I had the pleasure of attending the Smart IoT London event, the UK's largest gathering of Global IoT expertise over two days, from 15-16th March 2017 at ExCeL London.
As theinternetofthings.eu reader and collaborator, I decided the shares some of my thoughts and findings in this article.
The main event features:
* Leading experts from O2, Shell International, IOT UK, Tyssenkrup and many more.
* 70 world leading suppliers like Oracle, AT&T, Wiipro digital, InVMA and Telit.
* Urban IoT Stream, hearing from leading organisations and projects on successful Smart City business models, and how value can be realised through go-to marketing strategies, whilst bringing together the parties to make this happen.
* Innovate Launchpad - a dedicated zone for the UK and Europe's leading start-ups.
As we know, IoT is a reality. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billion devices - computers, smartphones, tablets and sensors, connected to the internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.
At the event I could see from various levels of sponsorships and stands that more and more established players are jumping on the IoT bandwagon. AT&T for instance, had the biggest and most visible stand at the London conference. Salesforce is using its cloud solutions to facilitate Melbourne Australia smart cities transition. Oracle wants to standardize integration of devices with the enterprise, performing real-time, big data, and predictive analytics on IoT streams and events.
Microsoft Azure has been widely used to build IoT frameworks which are easy to prototype like Arkessa. Arkessa enables IoT and Machine to Machine (M2M) connectivity anywhere in the world.
LoRa protocol was mentioned as the 2017 protocol of choice with an unbelievable growth over the past 18 months. Would LoRa overtake Bluetooth or Zigbee? This is something we can see happening in a couple of years when battery technology will be able to improve. With coverage distance of up to 5km in urban areas, and 15km in suburban areas, it looks like a winner to me.
I enjoyed the iQuest speaker’s presentation and demo – putting IoT to work, a remote tale from Transylvania. They talked about a real-life scenario of an IoT implementation for a medium size porcelain factory. They shared some interesting thoughts on how to start an IoT project, how to couple your business needs with the data-driven opportunities brought by IoT, and what the common challenges are.
In their Live Hack" presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, provided the audience the chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. Attendees learned where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructure.
All in all, once again IoT produced another great show, which is a good reflection of the current market trends.
IOT is here to stay and grow, and is getting smarter and smarter.