Industrial Internet of Things Reference Architecture 1.8

Industrial Internet of Things Reference Architecture 1.8

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture v 1.8. First published in 2015 and best known as the IIRA, this standards-based architectural template and methodology enable Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) system architects to design their own systems based on a common framework and concepts.

The authors, editors, and contributors to the IIRA are members of the Industrial Internet Consortium Architecture Task Group, under the Technology Working Group. Its participants represent a broad spectrum of the Industrial Internet Consortium membership including systems and software architects, business experts, security experts, and participants from many of the other Industrial Internet Consortium Working and Task Groups.


Like all Industrial Internet Consortium publications, the IIRA is a living document that will continually represent the latest thinking of the Industrial Internet Consortium and the IIoT community. Industrial Internet Consortium publications are addressing every aspect of the emerging IIoT and our Working Groups are committed to delivering practical, implementable deliverables that reflect new technologies, new concepts, and new applications as they emerge.

The IIRA addresses the need for a common architecture framework to develop interoperable IIoT systems for diverse applications across a broad spectrum of industrial verticals in the public and private sectors to achieve the true promise of IIoT.

For more details on the IIRA such as its importance, value, new content in v 1.8 and how the IIRA promotes interoperability within the IIoT, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

This update to the IIRA is the product of many hours of work, building on the hundreds of hours invested by members from numerous organizations to produce the first release of the IIRA. In particular, we would like to thank the following contributors to this new release:

  • Graham Bleakley, IBM
  • Marcellus Buchheit, Wibu-Systems
  • Amine Chigani, GE Digital
  • Mark Crawford, SAP SE
  • Jacques Durand, Fujitsu North America, Inc.
  • Anish Karmarkar, Oracle Corporation
  • Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, Lynx Software Technologies
  • Shi-Wan Lin, Thingswise, LLC
  • Robert Martin, The MITRE Corporation
  • Bradford Miller, GE Global Reseach
  • Brett Murphy, Real-Time Innovations (RTI)
  • Sven Schrecker, Intel



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