Recap of the 2017 IoT Evolution Conference

I spoke at the 2017 Interop IoT Evolution conference which ran from July 17-20 in Las Vegas. See http://www.iotevolutionexpo.com/west/. I estimate there were about 300 attendees. Attendees came from all kinds of companies (and government agencies) and were in all kinds of roles, both business-related and technical.

I participated in a panel discussion, “Autonomous Autos and New Transportation Models”. Self-driving vehicles are not my area of expertise, but I was on the panel because I could field engineering questions related to machine learning and deep neural networks.

My fellow panel members were Blake Stone from NextGen Global Resourcs (an IoT consulting services company), and Mike Palermo from HERE Technologies (a geo-location data company). Both guys were very nice, smart, and knowledgeable.

This was the fourth time I’ve spoken at IoT Evolution. Attending this event is a good way for me to monitor trends related to IoT, especially trends related to the business aspect of IoT. I pass this information on to my colleagues who work in IoT research.

I’ve noticed that there’s a certain “IoT fatigue” factor. People have been talking for several years now about how, “By the year 20xx there will be xxxx billion IoT devices that blah, blah, blah.” But very little seems to change. One possibility is that, at some point, IoT efforts will reach a critical mass (or perhaps some major research breakthrough will occur) and new progress will happen quickly. Another possibility is that IoT will evolve very, very slowly over a very long period of time.

The biggest trend I saw at the 2017 IoT Evolution conference seemed to fall into one broad category: real-time predictive analytics on the edge. Instead of uploading sensor data to the Cloud for batch processing later, IoT devices process streaming data locally and take action quickly.

Bottom line: The 2017 IoT Evolution conference was informative, a good use of my time, and the information gained useful to me and my company.

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2 Responses to Recap of the 2017 IoT Evolution Conference

  1. PGT-ART says:

    Well actually i do work in industrial automation and we do IOT for most of our products now (we create a new product every 4 weeks or so. (not mass products). Its though often that customers don’t have an idea what it means, i blame general marketing in this area. people are now prepared to think about buzz words such as “Deep data mining”, while most don’t even have such data. Its IOT that could provide them such data, but making their machines ready for internet. Isn’t usually their first interest, all they want is produce more “meatballs” or so.

    While most produce meatballs without knowing that online. However industrial parks slowly grow into connected machine parks. And there its usually not Arduino that rules, but IOT based upon PLC’s driven by Linux or Windows. As PLC’s (skada siemens etc) are electrically more resistant to failure, its a profession to code them, so IOT adoption is not because of internet hypes-fund raising campaigns (i laugh about pet trackers). Its more because people who work in industrial automation create new machines when old machines need to be replaced or upgraded and takes years.

    It’s not a typical hype driven market but at some point whole industrial complexes will all be based upon IOT, eventually i’m sure, this might take another 25 years or so, as industrial machines are build to work for several years, unlike car industry or consumer industry. so adoption is slow but steady. The people you saw on the market stands.. mostly people think they have bright ideas, but most often miss the engineering skills what do they know about electrical or mechanical engineering or welding steal, and the role of automation or robotics often not much.
    But they can track their pet or uber on their phone… its the fun gadget factor of iot, but those are not game changers, for a true automated world.

    • Agree with you — the fatigue factor is likely due, in part, to over zealous Marketing. And I suspect that, as you say, IoT will steadily increase over time, as opposed to some fantastic, quantum breakthrough.

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