The world’s largest IoT event arrives in the Bay Area next week!

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.

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:

Connected IndustryKeynote: Realizing the Value of IIoT

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.

Data & Security – Case Study: Data Protection in USA Market

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.

Developing for the IoT – Keynote Panel: Monetisation – Unlocking the revenue potential

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.

IoT in Enterprise – Keynote Panel: IoT Technologies in Enterprise

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.

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.

Smart Transportation & Cities – Panel: Connected Spaces – using IoT for public safety and increased quality of life

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’

There is just  a week left to register for the IoT Tech Expo North America in Santa Clara, CA and there are a range of tickets available from free passes to all-access passes to the 3 co-located events. View the ticket types and register here.

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Tools and Knowledge Sharing to Drive IoT Success

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.

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..

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.

Sharing knowledge

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.

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Engineering Smarter Connected Products to Win in the IoT Economy

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.”

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.

To learn more about what’s possible with engineering simulation and how you can deploy it in your work, please visit us at Booth #63 to gain a firsthand perspective.  I invite you to learn more at www.ansys.com/digitalization.

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Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Protection – Your questions answered

In a recent report, the Federal Trade Commission noted that the IoT can provide enormous benefits for consumers yet at the same time, in its education, policy, and enforcement work, the FTC stressed the importance of taking reasonable steps to safeguard privacy and security when it comes to such devices. Kathleen Benway, Chief of Staff – Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission will be taking your questions on consumer protection at the IoT Tech Expo North America on November 30 in Santa Clara, CA. Keep reading to see how you can get involved..

The Federal Trade Commission is a law enforcement agency which looks into the privacy and security promises made by companies in order to ensure that these are kept. IoT devices are the accumulators of a robust amount of data, and the protection of this data is paramount. So how can you be sure that this is being protected?

Kathleen Benway, Chief of Staff – Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission will be taking your questions on consumer protection at the IoT Tech Expo North America on November 30 in Santa Clara, CA.

The Q&A session will allow you to ask just that, in addition to dealing with the importance of building security into any device during the development stage, rather than retrospectively. Kathleen, who will be answering your questions, works closely with the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) Director and Deputy Directors on case recommendations, project development and Bureau policy. She represents the Bureau in interactions with Commissioners’ Offices and co-ordinates with the Office of Congressional Relations to respond to Congressional inquiries, correspondence and requests for testimony.

To have your consumer protection questions answered, you can tweet your question with the hashtag #iottechexpo, or email info@iottechexpo.com with the subject: Consumer Protection Q&A.

Guided by Gerard van der Hoeven, Founding Partners at IoT Gurus, your questions will be answered during the Q&A session on the open conference track; Developing for the IoT on November 30 at 2:30pm. Simply register for a Free Expo Pass to gain access to the open conference tracks and more.

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How Boeing is taking more than 100 years of history and driving innovation through the IoT

As the world’s largest aerospace company, and having been in business for more than 100 years, the continued need for innovation has been at the heart of Boeing’s success. With the increasing possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and more, this innovation remains undimmed.

Like many organisations of its size, Boeing generates huge amounts of data. The question, of course, is how much you can get out of it to improve both company efficiency and customer satisfaction. Ted Colbert, Boeing’s CIO, told an audience at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in May that companies have to ‘both improve the skill set within the IT organisation and raise the digital IQ of our business leaders, so they pull on recognising the tech enablement opportunities to transform their business.’

“Al Salour, who is speaking at the IoT Tech Expo event in Santa Clara on November 29-30, is a technical fellow at Boeing Research & Technology. His role, as he puts it, is to “establish strategies and systems for the enterprise production systems.”

So what does this mean? Al Salour, who is speaking at the IoT Tech Expo event in Santa Clara on November 29-30, is a technical fellow at Boeing Research & Technology. His role, as he puts it, is to “establish strategies and systems for the enterprise production systems.” In practice, this involves automating previously manual processes, putting in sensor-based technologies, and establishing standards that will flag deviations from engineering requirements.

A McKinsey article from earlier this year explains how the company’s workers are now using wearables and augmented reality tools on wiring-harness assembly lines. Yet there is so much more potential. As Salour explains, while 3D modelling and model-based design has been around for some time in a variety of industries, from aviation, to construction, and to entertainment, Boeing is taking steps beyond the traditional use cases.

“Our effort will go beyond that, to virtually create our manufacturing process and make important producibility plans in terms [of] our facility and equipment utilisation before we introduce a new product,” he explains. “Our linkage to engineering design will continue as we manufacture parts, so we can compare physical conditions against their digital twin model.”

It is therefore an iterative, constantly evolving process which Boeing is undertaking. But there are plenty of hurdles to cross in the meantime. Salour says he works in a ‘technologically challenging’ environment, with advancements taking place more quickly than the industry can keep up, but adds the changes are ‘exciting and interesting’. Another issue, that of cost, is pragmatic – “I consider my contributions to R&D advancements will bring results but at the same time they must be affordable or else they won’t survive,” says Salour – but the other is comparatively far-reaching.

It is therefore an iterative, constantly evolving process which Boeing is undertaking. But there are plenty of hurdles to cross in the meantime. Salour says he works in a ‘technologically challenging’ environment, with advancements taking place more quickly than the industry can keep up, but adds the changes are ‘exciting and interesting’.

“We need to be able to trust the digital data,” says Salour. “The issue is for the developers not to stop early before their work can be fully validated. We also need to consider the cultural change in relying and accepting the digital data.

“There are important compliance issues and procedures that will not quickly change, and the best way is to accept them and include them in our implementation plans.”

Partnerships are key, too. Last year, Boeing teamed up with Microsoft to ‘enable further integration between humans and machines, leveraging AI to streamline business operations while enabling airline operators to be more efficient, competitive and attractive to consumers’. Boeing’s partners include industrial leaders, academia, and government-sponsored research centres. “We believe our investments will be rewarded through internal and external advancements and technology maturity from our labs to the production floor,” says Salour.

Salour is speaking on the topic of manufacturing and ‘smart factories of the future’, a topic he is well-versed in given the day to day routine at Boeing. Expect various examples of how Boeing’s factory systems are moving towards the digital world. “We understand many of our traditional efforts in planning, manpower utilisation, and production flow decisions can be simplified through connected systems and real-time information,” says Salour.

“We would want our operation and support personnel to have instant access to their work-in-progress data so they make better decisions.”

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