W3C is seeking to address the current fragmentation and data silos in the Internet of Things by exposing IoT platforms through the Web for a Web of Things. Interoperability will be based upon rich metadata and shared semantics, with services running on a wide range of platforms from microcontrollers to cloud-based server farms. Our aim is to enable open markets of services at a Web scale, with a consequent reduction of costs and expansion of business opportunities.
There are many application domains for the Web of Things, including smart industry. The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) seeks to bring together the organizations and technologies necessary to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying, assembling and promoting best practices. The IIC and W3C have signed a liaison agreement to collaborate on realising the potential for the Industrial Internet.
This includes sharing use cases, requirements and emerging frameworks for consideration in joint work, for W3C to consider the IIC requirements and architectures, and likewise for for W3C Recommendations to be considered in IIC deliverables. This agreement is a sign of the growing importance of the Web for transforming industry practices.