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TUT at the forefront of the Industrial Internet revolution

Tampere University of Technology is the first university in Finland to become a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). The membership gives TUT a front-row seat to the evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Researcher Karan Menon (left), Prof. Hannu Kärkkäinen and Prof. Kari T. Koskinen

 

Researcher Karan Menon (left), Prof. Hannu Kärkkäinen and Prof. Kari T. Koskinen represent TUT in the Industrial Internet Consortium.

 

IIC is the world’s largest international body of industries, governments and academics in the field of Industrial Internet. It drives the global adoption of the Industrial Internet and pushes for the standardization and interoperability of related applications.

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) brings to IIC a depth of expertise in multiple areas that are important to the Industrial Internet, such as intelligent machines, business, network technologies and 3D printing. TUT is represented in the consortium by Professor Hannu Kärkkäinen and researcher Karan Menon of the Department of Information Management and Logistics and Professor Kari T. Koskinen of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems.

“For TUT, the membership opens up unprecedented opportunities for collaboration with IIC’s other partners, such as prestigious U.S. universities and companies based in Silicon Valley,” Kärkkäinen says.

Tangible benefits for Finnish industry

The Industrial Internet holds tremendous promise to drive economic growth, create new jobs and transform existing business models.

TUT’s membership in IIC can potentially benefit both Finnish industry and international companies that are considering Finland as a location for their business but do not have an existing network of contacts and academic partners here. As TUT’s industry partners, they could become involved in IIC without becoming members and paying the annual fee.

Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)

  • An open membership, international not-for-profit consortium established to accelerate the growth of the Industrial Internet and support the integration of the physical and digital worlds.
  • Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel in March 2014.
  • Coordinates vast ecosystem initiatives to connect and integrate objects with people, processes and data using common architectures, interoperability and open standards.
  • More than 200 members.
 

“Our University is currently developing new operational models to establish closer collaboration with SMEs. TUT’s affiliation with IIC will also enable SMEs to gain international exposure and test their products on a scale not otherwise possible,” Koskinen says.

Testbeds culminate in new products and services

The activities of IIC and its members are largely centred around testbeds. They are controlled, large-scale experimentation platforms that conform to IIC’s reference architecture and allow companies to test their products and services in an environment resembling real-world conditions before market entry.

“IIC’s testbeds are realistic test environments that incorporate everything that is needed to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities created by the Industrial Internet. The testbeds explore either new technologies or combine existing ones in new ways,” Menon describes. “TUT will not only participate in the testbeds but also lead some of them.”

Text: Anna Naukkarinen
Photo: Sanna Schildt

 
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