Exploring Realtime Data


Today, we all want to communicate faster. M2M (machine-to-machine) and connected technologies are evolving to enable information to travel more quickly, helping both businesses and consumers to make better, more informed decisions. These communications applications take many forms, from a smartphone alert that the front door is open, to a sophisticated system for tracking goods as they transit around the world.

Both of these examples depend on access to realtime information. As our society becomes more used to sharing and receiving data, the capabilities for connected technologies will only expand. In the soon-to-be-released 2013 M2M Sourcebook readers will find detailed information about the status of vertical markets making use of connected technology and M2M, including healthcare, security, transportation, energy, retail, consumer, and more. 

All these industries are using realtime communications, which is a broad term that can encompass a variety of technologies and use cases. To drill down into the ways realtime communications are making a difference in industries, and how technology will continue to evolve in the future, professionals, educators, researchers, and students will gather next week in Chicago.

The IIT RTC Conference and Expo, held September 10-12, focuses on realtime communications, and it’s designed to bring together member of both the professional and academic worlds. Held at ITT (Illinois Institute of Technology) Hermann Hall in Chicago, the conference will include members of the telecommunications industry, standards bodies, policy and regulatory institutions, as well as educators and researchers. 

Attendees will talk about realtime communications during session tracks such as mobility, Web and emerging technologies, unified communications, security, and NG911. The latter track focuses on connecting emergency services using NG911 (next-generation 911), which allows for enhanced 911 communications from mobile devices. Unified communications will touch on topics such as cloud computing and mobility, and how business processes can be affected. The security track delves into issues regarding protection of data on devices and networks.

Among the session highlights is one from Alec Saunders, the vice president, developer relations and ecosystems with QNX Software. He will discuss the reinvention of the “open ecosystem” when it comes to developing mobile apps for business, examining the opportunities for developers to take their work from initial concept through fruition. You could say it’s perhaps one of the more intriguing sessions, as QNX Software has been in the news lately as the technology behind the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. Many are pondering what might be next for RIM and how this new operating system could help it move into new lines of business. 

Keynote topics will include a browser discussion that includes Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Voxeo; as well as one that addresses ‘over-the-top’ services for service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Alcatel-Lucent. These two big-picture discussions are sure to be can’t-miss sessions in the conversation regarding the next generation of allowing machines to talk to machines. 

The IIT RTC Conference and Expo delivers a sharp focus on delivering direction on using emerging technologies for the purposes of realtime communication. Emerging technologies will make frequent use of realtime communications, and understanding the issues involved will lead to a better understanding of connected technology in general. 

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