This series of posts will take an overview of IoT events from Q1 2019.
20th event since 2009, IoT Evolution Expo took place at Fort Lauderdale, Florida from January 29th 2019 through February 01st 2019.
The event had keynotes, special panel discussion and different “tracks” to enable conversation across different facets of IoT. You can see the full agenda here. This post takes a look at few conversations as they happened.
Rick Conklin, CTO, Dispersive Networks, presented a case study on Blockchain in Smart City & Smart Region Deployments Including Smart Grid. Dispersive has been innovating in this area for several years.
According to Conklin, “Legacy protocols find a single path through the network, then stay on that single path even if there are errors, congestion or degraded conditions, or even the presence of an adversary. There’s a better way to provision, manage and secure networks, and Dispersive proved this in trials and implementations for some of the most demanding organizations in the world.”
Adding more on legacy networks, Conklin explained that network security, performance, ease of deployment are not optimized when legacy networks are used. They need to connect new IPv6 devices to IPv4 servers. This makes them hard to deploy.
Talking about number of devices, Conklin highlighted that number of devices will outnumber the number of people on the planet by an order of magnitude soon.
Ricardo Prada, UX Director at Google delivered a keynote on “The Future of Tech – Machine Learning to Change the World.” He talked about ways that AI and machine learning need to evolve as the IoT industry matures. Learning over time and produce feedback will be very important for the devices coming out in the future, he explained.
He touched upon how user interfaces will need to adapt as new sensors and AI technologies are introduced. Two important insights from his keynote are – 1) that AI advancements will require a different approach to product design, 2) AI can augment people in ways that keep them in control.
Craddlepoint, a provider of LTE and 5G based wireless networking devices, announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to make it simpler to build, deploy and manage IoT solutions.
This will be achieved by connecting a variety of Craddlepoint edge networking device with the Azure IoT Central cloud, said Ken Hosac, vice president of IoT strategy and business development at Craddlepoint.
Considering the nature of IoT applications, there is a requirement of these devices to be connected over a private wireless network rather than a 802.11 or wired network. In 2019, private LTE is going to big, says Hosac. He also advised that many organizations will, want to test as many as 30 IoT use cases before focusing on the one or two that provide the most business value.
Christopher McCann, CEO and co-founder of snap40 presented the topic, “Post-OP: Remote patient care, Communications, In-home Recovery.”
According to Christopher, “Telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) are already enabling the creation of new healthcare models, with most medical aftercare delivered in patients’ homes, where they are most comfortable. But for this patient-centered transformation to truly take hold, the industry needs to be able to monitor a patient’s health in real-time after they leave the hospital to ensure each patient receives the specific care they need, so they don’t need to return. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key enabler to this in the future.”
From Microsoft, Matt Vassey also delivered a keynote on “How Fog and Edge are enabling AI”. He addressed fog and edge computing’s crucial role in enabling AI in enterprise ecosystems.