The move, say the organizations, will bring OpenFog members into the IIC at a time when their complementary areas of technology are emerging in the mainstream. The combined memberships will continue to drive the momentum of the Industrial Internet including the development and promotion of industry guidance and best practices for fog and edge computing.
“The Industrial Internet Consortium, now incorporating OpenFog, will be the single largest organization focused on IIoT, AI, fog and edge computing in the world,” says IIC President Bill Hoffman. “Between both of our organizations we have a remarkable global presence with members in more than 30 countries. This agreement will help accelerate the adoption of the IIoT, fog, and edge computing.”
The IIC is the world’s leading membership program aimed at transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things. The OpenFog Consortium was founded to advance fog computing and address bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT, 5G, and AI applications.
Matt Vasey, OpenFog chairman and president, and director, AI and IoT business development, Microsoft says, “We’re excited by the growth and advancement of fog technologies – from a technology, standards, and general awareness standpoint – since our launch nearly three years ago. During that time, it has increasingly become apparent that we share so much synergy with the efforts of the IIC that it just made sense to bring the two consortia together.”
The organizations expect the details to be finalized in early 2019.
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