Chief Technical Officer for the IIC, Australia
Stephen Mellor is CTO for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology priorities for the Industrial Internet, coordinating the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups. He also co-chairs the Reference Architecture and the Use Cases workgroups for the NIST CPS Public Working Group.
He is a well-known technology consultant on methods for the construction of real-time and embedded systems, a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, and adjunct professor at the Australian National University. Stephen is the author of Structured Development for Real-Time Systems, Object Lifecycles, Executable UML, and MDA Distilled, and a signatory to the Agile Manifesto.
Abstract - Talk Day 1
The Architecture of the Industrial Internet, an Update on IIC's Standardization Activities and Testbeds
There is not (and won’t be) “the” architecture of the industrial internet. Not even “an”. There will be many architectures and they will have to interoperate.
There are no standardization activities in the IIC. IIC is not a standards-development organization. Rather the IIC focuses on requirements for standards development based on the business drivers for the Industrial Internet, as opposed to the consumer internet.
Those requirements are being developed in part from results coming from testbeds.
This presentation will describe IIC’s activities in general, and testbeds in particular. It will show how results come from testbeds, and how they are used within IIC and externally. We shall discuss IIC’s global efforts to coordinate these requirements and standards activities. We—together—cannot allow multiple conflicting standards that do not interoperate. IIC’s role, in part, is to help harmonize standards and reduce fragmentation. And to the extent that is not possible, demonstrate interoperability.
Abstract - Talk Day 2
Emerging Value Chains, IOT Applications and Industrial Internet as Drivers for 5G
The Industrial Internet is connecting industrial control systems and operations to the internet increasing the need to transmit more data, faster. This can provide immediate benefits to owners and operators through increased productivity of assets and decreased downtime through predictive maintenance. But connecting previously unconnected devices will bring greater benefits. For example, medical monitoring devices often don’t talk to each other, but if connected they can increase the reliability of their reporting and save lives.
This applies across sectors too. A piezoelectric health-care used in hospitals might be used in car seats to measure the health of a driver or send an alert. Your electric car needs to talk to the microgrid at your home. Your smart home needs to talk to your smart car. The possible connections of these divers IoT applications are limitless. Just think how different the internet is today compared to thirty years ago.
Manufactured devices are already part of global supply chains. As the connections increase the need for cross-border opreations also increases, but nationalism and the need, it would seem, to invent everything ourselves stands in the way. That is why the Industrial Internet Consortium is working to break down the barriers between regions, applications and devices. In that way, value chains and applications in the Industrial Internet will be drivers for 5G.