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Exploring the Future of IoT at Smart Summit 2017

Keri | 22/09/2017

This month we attended the IoT Smart Summit 2017, one of Europe’s leading connected devices conferences and exhibitions.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow to over 20 billion devices by 2020, and is key to the transition to AI-first products and services. Having worked in the space for several years as the key innovation partner for Honeywell’s flagship TCC smart home heating products, here’s some of our key learning for those who couldn’t make it.

Moving Beyond Early Innovators

One of the most noteworthy takeaways of Smart Summit was the breadth of companies now working in the smart device space. We’re now clearly beyond the early innovator stage, with traditional industry heavyweights such as Bosch, Electrolux, and Dyson now integrating connected solutions into their flagship product lineups. As we start transitioning to an AI-first world, driven on the consumer side by the smart assistants the likes of Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant; connected devices will become not only more common but more useful. We’re past simply wanting to control connected devices from an app and are now working to teach them our daily routines and make our homes more responsive to us.

Though many of the companies exhibiting have been working on connected products for some years now, there was a real sense that smart devices are very much joining the mainstream as smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home have introduced the smart home to a much wider range of consumers, who are now looking to add to their new setups.

Moving Beyond The Smart Home

It was also evident that connected ecosystems aren’t just about the smart home any more. With the 4th industrial revolution dawning, a wide range of manufacturers, utilities, cities, and retailers were showcasing their smart solutions. It’s exciting to see connected platforms being used in this way - we’re working with clients on a connected utility platform and a smarter stock management solutions among other industrial IoT projects, and we’ve seen firsthand the impact these projects can make.

Giving Connected Devices A Voice

With voice being such a new area of technological innovation, we’re always fascinated to see how other companies are applying voice control to their industries. The presence of Amazon, educating attendees on practical uses of its Alexa smart assistant, confirmed this trend.

This was our second year attending the event, and it did not disappoint. As well as great talks and panel discussions it was also an opportunity to meet with other like minded innovators and discuss the future and focus of the industry for the coming year.

If you are looking to explore the potential of connected devices in your organisation, get in touch to see how we can support you whatever stage you are at.

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