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Fiatech & PCA Unify Interoperability Under the iRING Name

Fiatech & PCA Unify Interoperability Under the iRING Name
October 29, 2012 - Fiatech and the POSC Caesar Association (PCA) have endorsed unifying all industry-wide ISO 15926 interoperability initiatives under the name iRING. The iRING name represents the solution architecture and best practices for achieving global information interoperability based on the ISO 15926 reference data standard and includes: documentation, methodology, certification, services and technology solutions -both commercial and open source.
The ISO 15926 standard has evolved through the work of many collaborative efforts supported by Fiatech, PCA (POSC Caesar Association) and the industry at large. These projects have converged on a broad unified set of ISO 15926 (iRING) guidelines, specifications, solutions and services. Architecture will provide owners and operators, contractors and equipment suppliers the capability to exchange information between different applications and technologies without the need for costly, error-prone data interpretation and translation. Information can be shared accurately in the context of each phase of the life cycle – from planning, design, procurement, construction, and commissioning to operations, maintenance and eventual decommissioning.
“iRING provides the opportunity for huge value and benefits across the life cycle of capital projects. We encourage the industry to embrace the iRING Solution Architecture and to collaboratively engage to further the systems, tools and processes needed for global information interoperability” explains Ray Topping, Director of Fiatech. 
Key Industry Milestones are Accelerating iRING Adoption 
Industry interoperability initiatives and projects are accelerating the development and adoption of the iRING solution architecture. iRING implementation solutions are becoming available as a result of ongoing industry collaborations such as Proteus, dot15926 editor and iRINGTools. Software service providers today are advancing both commercial and open source technology solutions to support the wide-range of business demands. 
In Feb 2010, Fiatech and PCA agreed on a single “Joint Operational Reference Data” (JORD) project plan and have been working since then to create a stable, scalable and commercially-viable operation of the ISO 15926 reference data system and associated services. Phase 1 of the JORD project has recently been completed, key deliverables include: 
  • An internet end point to serve core library reference data and host sandboxes of reference data created by user businesses and development projects. 
  • Compliance guidelines to support interoperable uses from simple schema-based exchanges to full semantic-technology based integrations. 
  • The mapping methodology for compliant mapping of information interfaces using template signature patterns adopted by all companies deploying or planning to deploy iRING (ISO 15926).
“The strong industry support for JORD, both in the form of funding and in-kind contributions, is evidence of how far the industry has come. Completing Phase 1 is a significant step forward in realizing the benefit of interoperability of facility operations and projects”, said Nils Sandsmark, General Manager, POSC Caesar Association. 
What’s next? 
Continuation of the JORD project into Phase 2 is the cornerstone to industry-wide interoperability. Phase 2 will complete delivery of dependable ISO 15926 reference data services, including those for validating and certifying iRING compliant interfaces of competing products and services. Industry support continues to grow with funding and direction from many leading industry companies and organizations. 
The iRING solution architecture provides much-needed harmonization through the interoperability of shared reference data usage. We welcome the input, guidance, collaboration and engagement form industry stakeholders to advance, and eventually realize, global information interoperability. 
About Fiatech 
Fiatech - is an international community of passionate stakeholders working together to lead global development and adoption of innovative practices and technologies to realize the highest business value throughout the life cycle of capital assets. 
About PCA 
POSC Caesar Association (PCA) started as a Norwegian R&D project in 1993 to develop open standards for information integration and interoperability and became the international PCA members association in 1997. Having created ISO 15926, it continues to support its development and use, and currently operates the PCA Reference Data Service. 
iRINGToday is an online community site dedicated to keeping the capital facilities industry up-to-date and informed about the latest developments, news, and events surrounding iRING. Endorsed by Fiatech and PCA, the site provides thought leading content and best practice insights to support the adoption and use of iRING to improve industry-wide interoperability. 
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