National Instruments opens new Industrial IoT lab in Texas

National Instruments opens new Industrial IoT lab in Texas
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Automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software producer National Instruments (NI) has announced the opening of new NI Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Lab at its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

The lab focuses on developing intelligent systems that connect information technology, operational technology and the companies using the systems. Its operational focus is on areas, including advanced control for manufacturing, microgrid control and communication, and asset monitoring for heavy equipment.

NI also promotes collaboration between different companies to enhance interoperability. 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. Cisco, Hewlett Packard and Intel are among the sponsors of the lab.

NI’s Business and Technology Director Jamie Smith said: “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.”

The lab is formed to develop innovations in the field of Industrial IoT technologies, solutions and systems architectures. Partner companies can develop innovative solutions and promote discussions with the domain experts by using demonstrators such as the on-site Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) testbeds.

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