IIC and OpenFog Consortium Join Forces
December 18, 2018
Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog)
have agreed in principle to combine the two largest and most influential
international consortia in Industrial IoT, fog and edge computing. The
move will bring OpenFog members into the IIC organization 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
organizations expect the details to be finalized in early 2019.
“This is great news for the industry. Both organizations have been
advancing the IIoT, fog and edge computing, and their members represent
the best and the brightest in their fields. It makes sense to merge
their expertise and work streams to continue providing the IIoT, fog and
edge guidance that the industry needs,” said Christian Renaud, Research
Vice President, Internet of Things, 451 Research.
“The Industrial Internet Consortium, now incorporating OpenFog, will be
the single largest organization focused on IIoT, AI, fog and edge
computing in the world. Between both of our organizations we have a
remarkable global presence with members in more than 30 countries,” said
IIC President Bill Hoffman. “This agreement will help accelerate the
adoption of the IIoT, fog and edge computing.”
Industrial Internet Consortium is the world’s leading membership program
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.
“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,” said Matt Vasey, OpenFog chairman and
president, and director, AI and IoT business development, Microsoft.
“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 resulting combination of
memberships, resources and shared knowledge will only further the growth
of the technologies, including fog, that will support IIoT ecosystems.”