The rapid development of IoT applications in the market and the increasing interest of the industrial sector in learning about their benefits is reflected in the IOTSWC, which this year has grown to occupy two halls of Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue instead of one. The event is the world’s biggest in its specialist area and the only one to combine a trade show, knowledge transfer, testbeds and professional networking at the highest level. It also enjoys the support of the main international associations in the sector such as the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Industrie 4.0, and the Industrial Valuechain Initiative (IV-I).
The show will also play host to information technology companies, software platform developers, security firms, service providers, telecom companies, industrial automation firms, hardware manufacturers, technology and R&D centres, business incubators and associations and organisations involved in the IoT, as well as international delegations and government representatives from different countries.
Exhibiting companies include the global head offices of leading firms such as ABB, Accenture Digital, Analog Devices, Deloitte, Google Cloud, Honeywell, Huawei, Intel, Microsoft, SAS, Schneider Electric, Telit, Vodafone, Wipro, Amazon Web Services, Everis, Fiware, Harting, HBC, Hewlett Packard, IoT Works-Kaspersky, Microsoft, National Instruments, Nokia, Optimal Plus, Orange, PTC, Red Hat, Sigfox, Telefonica, Thales, T Systems, and Yokogawa
To complement the exhibition area, IOTSWC will once again be opening a testbeds area for live demonstrations to show the operation of around a dozen industrial internet applications developed by leading companies. There will be elevators, boats, drones, connected irrigation systems, oil platform inspection robots and systems to prevent early frost in orchards. The area will showcase solutions for improving occupational safety in industry, eliminating downtime in factories and interconnecting machines and processes, as well as a cold chain logistics management system and a demonstration of how to prevent cyberattacks.
Congress: Applied knowledge
Over three intensive days, the congress area of IOTSWC will play host to more than 125 sessions, including master conferences, round tables, panels of experts and presentations of success stories, involving more than 250 internationally-recognised speakers who specialise in IoT solutions.
An emphasis will be put on their use in six specific sectors: manufacturing; energy and utilities; connected transport; construction and infrastructures; healthcare; and industry. However, other cross-cutting themes that are in any way connected to the field of IoT will also be addressed, such as artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, robotics, sensors, security, smart devices, standards, new business models, data storage and predictive analytics, amongst others. These will be complemented by a monographic forum on blockchain, seminars on the crypto economy, and investment opportunities in businesses that are already using this system, bringing another 115 experts from 18 countries to the event.
Some of the top names already confirmed for the IOTSWC include Joseph Paradiso, Professor in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, who will be talking about how humans will connect on the Internet of Things and the expert in cybersecurity and research director of F-Secure, Mikko Hyppönen, will be warning about the vulnerability of connected things and the need for the IoT ecosystem to adopt its own security measures to tackle any kind of cyber threat. Meanwhile, the head of Global Baggage Operations at IATA, Andrew Price, will talk about how IoT technologies enable airlines and airports to track baggage. The chief integration officer of NASA’s Orion Mission Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Carlos García-Galan, will talk about the role that IoT technologies are playing in space exploration projects, including the development of a powerful new rocket.
The Blockchain Solutions Forum and the ICO 2017 & Crypto Economy Conference, organised jointly by Fira de Barcelona and the BECON (Blockchain Ecosystem Network) platform, will bring together the leading international experts and representatives of companies that are already successfully implementing blockchain technology in such varied fields as energy, logistics, supply chains, mobility, HR management, construction, cities, ports and airport, manufacturing, real estate, food, NGOs, banking and finances, health and music, amongst others. The session on the crypto economy will be attended by investors interested in new IPO and ICO financing models and companies and start-ups that are implementing blockchain solutions in their businesses and looking for an injection of capital for their projects. The founding director of the Bitcoin Foundation, Jon Matoni, the founder of the Blockchain Investors Consortium, Mike Costache; Erik Beijnoff, head of business development at Spotify and Sophia, the robot, are among the speakers.
Innovation and business
IOTSWC will recognise the most innovative and impactful projects developed over the year with the IOT Solutions Awards and a final award for the best testbed at the show. IOTSWC will also be hosting a Brokerage Event to promote networking among professionals from different industrial sectors through business meetings to stimulate knowledge transfer, R&D and the search for suppliers or business partners.
To facilitate access to and an understanding of the most innovative IoT solutions for local SMEs and international companies attending the event, guided tours about healthcare, manufacturing and connected transport are being organised with the collaboration of Mobile World Capital by the show led by experts
Barcelona Industry Week
The IoT Solutions World Congress is part of Barcelona Industry Week, one of the world’s biggest trade fair platforms for industry in terms of both the commercial side and the knowledge it generates, which takes place on 1-6 October 2017 at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via exhibition centre. Other events taking place simultaneously include Expoquimia, Eurosurfas, Equiplast, In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions, the World Congress of Chemical Engineering and the World Chemical Summit, as well as the Smart Chemistry, Smart Future event.