Every year the GSMA Mobile World Congress gathers professionals from the tech world under the same roof and offers everyone the great opportunity of showcasing all of their hot devices & solutions. To cut it short, it’s one of the biggest tradeshows in the world & if you happen to have a thing for innovation, this is definitely the place to be!
But what does this mean for the 2016 IoT industry? What’s to expect from this year’s #MWC16 event?
Here’s a sneak peek!
HTC: Although you’d expect the company to launch a new smartphone they decided they’d skip it this year and go for something bigger! Focusing on the VR world, HTC is ready to launch their new Vive VR headset (a device developed in collaboration with the well-known game-developer company, Valve).
Samsung: the company’s flagship smartphone line-up will welcome two new hot additions – the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge but what’s even more exciting is the launching of the Gear VR platform – a mid-priced option for anyone who wants to see things from a whole new perspective.
LG: Sunday afternoon’s got big news coming from LG, the company launching its new flagship phone LG G5. Besides its high-tech specs, the phone also comes with a touch-enabled case that will lets you use your phone even when their flip cover is on.
Xiaomi: The company is already famous for their high-quality & cheap smartphones, so there is no surprise that the guys from Xiaomi are ready to launch another one. There aren’t many details about the new product, but what’s sure is that the Mi 5 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and it will be a dual SIM device (as shown in the picture below, the phone’s home screen features two signal bars and a NFC-support icon).
BlackBerry: You may have forgotten them for a while, but it’s time to think about Blackberry and their highly secure solutions once again! Nothing is sure but some rumors say that the company is launching a new Android phone @ #MWC16.
W2BI: The company will be showcasing their new automated mobile device test system for IoT along with the Smart Device Production Test Systems.
Qualcomm: Several live demos will be taking place at their booth, including presentations of the Gigabit Class LTE Speeds with Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem, Additional 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi Milestones.
MOBILE CONNECT IN HEALTH
Etisalat: The company is ready to take a step further into the IoT space with their new Mobile Connect solution that allows anyone to access an athlete’s performance data in real time without worrying about security issues.
Mouse Lab: At this year’s Mobile World Congress the company is going to present a new IoT Platform that puts security on the first place and adheres fully to the GSMA IoT Security guidelines.
Telefonica, FIWARE & Senso Wave: The three companies will hold a full demo showing how a Smart Cattle’s collar sensors can track and monitor movement and health, providing valuable info about the impact of local environment conditions on livestock.
Telefonica, FIWARE & Ubikwa: The first sneak peek of the Insylo solar panel device that allows farmers to track silo stocks with the help of mobile apps.
Jaguar Land Rover: Everybody loves a smart car, so keeping an eye on Jaguar Land Rover while at the #MWC16 is surely a smart choice, since the company is going to showcase their in-car services and all the SMART CAR innovations they just developed.
Telefonica & Here maps: The two companies are going to demo how car navigation can be enriched by real time contextual data from smart cities.
Ericsson, Nokia, Intel: Demonstration on how 3GPP-based NB-IoT technology can be used to track a fleet of hire bikes when they move into low signal areas either at street level or below ground.
Vodafone, Huawei & Oviphone: Pet lovers will be able to see how a GPS-based tracker for pets can show them real time data about their pooches.
SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
Connected living seminars: We. 24 Feb 2016 – GSMA Seminar Theatre 1 & 2 in CC1, South entrance
- 09:15 – 10:30, Mobile IoT = Trusted IoT (a closer look into the relationship between mobile and IoT)
- 10:30 – 11:30, Securing the IoT (IoT security challenge & security guidelines)
- 12:00 – 13:00, Embedded SIM: Enabling the Internet of Things (insights on the benefits which have been realized since the launch of the GSMA Embedded SIM specifications)
- 13:00 – 14:0, Big Data: Realizing the Full Potential of the IoT (how can a new generation of IoT services leveraging data from multiple sources be developed)
Connected living workshop: Tue, 23 Feb, Auditorium A, Leadership Workshop – Internet of Things (exploring the way mobile is transforming our daily lives)
- GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative – Global NB-IoT Summit (Sun. 21 Feb 2016, 12:00 – 14:45, The Consul’s Room, Casa Llotja del Mar, Barcelona)
- The Future of the SIM – Remote SIM provisioning for consumer devices (Mon. 22 Feb 2016, 14:30 – 16:30, GSMA Seminar Theatres 1 & 2, CC1 Upper Walkway, South Entrance)
- Smart Cities Sustainability (Mon. 22 Feb 2016, 15:15 – 16:15, Conference Hall 4, Auditorium 5)
- The industrial Internet of Things (Tue. 23 Feb 2016, 11:00 – 12:00, Conference Hall 4, Auditorium 5)
- The Internet of Things: Connectivity (Wed. 24 Feb 2016, 16:45 – 17:45 Hall 4, Auditorium 5)
- Securing the Internet of Things (Thu. 25 Feb 2016, 11:00 – 12:00 Hall 4, Auditorium 5)
- Connecting the Home (Thu. 25 Feb 2016, 14:15 – 15:15 Hall 4, Auditorium 5)
For more information about the event, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com.