Retrospective: IoT Asia

Held on March 30 and March 31, the third and largest Internet of Things (IoT) Asia returned to the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This year’s theme, Closing the Gap: From Vision to Reality, revealed new insights on growing trends, new key technologies and directions for IoT’s proliferation in the Asia. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, Singapore, gave the opening speech. The event also discussed business partnerships and the steps to making various aspects of IoT a reality.

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Dr Vivian Balakrishnan giving the opening speech. Photo courtesy of SingEx Exhibitions.

With 3,795 attendees from 36 countries, IoT Asia 2016 had a 75% increase in participants from its 2015 event. 121 speakers from 16 countries were featured and the exhibition had 93 sponsors and exhibitors. As promised, the event highlighted areas crucial to the future of the Internet of Things Asia – Smart Cities, IoT Data Analytics, Industrial IoT, Design Applications, Wearables and Enablers.

TechSpace, a new element added to the exhibition, was a dedicated dialogue arena that gave attendees the chance to learn about the latest IoT trends from Asia.

Rob van Gijzel, Mayor of Eindhoven and Chairman of the Brainport Foundation, The Netherlands, kicked off the two-day conference. He shared insights and takeaways on his city’s journey to becoming a Smart City.

Other prominent speakers include Louisa Heinrich, Founder of Superhuman Inc. in the United Kingdom, Charles Reed Anderson, Vice President and Head of Mobility & IoT, IDC Asia/Pacific, and Wienke Giezeman, Initiator from The Things Network in The Netherlands. They covered the significance of collaboration and partnerships in the IoT ecosystem to increase innovation in the region.

Another highlight of the conference was the Smart City Forum. Moderated by Rob van Kranenburg, Founder of The Internet of Things Council, The Netherlands, the forum focused on Smart City initiatives and key insights from various countries.

Rob van Kranenburg and several other guest speakers sharing their insights on Smart City initiatives. Photo courtesy of SingEx Exhibitions.

Rob van Kranenburg and several other guest speakers sharing their insights on Smart City initiatives. Photo courtesy of SingEx Exhibitions.

The IoT Asia 2016 continues to be the region’s leading event for the advancement of the IoT industry. Its innovations and discussions strive towards delivering the true value of the IoT.