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Disruptive Macro Trends and Industrial IoT

Innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and Big Data enable connected ecosystems of engagement

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Internet of Things Moves into the Commercial Mainstream


The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, more manufacturers will embed sensors in their products and connect them to the Internet to monitor their performance and offer pro-active maintenance services. As a result, engineers who know how to incorporate software and networking into their mechanical designs will become more in demand.

In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Diego Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist at Autodesk, to discuss how privacy and security issues will have to be satisfactorily addressed, as more and more personal and private information gets transmitted over.

Speaker Bio:
Diego Tamburini works for the Manufacturing Strategic Industry Relations group at Autodesk. He focuses on defining the vision for Autodesk in manufacturing and evangelizing Autodesk as a thought leader in the industry. Diego came to Autodesk after 10 years at Microsoft, where he was working in the Microsoft Dynamics development team developing the upcoming first cloud release of Dynamics ERP for Professional Services. Prior to Microsoft Dynamics, he was in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group, where he managed a team of Developer Evangelists whose mission was to help Global ISVs in Engineering & Manufacturing align their product strategy with upcoming Microsoft technologies.

Architecting Next-Gen Connected Supply Chains

Disruptive macro trends in technology are impacting and dramatically changing the "art of the possible" relative to supply chain management practices through the innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and Big Data to enable connected ecosystems of engagement. Enterprise informatics can now move beyond point solutions that merely monitor the past and implement integrated enterprise fabrics that enable end-to-end supply chain visibility to improve customer service delivery and optimize supplier management. Learn about enterprise architecture strategies for designing connected systems that integrate physical and digital supply chains with your enterprise systems, leveraging IoT devices, hybrid cloud and network service providers to enable innovative business models while mitigating risk, managing security and increasing capacity to meet customer changing SLA requirements.

In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Industry Manager, Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Microsoft Corporation, will review several examples where firms have implemented industrial IoT solutions to legacy infrastructure and sensors to dramatically reduce costs and increase service performance and reliability.

Speaker Bio:
Peter Vanderminden is the Industry Manager, Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Microsoft Corporation, where he consults to some of Microsoft's largest corporate accounts on business solutions and enterprise architecture strategies. Mr. Vanderminden also serves on the Board of Directors of the APICS/Supply Chain Council, a global non-profit industry trade association with over 600 member firms that is focused on establishing best practices for supply chain management. He holds an MBA, with Distinction, from Leeds University, UK; a BS in Communications Science from RPI, Troy, NY and a post-graduate certificate in System Dynamics from MIT, Cambridge, MA. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, his career spans 30 years of working in supply chain management, transportation, financial services, health/life sciences and computer software industries and has worked at companies such as GE, JP Morgan Chase, UPS and Pitney Bowes/MapInfo.

The Evolution of the Internet Of Things

The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech?

In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, will discuss the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data and analysis are providing the pull to meet customer expectations of a widely connected, multi-dimensional universe of people, things, and information. Chris will present real-world use cases that demonstrate how to:

  • Collapse the information lifecycle and ultimately go from data to decision faster.
  • Collect, transmit, transform, and take action on data in areas that have not been possible before.
  • Meet critical security requirements as more and more information and data processing occurs outside the data center.
  • Capitalize on near field processing to reduce transmission costs and decision time horizons.

Speaker Bio:

At Red Hat, Chris Gray has global responsibility for strategic partner initiatives and worldwide sales within the embedded and Internet of Things market. His extensive experience with hundreds of embedded partners and customers across numerous and diverse industries has given him a unique perspective on this explosive growth area. He has led the global expansion of Red Hat's Embedded and Internet of Things business in over twenty countries and continues to lead Red Hat's mission as the open source leader in embedded and intelligent systems solutions.

Chris has been with Red Hat for over six years, holding leadership positions in multiple global and regional business development and sales roles. Prior to Red Hat, he served as an Officer in the US Navy; an educator at Virginia Military Institute and a military leader aboard nuclear submarines. He graduated with distinction from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Computer Science, earned a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and is a Department of Energy certified nuclear engineer.

Intelligent Systems in Transportation

Intelligent systems may share common architectures, but they can solve a variety of challenges - from increasing accuracy with a rail signaling system to improving safety with an air traffic control system. In the transportation industry, addressing these challenges is particularly critical in order to ensure safety, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.

In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, an Enterprise Solutions Architect at Red Hat, will discuss real-world use cases in the transportation industry and how open source technologies can create integrated, interoperable, and reliable systems of thousands of devices. He will also cover:

  • Optimized routing and fuel management with a combination of resource location tracking and business rules.
  • Telecommunications utilization and availability through multi-path link management.
  • Decision-making in the field to decrease reaction time and mis-routing of assets.
  • Real time communication to improve safety
  • Data analysis to predict equipment failures
Speaker Bio:
James Kirkland is an Enterprise Solutions Architect at Red Hat. He has been working with Unix variants for 14 years. James is Linux LPIC level one certified, an RHCE, and a HP-UX certified System Administrator. He has been working with Linux for nine years, VMware for four years, and hp-ux for ten years. He has been a participant at HP World, Linux World, and numerous internal HP forums. He is the co-author of Linux(R) Troubleshooting for System Administrators and Power Users (ISBN: 0131855158) published by PrenticeHall PTR.

3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo will take place November 4-6, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California with over 100 major sponsors and exhibitors in 2014 and more than 6,000 delegates from 17 countries.

Internet of @ThingsExpo this week launched the premiere issue of its monthly newsletter which contains highlights of the hottest sessions and speakers from Internet of @ThingsExpo, speaking information as well as sponsorship opportunities.

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Chris Matthieu Named Internet of @ThingsExpo Tech Chair
Internet of @ThingsExpo has announced today that Chris Matthieu has been named tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.

The 2nd Global Internet of @ThingsExpo will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His new startup is Twelephone ( Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser.

Tracks and topics for Internet of Internet of @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley will include:

Consumer IoT and Wearables Track

  • Smart Appliances
  • Wearables
  • Smart Cars
  • Smartphones 2.0
  • Smart Travel
  • Personal Fitness
  • Health Care
  • Personalized Marketing
  • Customized Shopping
  • Personal Finance
  • The Digital Divide
  • Mobile Cash & Markets
  • Games & the IoT
  • The Future of Education
  • Virtual Reality

Video: @ThingsExpo power panel discussion at Internet of @ThingsExpo New York

Enterprise IoT Track
  • The Business Case for IoT
  • Smart Grids
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Transportation
  • The Smart Home
  • M2M
  • Authentication/Security
  • Wiring the IoT
  • The Internet of Everything
  • Digital Transformation of Enterprise IT
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Local & State Government
  • Federal Government

IoT Developer and WebRTC Track

  • Eclipse Foundation
  • Cloud Foundry
  • Linux Containers
  • Node-Red
  • Open Source Hardware
  • AJAX and the IoT
  • Leveraging SOA
  • Multi-Cloud IoT
  • Evolving Standards
  • WebSockets
  • Security & Privacy Protocols
  • GPS & Proximity Services
  • Bluetooth/RFID/etc.
  • XMPP
  • Nest Labs

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Sponsorship Opportunities or Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley

Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley "show prospectus" has shipped. Sponsorship, exhibit, and keynote opportunities can be obtained from Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at), or by phone 201 802-3021.

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