The recently held Internet of Things Expo 2015 (IoTX) successfully concluded with leading technology firms vying to capitalise on regional Smart City projects.
As IoT and device-driven technologies transform the 21st century urban living and citizen experiences, global IoT opportunities are expected to reach $19 trillion by 2020 according to Cisco.
At IoTX 2015, Cisco demonstrated end-to-end solutions for Smart Cities which uses umbrella IoT technology that allows city management and planning departments to enable and enhance citizen services. Covering a wide spectrum of industry sectors including healthcare, the energy grid and intelligent supply chains, as well as specific urban planning factors such as Smart street lights, Cisco’s solutions utilise IoT and back-end technology to directly benefit citizens and society at large.
The event also featured key tech industry players such as, EMC, which via its federation of five companies, demonstrated technologies redefining the approach to Smart Cities. In particular, Pivotal’s smart grid and connected cars technology which collects data from cars and uses predictive analytics to calculate probabilities and predict potential destinations.
Dell was also present at the event, through which it leveraged the specialist confex platforms to showcase its complete end-to-end software solutions for IoT and Big Data. In addition to demonstrating its new Gateways product – the small, wireless or connected devices that collect, secure and process sensor data at the edge of a network – Dell Software’s also showcased its Boomi programme which cleanses proprietary data via a Cloud-based integration platform that transfers data from source to target. The final step of the digital data journey is Dell Software’s Statistica, a predictive analytics programme which makes sense of data to foster automated decision-making.
During the second day of the IoTX Conference, a series of influential figures and academic visionaries from global technology institutions traversed the ever-changing IoT landscape.
Other highlights of IoTX 2015 include sessions with Koert van Mensvoort, Managing Director of Next Nature Network – ‘How technology becomes nature – the seven steps’; Carlo Ratti of MIT Senseable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – ‘Creating SENSEable Cities’; and Dr. Eric Feron, Expert of Cyber Physical Systems at the Centre for the Development and Application of IoT Technologies (CDAIT) at GeorgiaTech – ‘When trillions of things can be connected, which things should you connect?’