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Plattform Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet Consortium Agree on Cooperation

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Representatives of Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium met in Zurich, Switzerland to explore the potential alignment of their two architecture efforts – respectively, the Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI4.0) and the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA). The meeting was a success, with a common recognition of the complementary nature of the two models, an initial draft mapping showing the direct relationships between elements of the models, and a clear roadmap to ensure future interoperability. Additional possible topics included collaboration in the areas of IIC Testbeds and I4.0 Test Facility Infrastructures, as well as standardization, architectures & business outcomes in the Industrial Internet.

State Secretary, Matthias Machnig, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: “We welcome the cooperation of both initiatives as an important milestone in the cooperation of companies internationally. The combined strengths of both IIC and Plattform Industrie 4.0 will substantially help to pave the way for a mutually beneficial development of a digitized economy for our international businesses.”

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm, Technical Director of Plattform Industrie 4.0, CTO and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, said „Collaborating with other initiatives is important, especially for Germany’s export-oriented economy. We are highly interested to cooperate intensively with others in order to pave the way for global standards. Cooperating with IIC – and with other consortia – is an important step in the right direction.”

Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium, commented, “The effort shows that smart technical people can bridge any gap and find a way to solve problems that might otherwise have created barriers to entry in the adoption of IoT technology for industrial applications. I applaud the participants and thank them for their initial work, and look forward to a successful collaboration moving forward.”

Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management: “This is a huge accomplishment for industry adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things, as it will simplify technology choices immensely and lead to greatly enhanced interoperability.”

Bernd Leukert, Member of the SAP Executive Board emphasizes the importance of alignment between IIC and Plattform Industrie 4.0-initiated testbed initiatives: “This will allow for a much smoother international cooperation between smaller companies and larger enterprise to test out use cases and to initiate standards.”

Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer for GE Digital, said: “Breaking down the barriers of technology silos and supporting better integration of these architectures efforts will be key to advancing the Industrial Internet. This collaboration will help build a vibrant, united community around standards that drive integration toward solving the world’s toughest challenges.”

Robert Martin, Senior Principal Engineer in Cyber Security Partnership, The MITRE Corporation and member of the IIC Steering Committee, said “Bringing together the work of the Industrial Internet Consortium and the Plattform Industrie 4.0 Konsortium will dramatically increase the international value of both efforts and help to clarify and resolve the problems and concerns facing the global Industrial IoT marketplace quicker and more effectively than either could do alone.”

“I‘m excited to see the two premier Industrial Internet of Things organizations aligning their efforts,” states Stan Schneider, CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and a member of the IIC Steering Committee. “Industrie 4.0’s strong foundation in industrial manufacturing and process combines well with the IIC’s emphasis on emerging IIoT applications in healthcare, transportation, power, and smart cities. We are working aggressively to align the connectivity infrastructures of the underlying DDS and OPC UA connectivity standards. We look forward to driving the rapid growth of the IIoT across all industries.”

The Zurich meeting was originally proposed by Bosch and SAP as members of the steering committees of both organizations. The meeting constituted an informal group which will continue their work on exploring potential alignment between I4.0 and IIC. The open, informal discovery group included Bosch, Cisco, IIC, Pepperl + Fuchs, SAP, Siemens, Steinbeis Institute and ThingsWise.

For more information on the Industrial Internet Consortium, please visit http://www.iiconsortium.org or contact Kathy Walsh, Industrial Internet Consortium Director of Marketing at walsh@iiconsortium.org.

For more information on the Plattform Industrie 4.0, please contact Henning Banthien, Plattform Industrie 4.0 Secretary General at h.banthien@plattform-i40.de.

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Rockwell Automation and Cisco Launch New Architectures to Reduce Security Risks in Industrial Automation

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As industrial markets evolve to unlock the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT), Rockwell Automation and Cisco today are announcing new additions to their Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) architectures to help operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) professionals address constantly changing security practices. The latest CPwE security expansions, featuring technology from both companies, include design guidance and validated architectures to help build a more secure network across the plant and enterprise.

