The World’s Leading IoT Event Series will bring together key industries from across the globe for 2 days of top level content and discussion. Exploring the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering the impact it has on many industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Supply Chain, Insurance, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive, this conference is not to be missed. The IoT Tech Expo World Series 2018 will host events in London, Amsterdam and Silicon Valley.
The 2018 World Series is set to welcome 32,000 attendees, 1000+ industry leading speakers and 900+ exhibitors so you can explore the IoT ecosystem and experience the latest technologies first hand. This year’s agenda will highlight the most innovative advancements in technologies which are affecting IoT. There will be case studies and dedicated tracks covering the entire Internet of Things ecosystem.
Kicking off the 2018 series is the Global event which will return to London in April with the larger venue hall; the Olympia National. The third annual Global event will host 2 co-located events covering Blockchain and AI, with 12,000 attendees expected to attend including CTO’s, Heads of Innovation and Technology, IT Directors, Developers & Start-Up’s, OEM’s, Government, Automotive, Operators, Technology Providers, Investors, VCs and many more.
There will be 8 conference tracks over the two days covering the entire ecosystem:
– Developing for the IoT: Hardware, Platforms, Cloud, Testing, Interoperability, Connectivity
– Connected Transportation: Smart Transportation Infrastructure, Urban Mobility, Smart Maritime & Air Transportation, Connected Vehicles
– Data Analytics for AI & IoT: Big Data, Edge Processing, Data Analytics for Sport, Predictive Analytics, Data Architecture
– Connected Industry: Smart Buildings & Factories, Smart Machinery, Smart Manufacturing
– Connected Enterprise: Smart Supply Chain, Smart Asset Management, Smart Trade
– Smart Energy & Cities: Smart Metering, Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Managing Energy Usage, Smart Cities
– IoT Technologies & Innovations: Funding, IoT Start-Ups, Monetisation & Business Models, IoT Innovations
– Privacy & Security: Data Protection, Legal Considerations, ID Management, Penetration Testing
You can view the full agenda at a glance here.
There are a range of tickets available from free passes to all-access conference and networking passes.
You can find out more about the World Series 2018 and register for each event here:
IoT Tech Expo Global – 18-19 April – Olympia London
IoT Tech Expo Europe – 27-28 June – RAI Amsterdam
IoT Tech Expo North America – 28-29 November – Santa Clara, Silicon Valley
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Shoof Technologies, a startup providing wireless technology for the Industrial IoT raised $ 4.5M in seed funding. Kleiner Perkins and Modiva Japan led the round.
Shoof’s manufacturing and logistics customers will be able to use the solution for indoor and outdoor asset monitoring and tracking in early 2018. Shoof Tech’s solution consists of a cloud platform and equipment – including base stations and tags. With the current funding, Shoof plans to focus on manufacturing and transportation sector.
The startup’s primary focus in tracking indoor assets as the current wireless technologies such as GPS and cellular connectivity put a lot of strain on sensor battery. The batteries die out in a few hours making the solution inadequate to withstand the ruggedness of industrial settings. This is where Shoof Tech’s solution can fill the gap and provide round the clock industrial-grade internet connectivity to expensive assets.
“We are excited to partner with such reputable firms who share our vision of empowering the supply chain and logistics industries with efficient asset-monitoring and tracking connectivity technologies,” said Ra’ed Elmurib, CEO, Shoof Technologies. The startup operates on a ‘subscription-based’ business model whereby its customers incur a monthly recurring fee hence saving the latter from significant infrastructure set-up costs that any industrial-grade IoT solution requires.
Another asset intelligence startup Alchemy IoT recently raised $ 4M in seed investment.
IoT blockchain company Filament has engineered its latest software/hardware release to more closely suit the deployment needs thrown up by data exchange to and from industrial and enterprise machines and sensors.
Reno, Nevada-based start-up Filament’s software works with its own-branded Blocklet Chip hardware, to provide industrial and enterprise devices with the ability to securely interact with and transact against any given blockchain. Blockchain is a method of creating an ‘immutable’ ledger of transaction records. Initially developed with a view to specific cryptocurrency deployments, blockchain can also be applied to other transactional record bases.
Due to its distributed nature (in other words, it’s held on many computers), a blockchain can be said to be immutable and therefore highly secure – although it should be added that blockchain is not totally unhackable, since its record base can (in some instances) be reverse-engineered through log file analytics, depending on the system of records that it holds.
“From the start, Filament has been dedicated to furthering the value and economics of the digitally connected world, right at the edge of the network. We are taking enterprise and industrial IoT connectivity benefits to the next level where data can be transacted and inherent trust is created,” said Allison Clift-Jennings, CEO of Filament.
Read more: Opinion: Why blockchain matters for the IoT
Device independence just got real
What Filament is essentially doing is enabling e-commerce for devices; that is to say, it is working towards empowering devices with the ability to transact value using distributed ledger technology. This is what we call ‘device independence’, an idea that is establishing itself as a key theme for mobile and IoT technologies.
Filament’s distributed blockchain capabilities use open protocols so that devices are able to independently process and record transactions. That’s (arguably) not a bad thing when it comes to thorny areas like digital trust.
The company’s application software and Blocklet Chip, currently in beta, are designed to communicate and interact with multiple blockchain technologies natively. The software, implemented on existing hardware, will deliver a distributed ledger technology product. The Blocklet Chip will theoretically allow industrial corporations and enterprises to extract the value of recording and monetizing data assets, at the edge of the network, on the sensors themselves.
Filament is supporting the open-source business blockchain framework, Hyperledger Sawtooth, hosted by The Linux Foundation, on its own native hardware. Hyperledger Sawtooth is a modular platform designed for building, deploying and running scalable distributed ledgers that provide a digital record that is maintained without central authority or implementation.
Approximately 200 members are a part of the Hyperledger consortium, including many Fortune 500 corporations.
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The organisers of the Bolton Food and Drink Festival have used technology from Innotech Concepts and Libelium to keep attendees moving freely and safely around the event.
Held annually in the Greater Manchester town, the Bolton Food and Drink Festival gives attendees the chance to taste cuisine from all over the world. Last summer, over the August Bank Holiday, it broke all previous records, attracting 267,000 visitors. But pulling in such numbers comes with its own challenges in terms of keeping attendees moving around, freely and safely.
Looking for a better way to understand and manage the crowds, the festival organisers enlisted the support of Innotech Concepts on a project focused on visitor data monitoring. The Castleford, West Yorkshire-based start-up specialises in data collection for the transport and events sectors, with an emphasis on areas including connectivity, public safety and evacuation.
Innotech provided the event’s management team with sensor specialist Libelium’s Meshlium IoT platform, to study the behaviour and activities of visitors in real time, based on detection of smartphones via the Meshlium Scanner.
Data to the rescue
Two connected scanners were installed at the main entrance of the event venue and a third was deployed in the car park, as a means of monitoring the location, length of stay and individual journey routes of visitors. These scanned for smartphones every 15 minutes via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
To protect customers’ identifies, all information was kept anonymous and sent over a secure 4G network to Innotech’s proprietary analysis platform, Innotech Insights Crowded. Here, data can be transformed into visual charts to convey key data more easily, but the platform also offers a raw data download option, enabling users to slice and dice data in the ways that most interest them.
From this, the event’s organiser were able to establish a number of metrics: duration of stay; visitor volume per location; visitor volume per day; most popular locations; most popular individual and group routes; total visitors.
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