GE-driven Industrial Internet Group to debut soon -

GE-driven Industrial Internet Group to debut soon

SAN JOSE,Calif. — A US consortium to drive standardsfor the so-called Industrial Internet hopesto debut in early January, according to oneof the executives driving the group.

Bill Ruh heads an Internet of Things effortfor GE that has rung up $290 million insales so far this year. By plugging webanalytics into the big turbines, jetengines, and other products it sells, “wesee a trillion dollars a year in efficiencyopportunities in the industrial spaces weserve,” he told us.

GE coined “Industrial Internet” to refer toInternet of Things scenarios in itsindustrial markets, and it has published a much-cited whitepaper onthe subject. We reported in Augustthat the US National Institute of Standardsand Technology was organizing a consortiumwith at least 10 companies — includingAT&T, Cisco Systems, GE, IBM, and Intel– to set standards in the area.

The group wants to draft an IndustrialInternet framework and identify severalopen-source projects within it. The effortis sort of an extension of similar work led by theNIST on the smart grid. Membership contractsfor the consortium are still beingfinalized.

“We are very early on,” said Ruh. “When weannounce probably in early January, [we willtalk about] how we standardize [and] what wetake into open source [to] make all thecomponents work together to achieve thevision.”

GE, already doing brisk business in thearea, is ramping up for more and workingwith Intel on its new x86-based Quark SoC.

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