IoT Tech Expo Global 2017: Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

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It’s safe to say the Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t just a few technologists’ flight of fancy. Quite the opposite: The opportunity to connect all kinds of devices and learn from their data holds great potential for just about every type of business.

That’s why it’s worth booking a flight to London and reserving a hotel room for Jan. 23–24, when the IoT Tech Expo Global 2017 will explore the entire IoT ecosystem. The conference promises to excite and educate, with seven thematic learning sessions, scores of executives sharing their IoT case studies and an exhibition space featuring the latest connected technologies.

By 2020, there could be as many as 50 billion connected devices. With IoT already starting to influence vast areas of software development and product creation, this year seems as good a time as any to get ready for what PwC predicts will be one of the eight “megatrends” that will change business.

Diverse Sessions at IoT Tech Expo

Just as IoT connects devices and systems, IoT Tech Expo Global 2017 aims to bring together manufacturing, health care and other sectors by offering seven distinct conference tracks that could appeal equally to the CTO of a hospital and the CIO of a bank. Here’s a quick look at four of those tracks:

  • Connected Industry: This is the “IoT Economics 101” offering of the Expo. Panel talks and case studies will look at how IoT affects business models and workforces, and attendees can discover the keys to finding a real return on any IoT investment.
  • Connected Services: Retail, insurance, health care and other industries could reap big rewards for incorporating IoT into the delivery of their services. This track will review how the collection and exchange of information can improve service industries.
  • Data and Security: The first half of this track reviews the upside of IoT. Organizations will have troves of data, and they’ll need to learn how to best harness it to improve operations, increase profits and please customers. The track’s second half examines the downside — IoT devices push IT security to the brink, as noted by NetworkWorld. Expo panelists will outline IoT’s data security challenges and data privacy concerns.
  • IoT Innovations and Technologies: Here’s the fun, futuristic part of the conference. This track will review the latest IoT security innovations, device management platforms and consumer products, including drones and 3-D printers. Presentations will also look ahead to 2022 and the five technologies that could transform IoT by then.

Car Manufacturers and a La Liga Soccer Team See IoT’s Value

While promoting this year’s event, IoT Tech Expo Global organizers cited a Machina Research report, which predicts 45 percent of the expected 2.2 billion cellular connections that will exist by 2025 will be in the connected-car sector. With that prediction in mind, organizers invited several auto manufacturing experts to give keynote speeches on IoT-informed cars. They include Paul Stein, the director of research and technology at Rolls Royce; Peter Virk, director of Jaguar’s connected technologies and apps; and Scott Lyons of Ford’s connected vehicle and services group.

Because IoT is beginning to take hold in other verticals, the Expo will likewise feature a diverse lineup of speakers, including Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ IoT Evangelist David Vasquez and FC Barcelona’s Head of Sports Technology Raul Pelaez. Other keynote speakers hail from the energy, finance, farming equipment, health care, shipping and public sectors.

So grab your IoT-enabled mobile device, and make a reservation before your competitor grabs the last spot.

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Albert McKeon

Freelance Writer

Albert McKeon covers technology, health, business, politics and entertainment. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years on the staffs of The Telegraph (N.H.) and Boston Herald, winning the New England Press Association’s Journalist of the Year award and other honors. He now writes as a freelancer for several magazines and news outlets, and creates content for organizations such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston College.

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