iRING unifies interoperability initiatives

Today PCA and Fiatech announced that they are using “iRING” as the unifying brand name to represent all ISO 15926 related initiatives to address the interoperability issues facing capital facilities industry.  The press release can be viewed <here>.

Why consider a unifying brand name?

The topic of a brand name for ISO 15926 is not a new thing. As the standard evolved through the actions and work of many collaboration efforts and projects such as “IDS-ADI”, “Proteus”, “Camelot”, “Avalon” and “JORD”, the practice of casting brand names and logos for these endeavors have become common practice. This has resulted in a fragmented message and a negative effect on industry-wide adoption of the standard.

The industry and associated technology has reached a point of maturity that warrants a unifying brand name to represents industry-wide interoperability based on the ISO 15926 reference data standard.

A unified brand name provides the wider community a more complete and comprehensive story for interoperability services and solutions for all facets from the executive and business level to the technical and implementation level.

iRING, which was launched in early 2009, emerged as a leading candidate for a brand that is synonymous with ISO 15926 and embraces all legacy ISO 15926 efforts including XMplant, Proteus, Gelish and others.

What is the meaning behind the name iRING?

The “i” represents ISO 15296 and RING is the metaphor that represents a continuous flow of information in a peer-to-peer networking architecture over the Internet.

The iRING brand name represents the global information interoperability solution architecture based on the ISO 15926 reference data standard and includes:  documentation, methodology, certification, services and technology solutions (both commercial and open source).

iRING enables high fidelity information interoperability for capital facilities projects and operations lifecycles, and is implementation technology-neutral and covers the full range of compliant uses of ISO 15926 from exchange though integration to the most sophisticated semantic-web applications.

iRING represents ISO15926 deployment best-practice, developed by an industry-wide community of experts who are collaborating members of Fiatech, POSC Caesar Association (PCA),ISO, and USPI. It is emerging as the leading interoperability and integration solution for global corporations starting on the oil, gas and chemical industry and spreading into nuclear, mining and metals and beyond.

Using iRING, owner/operators, EPCs (engineering, procurement and construction) contractors and equipment suppliers can exchange information between heterogeneous applications without the need for costly, error-prone data interpretation and translation. Information can be shared accurately in the context of each phase of the lifecycle – from design, construction, handover, and commissioning to operations, maintenance and eventual decommissioning.

How should the name be used?

Not unlike BIM, iRING can and should be used freely when referring to ISO15926-based interoperability. The iRING logo is available for download from the iRINGToday media kit and can be used by without restriction.

What about certification?

To ensure high fidelity interoperability, the industry must put in place an iRING certification program. This is a key deliverable of the JORD project.  Levels of certification will be developed as part of phase 2, and a badge/logo will be designed and licensed to identify products and services that are certified to interoperate.  The badge/logo will be a derivative of the iRING logo and owned by the certifying entity.

What should the Capital Facilities community-0f-interest do?

The industry should embrace iRING as the unified name for industry-wide interoperability based on the ISO 15926 reference data standard. Using a unified name establishes a one-stop shop for any company wanting to derive benefit from the use of ISO 15926. Industry participants should freely use the name and logo, not unlike the way BIM is used today, to promote its use.

Comments and questions are welcomed.

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