Transforming healthcare through technology is no longer the Sisyphean task it once was. Technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all helping to drive change, prevent illnesses, and even reshape healthcare IT.
1. Internet of Things
One executive in the mobility industry recently told me that healthcare is a ‘very careful’ market, which traditionally looks at industries such as defence and avionics and follows suit. Yet progress is being made. For the IoT, there are two benefits: assisting diagnosis and making sure treatment is working. With the latter, for example, sensors are now being piloted in intensive care units. In the former, telephone microphones are now being used to develop algorithms which can assess the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
2. Artificial Intelligence
AI is a little behind this, but its scope is potentially more wide-ranging. The key here is in terms of the volume of work; and the fact intelligent health assistants get smarter the more work they do. Millions of samples can be analysed in quick time and patterns gleaned from them. Take CATI as a recent example. The system, short for ‘cognitive automation of time lapse images’, can, alongside aneuploidy screening (PGS), improve embryo selection for pregnancy by preventing the misdiagnosis of mosaic embryos.
While these are all fascinating and potentially transformative use cases, they may not stop healthcare from being a risk-averse industry simply due to the sensitivity of the data involved. Blockchain, however, could. By using a secure, distributed ledger, the potential is there to secure patient data in an unprecedented way. There are other benefits too; as one industry executive told me, it will help organisations be more efficient with healthcare budgets, allowing a ‘greater focus on illness prevention rather than cure.’
The combination of blockchain, AI and IoT could therefore be an irresistible one. Patient data secured on the blockchain; AI-enabled assistants and automated health checks cutting time and costs; and millions of ‘things’ connecting the dots and finding better, clearer diagnoses. This is the future of healthcare – and it cannot come soon enough.
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To find out more about the potential of IoT, blockchain and AI, attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo and AI Expo Global 2018 taking place in London’s Olympia on 18-19 April 2018. You can find out more and register for a free pass here. The event will host 12,000 attendees, a free exhibition of 300+ companies, 500+ speakers across 15 conference tracks. The co-located event series will also host events in Amsterdam and Silicon Valley in 2018.
IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo & AI Expo World Series 2018 Global: 18-19 April 2018, Olympia, London Europe: 1-2 October 2018, RAI, Amsterdam North America: 28-29 November 2018, Santa Clara, Silicon Valley
The North America 2017 event welcomes 10,500+ attendees to Silicon Valley!
Firstly, we’d like to thank all those who attended the IoT Tech Expo North America 2017 which returned to the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA for the final leg of the 2017 world series with an extended agenda, larger expo, brand new topics and two co-located events covering Blockchain and AI. The event attracted an audience of 10,500+ attendees with delegates from across North America and beyond to discuss the potential of IoT, Blockchain and AI across a number of industries, with top-level speakers sharing their expertise and experiences on the subject. We hope you found the event beneficial and made some new connections.
We would also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for their involvement in the event and for making it a fascinating and diverse two days.
The two-day event hosted 15 conference tracks, an exhibition, AI start-up incubator, IoT meetup and an evening of networking. On the first day speakers including NASA, Halliburton, Boeing, Bluetooth, Cisco, State of Nevada, Ford, Schneider Electric and many more took to the stage to explore IIoT, manufacturing, connectivity, smart factories, data privacy, interoperability, security, and more.
Day 2 welcomed the new conference tracks ‘Smart Transportation & Cities’ and ‘IoT in Enterprise’ with speakers from Thyssenkrupp, Shell, Federal Trade Commission, Visa, State of Utah, Toyota, Aviva, Compare, Seattle Reign FC and more sharing their knowledge and experiences across a range of industries and verticals.
Here are a few pictures of the show and you can share yours with us using @IoTTechExpo
If you missed the event, you can catch up on all the sessions by purchasing a Sessions Material Pass which allows you to download all the presentations and recordings from over the two days. These will be available before December 7th and paid pass holders will be emailed their log-in details.
The North America IoT event will arrive in the Bay Area next week for the final leg of the 2017 World Series. The world’s largest IoT event will host over 9,000 attendees in the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA where it will be co-located with the Blockchain Expo and AI Expo. The 3 events will feature 500+ industry leading speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge on the latest technology trends and the future of these sectors, in addition to a free exhibition where you can see the latest innovations in action from over 300 companies, ranging from exciting start-ups to tech giants.
