The inaugural Internet of Things (IoT) Asia 2014 held at MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO from April 21-22 concluded with a resounding success with 59 speakers, 40 exhibitors and over 1500 attendees from 32 countries, establishing itself as one of the leading and largest internet of things events in Asia.
IoT Asia 2014 was officially opened by Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Singapore. In his address , Mr Teo mentioned that internet of things is important to Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to create new markets for new products, as well as to serve as an enabler for productivity improvements. He added that the Singapore government is committed towards driving the adoption of IoT in SMEs by allocating $500 million for a 3-year ICT for Productivity & Growth Programme as announced in the 2014 Singapore Budget.
The internet of things is a new class of technology and has immense potential to transform the way we live our lives, be it at a community, city or country level. The rise of such technology presents a myriad of new opportunities across multiple business sectors. As such, IoT Asia 2014 was conceptualised with the main objective to help identify the needs in the IoT industry in Asia and augment the adoption and adaptation of this growing technology in the region to improve business operations and the lives of people.
Says Aloysius Arlando, CEO of Singex Holdings, “The inaugural IoT Asia 2014 has gathered great support from industry leaders and serves as an ideal platform to benefit businesses that are looking to learn or adopt the IoT technology. The potential of IoT in Asia is huge and together with the Singapore Industrial Automation Association, we look forward to growing the event to be a bigger and better edition in 2015.”
Echoing his comments is Oliver Tian, President of Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), co-organiser of IoT Asia 2014, “The event featured a comprehensive conference programme with an excellent array of exhibits and a great turnout. This is an excellent platform for accelerating the awareness and plans for adoption of IoT solutions. We are very encouraged by the very positive feedback and turnout, and next year’s event promises to be even more alluring”.
The exhibition featured over 40 exhibitors from 11 countries, and this includes companies such as Cisco, StarHub, SAP, Intel, Bosch and A*Star.
New technologies and products were showcased at the event including SAP We Care, a healthcare concept application using wearable glasses which allows doctors and medical staff real time access to Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Bosch’s Urbanville, a city platform which assists to improve mobility, security and quality of life, better integrating citizens with the cities they live in was also featured at the exhibition. Local exhibitors include HutCabb Consulting, Apps-Connect and Advantech.
Says Juha Lindfors, Co-Founder of OpenRemote from USA who exhibited at the event, “We are very happy with the high quality of event organisation, the level of interest participants have for IoT, and the presence of many local and international visitors. It has convinced us that Singapore will become an important hub for the technology development around IoT.”
One of the key highlights of the event is the keynote address on smart cities focusing on the city of Santander by His Excellency Inigo De La Serna Hernaiz, Mayor of Santander, Spain. Amongst the topics discussed include deploying large-scale city-wide IoT solutions, project scoping and phases of development, and the rewards and ongoing challenges in managing these projects with the conference delegates.
His Excellency Inigo De La Serna Hernaiz sums up his experience at the event, “IoT Asia 2014 has been an amazing experience for me. As the person responsible for managing the city of Santander, I am really glad to have participated in a conference which has set up a bridge between technology and citizens, making it really useful for the different stakeholders working around Internet of Things.”
Over the two-day event, IoT Asia 2014 showcased the adoption and implementation of IoT, resulting in higher productivity with lower operating costs, and improvement to the overall quality of life. Jointly organised by Singex Exhibitions and SIAA, the IoT Asia conference and exhibition will return from 8 – 9 April 2015 at the Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre. Visit www.internetofthingsasia.com to find out more.
Established in 1982, the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) is a professional trade association that facilitates strategic alliances, building globally competitive business communities through innovative and effective application of industrial automation and M2M (machine-to-machine) technologies.
Since 2006, SIAA has been actively promoting the use of M2M technology to encourage enterprise productivity and competitiveness, complementing the improvement achieved through automation. SIAA also reaches out to regional communities as it explores and develops automation programs across various industry segments.
Playing a key support role in the implementation of automation and productivity initiatives spearheaded by government agencies, SIAA is recognised as the vanguard of automation, the key catalyst driving the acceleration of applications in the Internet of Things.
For more information, please visit www.siaa.org.