Another part of its work will be to identify the standards bodies it will need to work with and look at existing standards to see where they could be improved. The group is first going to decide on five initial industry testbeds it will build to demonstrate how IoT can work, said Bill Ruh, vice president of GE Software.
The IIC's founding members are already active in IoT. GE has long promoted the potential for using big data from systems in the field such as jet engines, which it says can generate as much as 1TB of data per hour. Last October, GE and AT&T said they would work together to network what could be millions of GE industrial products over a wireless network using global SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards from AT&T. Cisco sees a huge networking opportunity in IoT and is already developing products for it, including hardened routers equipped to process some data out in the field with industrial equipment.