National Instruments Academy & Innovation Nucleus

National Instruments (NI) announced the establishment of the National Instruments Academy & Innovation Nucleus (NI-AIN), in collaboration with Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM) and SME Corp. Malaysia The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) witnessed by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili today in Putrajaya.

The NI-AIN innovation nucleus, which was conceived during the PEMANDU E&E 2.0 Lab in April this year, is one of the Entry Point Projects (EPP) under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) which is geared towards enabling and supporting the building of a “Test and Measurement Innovation Hub” in the industrial corridors of Malaysia.

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili at the MOU signing

As a shared laboratory infrastructure powered by NI technology platforms and tools, NI-AIN aims to lower entry barriers and enable access to facilities for SMEs to nurture innovation, develop the talent pool, build capabilities and capacities and promote intellectual property creation amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. The shared laboratory will be hosted at Technology Park of Malaysia and is expected to be fully operational by Q1 2013.

NI-AIN will house eight unique technology laboratories that are fully equipped with the latest NI hardware and software in automated test, control and measurement. These labs will be used for training and certification, human capital development (HCD) in Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) and enabling local SMEs to innovate in vertical industry applications such as control & instrumentation, radio frequency & wireless applications, green technology, energy, transportation, oil & gas and agro-science.