The Industrial Internet Consortium and the OpenFog Consortium combine

Jan. 31, 2019
Together it will become the single-largest organization focused on IIoT, AI, fog and edge computing

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium have finalized the details to combine the two largest consortia in Industrial IoT, fog and edge computing. Effective immediately, the organizations will work together under the IIC umbrella.

The move will bring OpenFog members into the IIC. The first formal meeting of the unified organization will be held in Raleigh, N.C., from Feb 11 to Feb. 14.

The IIC, now incorporating OpenFog, also announced that the IIC Steering Committee, which guides the strategic direction of the organization, has elected two OpenFog principals:

  • Ron Zahavi, chief strategist for IoT Standards, Azure IoT, Microsoft. Zahavi is focused on IoT standards and consortia and also leads Microsoft’s Worldwide IoT Architecture community. Zahavi has experience in all aspects of technology management and solution delivery, 18 of those related to IoT solutions. Matt Vasey, Microsoft director, AI and IoT business development, will serve as the alternate to Zahavi.
  • Mung Chiang, John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University. Chiang was previously the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor at Princeton University and founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009. The Lab bridges the theory-practice gap in edge computing/networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. Chiang received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award for his contributions to networking R&D.

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