Tech Wins: VR credentialing | Industrial IoT Company of the Year

PITTSBURGH, PA—In the field of robotics, there are very few credentials people can earn. The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM) is launching a prototype of virtual reality credential assessments for robotics manufacturing. This new initiative will offer incumbent manufacturing workers the chance to formally certify their on-the-job experience via VR and add new skills to their resume.

COLUMBUS, OH—Fintech startup Lower AI had an incredible 2021. The company, which uses AI to help loan originators help mortgage applicants find the best loans, raised a Series A round of $100 million and added nearly 1,000 employees. The funding round was a record for the state of Ohio.

ST. LOUIS, MO—Global technology and engineering company Emerson has been named the “Industrial IoT Company of the Year” by market intelligence platform IoT Breakthrough. The honor recognizes Emerson’s technology and software innovation that is helping customers in essential industries realize safer, more efficient, and sustainable operations.