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NI opens lab to foster IIoT majors cooperation

William Payne
January 12, 2017
Test, measurement and embedded systems provider National Instruments has opened an industrial IoT laboratory in Austin, Texas. The lab is designed to foster cooperation between major technology companies in the industrial internet area, including Intel, Cisco, HPE, PTC and Xilinx.

The NI Industrial IoT Lab will focus on intelligent systems that connect operational technology, information technology and the companies working on these systems. 

The lab’s operational focus includes areas such as microgrid control and communication, advanced control for manufacturing, and asset monitoring for heavy equipment.

The NI Industrial IoT Lab will also aim to foster collaboration between different companies to improve interoperability. In this space, companies with expertise in communications protocols, controller hardware, I/O components, processing elements and software platforms come together to validate end-to-end solutions that can dramatically change the way businesses operate. 

Companies sponsoring the NI Industrial IoT Lab include: Analog Devices Inc, Avnu Alliance, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Industrial Internet Consortium, Intel, Kalypso, OPC Foundation, OSIsoft, PTC, Real-Time Innovations, SparkCognition, Semikron, Viewpoint Systems and Xilinx.

“We are excited to strengthen partnerships with other world-class technology companies. A working showcase for new technologies can help all companies involved drive breakthrough innovations for utility grids, manufacturing, asset health monitoring and several other industries,” said Jamie Smith, business and technology director at NI.

The lab is a working showcase for Industrial IoT technologies, solutions and systems architectures. Through demonstrators and test beds, participating companies can promote innovative solutions and drive discussions with the domain experts that see the real-world challenges.