IoT Lab Sets Opening Date

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The lab is being launched in partnership with founding members ClearObject and Indiana University. The lab is being launched in partnership with founding members ClearObject and Indiana University.

The Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers will hold its grand opening March 21. The nearly 25,000 square-foot facility aims to give Internet of Things companies and innovators a space to collaborate. Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler says an announcement of the first wave of tenants will come later this month.

The lab is located in the city's state-certified tech park, which includes the Nickel Plate District - home of Launch Fishers - and North East Commerce Park. Ultimately, Wechlser says the lab could house hundreds of stakeholders as the industry ramps up over the coming years.

The lab is being launched in partnership with founding members ClearObject and Indiana University. Last year, ClearObject Chief Executive Officer John McDonald said IoT technology will change "the entire landscape" of industry in Indiana and around the world. He says, for example, autonomous vehicles will shape the future of industries ranging from mass transit and logistics to food and hospitality. He discussed the industry during "The New Crossroads" podcast, co-hosted by Ice Miller LLP.

Other organizations throughout the state have taken note of Indiana's potential in the emerging industry. Last month, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced a nearly $40 million grant to help fund the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network. The Northwest Central Indiana Community Partnership Inc. says the program will create a "global epicenter for agriculture and next-generation manufacturing" using Internet of Things technology. Partners on the effort include Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College and AgriNovus Indiana.

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