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IoT ONE Index: Testbeds under the IIC
Published on 02/07/2017 | IoT Index
National Instruments opens a lab and unites rivals
The NI Industrial IoT Lab opened on Wednesday and will house testbeds for applications like predictive maintenance, time-synchronized industrial networking and “microgrids” for renewable energy. It will also be a place where companies can show off joint solutions to customers.
One of the aims of the lab is to show enterprises that IoT works, said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems at National Instruments.
“One of the barriers we face today is [gaining] wide industry confidence that these distributed industrial internet of things solutions are ready,” Smith said.
The opening brought together Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, known more as archrivals than as partners, as well as Intel, PTC, Real-Time Innovations, Analog Devices and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). They’re all sponsoring the lab along with several other players.
Vendors will use the lab to showcase their products to customers but also will collaborate with others to make sure all technologies developed for industrial IoT can work together. Those include communications protocols, processing elements, software and more.
On Thursday and Friday this week, the lab will host a plugfest where vendors will connect their products using TSN (time-sensitive networking). TSN, based on IEEE standards, is designed for synchronizing the clocks in industrial equipment connected over Ethernet. It should allow enterprises to gradually replace specialized industrial networks with Ethernet, integrating IT with so-called OT (operational technology).
Wipro joins the IIC
Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC), the global, member-supported organization that promotes the accelerated growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This membership provides Wipro opportunities to engage and innovate with multi-partner testbeds and adopt best practices to drive digital transformation for customers.
Jayraj Nair, Vice President & Global Head - IoT, Wipro Limited said, "IoT is an ecosystem play. We strive to deliver genuine business value with robust and scalable industrial IoT solutions that are built in partnership with our ecosystem. IIC facilitates accelerated multi-partner IIoT solution development and enables us to collectively lead this transformation journey for our global clients.”
Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium said, "Wipro brings years of experience building distributed and IoT solutions for many industry players. We’re excited to be part of Wipro's focus on IoT and look forward to Wipro's participation in our testbed and architecture program."
Dr. Henning Banthien, Secretary General, Industry 4.0 said, “We have a robust partnership between Plattform Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet Consortium and look forward to Wipro’s participation in the IIC to enable interoperability between our RAMI4.0 and the IIC Reference architecture. This will accelerate the process of building global solutions for global companies."
You can read the full article on Wipro and the IIC here