IIC Releases Technical Report of Updated IoT Vocabulary Terms

The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) announced V2.3 of the Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report, one of six IIC technical reports that serve as de-facto industry guidelines on vocabulary, architectures, security, analytics, connectivity, and business strategy. The report, which specifies a common set of definitions for effective communication within the industrial internet ecosystem, is the foundation for the collective body of work from the IIC.

Version 2.3 of the report includes new or updated definitions that enhance Internet of Things (IoT) vocabulary terms, including these:

  • Internet-of-Things (IoT): a concept where components are connected via a computer network, and where one or more of those components interacts with the physical world.
  • IoT system: a system where the components are connected via a computer network, and one or more of those components interacts with the physical world.
  • Industrial IoT (IIoT) system: an IoT system used in an industrial context.

“The Internet of Things is evolving, and our understanding of IoT concepts is evolving as well,” said Erin Bournival, Co-Chair of the IIC Vocabulary Task Group and Distinguished Engineer, Office of the Corporate CTO at Dell Technologies. “We’re excited to provide new definitions for these fundamental terms to increase clarity for all IoT stakeholders.”

Other terms with expanded definitions focus on computer networking. These include:

  • Cloud computing: paradigm for enabling computer network access to a scalable and elastic pool of shareable physical or virtual resources with self-service provisioning and administration on-demand.
  • Connectivity: ability of a system or application to communicate with other systems or applications via computer network(s).
  • Endpoint: component that has computational capabilities and computer network connectivity.
  • Event: any observable occurrence in a system and/or computer network.

“To keep current and useful, we update the Vocabulary Technical Report annually to ensure all stakeholders can communicate with each other effectively across industries,” said Bob Martin, Co-Chair of the IIC Vocabulary Task Group, IIC Steering Committee Member, and Senior Principal Engineer at The MITRE Corporation. “It’s amazing how much the definitions of terms have evolved as different types of businesses have adopted IoT into their operational capabilities.”

The IIC will continue to revise the IIC IIoT Vocabulary Technical Report with definitions for new IIoT terms. IIC IIoT Vocabulary Technical Report V2.3 and a list of IIC members who contributed can be found on the IIC website.

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