IIC’s foundational document for Artificial Intelligence—The Industrial IoT Artificial Intelligence Framework


In Episode S4E5, our topic is the IIC’s foundational document for Artificial Intelligence—The Industrial IoT Artificial Intelligence Framework (IIAIF)

We are fortunate to have as our guests two individuals who are distinguished by their work with the Industry IoT Consortium (IIC).

Bassam Zarkout—Executive Vice President IGnPower Inc. and the Chief Editor of the Industrial IoT Artificial Intelligence Framework (IIAIF).

Wael Diab—Chair IIC Industrial AI Task Group and Secretary IIC Steering Committee.

About the IIC

Since its founding in 2014, the IIC has helped build a technical foundation for the Industrial IoT. They work to help organizations take advantage of IoT technology and achieve positive outcomes. They are focused on driving technology innovation that fosters business transformation. Their services are targeted toward helping members drive business value in the core verticals of IT, Networks, Academia & Research, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, and Healthcare. They provide best-practice frameworks and liaisons with Standards Development Organizations.

Topics we cover:

  • The purpose of the Industrial IoT Artificial Intelligence Framework
  • Examples of some applications for AI in IIoT
  • The value proposition AI can enable in next-generation industrial IoT (IIoT) systems
  • Perceptions regarding ethics, confidence, trustworthiness of AI

About our guests:


Bassam Zarkout is the Chair of the Digital Transformation working group at the Industry IoT Consortium. He is an Ottawa-based technology executive with 30+ years of experience in technology organizations in Canada, the US, and Europe, including 8 years in executive C-positions, mainly as CTO. Bassam is the founder of IGnPower, an IIoT and AI strategy consulting practice. He has authored and contributed to multiple peer-reviewed papers and frameworks covering Digital Transformation, Industrial AI, Trustworthiness, Data Protection, and IoT Security. He is also a veteran of the Information Assets Governance space, including Electronic Records Management, RegTech, Content Management, and Electronic Discovery, and has led research with US DoD in the area of assisted security and privacy classifications of content.


Wael Diab is a business and technology strategist with over 885 patents to his name in the fields of networking and ICT. Wael has BS and MS degrees in EE and BA in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA with honors from Wharton. He is a published author, having authored the book Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone. In 2011, Wael was recognized by the David Packard Medal of Achievement and Innovator Award for his leadership in Green Technology. He has been active in standardization and related activities for two decades. He chairs ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42, the international standardization committee on artificial intelligence (AI). Wael is also chairing the AI track of the 22nd Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-22).


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