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Barcelona to Host Second IoT Industrial Solutions World Congress

The IoT Solutions Congress has come a long way in a year, with plenty of attention on the growing importance of Internet of Things (IoT) for manufacturers and industrial applications, as well as conversation around important topics such as security and standards.

At this year's IoT Solutions World Congress at Fira Barcelona from October (25 to 27), the second edition of the conference that addresses disruptive IoT technology, they are rolling out a new experimentation area for attendees. The dedicated test bed will allow organizations to experience the most advanced solutions in person and collaborate to find innovative solutions to problems.

Putting IoT to work.
Photo courtesy: Fira

Putting IoT to work.

Photo courtesy: Fira

The Industrial Internet Consortium has been working with industry leaders on a wide range of testbeds, including Smart Energy Management, Connected Care, Precision Crop Management, Smart Airline Baggage, Industrial Automation for Discrete Manufacturing, and many others.

It's all part of the congress's program which will cover six major IoT areas: Manufacturing; Healthcare; Energy and Utilities; Transportation and Logistics; Business Transformation; and Innovation and Technology (whch will look into the future of the application of IoT technology to industry).

The event will also serve as the first opportunity to discuss the recent partnership between the Industrial Internet Consortium (US) and the Industrie 4.0 initiative of the European Union.

Last year's first edition was praised as a success by the industry, with more than 120 speakers, 88 exhibiting companies and 4,500 visitors from 53 countries. During the conference we learned, among many things, about Amazon's robotic warehouses, Local Motors' 3D printed vehicles, how to secure the supply chain of IoT chipsets, and the challenges of the industry to work together by developing standards.

This year, the organization has bigger expectations, and they are looking to bring industry leaders, academic institutions, and government entities together to discuss collaboration, standards and how we can pave a smooth road to the next industrial revolution.

Among the keynotes, Richard Soley, executive director of the Industrial Internet Consortium, and Matthias Machnig, state secretary of Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the German government, will discuss the future of the IoT in the next industrial revolution, as they unveil the details of the partnership between the two organizations.

The exhibition will host a dedicated testbed and experimentation area that allows organizations to experience the most advanced solutions in person and also to collaborate to find innovative solutions to problems. The Industrial Internet Consortium has been working with industry leaders on a wide range of testbeds, including Smart Energy Management, Connected Care, Precision Crop Management, Smart Airline Baggage, Industrial Automation for Discrete Manufacturing, and many others.

The wireless industry will have strong representation, as communications is an integral part of IoT, and most devices use wireless connections, with protocols such as Bluetooth and Zigbee, WiFi 802.11ah and 802.11ap, and new M2M cellular connectivity using 4G LTE, the new upcoming 5G networks, and embedded SIMs.

Communications, standards, and security are the areas causing IoT developers concern. Every day, we add more connected devices, both consumer devices such as smartphones, wearables, smart appliances and toys, and industrial devices such as smart meters, security systems, RFID tags, monitoring systems, factory automation, etc. As the number of devices grows exponentially, there are many “standards” that do not talk with each other.

Security is another issue as the IoT industry slowly enhances the security of its products. News of hackers remotely killing a Jeep on the highway, which in turn triggered a recall of 1.4 million vehicles to upgrade their software, and the possibility of tampering with one of the most popular models of smart meters, demonstrated by two Spanish researchers, has made the industry concerned about potential attacks and legal liabilities, and forced them to become more proactive, instead of reactive, on the issue of security. All those issues will be intensively discussed during the conference.

Roger Bou, director of the IoT Solutions World Congress, recently wrote for Cities of the Future, “IoT Solutions World Congress will be an unmissable event this year. We hope you join us for this opportunity to meet the industry's thought leaders, showcase your solutions to key decision makers and check out the latest innovations from global industrial companies.” 

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