IOT Solutions World Congress to feature 10 testbeds

October 5, 2016 - 

The Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC), a trade show and conference that explores the technology and processes related to the Industrial Internet of Things, will be held in Barcelona from October 25 to 27.

Organized by Fira de Barcelona in partnership with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the tradeshow and conference will provide a platform for companies and experts to discuss new strategies, projects, and developments within the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The conference will cover a range of topics including asset performance, predictive maintenance, industrial data ownership and interoperability — all of which are key to companies that seek to transition from legacy systems to new technologies.

The IOTSWC will also cover the main topics relating to manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, energy and utilities, innovation and technology, and business transformation.

“We are very excited about this second IOTSWC,” said Roger Bou, the director of IOTSWC. “The first edition exceeded our initial expectations so we are very confident this second edition will also promote the adoption of these technologies amongst companies. We are dealing with a disruptive ensemble of technologies that will change industry as we know it. So gathering in Barcelona all key players of the Industrial Internet scenario is undoubtedly the best way to make our contribution to this global transformation.”

The show will also demonstrate the potential of industrial IoT through 10 testbeds, which will be coordinated and supervised by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

The first of these, Smart Airline Baggage Management, will demonstrate how General Electric, Oracle, Infosys and M2MI have created a solution to cut down on the number of baggage losses and damage in airports.

The testbed merges various IoT systems to localize and connect the handling, transport and management of baggage in airports.

NEC and Microsoft’s testbed will analyze customer behaviour in retail environments by means of sensors and videos, generating specific data to help improve the consumer experience and ultimately increase efficiency and sales.

Schneider Electric has developed a remote interaction model with solar panels via an augmented reality system synchronized to actual objects known as the ‘cybernetic avatar’. The model improves the effectiveness, speed and safety of staff working with these systems

In its first edition, IOTSWC featured more than 120 speakers, 88 exhibiting companies, and 4,500 professional visitors from 53 countries, all of which the organization expects to surpass during this second edition.

The Congress will feature more than 200 top industry speakers, including Prith Banerjee, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Schneider Electric; Sam George, director of Azure IoT for Microsoft; Tony Guerion, head of IoT Southern Europe & Middle East for Vodafone Group Enterprise; Derek O’Halloran, head of information technology & electronics industries for the World Economic Forum; Richard Soley, executive director for IIC; and Matthias Machnig, the German State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The conference will showcase more than 160 exhibiting companies, which doubles the number of companies who participated at last year’s show.

The confirmed companies include Accenture, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, EMC, Everis, GE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Schneider, Sigfox, Telefonica, and Vodafone.

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