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RTI collaborates with the IIC on the new IIRA and IISF Releases

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity platform company, announced the company’s leadership in the creation of the second version of the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA), which was published in January 2017 by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

The IIRA is one of many documents developed by the IIC to establish common technology for the Industrial Internet. In September 2016, the IIC announced the release of the Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF) to address security issues in IIoT systems. The Industrial Internet of Things landscape is changing rapidly as new systems, companies and industries implement IIoT technologies and strategies. The first version of the IIRA (June 2015) provided a framework and common language for Industrial IoT systems.

This new version presents an updated and more comprehensive architecture, based on extensive experience at the IIC. Key RTI contributing authors and editors of the new IIRA include Dr. Stan Schneider, CEO; Brett Murphy, Director of Business Development for the IIoT and this year’s recipient of the IIC’s Testbed Award; and Dr. Rajive Joshi, Principal Solution Architect.

Importantly, the IIRA introduces the layered “databus” architecture pattern. According to the IIRA, a databus is a common architecture across Industrial Internet of Things systems in multiple industries. This architecture provides low-latency, secure, peer-to-peer data communications across logical layers of the system. It is most useful for systems that must manage direct interactions between applications in the field, such as control, local monitoring, and edge analytics. Thousands of RTI and Data-Distribution Service (DDS) standard customers implement the layered databus architecture in their IIoT systems.

The IISF leverages the concepts in the IIRA. It focuses on safety, reliability, resilience, security and privacy. It helps implementers define the risks and threats in critical IIoT systems.

To add to the guidance in the IIRA and the IISF, the IIC expects to release an important analysis of connectivity options in the next few weeks. This document evaluates the IIoT protocols and communication patterns, thereby helping industries choose the best-fit technology.

“The IIC provides an excellent venue for IIoT leaders to contribute to the fast-moving Industrial IoT. Intelligent systems will transform many industries, including medical, transportation, power, and manufacturing,” said Dr. Stan Schneider, CEO at RTI. “The IIC has the scale and stage to greatly influence these systems. RTI understands the challenges that IIoT system integrators face. We are excited to help the IIC accelerate IIoT adoption.”

The Industrial Internet Reference Architecture and the Industrial Internet Security Framework are available for download on IIC’s website: http://www.iiconsortium.org/ .

About Real-Time Innovations (RTI), Inc.


Real-Time Innovations provides the connectivity platform for the Industrial Internet of Things. Our RTI Connext® messaging software forms the core nervous system for smart, distributed applications. RTI Connext DDS allows devices to intelligently share information and work together as one integrated system. Our customers span the breadth of the Internet of Things, including medical, energy, mining, air traffic control, trading, automotive, unmanned systems, industrial SCADA, naval systems, air and missile defense, ground stations, and science.

RTI is committed to open standards, open community source and open architecture. RTI provides the leading implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data-Distribution Service™ (DDS™) standard. RTI is the world's largest embedded middleware provider, privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

RTI, Real-Time Innovations, RTI Data Distribution Service, Connext and 1RTI are registered trademarks or trademarks of Real-Time Innovations, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

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