Preparing for the Internet of Things at IoT Emerge Courtesy of NewsX

Preparing for the Internet of Things at IoT Emerge

For companies trying to stay on the cutting edge of manufacturing, whether by adopting new practices on the factory floor or tweaking products to meet industry standards, it is important to be up to date on one of the latest movements—the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Companies, including those in the fluid power sector like Festo, Bosch Rexroth, and Sun Hydraulics (see The Impact of IoT on Fluid-Power Systems) are increasingly adopting and producing electrohydraulic drives that supply continuous data streams for preventative maintenance. In addition, city planners are calling for sensor-equipped buildings and factories to ensure that they meet efficiency standards.

These are some of the topics that will be featured at IoT Emerge, a conference for educating engineers about security, connectivity, and other technologies surrounding the IoT. It will take place on November 2-4 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event is hosted by the IoT Institute, a trade publication owned by Penton Media, which also owns Hydraulics & Pneumatics.


Yesterday, IoT Emerge announced its keynote speakers. With a background in robotics, and first-hand expertise in hacking Wi-Fi passwords, Inventor Pablos Holman will be the first, addressing one of the most common fears that manufacturers face when implementing the IoT—cybersecurity and hacking. In "Hacking the Future", Holman will discuss strategies for protecting IoT technology by straddling the two disparate worlds of breaking and building new technologies. With deep insights into the mindsets and motivations of both breakers and builders, Holman believes that concerns about getting hacked are crippling progress and stifling innovation today. He will share his vision on how companies can break free of their cybersecurity-induced paralysis and move boldly into the Internet of Things—not next year, or next month, but right now.


Timothy C.K. Chou, a former president of Oracle, will speak on how he grew the Oracle Cloud business. Author of The End of Software, a book about moving applications to the Cloud, he currently serves on the board of cloud-services company, Blackbaud. He recently published his book, Precision: Principals, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things

His keynote address, "Toward a Precision Planet," is summarized here:
It is widely recognized that global growth opportunities for the next several decades will be in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. Africa is expected to account for more than half of the world’s population growth between 2015 and 2050. The population of Nigeria is projected to surpass that of the U.S. by about 2050, at which point it would become the third most populous country in the world.

Developing economies need infrastructure: power, water, agriculture, transportation, construction, healthcare and telecommunications. Will this infrastructure be built the 20th century way? Or, as we’ve already seen in China, will developing economies leapfrog and move to 21st century cellular technology and never use 20th century land lines?

This talk will first describe a simple framework for IoT, which can be used by both software developers and business people. Next we’ll discuss the three business model implications to enterprises that build machines, e.g. wind turbines, gene sequencers, scissor lifts or combine harvesters.  Finally, we’ll cover the benefits of those precision machines on the fundamental infrastructure for the planet: power, water, construction agriculture, transportation and healthcare.

The machines of the future are going to be composed of sophisticated sensors, powerful software and a range of actuators.  New features in these machines will arrive with a simple software release.  Just look at a Tesla to see an early example.  By connecting these machines to the cloud we’ll be able to apply advanced artificial intelligence that today helps Facebook recognize people or Google to beat the best Go player, to the challenges of providing the essential backbone services for the planet. Software truly has the potential to change the world.

Other speakers include Eric Williams, Avnet’s lead strategist Internet of Things, who will discuss his plans for designing and developing  IoT offerings. Tamara McCleary, an IBM Futurist, will discuss her outlook on the future of IoT and connectivity. McCleary is ranked by LeadTail as the third  
most mentioned person on Twitter by Chief Marketing Officers in 2015, and as one of the  Top 25 AI/Machine Language, Top 50 Big Data, Top 50 Blockchain, Top 50 Digital Transformation and Top 100 IoT influencers in 2015 & 2016 by Onalytica.

For more information, and to register, visit the IoT Emerge website at

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