Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad term 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 the Internet of Things, and which technologies will dominate the IoT? This two-day track will feature 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.

Attendees with an All-Access or Conference Pass can choose to attend any session in any conference track. Download a PDF of the full conference agenda.

May 10 11:00 AM

The Current State of the Internet of Things

In this session, get a brief summary of the status of the Internet of Things and learn how connected devices are making a real impact across a growing number of industries. Hear some examples of the IoT in use today, as well as the technology's impact and where it's headed in the near future.
Speaker: Steve Halliday, President, High Tech Aid
May 10 11:50 AM

Solution-Provider Session: The Journey from Industrial RFID to the Industrial Internet of Things

It's time for RFID to grow up. That's a provocative statement about an industry whose products have already experienced a lifetime's worth of evolution. However, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the game when it comes to asset management, real-time location and connected devices for industry. Asset information is increasingly available in real time, and it's more than just simple identification. It's intelligence, right down to the individual asset level, and it's more than simply where an asset is located. How long has it been there, where does it need to go, and when will its next service or replacement be required? A 360-degree feedback loop, in which end users receive asset status and then send back instructions, is essential. How will RFID get to the next level? What product features will enable true asset-level intelligence? What is the price impact as these evolve? And how will other hardware and software technologies affect this growth? Join us to discuss these questions and more about how RFID must grow up and grow into the IIoT.
Speaker: George E. Daddis, Jr. PhD, CEO & President, Omni-ID
May 10 12:30 PM

Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall

May 10 3:00 PM

IoT Delivers Fresh Salad to Consumers

Farmer's Fridge has developed a network of vending machines that use a cellular modem to a cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) and inventory-control system. Each salad is packed into a large recyclable PET plastic jar, and the vending system dispenses the ordered food using a sort of robotic arm. Each vending machine contains a PC, which powers the user interface and back-end payment processing. Customers use a touchscreen interface to order, and they pay by credit card. Learn how the startup is scaling up its fresh-made salad-vending system, and how it expects to see the technology deployed at 100 locations next year.
Speaker: Raj Karmani, Ph.D., CTO, Farmer's Fridge
May 10 3:50 PM

Monitoring Equipment With BLE

Managing the health of mechanical parts in buildings and industries is an important way to ensure that machines are operating effectively. Internet of Things technology startup Augury has developed a predictive-maintenance solution that several dozen U.S. companies are currently using to collect sensor data about machines via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. Learn how the BLE -based solution for sensors detects the health of HVAC and other equipment, transmitting that data to a server for analysis of the machines' health status. In addition, hear about the firm's app, which enables users of iOS- or Android-based devices to manage and display data about a machine to users in the field.
Speaker: Artem Kroupenev, Head of Customer Development, Augury
May 10 4:40 PM

The Internet of Things Journey: Vision Quest, Treasure Hunt or Fool's Errand?

The Internet of Things is a rapidly evolving part of our connected world and a high-growth market opportunity. Gain an understanding of how the IoT journey is progressing so far, and hear examples of successes and missteps in terms of vendor activities, market messaging, applications and use cases. Hear recommendations on creating an IoT narrative and developing IoT best practices. The speaker will leverage his IoT market research and analysis that began in 2000 to provide the audience with commentary on IoT industry direction, IoT trends, enterprise vs. consumer IoT adoption, IoT's hype factor and, of course, whether the IoT journey is a vision quest, a treasure hunt or a fool's errand.
Speaker: Michael Liard, Industry Analyst, Liard Research & Consulting
May 11 9:00 AM

IoT Powers Intelligent Lighting Solution

An intelligent lighting startup has joined forces with a provider of conventional and LED lighting solutions to integrate and develop the Internet of Things concept into lighting products. The company's indoor and outdoor lighting solutions will offer greater functionality at a competitive cost. Learn how the solutions can provide improved lighting control, power management, LED analysis and beacon management for proximity marketing in retail applications.
Speaker: Edson Perin, Editor, RFID Journal Brasil
May 11 9:45 AM

Mapping Your IoT Monetization Strategy for 2017

The Internet of Things could ultimately drive a multi-trillion-dollar impact on the global economy. But until now, monetizing the IoT hasn't always been straightforward. With so much growth and opportunity in the IoT market, the key for monetization will be focus. During this session, gain an understanding of the driving forces behind the Internet of Things, as well as the implications for companies developing strategies in the IoT. In addition, obtain a framework for evaluating IoT strategies and learn how you can link monetization to key customer values that reduce costs, increase revenues or improve the user experience.
Speaker: Chris Kocher, Co-founder and Managing Director, Grey Heron
May 11 10:30 AM

Award Finalist Session, Best New Product, Group 1

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 1 are:

  • Confidex, for its Links NFC Portfolio, which enables customers to choose memory options and customized printing
  • Farsens, for its Rocky 100 configurable RFID chip, which lets companies use a single chip to develop multiple, distinct battery-free sensors
  • Guard RFID, for its self-powered and wireless active RFID reader and tag exciter, and its fully wireless real-time location network, for sites without power or Internet connectivity
  • HID Global for its Seal Tag edTamper UHF system, which alerts users to tampering even after a seal has been broken
  • Identiv for its uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker, a low-cost, portable temperature sensor that can be read by an NFC-enabled phone
Speakers: Mikko Nikkanen, Director, Business Development, Confidex; Mikel Choperena, Product Manager, Farsens S.L.; Byron Blackburn, Director of Business Development, Industrial Division, Guard RFID Solutions; Richard Aufreiter, Director, Product Marketing, Identification Technologies, HID Global; Stephane Ardiley, Director, Product Management , Identiv