Connected World Conference: From the Show Floor

6/16/2011

This week in Chicago, the leading industry representatives in M2M (machine-to-machine) gathered at the annual Connected World Conference to learn, network, and share success stories. The event continues to help shape emerging trends in connected devices and M2M technology. Here is an update from the 2011 show floor:

- Connected World’s first annual Golf Outing kicked off the event with huge success. The Peggy Smedley Show broadcast a special live edition from the show floor honoring distracted driving month. Guests from ZoomSafer and Motorola Mobility discussed spreading the message of using technology safely in both enterprise and consumer settings.

“65% of companies have a written policy on distracted driving, but few proactively enforce it. Legislation and education are just part of the solution.” -Matt Howard, ZoomSafer

- In a keynote address delivered by Connected World magazine’s Editorial Director, Peggy Smedley, attendees got the first look at new industry data, market numbers, and projections that paint a new picture of M2M and connected devices—and where the major U.S. carriers rank in the marketplace. Connected World’s newly released report, “The Coming Age of M2M and Connected Devices” includes new industry-accepted definitions of M2M and connected devices: 

“M2M connects people, devices, networks, and everyday objects while communicating and interpreting data that can be acted upon in a timely manner.”


“Connected devices are general purpose products with embedded intelligence designed to collect, communicate, and relay data in realtime.”

- In a lively carrier debate, Danny Bowman of Sprint, Glenn Lurie of AT&T, Eddie Meyersick of T-Mobile, and Janet Schijns of Verizon, debated how to count connections, the migration to 3G and beyond, and each made a case for being the strongest partner in M2M.

“As a carrier, it’s our responsibility to support the (M2M) ecosystem, not force a migration on (enterprise) customers.” - Janet Schijns, Verizon Wireless

- At Wednesday’s Value Chain Awards Gala, influential corporate adopters were honored for their innovative use of M2M to solve a critical business challenge. Click here for a complete list of winners.

- Connected World hosted its first annual ConnetED Awards honoring entrepreneurs  Harry Schechter, who was selected for bringing Temperature@lert to market; Ajit Pendse for his development of Sonamba, an innovative home health solution; and ZoomSafer’s Howard for helping fleet managers control distracted driving. 

- Industry thought leaders and companies led panels on topics such as device security, open platforms in M2M, and disruptive technology in the retail space.

“More points of connectivity present more opportunities for attack. A network is only as secure as its weakest link.” - Bob Dolin, Echelon

“We’re doomed if we continue to make M2M seem hard. Simplify the equation and (M2M) will take off.” - Fred Yentz, ILS Technology

“Embedded systems are reinventing the retail experience … Smartphones (for instance) are driving a new era in price transparency.” - Mark Gentile, Odyssey Software

- The Connected World Conference wrapped up Thursday evening after yet another packed day of sessions, networking, and useful information. Highlights included an in-depth track on 3GPP and evolving standards, as well as a series of vertical-market success stories, including fleet management, healthcare, energy, and public infrastructure, to name a few. 

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