The resulting architecture aims to be modular with separate portions addressing network physical layers, sensing, control, analytics, modeling/optimization, and business requirements. Sunder uses self-driving cars as an example of Industrial Internet systems that will require open standards to interact safely with each other and traffic management systems.
Earlier this year, NIST hired two IoT experts who will be tasked to help define the new architecture. Their work is sponsored by the Presidential Innovation Fellows program under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The presidential fellows are Sokwoo Rhee, the founder of Millennial Networks, an early IoT startup spun out of MIT; and Geoff Mulligan, the head of the IPSO Alliance, a trade association promoting IP-based IoT products. They were chosen by NIST earlier this year from more than 300 candidates who applied for the positions.
GE is taking a lead in helping convene the new consortium. Last fall, it published a widely cited white paper describing the Industrial Internet.
The NIST effort comes on the heels of work the agency did to drive consensus around standards for the smart grid. Indeed, the NIST representative who initially drove the smart grid effort, George Arnold, was closely involved in the early phases of the new Industrial Internet consortium.
They "had tremendous success convening a large community," said Sunder. But the new group "is more private-sector driven -- that makes it stronger and more focused."