The Industrial IoT is elevating the need for highly flexible, secure connectivity between things, machines, work flows, databases and people, enabling new models of policy-based plant-floor access. Through these new connections, machine data on the plant floor can be analyzed and applied to determine optimal operation and supply-chain work flows for improved efficiencies and cost savings. A securely connected environment also enables organizations to mitigate risk with policy compliance, and protects intellectual property with secure sharing between global stakeholders.

Core to the new validated architectures is a focus on enabling OT and IT professionals to utilize security policies and procedures by forming multiple layers of defense. A defense-in-depth approach helps manufacturers by establishing processes and policies that identify and contain evolving threats in industrial automation and control systems. The new CPwE architectures leverage open industry standards, such as IEC 62443, and provide recommendations for more securely sharing data across an industrial demilitarized zone, as well as enforcing policies that control access to the plantwide wired or wireless network.

“The key to industrial network security is in how you design and implement your infrastructure and holistically address security for internal and external threats,” said Lee Lane, business director, Rockwell Automation. “The new guidance considers security factors for the industrial zone of the CPwE architectures, leveraging the combined experience of Rockwell Automation and Cisco.”

“Security can’t be an afterthought in today’s plant environment. As we connect more devices and create more efficient ways of operating, we also create certain vulnerabilities,” said Bryan Tantzen, senior director, Cisco. “Cisco and Rockwell Automation have been teaming for nearly a decade on joint solutions, serving as the standards-based resource for security in industrial environments. These new architectures and guides build on our collaboration by helping organizations recognize and proactively address today’s security concerns.”

Companies can now take advantage of industry-leading solutions from Rockwell Automation and Cisco to address security from a holistic perspective. Together, the two companies provide a common, scalable architecture for ruggedized industrial Ethernet and enterprise networks, along with unique services, such as security assessments and managed security, to help manufacturers define and meet performance metrics and scale in-house resources.

CC-Link Partner Association Brings on Cisco As Board Member

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CLPA Continues To Drive Technology To Align With Industrial IoT Environments

The CC-Link Partner Association (headquarters: Nagoya, Japan; hereafter CLPA), which exists for the purpose of promoting the widespread usage of the Ethernet-based industrial open network CC-Link IE, has announced that Cisco (headquarters: California, USA) will join the CLPA as a new Board member, and that they intend to collaborate on promotion of solutions based on CC-Link IE. Cisco will participate in the CLPA, helping drive technology and requirements in the greater Asia Pacific for industrial environments, such as manufacturing.
Digitization in factories is a recent trend, and large-capacity networks are coming into demand along with the increasing need for IoT (the Internet of Things). In order to meet these demands and survive harsh environments, CLPA technology is based on the fast and reliable, 1 GB bandwidth of CC-Link IE.

The CLPA Board takes a leadership position in decisions regarding CLPA activities. Aiming for acceptance of CC-Link IE at the global level, the Board is becoming an increasingly globalized management organization. The participation of Cisco as the tenth Board member, following the US-based Molex in November 2014, will further this trend.

CC-Link Partner Association Brings on Cisco As Board Member
CC-Link Partner Association Brings on Cisco As Board Member

 

Cisco is a leader in Ethernet protocol and security technology, helping connect devices widely used in office automation and household appliances. In order to achieve greater efficiency and higher quality in manufacturing, IoE (Internet of Everything) by using data from connected things, will improve both business process and employee safety and decision making.
Manufacturing industry is also trending toward the use of Ethernet. In particular, there are rising needs within factories for a flexible network infrastructure. An example is the preparation and maintenance of wireless environments through effective use of mobile terminals. This trend is also expanding into the collecting and organizing of useful data for safer operations and improved product tracking.

The CLPA provides “CC-Link IE”, which uses Ethernet technology and has been widely adopted by manufacturing industries which require broadband performance and high reliability.
While CC-Link IE has an original protocol architecture to secure communication determinism, as the terminals and networks used in the manufacturing industry have become more diverse, support for the use of TCP/IP technology was also added.

