The 2017 IoT Tech Expo Europe took place on the 1st and 2nd of June this year in Berlin. The best and brightest of the IoT world were in attendance with 4,000 attendees, 200+ speakers and 6 different conference tracks looking at real life use cases and applications today.
From the cars that could be driving themselves to the fridge that knows when you will want a beer or the drones that know the best way to water your crops; everything from the world of IoT was on display and of course, Unmanned Life was there too.
IoT is an inherently vague and broad subject that not so much describes a brand of emerging products or gadgets but a conscious universal shift in our collective future as individuals and contributing members of the internationally advancing smart cities.
Tero Blomqvist, the Program Director for Finland’s ‘Smart Tampere’ initiative which will see Finland’s southern city of Tampere become an innovative smart city and IoT hub, spoke on the second day of the IoT Tech Expo introducing a hybrid solution for mobility in the smart city. Blomqvist, and the city of Tampere, believe a combined effort is needed from current ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft and autonomous vehicles. Not only will individuals ride share in a car pool system or tram to work, that vehicle will also be autonomous and capable of seamlessly navigating blocked roads and traffic choke areas.
This discussion was not just highlighted in Tero’s keynote at the IoT expo but was also the centrepiece of a panel discussion when HyperloopOne, BlaBlaCar and OSVehicle joined Unmanned Life on stage for Latitude 59 in Estonia last month.
“No city or municipality is thinking about doubling the size of the roads leading in and out of our cities, but what some are considering are these ‘drone ways’, paths of air transportation that run slightly above our roads that will allow the flight of passenger carrying drones…you can come to Dubai and see this happen in a few months,” says Mr Chatterjee at Latitude 59.
It wasn’t all about the big picture however; industry IoT and automation had their time to shine particularly on Day 1 when Ralf Hagen, the Engineering Manager of Nestle took to the stage.
Discussions about process and production automation rarely go beyond the realm of robot arms, sensors and software designed to identify, learn and record the optimal output for your business. However, for us at Unmanned Life, Ralf’s presentation meant so much more.
The above clip is our A-DaaS software in action, enabling fleets of rovers and drones to work autonomously in a controlled environment.
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