GE-driven Industrial Internet Group to debut soon

Rick Merritt

November 17, 2013

Rick MerrittNovember 17, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A US consortium to drive standards for the so-called Industrial Internet hopes to debut in early January, according to one of the executives driving the group.

Bill Ruh heads an Internet of Things effort for GE that has rung up $290 million in sales so far this year. By plugging web analytics into the big turbines, jet engines, and other products it sells, "we see a trillion dollars a year in efficiency opportunities in the industrial spaces we serve," he told us.

GE coined "Industrial Internet" to refer to Internet of Things scenarios in its industrial markets, and it has published a much-cited whitepaper on the subject. We reported in August that the US National Institute of Standards and Technology was organizing a consortium with at least 10 companies -- including AT&T, Cisco Systems, GE, IBM, and Intel -- to set standards in the area.

The group wants to draft an Industrial Internet framework and identify several open-source projects within it. The effort is sort of an extension of similar work led by the NIST on the smart grid. Membership contracts for the consortium are still being finalized.

"We are very early on," said Ruh. "When we announce probably in early January, [we will talk about] how we standardize [and] what we take into open source [to] make all the components work together to achieve the vision."

GE, already doing brisk business in the area, is ramping up for more and working with Intel on its new x86-based Quark SoC.

To read more of this story, go to “Proprietary embedded technology is dead.

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