As a CLPA Board member, Cisco, provides expertise in Ethernet switches and wireless, TCP/IP and security technology and will help CLPA build a solid foundation of TCP/IP within a CC-Link IE network infrastructure. Manufacturing industry is now seeing a widespread demand for industrial networks that provide high security and determinism. CC-Link IE can answer these demands with gigabit performance while maintaining TCP/IP compatibility.

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an open network organization established in 2000 for the promotion of the widespread usage of CC-Link. CC-Link is the open fieldbus network standard originating in Japan, organized by leading industry members including Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. The year 2007 saw the release of CC-Link IE, integrating Ethernet, the de-facto standard among computer networks into the industrial space. As well as achieving 1 Gbps bandwidth, it enables the use of industrial Ethernet Standard cables and connectors, dramatically increasing maintainability.

The main activities of the CLPA include the formulation of CC-Link IE technical specifications and conducting product conformance tests; development support for devices and equipment using CC-Link IE and providing user support for device selection and application. In addition, the CLPA provides public relations and promotional support for the wider acceptance of CC-Link IE. The CLPA, which began with 163 corporate members, has expanded yearly and, as of the end of April 2015, boasts 2,337 members, of which 1,674 are overseas corporations.

LG U+, SK Telecom add support of oneM2M for IoT

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oneM2M members LG U+ and SK Telecom of Korea have both announced that they will make the first commercial deployments of Internet of Things (IoT) platforms based on oneM2M specifications.

Both platforms are being demonstrated at this week’s oneM2M Showcase taking place in Sophia Antipolis, France.

According to Kang Jong-oh, general manager at the platform development division of LG U+, the company added the oneM2M global standard to their existing IoT service infrastructure so as to target the international market.

Kang said the company will support small- and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in the IoT business.

According to SK Telecom, the development of the oneM2M-based open-source platform, Mobius, began in 2011 as a national project, together with the Korea Electronics Technology Institute and nTels. As oneM2M announced a candidate release for an IoT/M2M standard in August of this year, SK Telecom implemented the standard within the Mobius platform, finishing the development of a commercialization-ready platform.

SK Telecom plan to finalise the national project in the first quarter of 2015 and to open a platform on its commercial network later in the year.

“The announcements of these oneM2M-based platforms being made available commercially are the first such public statements and are proof of how important oneM2M is to operators as part of an IoT platform,” commented Richard Brennan, chairman of oneM2M’s marketing group.

The LG U+ platform is being shown at the oneM2M showcase event this week in a demonstration together with LG Electronics, Modacom and Eluon.

The Mobius platform is being demonstrated by SK Telecom together with Convida Wireless, Fraunhofer, KETI, NEC Corporation and nTels.

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Rockwell Automation and AT&T to Work Together for Smart Factory

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New solutions help manufacturing and process industries securely monitor and manage smart assets throughout The Connected Enterprise

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Rockwell Automation and AT&T are collaborating to improve remote asset utilization and connected machine management. The companies plan to deliver cellular solutions that help enable Rockwell Automation customers to securely collect, manage and take action on data from industrial equipment located in plants and remote sites around the globe.

By bringing together the AT&T Global SIM and M2X Data Service platform with Rockwell Automation cloud-enabled service offerings, customers benefit from a more secure, flexible and scalable way to connect automation assets and industrial machinery to remote experts. This allows for timely and proactive preventive maintenance and operational improvement practices throughout the life of these assets.

“We’re creating solutions to help change how industrial companies operate around the world,” said Mike Troiano, vice president, industrial IoT solutions, AT&T. “Rockwell Automation brings industrial expertise and market presence, while AT&T brings industry-leading IoT platforms and communications. Together, we aim to connect people with machines to make business processes simpler and more efficient.”

The companies are also working to develop reference architecture and validated designs for cellular IoT deployments within industrial sites. These tools will guide customers in the design and use of cellular connected assets in ways that complement the existing in-plant network infrastructure. This will help plant owners to leverage connected machine management services offered by multiple equipment suppliers without overburdening their in-plant network infrastructure or violating enterprise security standards.

“Our combined solutions will help industry to realize The Connected Enterprise by securely connecting a large number of smart assets both plant-wide and distributed in the field,” said Sujeet Chand, senior vice president, chief technology officer, Rockwell Automation. “This will result in rapid value creation for our customers.”

