The Internet of Things is no longer a futurist’s vision, but something increasingly within the grasp of users. Tracking one’s consumption of electricity, water and gasoline via mobile phones, or turning on one’s heating, is no longer something out of science fiction, but rather a more and more tangible reality. However, in order for citizens to enjoy access to all these conveniences, it is necessary for the industrial sector to take a previous step: dedicating resources to R&D in order to implement different technologies that make the use of smart objects possible.
In order to analyse the role of the Internet of Things in vertical industries the international IoT Solutions World Congress was held, its first edition running from 16 to 18 September. The Fira de Barcelona convention facility on the Gran Via welcomed more than 4,500 attendees hailing from more than 53 countries, who over the course of the three days were able to check out the latest developments in the field of the IoT thanks to the 88 exhibiting companies on hand, and to participate in different activities to facilitate networking and access to financing.
Intel, IBM, Accenture and General Electric, among others, presented their IoT solutions, along with SMEs represented by the Industrial Internet Consortium. In addition, in an area for TestBeds – experimentation platforms for the testing of products in situations simulating real conditions – attendees were able to see a competition bicycle equipped with sensors and a vehicle monitored in real time.
The convention also featured the participation of 120 speakers, top-level figures who, through a complete line-up of talks, divided into 6 tracks or itineraries, exchanged points of view on the IoT solutions that the industrial sector is posing.
Energy, health care, transport and more
The 6 tracks forming part of the first edition of the IoT Solutions World Congress correspond to the 6 sectors of industry in which the development of the Internet of Things promises to be most important: Innovation, Technology, Manufacturing, Transport, Health and Energy.
How can the application of new technologies offer consumers more satisfactory experiences? What can the IoT do to prevent traffic accidents? What investments are necessary in Health to yield more automated systems and smart monitoring devices?
Joseph Durham, Manager of Research and Advanced Development at Amazon Robotics, explained in the talk Controlling Robots from the Cloud: Amazon Warehouses as Networks of Things how thousands of robots are now being used at the major logistical warehouses, designed not only for the transport of packages, but also for merchandise management and control.
The machines of the near future will be capable of ensuring greater effectiveness in production, which will not only affect major companies like Amazon, but all companies that, to whatever degree, wish to optimise the user’s experience. In the discussion on IoT Methodologies for Success Ron Zahavi, from Microsoft, noted that in order for end users to effectively benefit from what the industry has to offer, the industry itself needs to make a previous effort involving immersion in the technology. “Only the most prepared companies will be able to make the IoT a reality,” he stated. And what IoT methodologies will be those that lead industry to success? Dirk Slama, Director of Business Development at Bosch Software Innovations, presented the Ignite Methodology, a new technology that allows companies that work within the framework of the IoT to minimise risks and accelerate the delivery of their projects. According to Slama, the best areas for which to develop this technology are emergency services, nuclear research (CERN) and cleaning systems.
The IoT will also have much to contribute to the Health sector: Erik Jacobson, from Accenture, analysed in his talk on The Future of Healthcare-Related Wearables how wearables will make it possible to measure parameters related to each user’s physical activity and quality of life, so as to then propose products tailored to each person; for example, medical insurance policies. The “pay as you live” model is only possible through the use of sensors implanted in smartphones or wearables.
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At the talk on Advanced Positioning Service For Connected Vehicles and Smart Mobility Services the local startup Pildo showed how the analysis of data makes it possible to devise systems to improve the effectiveness of transport.
Innovative Ideas, disruptive solutions and eminent speakers were features of a congress whose first edition was a hit, drawing a large international crowd and showcasing many solutions to connect industries, companies and users. We are looking forward to the second edition of the IoT Solutions World Congress, to be held from 25 to 27 September, 2016.