Two influential IOT organisations have agreed in principle to combine forces.

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium announced their intentions today, with IIC president Bill Hoffman proclaiming “This agreement will help accelerate the adoption of the IIoT, fog and edge computing.”

“The Industrial Internet Consortium, now incorporating OpenFog, will be the single largest organization focused on Industrial IOT, AI, fog and edge computing in the world. Between both of our organizations we have a remarkable global presence with members in more than 30 countries,” Hoffman added.

The two organisations certainly appear to be complementary: the IIC is all about the Industrial IOT and the OpenFog Consortium focuses on the wide-scale connectivity challenges of deploying billions of devices.

OpenFog chairman and president Matt Vasey (who is also director, AI and IoT business development at Microsoft) said “it has increasingly become apparent that we share so much synergy with the efforts of the IIC that it just made sense to bring the two consortia together. The resulting combination of memberships, resources and shared knowledge will only further the growth of the technologies, including fog, which will support IIoT ecosystems.”