ODVA has formed an Ad Hoc Committee to analyze the technical requirements for use cases in IIOT and real-time automation application and assess the value proposition for use of the device profiles and services of the Common Industrial Protocol with OPC UA. These topics are not new to ODVA which has long believed in value of converged IT/OT systems and already has work-in process related to Time Sensitive Networking, cloud interface requirements for automation systems, and data models for machine-to-machine communication using OPC UA. ODVA expects to conclude its investigation in the third quarter of 2018, at which time a decision will be made regarding the formation of permanent working groups to carry forward the work into ODVA specifications and potential for complementary inter-consortia collaborations.