control. Stan completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, and holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan. He is a also graduate of Stanford's Advanced Management College.