December 7, 2016

Conference Preview: The 17th Annual IoT Evolution Expo

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If you’ve ever questioned the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the modern business and industrial landscape, you need to take a look at the IoT Evolution Conference schedule.

The sheer number of panelists (151), keynote speakers (8), and exhibition booths (42 at last count) should assure you that the IoT will not disappear anytime soon. Those numbers don’t even include the special IoT Evolution events with specialized tracks for development and security, or the Business Impact Awards.

The conference is scheduled for February 7-10, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Even if you don’t learn anything from the speakers and sessions, you can spend your time in the exhibit hall testing out cool new products. But the wide array of tracks means everyone can find a session or certification that’s relevant to their role. 

IoT and M2M (machine to machine) breakout track Certification Course (Tuesday): Don’t just attend the conference; bring back an IoT/M2M certification. This track gives you a macro view of the technologies and business issues facing IoT and M2M implementation. Three sessions are devoted to machine learning: an overview and introduction, the impact of machine learning on IoT, and ROI.

IoT & LatAm (Wednesday): Learn how the IoT is growing in the Central and South Americas, and how it can move from theory into business, industrial, and home applications. What are the particular use cases and challenges facing IoT providers in Latin America, and how can networks and companies build faster, better connections? 

Industrial IoT (Wednesday-Thursday): These breakout sessions are provided by the International Internet Consortium and Object Management Group (OMG) — two organizations committed to the growth and sustainability of technology standards. IoT quickens the pace of industry, and we’ve just begun to scratch the surface. Gain practical insights on how leading industrial corporations use IoT to connect processes and grow.

Connected Transport (Wednesday-Thursday): These sessions discuss the IoT in supply chain, transport, and automotive industries. They’ll cover topics related to RFID tracking and asset management to connected cars and fleet management. Attendees of all industries will enjoy the direct usability and case-study focus of these sessions.

Connected Building and Cities (Wednesday-Friday): When most people think of IoT, they probably picture a WiFi-enabled thermostat; these sessions will prove that IoT can be so much more. With key panelists from General Electric and Amazon and sessions on how to improve building and enterprise efficiency, this exciting track explains how IoT can be used in large scale communities.

IoT Developers (Wednesday-Friday) These sessions are mostly for software engineers. They provide real-world advice on stack building and API access. Developers will appreciate the hands-on access to new technologies and collaborative sessions focused on skills and ideas.

Enterprise Operations (Wednesday-Friday): Building a business is difficult; the IoT makes it easier. These sessions take attendees through solutions that help fleets, hospitals, and other industries build intelligent and scalable asset networks. Learn the newest technology and systems to bring your enterprise under control.

IoT in the Channel (Thursday): These sessions discuss the networks and systems that make the IoT work. Learn how to build the IoT ecosystem, including what the internet channel can offer your company and customers through implementation and support.

Open Fog Workshop (Thursday): Learn about the future of enterprise: Fog Computing. How do we leverage the cloud for more productive companies, and what security safeguards should we put in place to protect our data?

IoT Security Summit (Friday): Follow the Open Fog Workshop with a more in-depth discussion of security in IoT. These sessions discuss security in the stack and corporate responsibility. Timely topics like security standards, DDOS attacks, and HIPAA in IoT will be covered.

While you’re in Ft. Lauderdale, don’t forget to stop by the Case Study Theatre, where products and businesses showcase their successes and innovations. Judging from the success of previous years and the impressive breadth of events, this conference will bring a wide range of technologies and business solutions together to build the connected networks of tomorrow.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time. View pass packages and sign up here. Use code “TECHADVICE” for a 20 percent discount on any IoT Evolution pass.