SparkCognition Joins NI Alliance Partner Network to Deliver Next Generation Cognitive Prognostics for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)

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SparkCognition Inc., the world’s first cognitive safety & security analytics company, announces their membership in the NI Alliance Partner Network.

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SparkCognition Inc., the world’s first cognitive safety & security analytics company announces their membership in the NI Alliance Partner Network.

SparkCognition is an Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) focused company, which is part of the IBM Watson ecosystem, and the first security company to successfully implement Watson. By integrating Watson's natural language processing capabilities, SparkPredict can augment its understanding of impending problems with context-sensitive remediation advice from Watson. The confluence of SparkCognition’s algorithms, NI’s sensor data and IBM Watson’s natural language processing prowess allow customers to:

1)    Manage large number of assets without needing to build manual prognostic models
2)    Automatically adapt models under operating conditions, load patterns and maintenance program characteristics, so that each asset is being monitored as effectively as possible
3)    Optimize fleet-wide deployments in arenas such as Wind Energy; instead of being limited to a single asset, SparkPredict models can span multiple assets for global optimization
4)    Support human operators via Watson-delivered domain expertise, in the right context, at the right time

“Industrial organizations have a growing need to maintain equipment reliability and implement distributed monitoring systems capable of integrating data from a wide variety of sources back into the enterprise. NI’s leadership in distributed monitoring systems coupled with SparkCognition SparkPredict machine prognostics algorithms will provide real-time status of equipment, subsystems, and actionable data to help operations and maintenance personnel predict failures before they occur and maintain the uptime of equipment," said Stuart Gillen, NI condition monitoring business team leader.

SparkCognition’s patent-pending cognitive algorithms can ingest data captured via NI products and automatically build models for monitored assets with significantly reduced human involvement. Unlike threshold, or simple pattern recognition based approaches, SparkCognition’s SparkPredict product allows broad model building that can encompass a large number of disparate sensor types, considerable spans of time and incorporate inputs from ancillary sensors and equipment. The SparkPredict platform uses all this knowledge to identify anomalies automatically under both supervised and unsupervised operation. Additionally, it can categorize operating conditions, predict future failures and support forensic analysis, while continuing to learn and improve accuracy as more sensor data is captured.

“Over the last year, we’ve closely worked with NI to ensure that the data acquisition they enable is put to the best use possible, delivering the maximum value to customers. We’re entering an exciting new age of intelligent software that can learn from near real-time sensor data to drive safety and efficiency to unparalleled levels. This is a huge step in making the promise of this new technological age, a business reality”, said Amir Husain, Founder and CEO of SparkCognition.

SparkCognition’s SparkPredict Industrial IoT application is currently deployed with numerous Fortune 500 customers in the energy, manufacturing and transportation verticals. The company has announced that SparkPredict has been enhanced to support the NI Technical Data Management Streaming (TDMS) format, and work with NI InsightCM™ software and the NI CompactRIO platform. For more information, visit, contact us at, or view our new Alliance Partner profile on

About SparkCognition

SparkCognition, Inc. is the world's first Cognitive Safety & Security Analytics company. Its groundbreaking MindFabric platform and Cognitive Fingerprinting technology model physical and virtual assets, continuously learn from data, and derive intelligent insights to secure and protect assets round the clock. SparkCognition is based in Austin, Texas and is backed by top-tier investors, including Michael Dell’s private investment firm, MSD Capital, L.P., California-based venture firm, The Entrepreneurs’ Fund (TEF) and Alameda Ventures. For more information on the company, its technology and team, please visit

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About NI Alliance Partner Network

The Alliance Partner Network is a program of more than 900 independent, third-party companies worldwide that provide engineers with complete solutions and high-quality products based on graphical system design. Since the program’s inception in the early ‘90s, NI Alliance Partners have evolved into a global network of companies that offer system integration services, add-on products to NI software and hardware and turnkey solutions for companies spanning multiple industry and application areas. From products and systems to integration, consulting, and training services, NI Alliance Partners are uniquely equipped and skilled to help solve some of the toughest engineering challenges. Learn more about the Alliance Partner Network at

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