Taking place on the November 29-30, the IoT Tech Expo North America will explore the entire IoT ecosystem, and with so many unmissable sessions to cover, here’s a hand-picked selection of highlights from each conference track:
Opening the Connected Industry track, Lionel Chocron, Vice President Industry and IoT Solutions at Oracle will be asking; To what extent do you need to redesign organisations, partnerships & operations to realise the value of Industry 4.0? Chocron will be discussing how Oracle are identifying and working with new ecosystem partners and how to support your products and processes through the entire product life cycle. There will be further discussions around developing your own proprietary platforms vs working with external vendors. November 29 – 9:20am.
Senator Ben Kieckhefer will join the Data & Security conference track to discuss data protection in the USA. Ben Kieckhefer is the Senator of the State of Nevada and will be presenting a case study specifically focusing on North America, and the regulations governing data protection within the IoT market, both existing and future. November 29 – 4:30pm.
Senior-level speakers from Wells Fargo, Visa, Geotab and Momenta Partners will be discussing different strategies to enable monetisation and achieve competitive advantage whilst asking the question; Should companies move away from one function devices? The session will explore the role of collaboration and how partnerships can help unlock revenue potential, ways in which new data sources can be utilised to provide new opportunities and what problems this may cause, before examining the different strategies for start-ups to monetise new products and move towards value based outcomes. November 30 – 2pm.
IoT Innovations & Technologies – Bluetooth Session: The Expanding Role of Bluetooth in the IoT – Bridging the Gap Between Connected Places and Smart Places
Bluetooth will host a unique series of fireside chats which will tap into some of the leading integrators, suppliers, customers and analysts to explore the impact of a newly expanded range of fit-for-purpose network topologies from Bluetooth across multiple sectors, including Smart Industry, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, and Smart Homes. Panellists from Bluetooth, Intel, National Instruments, Aruba and more will explore how Bluetooth technology is transforming connected places into smart places. November 29 – 9:20am.
Leading speakers including Thyssenkrupp’s CEO and Software AG’s CTO will join the keynote panel alongside Shell, Treeline and Evans Data to discuss the impact that integrating IoT technology from wearables to smart lighting has on an enterprise, the main stakeholders affected, and what benefits can be leveraged by a business when integrating IoT. The session will explore which blue sky IoT technology could be utilised by enterprises in the future, the leaders within this field and their successes, and what regulatory and legal issues will enterprises incorporating IoT technologies have to consider in the future? November 30 – 9:50am.
Featuring CIOs from the City of Albuquerque, City of San Leandro and the County of San Mateo, this panel discussion is not to be missed. These CIOs will look at how technologies like smart phones, NFC, RFID, beacons and sensors are being utilised in cities and beyond for both increasing public safety and maximising the QOL of citizens, in addition to issues surrounding data collection from IoT projects around traffic monitoring, waste management, water metering and street lighting such as privacy, and analytics? The session will also explore the connectivity issues, the role of cloud for data storage and analytics and the factors needed to get engagement from government and citizens alike. November 30 – 3:40pm.
The co-located events will host a further 9 conference tracks covering a range of industries which are being disrupted by Blockchain and AI. These include:
Blockchain Expo – ‘ICOs, Tokens & Cryptofinance’, ‘Blockchain for Enterprise’, ‘Developing Blockchain Applications’, ‘Blockchain Technologies’ and ‘Transforming Financial Services’.
AI Expo – ‘AI in the Enterprise’, ‘AI in Consumer & Digital Transformation’, ‘AI for Developer’s and ‘Bot & Virtual Assistant Development’
Despite strong expertise in their particular focus application areas, engineers understandably often have limited know-how when it comes to tackling the unfamiliar hardware and software development needed to bring the exciting benefits and possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) to their specific products or systems.
