Austin based National Instruments showcased their Silverlight based programming tools this morning. The tooling enables the construction of remote display panels that consume data from a web services enabled instrument. Which in simple terms could be an instrument monitoring a wind turbine, a wireless router at home, or a meter that monitors the oil flow in a pipeline.

Here is a blog by Kamran Shah of the NI LabVIEW R&D team on the above subject:

The following is the example (reproduced from Kamran’s post)  of a remote instrumentation panel monitoring the wind turbines:

Screenshot of Web LabVIEW UI Builder from NI-Week 2009 Keynote

The related Silverlight case study was recently published on at

The above is a fine example of Silverlight usage in engineering applications.

- Hanu