IoTNext 2017 will majorly focus on how automation is creating waves of disruption

Mr. Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA
Mr. Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA
India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), in association with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Bangalore, is organizing the third edition of IoTNext Themed “Beyond the Hype: Pilots to Scale”, aimed at IoT leaders, practitioners and ecosystem enablers. The Global Summit scheduled on November 8 – 9, 2017 at Park Plaza, Bangalore will focus on the opportunities and challenges from practitioners’ viewpoint, learning from the pilots and challenges in terms of full scale deployment. The show will deep dive into market verticals and horizontal enabling technologies and also explore fresh thinking, breakthroughs and leapfrogging that India could do moving forward.
Mr. Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA speaks more about the event and opportunities it offers for the Indian industry.
  1. What’s new in IoT Next 2017? Tell us about IoT awards and what is the importance of this in Industry?

The first edition of IoTNext in 2015 focused on the emerging possibilities of Digital Transformation with Internet of Things (IoT). The next year focused on realities on the ground, the ongoing pilots, going beyond just connected devices and highlighting the edge node security concerns in partnership with the CISO platform. IoTNext 2017 is the third edition of the marquee event designed for IoT leaders, practitioners and ecosystem enablers. This year’s focus would be majorly on how automation is creating waves of disruption across industries. Therefore, the focus for this year has shifted massively towards establishing the impact of ongoing automation wave. The sessions at the event will be focused on highlighting both the opportunities and the challenges that automation will create, especially in the IoT segment. The event will also address the possible ways to face these challenges.

Additionally, the IoTNext Awards aims to promote and support start-ups and entrepreneurs in fabless semiconductor and electronic products in the IoT or connected devices space. Last but not the least, this year the event will also have a Hackfest, a 24 hour challenge to help startups think about security proactively. Top notch white hat hackers will explore vulnerabilities in IoT products and provide with solutions to fix the identified loopholes.

  1. Which are the type of participants and exhibitors take part in the show?

IoTNext is a one of a kind signature event with collaboration between IESA and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Bangalore. The event is expected to host more than 1000 delegates, global industry leaders more than 50 curated  IoT start-ups along with Angel investors and VCs as the participants. The speakers at the two-day Summit will be a good mix of government officials, industry’s key leaders from ecommerce, product companies, IoT start-ups,  electronics and semiconductor space, top media influencers

  1. What’s the importance of IoT in this platform?

IoT is the core essence of the event covering the gamut of Industrial IoT, E-mobility, Logistics, IoT Security and IoT in Artificial Intelligence and Analytics.  The event is organised to provide a common platform for relevant industry stakeholders, government of India and influencers to discuss the current scenario of the industry. Further, discuss the possible opportunities and challenges in the years to come. The theme for this year is “Beyond the Hype: Pilots to Scale”, IoTNext 2017 will focus on the opportunities and challenges from practitioners’ viewpoint, learning from the pilots and challenges in terms of full scale deployment. We will deep dive into two market verticals and two horizontal technologies this year and also explore fresh thinking, breakthroughs and leapfrogging that can help India move forward.

  1. What are the topmost opportunities that are driving IoT in India?

According to a study by Gartner, innovative individuals and start-ups not huge enterprises, will drive growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of niche applications. The study further predicts that by 2017, 50% of IoT solutions will originate from start-ups that are less than three years old. (Source)

Additionally, enterprises are moving away from managing big data infrastructure themselves, instead of concentrating on data analytics and the value they can derive. The promise of IoT can be accomplished by driving partnerships with big data platform providers. (Source) We have a detailed session dedicated specifically on IoT Artificial Intelligence & Analytics explained below.

  1. What is the business value of this platform for both exhibitors and visitors?

The Global Summit will focus on the opportunities and challenges from practitioners’ viewpoint, learning from the pilots and challenges moving forward. IoTNext will deep dive into market verticals and horizontal enabling technologies while exploring fresh thinking, breakthroughs and leapfrogging that India could do moving forward

  1. What is the expected number of visitors?

The 3rd edition of the IoTNext Summit intends to showcase over 1000 attendees

  1. Will it have any exclusive sessions? Give details.

The event will have focused sessions, mentioned as below:

  1. Industrial IoT / Industry 4.0: While consumer IoT has got the press and the money in recent years, the Industrial segment of IOT is starting to make the biggest impact. Several industries are being transformed with IoT, business models are changing from capex to opex and Product-as-a-Service is the new business model today rather than just an equipment sale.

The practitioners will share insights on the state of affairs of Industrial IoT, the challenges they faced during the pilots, the challenges of IoT security in an industrial setting and the importance of edge analytics without sending all the data to the cloud. The session will also have IoT experts talking about the larger deployments that are happening now across manufacturing, oil & gas, smart grid and other sub verticals of Industrial IoT globally. It will conclude with a debate and discussion on the standardization efforts on Industrial IoT.

  1. IoT Analytics & AI: Digitization of the real world is proceeding at an astounding pace. IoT sensors are starting to generate this immense dataset which is the fodder for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Analytics to reach new heights. Contextual data based on ambient knowledge is transforming and optimizing all facets of life, be it self-driving car, self-optimizing supply chain or a completely automated factory.

The session will specifically focus on ‘IoT Analytics and Artificial Intelligence’ session at IoTNext that will discuss the state of affairs and the possibilities, not just about the technology and markets, but also have debates and discussions on critical topics like ownership of data, edge analytics and privacy issues.

  1. IoT Security and Transportation: Any connected IoT device, be it a gadget, building or a city exposes itself to hackers and cyber security threats are growing exponentially globally. There are different ways of attacking the problem – use existing cyber security frameworks and approaches to secure the IoT end nodes, or think like the hackers and get more offensive in terms of going after them to shut down their networks more akin to how security in the physical world works. Machine detection, anomaly detection and machine level co-relation are areas of active experimentation ongoing to secure, identify and quarantine IoT devices. The security task force of IoTForum has a new and fresh approach to IoT security especially for the areas that are critical in nature and of national level importance.

The experts will lay stress on the latest hacks and how companies are trying to address and plug the threats. Debate and discuss how ‘IoT Security’ needs a fresh thinking which will be discussed in partnership with the CISO Platform.

  1. E-mobility & Logistic: Investments are happening globally to make transportation, mobility and logistics more efficient and effective. India’s creaky logistics ecosystem which has been fuelled recently by ecommerce has made rapid technology enablement to match demand and supply to improve efficiency and several well-funded IoT start-ups have emerged. Improving efficiency in mass transportation, be it with GPS enabled buses and Apps or bringing Hyperloop in select cities is the future of India. E-Mobility is chartering an aggressive course in many countries with India now on a national mission to go all electric vehicles by 2030.

Highlight the new wave of technology enabled mass transportation like Hyperloop, how India plans to chart its course on 2030 E-Mobility mission and IoT enabled Logistics that would be making cities Greener, more Productive and Safer, the ultimate goal for smart cities.


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