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Industrial Internet

(University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)


GE - Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines



The Industrial Internet is the integration and linking of big data, analytical tools and wireless networks with physical and industrial equipment, or otherwise applying meta-level networking functions, to distributed systems. The term was coined by General Electric (GE), a U.S. corporation. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can be used to connect business systems with automation and control.

The Industrial Internet incorporates ideas of intelligent machines, or specific pieces of equipment, with embedded technology and the Internet of Things (IoT). Examples are pieces of machinery or vehicles that are equipped with intelligent technologies, including machine to machine (M2M) technologies that allow manufacturing equipment or other types of equipment to send data back and forth, or "talk among themselves." The Industrial Internet also is applied to transportation projects, such as driverless (or autonomous) cars and intelligent railroad systems.


The Industrial Internet Consortium


The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is a nonprofit, open-membership organization established with the goal of accelerating the development and availability of intelligent industrial automation systems for the common good. It was founded in 2014 by AT&T, Cisco, GE, Intel and IBM to further the development and global adoption of interconnected machines and intelligent analytics, and, especially, to enhance collaboration between people in different industries (Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Mining, Retail, Smart Cities, Transportation).


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