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How to simplify your vision system design and choose the right products for your applications.

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Kyle Voosen, Ali Bravo, and I recently represented NI at the Q1 2017 Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) meeting in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, DC. NI is a member of the IIC, which hosts this meeting for industry leaders from around the globe to accelerate the development and adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

 

Addressing Hotspots

As the IIoT matures, the areas of focus for the IIC have become clearer. The meeting introduced the concept of “hotspots” that exist at the intersection of IIoT use cases and IIoT vertical industries, where IIoT interoperability is especially challenging or undefined.

 

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To help address these “hotspots,” the IIC focused on testbeds that prove out ways to overcome challenges and realize the benefits of the IIoT sooner. The IIC plays a strong role in shepherding the development of testbeds that demonstrate the usefulness and viability of IIoT technologies, applications, and processes. This meeting provided testbed leaders the opportunity to update the membership on their progress.

 

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IIC member companies are actively developing 21 testbeds that range from Condition Monitoring & Predictive Maintenance to Communication and Control for Microgrid Applications. They’re even developing the Smart Airline Baggage Management Testbed, which I wish would hurry up! Though testbeds are diverse, Mitch Tseng from Huawei reminded the crowd that, “From 36,000 feet, every testbed looks the same,” which means they all adhere to the three-tier IIoT model described in the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture. This model consists of the Edge Tier, Platform Tier, and Enterprise Tier. The Edge Tier often lists CompactRIO as the edge node of choice when testbeds require advanced measurements or computational power at the edge.

 

Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Wins the Testbed Showcase

 

The meeting featured the first-ever Testbed Showcase that educated attending members on the strategic value provided by eight key testbeds, half of which involve NI. I presented an overview of the Time Sensitive Networks for Flexible Manufacturing Testbed. I began by reminding the audience that for the IIoT to be successful, a network is essential, data communication is vital, and siloed, proprietary systems are bad.

 

TSN is the evolution of standard Ethernet (IEEE 802.1) to provide deterministic data transfer and edge node synchronization down to 100 ns. By using standard Ethernet components, the cost to achieve TSN levels of determinism and synchronization for the IIoT will be much lower than using specific cabling or boutique Ethernet variants.

 

Nineteen companies, including NI, Cisco, Intel, and Bosch, are working together on the TSN Testbed to ensure network performance and interoperability among vendors. This level of activity helps explain why the TSN Testbed was voted the Most Valuable Testbed by IIC meeting attendees at the Testbed Showcase! Votes were based on criteria like vision, goals, impact, and benefit, along with innovation and experimentation, and outputs and results.

 

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The meeting wasn’t all about testbeds, though. We’ll continue to play an active role in developing testbeds for the IIoT, but there are many projects and “tasks forces” in flight. Look for other updates from the quarterly meeting soon!

 

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An inside look at working on the largest-of-its-kind wireless testbed designed for DARPA and military applications

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We showed off the world’s first real-time over-the-air prototype at 28 GHz for Verizon 5G

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Embedded World is one of the world’s largest gatherings for embedded technology, bringing more than 30K people to Nuremberg, Germany from across the globe to experience the latest tech impacting the embedded industry. Here's a summary of what happened at the event, though our NI lens.

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The conference kicks off May 22 in Austin, TX

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So why is time-sensitive networking so important for embedded this year? We address this directly in our TSN keynote at NIWeek 2016 last fall. Here’s an updated transcript of that keynote, featuring our own Jamie Smith and Todd Walter, Intel’s Kevin Stanton, and Cisco’s Paul Didier. You can also watch the keynote above.

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The internet of things (IoT) continues to capture headlines around the globe, as technology companies everywhere begin to leverage the opportunities and competitive advantages connected devices bring to business. 2017 will be a big year for embedded monitoring based on the industrial internet of things (IIoT): millions of connected monitoring devices providing big data about machine/grid performance. Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg will give us a great look at how companies are leveraging the IIoT, and how the industry is adapting.

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We're collaborating with UT Austin to supply real-time test technology for the autonomous driving research and prototyping testbed
 
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Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile technology industry, bringing more than 100K people to Barcelona from across the globe to experience the latest tech impacting the mobile industry. Here's a summary of what happened at the event, through the lens of 5G.

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Introducing: the NI-RFmx 2.2, our latest release in advanced measurement software for PXI RF test systems, announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this morning. The NI-RFmx 2.2 reduces measurement time by up to 33%.

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Today’s 4G LTE wireless networks can’t handle the data demands of our rapidly approaching, hyperconnected future. The demand for anywhere, anytime access is moving beyond the domain of smartphones, homes, offices, planes, trains, automobiles, and industrial equipment.

 

This is where 5G comes in: in order to meet bandwidth and latency needs, all of these connections are going to require a new type of wireless signal, as well as a mindset shift among wireless researchers who design, prototype and the test engineers who test these new networks, hand-set devices, and chip-set manufacturers.

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5G continues to capture headlines around the globe, as wireless companies everywhere take on the challenge of building a 5G wireless network. 2017 will be a pivotal year for 5G, and Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona will give us a great look at how companies are working towards 5G, and how the industry is beginning to adapt.

 

Here's what you should watch for at the event.

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As we gear up for the 2017 competition, take a walk down memory lane and see what the 2016 Student Design Competition finalists created!

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