IoT Asia 2018: Leading the “Pathways to Transformation” for a Digitised Future

On March 21 and 22, 2018, IoT (Internet of Things) Asia successfully brought together a mix of industry leaders, community partners and other stakeholders to collaborate on bringing an effectively digitised world closer to reality.

Organised by SingEx Exhibitions and the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), IoT Asia 2018 saw more than 6,000 attendees from over 50 countries. Singapore’s EXPO Hall was a hive of activity as participants discussed the event’s theme of Pathways to Transformation.

The 5th installment of IoT Asia had one aim in mind – to pave the way for smart cities and the future of digitisation by addressing the issues that come with progress. In the span of 2 days, the event provided the platform for leaders in tech, start-ups, investors and more to lay out the direction for the future of technology in our businesses, cities and personal lives.

As a fully digitised world is fast approaching, IoT Asia has never been more relevant. Based in the Asia Pacific, the award-winning event is at the heart of the region identified as the focal point of global IoT growth this year. Asia is expected to have 8.6 billion connected devices by 2020 and with progress, comes the challenges IoT Asia aims to solve.

Keeping its goal of paving the way for the future of tech in mind, IoT Asia 2018 narrowed its focus to two main topics, Smart Cities and Industrial IoT.

The first day of the event was dedicated to Smart Cities. Innovative projects, the application of new technologies and case studies were presented through keynote speeches, smaller panels and group discussions to better understand the role of Smart Cities, its possible socioeconomic impacts and current challenges cities are facing.

One of the key opinion leaders present for Smart Cities was Mr Poon King Wang, Director of Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

In addition, IoT Asia had its TechSpace dedicated to providing a place for attendees of different backgrounds and specialisations to congregate and bounce ideas off each other or simply geek out over the latest in tech.

IoT Asia 2018 TechSpace Bridging the old with the new – IoT Asia’s TechSpace was decked out in old, iconic tables and chairs from Singapore.

On the second day, Industrial IoT (IIoT) took the spotlight. As described by Mr Oliver Tian, the President of SIAA, the landscape of IoT in Asia has been significantly transformed by the integration of technologies into various industries.

“IoT sectors which include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Learning and Big Data analytics have already disrupted our way of life, challenge established processes, and threatened conventional progression roadmaps. By fostering of a culture of openness, continued innovation, investment and commitment, our regional IoT ecosystem comprising communities and stakeholders will play a key role in shaping developments and spurring the global environment to adapt and leverage on the profound economic changes to come,” he said.

IoT Asia had over 500 IoT products and solutions displayed from more than 100 companies, high potential start-ups and emerging players in IoT. The 7,500sqm event space was packed with key IoT stakeholders and cutting-edge technology all coming together to discuss the trends, challenges and the future of IIoT.

IoT Asia 2018 AerialThe exhibition space in IoT Asia was busy with over 6,000 in attendance over 2 days.

IoT Asia also marked the launch of The Interchange, an initiative by SingEx that aims to provide a common space for various industry stakeholders to collaborate on solving issues that plague many communities as more people transition into living with technology every day.

SingEx Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Aloysius Arlando, said, “The launch of ‘The Interchange’ is a natural evolution based on the needs of today’s business event participants. While expecting to be engaged on multiple fronts, participants are most keen to build meaningful relationships, learn from other industries, explore radical opportunities and derive real business value out of their committed time. By being connected in new ways, both in the online sense as well as within existing and new communities, this helps businesses address industry challenges, seed and test-bed new ideas, accelerate their time-to-market, and achieve commercial success.”

Going forward, IoT Asia will continue to stay in the lead of presenting the latest in tech by providing a conducive platform for companies, start-ups, investors and tech enthusiasts to connect and push the envelope for IoT.

IoT Asia will be back next year on March 27 and 28 in Singapore’s EXPO Hall for another epic showcase of the latest innovations in technology. Don’t miss out on IoT Asia 2019 and save the dates!

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