New specification will be created for the optimization and simplification of high performance, secure communications between devices, industrial control systems and the cloud


Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA — April 25, 2016 — In its media briefing today held at the Hannover Messe, ODVA announced a significant new area of technical work to develop standards for the gateway and interface technology needed to transport data between the cloud and CIP™-enabled industrial control systems (ICS) populated with EtherNet/IP™ and DeviceNet™ devices. Ultimately, this work will result in The Common Industrial Cloud Interface Specification, a major new addition to ODVA’s technology portfolio. 

ODVA’s scope of work for developing the Common Industrial Cloud Interface™ will encompass two elements in the ecosystem for the industrial cloud: a cloud gateway appliance (Gateway) and an application program interface (API) for the transport of data from the Gateway to the cloud and from the cloud back to the ICS and its devices. Based on open and interoperable standards supported by multiple vendors, ODVA’s new Common Industrial Cloud Interface will accelerate an architectural transformation inclusive of cloud computing to support device management, process analytics, notifications, remote access, virtualization, visualization and, in the future, control.  

Integration of the Common Industrial Cloud Interface into ODVA’s portfolio of information and communication technologies is one element in ODVA’s Optimization 4.0 initiative, the umbrella under which ODVA aggregates its vision of the industrial Internet of Things as it relates to the realization of the fourth industrial revolution. To this end, the Common Industrial Cloud Interface will enable an enterprise architecture inclusive of cloud computing resources, based on industry standards, and will optimize high performance, secure communications between devices, an ICS and the cloud, as well as simplify common tasks that must be performed by the Gateway. ODVA’s view of its cloud ecosystem is agnostic with respect to the deployment of cloud computing resources in off-premise, on premise, public, private and/or hybrid models. Furthermore, ODVA‘s scope of work for its Common Industrial Cloud Interface excludes services and applications within the cloud itself.  

“ODVA’s proven standards development process, as demonstrated by the success of its standards for the EtherNet/IP™ technology, has established ODVA as one of the world’s leading open, vendor-independent, standard development organizations for information and communication technologies that is driving the industrial Internet of Things,” said Katherine Voss, ODVA president and executive director. “The addition of the Common Industrial Cloud Interface as a new ODVA technology paves the way for vendors of cloud-centric technologies to join with ODVA’s established community of device vendors to collaborate in defining the Common Industrial Cloud Interface to accelerate the realization of the fourth industrial revolution through standards and vendor adoption.”  

“The cloud is a critically important technology to manufacturers, since it provides a common, economical, globally accessible repository for plant data, drawings, layouts, equipment, and infrastructure information,” according to Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group. “However, what has impeded its growth with some manufacturers is questions regarding security and reliability of the communication interfaces between the cloud and the automation infrastructure, and a lack of standards and guidelines focused on these critical issues. ARC feels that ODVA’s Common Industrial Cloud Interface will address these security and communications issues head-on, and will provide manufacturers who have been reluctant to leverage the benefits of the cloud with the confidence to advance in that direction.  Manufacturers will be able to advance knowing that the issues regarding security and reliable operation in a 24/7/365 environment that cannot tolerate unscheduled downtime or data communication failures have been addressed in specifications developed by a uniquely qualified organization.”  

In 2015, ODVA announced that it published specification enhancements for CIP Security™, a collection of services for cybersecurity within its Common Industrial Protocol, and also that it initiated new technical work to enhance The EtherNet/IP Specification with certain emerging standards for Time Sensitive Networking. ODVA’s technical work to define the its Common Industrial Cloud Interface technology will commence in mid-2016 starting with the formation of the Special Interest Group for the Common Industrial Cloud Interface. When released, The Common Industrial Cloud Interface Specification will be among six specifications published by ODVA, including the specifications for the EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet™, CompoNet™, ControlNet™ and CIP Safety™ technologies.  

About ODVA
Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members comprise the world’s leading automation companies. ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP” – and the network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet – as its core technology and the primary common interest of its membership. ODVA’s vision is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the global community by transforming the model for information and communication technology in the industrial ecosystem. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IP – the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network.  For more information about ODVA, visit

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