Jeff Fedders is Chief Strategist of Standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) Group Strategy and Technology Office at Intel. In his role, he oversees the IoT standards environment and leads the development of the Intel strategies and directs the standards participation for SDOs and SIGs. Jeff is the Intel‘s board representative for the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and directs the technology, testbed, and marketing contributions. He also is the chair of the Transportation Grand Challenge, a national/international public-private partnership IoT initiative developing architecture frameworks and business models.
Questions and answers for Jeff Fedders interview for IoT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) in Barcelona.
Question: The Internet of Things (IoT) has rapidly become one of the new buzzwords within the tech industry and even for the ordinary citizen and already has a variety of meanings. What is IoT for Intel? What is the role of IoT in the Industrial Internet?
Answer: The Internet of Things (IoT) is making amazing things possible. Intel is connecting the unconnected by simplifying the IoT landscape and offering an extensive portfolio of open and scalable solutions that allows our customers and the Intel IoT ecosystem to connect, protect, and manage things with pre-validated IoT building blocks.
We further recognize that IoT needs a robust ecosystem to scale. Through collaborating with solution providers and industry players, we are not only able to build solutions that address specific customer challenges, but also promote compatibility and security through consortiums, open standards and test beds that make IoT deployments easier. Industrial customers need secure, scalable and intelligent infrastructure solutions that are optimized for the explosive growth of devices and machines that will be connected to the Industrial Internet.
Question: What impact is the IoT industry going to have in the global economy in the near future? What outcomes does Intel pursue with the Internet of Things?
Answer: It is expected that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. Accenture has further forecasted that IoT’s contribution to the world economy will be over $14.2 trillion dollars by 2030.
The IoT is now creating unprecedented opportunities for industries, businesses, and people, and Intel will continue to enhance its leadership role in IoT. With integrated platforms and a robust ecosystem of partners, we aim to move the IoT from infancy to mass deployment.
Question: What are the challenges ahead for IoT? How is Intel involved in overcoming these challenges?
Answer: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing new market, but it faces scalability hurdles due to challenges with security, interoperability as well as complexity in deploying the right solutions.
Intel believes that security is the foundation of IoT, and it’s a capability that we design into our IoT systems from the outset. We are also committed to creating open, standards-based solutions based on Intel hardware and software that will yield common IoT architectural frameworks that should accelerate time to market.
Question: With the formation of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) last year, of which Intel is one of the founding members, what are Intel key objectives?
Answer: As a founding member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), we endeavor to create common IoT architectural frameworks based on open standards. Historically, companies have created solutions in silos because they think they’ll have a proprietary advantage. Intel and the other IIC members have recognized that collaboration is essential, and we’ve taken the lead in establishing interoperability across various industrial environments for a more connected world. Our charter is to encourage innovation by:
- Utilizing existing and creating new industry use cases and test beds for real-world applications;
- Delivering best practices, reference architectures, case studies, and standards requirements to ease deployment of connected technologies;
- Influencing the global standards development process for internet and industrial systems;
- Facilitating open forums to share and exchange real-world ideas, practices, lessons, and insights;
- Building confidence around new and innovative approaches to security.
Question: Test beds are a major focus and activity of the Industrial Internet Consortium and its members. Is Intel working with other members in the creation of test beds for the Industrial Internet?
Answer: Intel is working with other members of IIC to create test beds for the Industrial Internet. We’ve expanded our working relationship with several IIC members to seamlessly connect the growing number of machines, systems and edge devices to the Industrial Internet, regardless of the manufacturer. In this context, test beds that validate and ensure interoperability are critical because successful ones will yield accelerated IoT deployments and quicker time-to-market.
Question: We are evangelizing that the Industrial Internet will have a huge impact in nearly every industry. In which industries is Intel focusing in IoT?
Answer: Intel works across an array of industry verticals–from retail and transportation, to smart homes and manufacturing, and beyond. When you visit Intel’s IoT website, you can view the broad range of industry verticals that we serve here.
Question: In 2015 Intel® is hosting 20 IoT Roadshow events for developer communities in cities across the US, Europe, South American and Asia. What are your expectations of these events? Will these events help Intel to innovate more quickly in IoT?
Answer: Intel®’s IoT roadshow event series is a fantastic opportunity for the global IoT community. Whether you’re a maker, an IoT startup, a developer, a student or a hardware novice, Intel wants you to join us, so you can receive a complimentary IoT developer kit, so you can begin to build something awesome.
In addition to providing dev kits, we will offer giveaways and prizes for the best IoT solutions. We believe that these events will allow the global IoT community to take advantage of Intel’s products and solutions to foster greater IoT innovation.
Question: What role could an international event such as the IoT Solutions World Congress might have in an emerging field such as the Industrial Internet?
Answer: First, the opportunity to bring together the world’s leading IoT professionals and organizations in one setting and community is invaluable. We are delighted that this forum has been created by the IoT Solutions World Congress.
Second, we believe that this event will be the launch pad for sharing best practices and insights, so test beds for real-world applications can be executed and global IoT standards can be enhanced.
Final Question: Can you share some success stories of how these new IoT solutions have impacted the industries?
Answer: Intel has an array of success stories available on our IoT website. Examples of our innovation through Intel IoT products and technologies include:
- Intel and Vnomics worked together to provide an IoT solution for Saia LTL Freight‘s 3,000 truck fleet, which led to a six percent increase in fuel efficiency and $15 million savings due to preventive maintenance and other data driven initiatives..Intel has collaborated with Jaguar Land Rover since 2013 in a research facility focused on automotive innovation, which has resulted in a new infotainment system for the Jaguar XF that features full connectivity and sensor integration.
- SteadyServ used Intel IoT Gateways to transform the beer distribution industry, offering bars and restaurants insight into their market’s beer consumption data by monitoring kegs.
- Intel and Rudin Management developed a building management platform that uses an IoT Gateway and sensors to enable improved decision making and cost savings while improving the tenant experience.
- ABBACO implemented an end-to-end IoT solution to increase crop yields in Malaysian rice paddies using Intel® Atom™ processors and gateways. The solution manages water supply and irrigation systems which has delivered a 10 percent savings in water and an increase in rice production.