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Cross-industry IoT group pushes for gear that works together

Stephen Lawson | March 28, 2014
Five IT and equipment companies have formed a group to drive standards for the so-called Internet of Things, a network that would feed data back and forth between computers and all kinds of industrial gear.

The IIC's founding members are already active in IoT. GE has long promoted the potential for using big data from systems in the field such as jet engines, which it says can generate as much as 1TB of data per hour. Last October, GE and AT&T said they would work together to network what could be millions of GE industrial products over a wireless network using global SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards from AT&T. Cisco sees a huge networking opportunity in IoT and is already developing products for it, including hardened routers equipped to process some data out in the field with industrial equipment.


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