The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and Linaro, an open-source collaborative engineering organization developing software for the Arm ecosystem, announced they have agreed to a liaison to work together to advance their shared interests. Under the agreement, the IIC and Linaro will work together to promote the digital economy by preventing fragmentation and harmonizing various aspects in the fields of the industrial internet.
A new contributing group will be formed as part of the IIC Liaison Working Group, which is the IIC’s gateway for formal relationships with standards and open-source organizations, consortia, alliances, certification and testing bodies and government entities/agencies. This contributing group will consist of IIC members co-chaired by Linaro, Huawei and Arm and it will output documents defining requirements for shared engineering work, which will be fed into Linaro’s Edge & Fog Computing Group (LEDGE).
"Open source communities are an integral part of accelerating the IIoT market adoption," said Wael William Diab, IIC Liaison Working Group Chair and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee, “the liaison with Linaro reinforces the comprehensive ecosystem of liaison partnerships that IIC is building, which include SDOs, government initiatives and regional organizations, industry consortia and open source communities."
The contributing group will focus on identifying joint activities that may include identifying and sharing best practices; realizing interoperability by harmonizing architecture and other elements; collaborating on standardization, including input into the 96Boards industrial edition specification; and collecting input on short term roadmaps for Over-The-Air (OTA) updates, Time Sensitive Networking TSN and trustworthiness.
"As we drive towards a world of a trillion connected devices, it is essential that engineers can implement securely connected industrial systems quickly and efficiently," said Mark Hambleton, vice president open source software, Arm. "This partnership will enable the ecosystem to further collaborate on a range of software and standards that are common to a vast array of Arm-based systems used in the IIoT, fueling further innovation."