Insights from IoT Tech Connect 2018

This year, I made my first visit to the IoT Tech Connect Conference in Troy, Michigan and I admit that I found the whole conference very interesting. I am very glad I was able to attend. Especially with it being a local event, I was a little concerned that it might be wholly Michigan centric (I needn’t have worried). IoT Tech Connect is an event developed to bring together companies, institutions, associations, and professionals to educate attendees on all things Internet of Things, M2M, and Autonomous Vehicles.

Here are the key things I learned:

Dr. Tonya Matthews did a great opening keynote, with a very stimulating overview of content to come throughout the day. With great opportunity also comes great responsibility. As devices become ever more connected and powerful, it is critical that devices and data are subsequently protected from the threat of hackers. The session that followed was focused on Industrial IoT (IIoT) where I learned the 3 ways to approach IIoT through Control, Connect, and Unlocking value. After the break, I attended a panel session involving GE, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, and Splunk Inc. on the benefits of industries using IIoT. They offered great practical insights in how to effectively identify and engage with customers who are becoming ever more powerful in determining the directions our companies should go.

After lunch, the concurrent sessions continued with IoT Cybersecurity providing powerful examples of the impact of data exchange through the IoT chain, how to deal with data security, and the impact to customer’s business. The upcoming GDPR law was discussed and they addressed the benefits that it would bring.

The final session I attended was on Medical IoT which looked at how the healthcare industry has adapted to address Connected Health Tech. Once again good, practical advice was given from leaders like Chuck Marlin, from Healthcare Technology Solutions and Chistine Salvati, from Spectrum Health/MedNow.

There were so many sessions to attend with valuable content that I wish I could have been in more than one place at once. I look forward to attending next year as I was impressed by the quality of the presentations and wealth of IoT information. The adoption of IoT is expanding across all industry sectors and is becoming increasingly important in our everyday lives.