This 3-minute video from NI introduces the basic ideas behind embedded control and monitoring (ECM) with the NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware and software platform which includes the Academic RIO Device products.
Define the terms “embedded,” “control,” and “monitoring”
Industries and applications that require ECM
LabVIEW Graphical System Design for the RIO hardware platform
Benefits of NI Graphical System Design
For more information
NI LabVIEW for CompactRIO Developer's Guide (http://www.ni.com/compactriodevguide/)
From the webpage: 'The National Instruments CompactRIO Developers Guide provides an overview of recommended architectures and development practices when programming NI CompactRIO controllers. Intended as complementary material to standard LabVIEW Real-Time Module and LabVIEW FPGA Module training, this guide features documentation and examples as a framework for designing industrial control and monitoring applications.'