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NI opens Industrial IoT Lab in Austin

The lab will allow organisations to work together on intelligent systems that connect operational and informational technology

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The lab aims to be a working showcase for IIoT technologies
The lab aims to be a working showcase for IIoT technologies

Sponsors include Cisco, HPE, Intel, PTC and SparkCognition

One of its aims is to improve interoperability in the IIoT space

National Instruments has officially opened a new NI Industrial IoT Lab at its Austin headquarters.


The NI Industrial IoT Lab focuses 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 intention is for the lab to be a working showcase for Industrial IoT technologies, solutions and systems architectures. Through demonstrators, such as the on-site Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) testbeds, participating companies can promote innovative solutions and drive discussions with the domain experts that see the real-world challenges.


“We are excited to strengthen partnerships with other world-class technology companies,” said Jamie Smith, business and technology director at NI. “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.”


Additionally, the lab seeks 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 can come together to validate end-to-end solutions that can dramatically change the way businesses operate, NI claims.


Companies involved in sponsoring the NI Industrial IoT Lab include: Analog Devices; 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.



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