New eIeI/O Software Suite Introduces eFarming
AUSTIN, Texas -- April 1, 2002 -- National Instruments announced today a new software suite that simplifies the PC-based automation and control of farms via the Internet. The National Instruments eIeI/O suite is comprised of an electronic Input (eI) module and an electronic Input/Output (eI/O) module, which are compatible with the company's analog input and multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) boards, respectively. The products are compatible with industry-standard software vendors as Microsoft and Apple; and with hardware from leading vendors such as John Deere and Caterpillar.
"Anyone who has been on a farm or ranch realizes the opportunities that the eIeI/O suite presents," said Jack Barber, eIeI/O Product Manager. "There's always some sort of viscous, quasi-solid animal byproduct flowing one way or another. To use the Internet and DAQ to measure that flow, or possibly channel it; to have the capability to open an overflow valve, or automate when wash-down systems are engaged -- this is a tremendous advance in eFarming technology."
Texas Beta Site Realizes eFarming Benefits
"One of our beta users, Olga MacDonald, has a farm," said Barber. "She uses eIeI/O."
Touring the farm with Barber, MacDonald quickly agreed.
"On my farm, I have some DAQ," MacDonald said. "It's eIeI/O."
"There's some DAQ, Jack, here," MacDonald pointed out, "and some DAQ, Jack, there."
Barber was incredulous.
"Here's some DAQ and there's some DAQ?" he asked.
"Everywhere there's DAQ, Jack," she answered.
"Olga MacDonald, you have a farm," Barber replied, "that's using eIeI/O -- quite successfully!"
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