Recognizing that no one company can serve all the needs of the Industrial Internet of Things (IOT), National Instruments has created a consortium of test beds to validate end-to-end solutions. It has announced the opening of the new NI Industrial IoT Lab at its Austin headquarters in Texas.

The IoT Lab is a space where companies can work together on Industrial IoT technologies and solutions. The lab focuses on intelligent systems that connect operational technology, information technology, and the companies working on these systems. Designed with flexibility for the future, the lab's operational focus includes areas such as microgrid control and communication, advanced control for manufacturing, and asset monitoring for heavy equipment.

Jamie Smith, Director of Embedded Systems Product Management and Product Marketing, NI

'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.'

Jamie Smith
Director of Embedded Systems Product Management and Product Marketing,
NI

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