EXTON, Pa.—February 23, 2012—ThingWorx™, the provider of the first application platform for the connected world, announced its partnership today 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.
“Our new partnership with PSII presents ThingWorx with new opportunities to pioneer technology that will drive smart infrastructure in the rapidly expanding connected world,” says Bullotta. “This further validates ThingWorx as an industry leader in application development for the connected world as the platform is adopted across several industries. ThingWorx technology will underpin PSII’s initiative to build and manage smart bridges, pipes, transit systems, and other physical infrastructure that will soon change the face of Pennsylvania and the world at large.”
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.
“PSII is excited to work with ThingWorx and their innovative platform for connecting people with the cyber-physical world,” says PSII Executive Director Matthew Sanfilippo. “ThingWorx’s expertise and solutions in this area are highly complementary to the work that Carnegie Mellon University has been doing with the Sensor Andrew project and beyond.”
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. To learn more about PSII and ThingWorx’s involvement in the project, visit the website: http://www.ices.cmu.edu/psii/home.asp.
ThingWorx™ is a privately held company that develops “The 1st Application Platform for the Connected World™.” ThingWorx combines the key functionality of Web 2.0, real-time data, mashups, search, social media and the semantic web, and applies it to any process that involves people, systems, devices and other real world “things.” ThingWorx is providing the disruptive change required to catalyze innovation and enable connected world applications, resulting in a step change in business performance in industrial markets such as manufacturing, utilities and energy, as well as in emerging “Internet of Things” applications, which include smart cities, smart grid, agriculture, transportation, and Machine-to-Machine (M2M). For more information, please visit our website at www.thingworx.com and our blog at www.thingworx.com/blog or follow us on Twitter @ThingWorx.