IoT Asia 2017 starts today and will welcome more than 4,500 thought leaders, industry experts, decision-makers, leading technology companies and small media enterprises (SMEs) from over 40 countries from the EU, US, China, India, and ASEAN over the two-day event.
The pace of planned IoT development and adoption continues unabated as Asia-Pacific companies are expected to pump in US$58 billion of research and development (R&D) and spending by the year 2020 into a myriad of solutions across various industries to realise the full potential of IoT. At the same time, Asian governments have embarked on digital and IoT-related transformation roadmaps for their respective economies to be future-ready such as Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), ASEAN’s ICT Masterplan (AIM) 2020, Malaysia’s National IoT Strategic Roadmap and China’s 10-year “Made in China 2025” IoT roadmap. As a result, IoT Asia has become the pre-eminent platform for governments, businesses and entrepreneurs to exchange views, glean fresh insights, and learn from leading and start-up players on how best to make IoT pragmatic and profitable.
IoT ASIA – A CHOICE PLATFORM FOR THE IoT ECOSYSTEM
From established technology leaders such as Accenture, Amazon Web Services, Asavie, Avnet, Bosch Software Innovations, Crown Coffee, Dell EMC, Fujitsu Asia, The Open Connectivity Foundation, Sigfox and TZ Limited to emerging players in the start-up space, the participant mix in this year’s event is a reflection of the diverse and inclusive nature of today’s IoT ecosystem.
This year’s event theme, Making $ense in Our Connected World, aims to address the practical aspect of IoT principally in how businesses, governments and communities can reap the benefits of IoT and how to unlock new business opportunities, as well as monetise IoT applications notwithstanding the current cautious business outlook.
On the exhibition front, a wide-ranging suite of technologies and solutions will be featured via two new zones (Cybersecurity and Robotics), along with Smart Cities, Wearables, Industrial IoT (IIoT), Design Applications, Enablers, and IoT Data Analytics. There will also be a dedicated Start-Up Exchange area, Institution Zone, and a PechaKucha session for visitors to learn more about the IoT ecosystem.
THE HUMAN IoT – LIVE CHIP IMPLANT DEMONSTRATION
The closing keynote on 30 March will feature Hannes Sjoblad, Chief Disruption Officer of Epicentre Stockholm and world-renowned biohacker activist, who will perform the first-ever “live implant party” in Singapore. A specially-trained body piercing artist will assist in inserting a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip into a volunteer, creating a live “internet-ready human being”.
Mr Oliver Tian, President, Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) said, “With SG$2.4 billion already allocated for the digitalisation drive in Singapore, there is huge potential for organisations to transform and future-proof their businesses in times of changing market demands through seizing opportunities offered by technology. As Singapore journeys towards becoming a Digital Harbour, IoT application is a critical catalyst for businesses to boost the nation’s competitiveness. It is now an opportune time for industry players, both private and public, to come together to accelerate IoT adoption and tap on the economic opportunities offered by the digital economy amidst today’s ever-changing climate.