SINGAPORE - 30 March 2016 - Today, IoT Asia 2016, the region's leading platform in the Internet of Things (IoT) returns with its third and largest edition from 30-31 March 2016 at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre. Themed Closing the gap: From vision to reality, this edition will reveal new insights on emerging trends, new key technologies and directions for IoT's proliferation in the region. It will also stimulate in-depth discussions to drive business collaborations in the region and undertake the real nuts and bolts of IoT implementation to make it a reality.
Jointly organised by the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) and SingEx Exhibitions (SingEx), the event was officially opened by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the country's Smart Nation Initiative.
Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive Officer of SingEx Holdings, emphasised the significance of the event to the region, "We are entering an era dominated by smart and connected devices, and IoT is fast becoming a reality in our everyday lives. Not only is this causing a paradigm shift in how we go about our daily activities, it's also changing and challenging traditional business models. IoT Asia 2016 provides a rich and diverse knowledge-sharing platform for industry players and stakeholders - from the private and public sectors - to share their challenges and solutions. It continues to be the principal event for governments, businesses and communities in the IoT ecosystem to convene and discuss real outcomes, and enhance the design of effective business solutions that could impact the wider communities across the region."
Smarter technologies for Smarter Cities and Communities
Asia's urban population is growing on an average of 44 million every year . As a result, there is growing pressure on the infrastructure of Asia's cities, from transportation to communications and healthcare. At the same time, consumer expectations are rising as people become increasingly connected. Downtime is no longer an option for any service provider. The good news is innovative IoT technologies and solutions exist today to help governments and organisations address these challenges, creating a new generation of intelligent and connected cities.
The one-stop trade event features a 4,000sqm exhibition which is double the size of 2015's event. It is based on six complementary thematic zones - Smart Cities, IoT Data Analytics, Industrial IoT (IIoT), Design Applications, Wearables and Enablers - which showcases innovative, new and emerging key technologies, and spotlights four Group Pavilions.
A new element in the exhibition is a dedicated dialogue arena called TechSpace which offers attendees the opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest IoT trends and innovations in Asia from various industry insiders and exhibitors.
Attendees can expect a wide range of IoT solutions and live product demonstrations from over 90 sponsors and exhibitors including platform solutions, cloud services, application development, data analytics, and data science, to address the latest industry needs.
Inspiration and innovation for all industries
The two-day conference component of IoT Asia 2016 will feature over 100 international speakers and industry experts from 16 countries who will take the stage and share insights across five tracks focused on Smart Cities, IoT Data Analytics, Design Applications, Wearables and IIoT. The conference aims to deliver a critical analysis of the industry, and explore solutions to overcome the challenges and complex issues surrounding IoT for a diverse range of stakeholders - from the public and private sectors to end-users. It will be kicked-off by Rob van Gijzel, Mayor of Eindhoven and Chairman of the Brainport Foundation, The Netherlands, who will share his insights and key takeaways from his city's journey towards becoming a Smart City.
Delegates will also hear from prominent keynote speakers such as Louisa Heinrich, Founder of Superhuman Inc. in the United Kingdom, Charles Reed Anderson, Vice President, Head of Mobility & IoT, IDC Asia/Pacific and Wienke Giezeman, Initiator from The Things Network in The Netherlands covering the importance of collaboration and partnerships in the IoT ecosystem to further drive innovation in the region.
Another key conference highlight is the Smart City Forum which will take place on the second day of the conference. Moderated by Rob van Kranenburg, Founder of The Internet of Things Council, The Netherlands, the session will highlight various Smart City initiatives from different countries and their respective key takeaways.
Oliver Tian, President, Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), remarked on the importance of the event, "This event has become a vital platform for the industry's best minds to congregate, deepen conversations and advance ideas on the Internet of Things. Many key industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, education and retail - all critical pillars in Asia Pacific's economies - will be transformed by the IoT. By delving deeper into real-life solutions for real-life challenges, we can see how the IoT will change the way we live and work for the better. We will need to future-proof our competencies, re-engineer our service models and drive standards towards becoming a smart city. Only then can our living standards be supplemented by converging technologies to reap the true benefits that the IoT brings."
IoT Asia 2016 continues to be the region's leading event for the advancement of the IoT industry. Conversations and new insights generated will enable the industry as a whole to accelerate forward and deliver the true value of IoT.
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About SingEx Exhibitions
SingEx Exhibitions is a subsidiary of SingEx Holdings, and is wholly owned by Singapore's investment company, Temasek Holdings. The company harnesses insights and its strategic networks to organise and manage a series of trade exhibitions and conferences in various industries including automotive, environment, education, e-commerce and logistics, technology, healthcare and lifestyle. These events aim to connect businesses in Asia and globally, and facilitate business matching with opportunities and knowledge sharing. For more information, log on to www.singex.com
About Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA)
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, visit www.siaa.org.
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Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, Singapore, speaking at the opening ceremony for Internet of Things Asia 2016 (IoT Asia 2016). ,/i>
(Left to right) Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister, Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge, Smart Nation Initiative, Singapore; Mr. Oliver Tian, President, Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA); and Rob van Gijzel, Mayor, Eindhoven and Chairman, Brainport Foundation, The Netherlands; at ADLINK Technology at IoT Asia 2016.
Source: Ying Communications & IoT Asia