ThingWorx Joins Carnegie Mellon and IBM in Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Project

  • Posted on: 23 February 2012
  • By: chw staff

ThingWorx, the provider of the first application platform for the connected world is partnering with Carnegie Mellon’s Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII). The ThingWorx platform will be used to gather and manage real-time information communicated by sensors and other connected devices tied to physical infrastructure. ThingWorx joins IBM and a host of innovative companies that are providing a range of technologies and tools to regional universities and institutions in an effort to blend traditional physical-infrastructure, such as transportation systems and buildings, with cyber-infrastructure- computers, networks, and sensors.

PSII will integrate the ThingWorx connected application platform in a lab environment together with the organizations’ other technologies, tools, and engineering expertise. The addition of ThingWorx will enable PSII to rapidly develop, deploy, and optimize applications for managing smart infrastructure. The ThingWorx team, led by Rick Bullotta, CTO and Co-founder of ThingWorx, will work in the lab with the PSII team to implement and scale the platform as the project moves forward.

The goal of the PSII project is to stake Pennsylvania’s claim as a leader in smart infrastructure by building more efficient and environmentally sound systems for managing traffic, electric grids, and the distribution of food. These innovations will spur the Pennsylvania economy forward, both through job creation and by driving Pennsylvania companies to innovate and be competitors in the global market. PSII will also help prepare the next generation of employees for the coming smart infrastructure with skills they’ll need to fill these new jobs. This initiative will ultimately establish Pennsylvania as an economic leader as the world grows more connected through the Internet of Things.

Sensor Andrew is an initiative to make Carnegie Mellon University the most connected campus in the world. The initiative will establish a sensor network that will enable the dense instrumentation of Carnegie Mellon’s entire campus to become a living laboratory for real-world infrastructure challenges. Wireless sensors will collect and transmit information from almost any object, and the ThingWorx platform will support critical decision making for infrastructure managers.