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:

http://kamrans.wordpress.com/2009/08/05/preview-of-the-web-labview-ui-builder/

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 Microsoft.com at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000004889

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

- Hanu