The Internet of Things is a broad term being used to cover technologies that give network connectivity to everyday objects, from wearable computers to common products. What's behind all the excitement about the Internet of Things? How will companies benefit from IoT technologies? What will be the impact on consumers? What strategies should companies use to take advantage of IoT technologies, and which technologies will dominate the IoT? During this two-day conference, hear case studies from early adopters. Learn from industry experts, market leaders and analysts who will share their insights about overcoming technical, user and governmental challenges, and explain how to create effective business models using the power of the Internet of Things.
May 4 › 11:00 AM
The Current State of the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things promises to change the way companies interact with their customers. New devices connected to the Internet will bring greater interactivity and a wealth of new data about customer activity. The Internet of Things Conference will focus on how companies are using a variety of technologies, including ZigBee radios, Wi-Fi and machine-to-machine software, to connect things to the Internet, and how they are achieving real business benefits from doing so.
Speaker: Steve Halliday, President, High Tech Aid
May 4 › 11:50 AM
Solution-Provider Session: GlobeRanger
Open to all conference attendees, these sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
Speaker: Eric Pearson, Vice President, Engineering and Chief Architect, GlobeRanger, a Fujitsu Company
May 4 › 12:30 PM
Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall
May 4 › 3:00 PM
BLE Beacons Guide and Inform University of Oklahoma Students
The University of Oklahoma (OU) has installed a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to help students navigate their way around the campus library, as well as exhibits of its large collection of manuscripts and first-edition books written by the Italian Renaissance scientist Galileo. Since students are engaged with their smartphones most of the time, the university created an app to encourage them to venture through the library and explore its resources. The app relies on BLE technology to display a student's location as a glowing blue dot on an indoor map. Learn how the system encourages library users to interact with librarians, and how it might be used in the future.
Speaker: Matthew Cook, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Oklahoma Libraries
May 4 › 3:50 PM
Best Internet of Things Deployment
This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of Internet of Things technologies to improve the way it does business, enhances a product or engages customers. Hear the top three finalists in the Best Internet of Things Deployment category discuss their award submissions: Hospital de la Vega, for its use of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and an IOT platform to track the locations of patients, staff and assets and share that data with hospital administrators and relatives; Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant, for its use of passive UHF RFID to track 7,000 workers and ensure their safe evacuation in case of an emergency; LAMSAC, for its use of RFID technology to track traffic congestion and share it in real time with drivers.
Speakers: Elena Gonzalez, Director of Nursing, Hospital de la Vega Lorenzo ; Javier Andrés Polti Figallo, Gerente de Tecnologia de la Información, LAMSAC
May 4 › 4:40 PM
RTLS Innovation to Improve Hospital Operations
Celebration Health, a Florida Hospital facility, is employing a real-time location system (RTLS) to measure the operational efficiency of its 11-suite operating room. With 14,000 cases annually and growing, there is constant pressure to increase efficiency and leverage capacity to the fullest. Team members wear RTLS badges enabling the hospital to gather and analyze data regarding staff members' movements, in order to ascertain how the OR could become more efficient. The system utilizes the facility's existing Wi-Fi infrastructure and ultrasound exciters with tags that transmit data to the Wi-Fi nodes and exciters, and software that manages the information related to RTLS reads. Celebration Health is using a business-intelligence and analytics tool, as well as its own business-management software, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, to evaluate the data and determine what it means for staff efficiency, patient flow and satisfaction, and how these could be improved. Learn how the solution allows management to view information, such as the number of trips for supplies, enabling the hospital to improve procedures based on those findings.
Speakers: Ashley Simmons, MBA, MBB LSS (Master Blackbelt Lean Six Sigma), Director of Innovation Development, Florida Hospital; Scott Bond, Director, Digestive Health Center, Florida Hospital; Charles Morris, Master Blackbelt, Florida Hospital
May 4 › 5:20 PM
IoT Conference Concludes for the Day
May 5 › 9:00 AM
Putting the Pieces Together—Making the Most of the IoT's Evolution
Throughout the world, the Internet of Things continues to evolve. Whether it's agreeing upon a common definition or understanding how to use IoT technologies to enhance business, organizations are looking at and working on these issues. Join the conversation to learn how AIM is using its expertise and talents to help others not only understand, but embrace the value the Internet of Things can bring.
Speaker: Chuck Evanhoe, President, Evanhoe & Associates, and Chairman, Board of Directors , AIM
May 5 › 9:45 AM
Hospital Explores IoT's Potential to Bring Drug-free Relief
Southern Hospital, a 134-bed facility located in Las Vegas, is trialing a system that measures a patient's brain waves and, based on that data, delivers games, music and video content via a tablet in order to lessen pain, anxiety or nausea. The medical facility is using a system that utilizes a headband that measures brain waves and a tablet computer that provides content to alleviate the tension detected by the brain-wave measurements. Learn how the use of diversionary therapy is proving to help many patients, and how it may be expanded in the future.
Speaker: Adam Rudd, CEO, Southern Hills Hospital
May 5 › 10:30 AM
IoT Is Buzzy, But Strategies Are Fuzzy: Gain Sanity Amid the IoT Madness
The Internet of Things is the most hyped concept, application or suite of technologies that the IT sector has encountered in many years. The challenge, however, is finding a clear definition for IoT across vertical markets, technology vendors, solutions providers, investors and other interested parties. Once defined, how do organizations then identify and execute the best internal and external IoT strategies—ones that work for you, your partners and your customers? With so many companies claiming to have a stake in the IoT market opportunity, including hundreds of companies actively promoting IoT solutions, is a true definition or hierarchy of values for IoT emerging? Learn how to find your way down the IoT path, and hear about strategies that may help you reach your destination. The road may be long and winding, and a little guidance and direction can go a long way in helping you find success.
Speaker: Michael Liard, Industry Analyst, Liard Research & Consulting
May 5 › 11:30 AM
Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall
May 5 › 2:00 PM
IoT Is Alive and Thriving at Denver Boutique and Barber Shop
Spruce, a menswear boutique and barbershop, was an idea born from the lack of men's options when it comes to affordable fashion. The husband and wife team behind the concept reimagined the retail experience to appeal to a generation accustomed to personalized feeds, targeted ads and real-time notifications. Learn how Spruce is using the IoT to solve real problems, facilitate unique client experiences and keep in constant communication with each other and their clients.
Speaker: Taylor Romero, CEO and Head of Technology, Spruce
May 5 › 2:45 PM
Creating Business Value by Enabling the Internet of Things
Radio frequency identification and RF sensors are one way in which companies can link things—assets, products, inventories and environments—to the Internet. Learn how companies are using sensing and networking technology to engineer smarter products, to make manufacturing more efficient, intelligent and autonomous, and to empower consumers. In addition, hear the strategies that leading-edge companies are employing to take advantage of the Internet of Things.
Speaker: Mary Catherine O'Connor, Editor, IOT Journal
May 5 › 3:30 PM
IoT Conference Concludes