The Indus­tri­al Inter­net Con­sor­ti­um® (IIC), the world’s lea­ding orga­ni­za­ti­on trans­forming busi­ness and socie­ty by acce­le­ra­ting the Indus­tri­al Inter­net of Things (IIoT), and the Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces Asso­cia­ti­on (IDSA), an initia­ti­ve to sup­port the secu­re exchan­ge and the simp­le lin­king of data in busi­ness eco-sys­tems on the basis of stan­dards and by means of com­mon gover­nan­ce models, announ­ced they have agreed to a liai­son to work tog­e­ther to advan­ce their sha­red inte­rests. Under the agree­ment, the IIC and IDSA will work tog­e­ther to pro­mo­te the digi­tal eco­no­my by pre­ven­ting frag­men­ta­ti­on and har­mo­ni­zing various aspec­ts in the fields of the indus­tri­al Inter­net.

A cere­mo­ny to soli­di­fy the liai­son was held on Sep­tem­ber 12, 2018, at the quar­ter­ly IIC mem­ber mee­ting in Chi­ca­go. IIC Exe­cu­ti­ve Direc­tor Richard Soley and IDSA Depu­ty Chair­man of the Board Prof. Dr. Boris Otto of Fraun­ho­fer ISST signed a memo­ran­dum of under­stan­ding that out­lined the joint activi­ties bet­ween the two orga­ni­za­ti­ons.


Joint activi­ties bet­ween IIC and IDSA will inclu­de:
• Iden­ti­fy­ing and sharing good prac­tices;
• Rea­li­zing inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty by har­mo­ni­zing archi­tec­tu­re and other ele­ments;
• Col­la­bo­ra­ting on stan­dar­di­za­ti­on;
• Empha­si­zing the focus con­cer­ning secu­ri­ty and usa­ge con­trol of data in the IIRA inte­gra­ting the trusted con­nec­tor approach; and
• Pro­mo­ting the coope­ra­ti­on and vali­da­ting the archi­tec­tu­ral align­ment by estab­li­shing at least one joint use case with com­pa­nies using test­beds of the IIC.


“Data is the cen­ter of IoT inno­va­ti­on. Our col­la­bo­ra­ti­on will advan­ce data sover­eig­n­ty as one of the fun­da­men­tal buil­ding blocks of the digi­tal eco­no­my,” said Prof. Dr. Boris Otto, Depu­ty Chair­man of the IDSA Board and Exe­cu­ti­ve Direc­tor of Fraun­ho­fer ISST.

“As data beco­mes more of an eco­no­mic fac­tor in IIoT, the col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween our two orga­ni­za­ti­ons will pro­vi­de gui­d­ance to help acce­le­ra­te the inno­va­ti­on of the IoT,” said IIC Exe­cu­ti­ve Direc­tor Dr. Richard Soley.

“With bil­li­ons of IoT devices collec­ting data, the trust­wort­hi­ness of that data wit­hin eco­sys­tems remains a key con­cern. This col­la­bo­ra­ti­on will help impro­ve trust­wort­hi­ness wit­hin eco­sys­tems and IIoT solu­ti­ons,” said Andre­as Teu­scher, Chair of the IDSA Archi­tec­tu­re Working Group and Chief Indus­tri­al Secu­ri­ty Offi­cer of SICK AG.

“Data and trust­wort­hi­ness are an important part of suc­cess­ful IoT adop­ti­on,” Said Wael Wil­liam Diab, Chair of the IIC Liai­son Working Group, and Seni­or Direc­tor at Hua­wei. “The col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with IDSA adds to the indus­tri­al IoT eco­sys­tem that IIC is dri­ving.”