ThingsSpot Industrial Internet Solution

ThingsSpot IIoT gateway/server and NI High-performance Industrial Controller IC-3173 with built-in FPGA and rich communication capabilities is an ideal hardware-software pair for providing solutions to big world of IIoT.

With the power of NI Industrial Controller onboard FPGA resource we are fully capable to solve image processing, motion control, video processing and other high-performance tasks. The combination of Core i7 dual-core CPU and FPGA enables high-speed, hardware-timed parallel processing of digital data, so information can be processed in real time.

The ThingsSpot solution consists of the following main three parts: ThingsSpot gateway, ThingsSpot server and LabVIEW ThingsSpot API.

The ThingsSpot gateway along with NI Industrial Controller can transfer real-time data to analytics clouds or even to ThingsSpot server, where the main control and monitoring operations will be performed. It provides a common interface for accessing information and interacts with any kind of sensors and devices. It performs the role of intermediary between industrial devices and enterprise applications such as ERP, CRM, Analytics, IoT cloud servers, etc. The gateway makes field data available to third-party applications through easy to use REST and MQTT APIs.

The ThingsSpot server has configurable intuitive dashboards, real-time and historical charts, data storing and analysis modules for wide range of areas, such as:

  • Industrial Automation
  • Building Automation
  • Smart City
  • Transportation
  • Oil and Gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Health and Medical
  • Agriculture
  • Condition Monitoring

The ThingsSpot along with LabVIEW ThingsSpot API toolkit can be used to build National Instruments’ hardware ecosystem for IIoT. The toolkit is designed for LabVIEW specialists to provide easy access to ThingsSpot gateway/server from NI’s controllers, such as CompactRIO, sbRIO, SOM, etc. It automatically provides controller’s identification information and tags to server.

Gateway Specifications
  • IoT (MQTT, CoAP) and Industrial (Modbus, BACnet, KNX, LonWorks, OPC UA) protocols support
  • Ability to add new protocols such as DALI, KNX, ZigBee, Z-Wave, LonTalk via addons
  • Secured HTTP and MQTT protocols with TLS 1.2
  • Cloud connectivity (IBM Bluemix, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, GE Predix, Amazon AWS)
  • Data Logging
  • LabVIEW ThingsSpot API
Server Specifications
  • IoT (MQTT, CoAP) and Industrial (Modbus, BACnet, KNX, LonWorks, OPC UA) protocols support
  • Various types of analysis modules such as machine vision, signal processing, etc.
  • Data logging
  • Cross platform Java-based server
  • Configurable dashboards for real-time control and monitoring
  • Real-time and historical charts
  • Web GUI with HTML5 and material design
  • 100% No-Coding
  • Multiuser access
  • Event and alarm notifications via email and SMS
  • Reporting to Excel and PDF files
  • Possibility to connect to external databases
  • LabVIEW ThingsSpot API
Building Automation
Smart Parking

Architecture example for building automation:

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