Industrial Ethernet

NIWeek 2015 focuses on role of wireless connectivity in the IIoT

Source: Control Design

By Katherine Bonfante, senior web editor, Control

Aug 13, 2015

This August, National Instruments hosted NIWeek in Austin, Texas, and welcomed more than 3,000 thought leaders. The conference focus was on innovation and productivity and many of the technical sessions featured expo-floor demonstrations around new developments with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

"We're just scratching the surface," said Greg Gorman, director, IoT solutions group, at IBM, which has earmarked $3 billion in IoT investments. Gorman was one of the keynote speakers at NIWeek and he talked about the benefits of cognitive computing.

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Other speakers included Dr. Andrea Goldsmith, professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, and she referenced the explosive growth of devices being connected wirelessly in industrial settings and the issues these present for industrial applications.

Mark Cudak, principal research specialist at Nokia and also lead a forum and mentioned predictions of 50 billion devices connected to the IoT by 2025. "How will the devices work with the network?" he asked. "We want lower latency and higher throughput. 5G will bring mission-critical data."

NI also unveiled LabView 2015 system design software, the new PXI-based wireless test system and other additions to its data acquisition and embedded systems hardware platforms at the event, as well.