The engineering world is facing the Internet of Things challenge

National Instruments launches new industrial IoT kit

National Instruments announced a range of new products to handle analogue big data in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) at its annual NIWeek conference today in Austin, Texas.

The company quoted a survey that shows three-quarters of the world’s engineers will be affected by the Internet of Things in the next three years. These engineers, it says, will need to design systems to cope with huge amounts of data, process it and to put it to good use in the IoT, also known in manufacturing as Industry 4.0 or in academia as Cyberphysical systems.

National Instruments reckons that designers will have to embed more intelligence and processing at the point of acquisition to handle the exponential growth in data. It announced new 4- and 8- slot CompactDAQ controllers with Intel Atom quad-core 1.91 GHz E3845 processors. The new controllers can run either Windows Embedded 7 or NI Linux Real Time. They come with 32 GB of nonvolatile storage and SD storage. It also revealed a new CompactDAQ Chassis with 14-slot capacity and USB 3.0 streaming.

The company released today its new Wireless Test System for high volume testing in manufacturing of multi-standard devices that include cellular, wireless and navigation standards.

“Megatrends, such as the Internet of Things, will push more devices to include RF and sensor functionality, which has traditionally been expensive to test,” said Olga Shapiro, program manager for measurement and instrumentation at Frost & Sullivan.

"We tested multiple wireless technologies ranging from Bluetooth to WiFi to GPS and cellular all with the same equipment using the NI Wireless Test System,” said Markus Krauss, HARMAN/Becker Automotive Systems GmbH.

The company also announced today new embedded systems hardware based on the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture: the Compact Rio for integrators with rugged, industrial applications; Controller for FlexRio, for designers with high-performance embedded applications; and Single-Board Rio Controller for designers who need more flexibility in their embedded applications.

“As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to impact the way the world connects, communicates and optimizes smart systems, embedded engineers face growing and evolving networking, performance and security demands and increased pressure to get to market faster, all while reducing development costs,” said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems at NI. “NI’s LabVIEW RIO architecture delivers a complete platform so engineers can quickly design, prototype and deploy embedded systems for advanced monitoring and control applications in the IIoT.”

To tie all these hardware developments together, a new edition ofLabView designed for engineers “to write code faster and to write faster code”, according to Eric Starkloff, executive vice president.

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