LAFAYETTE, Ind. WLFI) — A newly formed group of 10 counties has come together to become a national hub of agricultural and manufacturing innovation.
The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network received a $38.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to help advance the Internet of Things.
That's an interconnected network of sensors in agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
This network is already being implemented.
The data collected is being used to make better farming and manufacturing decisions.
Purdue and Ivy Tech are at the forefront of research in this revolution.
"What this grant will hopefully allow us to do is to become a national or even a world epicenter of these technologies and attract businesses or help the businesses that are here now to become leaders in using it — and get an edge on the competition," Purdue President Mitch Daniels said.
The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network hopes this grant will help spur even more economic prosperity in Indiana.