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IIC’s Track and Trace Testbed Generates Requirements for New IIoT Standard


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New IIoT standard would improve sharing of data from IIoT sensors.


The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) recently announced that its Track & Trace Testbed has generated the requirements for a new IoT standard for tracking and tracing assets. These requirements have been used by standards development organization Object Management Group (OMG) who has a nearly 30-year history creating and maintaining IT standards. OMG has begun the process to develop this as a new IIoT standard.

“We’ve been operating this testbed for three years and have identified several areas of the IIoT that can benefits from standardization. Standards help abstract from the complexity,” said Dr. Matthias Deindl, Chief Product Owner for Nexeed Track and Trace, Bosch Connected Industry Solutions.

The IIoT has made self-contained environmental sensors ubiquitous in our daily lives. Through the work of the IIC Track & Trace Testbed a need emerged for the manufacturers of sensors to be able to publish the required interpretation of the data that they produce via an Electronic Data Sheet.


The testbed creates visibility along the value chain by tracking geo-location, both indoor and outdoor, and usage of key assets. The testbed, led by Bosch with IIC member participants Cisco and SAP SE, developed these requirements from the extra-logistics use case, which gathers data from transport-related assets to ensure transport SLAs are met and logistics chains can be optimized.

“As the number of sensors in the field multiplies by the thousands per day, there is an urgent need for a standard. With a standard way to interpret data, both sensor manufacturers and end users will be able to derive more actionable results from the information they are gathering,” said SAP Vice President, Industry Standards and Open Source Erich Clauer.


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