IoT tools to speed and ease deployment
Platforms and tools such as ON Semiconductor’s multifaceted IoT Development Kit (IDK), are pivotal in helping accelerate and ease the deployment of IoT capabilities to designs in diverse sectors. The modular platform supports evaluation, prototyping, and eventual IoT system delivery by giving engineers access to a wide variety of different sensing, processing, connectivity and actuation options through a range of shields/daughter cards that attach to the kit’s mother board.
ON Semiconductor will be demonstrating two new shields at stand #407 at the IoT Tech Expo, featuring Bluetooth® 5/low energy technology communication capabilities and the provision for energy harvesting Smart Passive Sensor (SPS) functionality. The BLE shield features the recently launched RSL10, a Bluetooth 5 certified radio System-on-Chip (SoC), and the SPS shield simplifies and enhances the usability of ON Semiconductor’s battery-free SPS sensors that can measure temperature, moisture and pressure.
Imaging in the IoT mix
Image sensing is also becoming an important aspect of IoT implementations in many sectors. In addition to exhibiting its IDK, ON Semiconductor will also be demonstrating its imaging portfolio with the AR0521 CMOS device. Targeted at end applications such as security and surveillance, action cameras and in-car DVR, the sensor produces extraordinarily clear, sharp digital pictures and video in challenging bright, poor, and mixed light conditions.
ON Semiconductor’s Wiren Perera will be speaking at the IoT Tech Expo North America and participating in a morning keynote panel discussion on November 29th titled, ‘The Future of IoT Development.’ The panel will provide insight into the latest technologies, platforms and solutions for the IoT, as well as discuss the opportunities and challenges impacting potential growth in various sectors.
In addition, I will be giving a presentation called ‘Innovations in Designing Energy Efficient IoT Devices.’ This will take place at 2:10 pm on November 29th within the IoT Innovations & Technologies conference track. I will explore innovations in the IoT elements of computing, connectivity, sensing, actuation and power management. I will also examine how the ability to rapidly prototype hardware-to-cloud is indispensable in helping achieve the desired autonomy of IoT solutions.
For engineers getting to grips with the IoT, ON Semicondutor’s booth, demos and expert speakers at the IoT Tech Expo in Santa Clara, November 29-30, will provide valuable insight, knowledge and guidance regarding the tools to help realize the potential of the Internet of Things.
Semiconductors are powering our smart world — advancing the computing, communicating and sensing technologies that have created the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. Eager to meet demand for a wide range of smart products and applications, industry players are pursuing aggressive merger and acquisition strategies. In 2014, there were 30 mergers valued at $ 103 billion. Last year, we saw two dozen mergers valued at $ 98 billion. And we’ve recently learned that Broadcom is making a $ 103 billion offer to purchase Qualcomm.
In the industrial sector, smart connected products are driving business model transformations as companies seek to improve and monetize their operations and services. Swedish bearing maker SKF, for example, is developing a subscription-based revenue model that relies on the performance of its products. To be successful, SKF will need to develop robust products and implement predictive maintenance and asset performance management systems.
Digital twins will become a critical component in this journey. In a recent post, GE describes how digital twins have effectively reduced unplanned downtime. Power toolmaker Black & Decker also reports that digital twins have helped them improve labor productivity by 12 percent and throughput by 10 percent.
ANSYS Vice President Vic Kulkarni and I will be presenting on smart connected products at the IoT Tech Expo, on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Vic will focus on best practices for designing smart connected products, and cover considerations for chips, printed circuit boards and complete systems: How can we address challenges around balancing power, performance and cost, while meeting tight budget and time requirements? Ensure thermal and structural integrity? Guarantee reliable communication?
In his presentation, Vic will also explore how machine learning and big data can be applied to smart product development. With billions of transistors in ever-shrinking semiconductor devices, artificial intelligence has become a critical tool to speed innovation and increase product reliability.
Later in the day, I will join industry experts from Stratus, DataRPM, Halliburton and Harbor Research for a panel discussion on connected industry. We will be sharing best practices to improve industrial reliability and performance, and discussing how technology can best be employed to ensure field assets are performing at peak efficiency. I will also offer my insights on the importance of simulation-enabled digital twins. For companies looking to develop smart connected products or bring intelligence into their operation, simulation is a best tool for success.