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Weaved and SafeLogic Announce Partnership to Provide Military Grade Security to the IoE Device Market

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Weaved and SafeLogic join forces to provide ultimate security to the Weaved device network service offering.

 

Weaved, a pioneer in Internet-of-Everything (IoE) web-based connectivity services, has announced their partnership with SafeLogic, the new industry leader in validated cryptography, to extend their lead as the industry’s most secure platform for IoE(Internet of Everything) devices.
The growing popularity of IoE devices has brought along with it the unavoidable risk of malicious activity by hackers, the loss of sensitive data, or even violations of users’ privacy. The commercial success of the connected home concept is dependent on building ever-increasing confidence by consumers in the safe operation of their connected devices. For example, using a credit card to make purchases over the Internet was once considered risky but is now accepted as commonplace. Similarly, Weaved and SafeLogic believe that the adoption of IoE devices will continue to accelerate if users share the same level of confidence. SafeLogic cryptographic engines have been deployed by many of the most trusted names in the IT industry, making them an ideal technology partner to provide enhanced security services to the Weaved platform.

 

As Ryo Koyama, CEO of Weaved, explained, “The need for integrated and robust security can’t be overstated in the growing market for IoE devices. At Weaved, we are experts in providing the software and services necessary to securely connect devices across the Internet. We are delighted to work with SafeLogic as our partner to extend the security measures of our platform and ensure every device using the Weaved backend services can benefit from the industry’s highest standards for data integrity, data at rest encryption, and secure communications to a trusted implementation.”

 

Ray Potter, CEO of SafeLogic, agreed, “Every legacy connected device is potentially vulnerable, and the public is starting to recognize that. Weaved has thought through the problems of device security and their embedded and network services already provide the best in class architecture approach. By leveraging SafeLogic’s validated cryptographic solutions, Weaved has taken yet another major step towards a secure and reliable network. We are very proud to partner with them to provide the highest level of cryptographic solutions, for the most demanding users.”

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[icnweb] ARM Acquires Sensinode Oy to Accelerate the Internet of Things

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ARM today announced that it has acquired Sensinode Oy, a provider of software technology for the Internet of things (IoT). The privately-held company has led the creation of the 6LoWPAN and CoAP standards for low cost low power devices, and has been a key contributor to the IETF, ZigBee IP, ETSI and OMA standardization efforts. ARM will continue the commercial offering of Sensinode’s NanoStack and NanoService products to existing and new customers.  


The IoT is the next evolution of the Internet where products of all types and capabilities are connected. IMS Research forecasts that there will be 30 billion connected devices by 2020. The ARM Cortex® family of processors and collaborative mbed project, together with Sensinode’s NanoStack and NanoService offering, provide the ideal foundation for thousands of new applications including wireless sensors, smart connected appliances, home health applications, and wearable electronics. The technology is also applicable to M2M applications using cellular connections and the new OMA Lightweight M2M standard for device management.  

The proliferation of these open standards will be accelerated through the ARM mbed project. mbed is an industry collaboration to deliver fundamental open source hardware and software building blocks for rapid development of intelligent connected devices. This includes support for microcontrollers, radios, peripherals, middleware and cloud services. Adding Sensinode’s technology will enable developers to easily create IoT applications incorporating and supporting these open standards.  

“ARM is dedicated to enabling a standards-based Internet of Things where billions of devices of all types and capabilities are connected through interoperable Internet Protocols and Web Services,” said John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager, System Design Division, ARM. “Sensinode is a pioneer in software for low cost low power internet connected devices and has been a key contributor to open standards for IoT. By making Sensinode expertise and technology accessible to the ARM Partnership and through the ARM mbed project we will enable rapid deployment of thousands of new and innovative IoT applications.”  

“Sensinode is a leader in the definition and implementation of new standards and products for connecting large numbers of low cost low power devices to the Internet,” said Adam Gould, CEO of Sensinode. “The ARM architecture together with Sensinode’s software technology covering 6LoWPAN, CoAP, and OMA Lightweight M2M with advanced security will provide a compelling solution for Internet of Things developers.”

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