No company covers it all

On June 08, 2017, Jakajima organized the 7th edition of the annual Internet of Things Event at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. DSP Valley participated as an event partner because the Jakajima-event focused on themes such as Big Data and Security – key items for Smart Systems.

By DSP Valley

We organized the Smart Systems parallel-track in the afternoon. The numbers speak for themselves: 120 speakers and attendees participated and shared their views and opinions. Over 60 people attended our presentation, nicely filling up every seat in the meeting room.

IoT causes Industry 4.0

Peter Simkens kicked off the afternoon with a presentation on ‘How to make IoT-solutions come true’. He introduced IoT as a multidisciplinary challenge. It not only covers the sensor/actuator node, but also the back-end solutions for data analysis and data storing. For application platforms with data reporting and presentation IoT also offers solutions. The conclusion: there is no single company that covers all aspects of an IoT-solution, so there is a need for co-operation and co-development. Which is exactly what the Smart Systems ecosystem aims to achieve.

Advanced manufacturing will require a network centric approach.

The first keynote speaker was Prof. Dr. Ben van Lier, Director Strategy and Innovation at Centric BV. He explained how IoT causes the Fourth Industrial Revolution (also referred to as: Industry 4.0), where advanced manufacturing will require a network centric approach by the industry.

Robbert Kelder, responsible for Lead Innovation & Business Development IoT at KPN Consulting, was the second speaker. He spoke about a number of different successful eHealth projects. Part of the success was based on the use of the Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies that KPN provisions. Robbert emphasized KPN’s belief in open-innovation and co-creation. This perfectly fits with our objectives for the DSP Valley Smart Systems ecosystem.

There is a need for co-operation and co-development, which is exactly what the Smart Systems ecosystem aims to achieve

Jeroen Langendam, VP Marketing & Business Development at ItoM, one of the initial participants in the Smart Systems project, spoke about the ‘The art of connecting to the IoT. He explained the differences in design methodologies between hardware and software developers and how to overcome the pitfalls.

The last presentation ‘Fast and Industrial Prototyping of key modules for Smart Systems’ was co-presented by Sieger Swaving, Project Manager at Philips Innovation Services, and Jan Mink, Director at VTEC Engineering BV. They presented DX-lab of VTEC and the Greenhouse Micro-assembly factory of Philips Innovation Services. They both have the infrastructure and expertise to provide fast prototyping, not as an isolated activity, but as a first step towards new product introduction and volume manufacturing.

Interactive workshop, interesting exhibitors
The workshop gave a good insight in the disciplines lacking in our ecosystem.

The afternoon program was concluded with an interactive workshop. The attendees discussed where, with their products and services, they would fit in the Smart Systems value chain. These discussions gave us a good insight in the disciplines still lacking in our ecosystem. We also developed a better insight in which companies could be interested in joining our Smart Systems project.

During the breaks, there was opportunity for the attendees to visit the exhibition at the event. On the DSP Valley-booth a prototype of a small industrial robot for assembly and industrial applications from Vincitech caught quite a lot of interest. In addition the eHealth Vest from Maastricht University demonstrated how IoT can be successfully applied in healthcare.

Overall conclusion

This Smart Systems event was a success. Everybody shared their view on the latest updates and developments in Smart Systems, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Security. An inspiring experience, only possible thanks to the speakers and the attendees. We look forward to meeting you again in one of our upcoming Smart Systems events.

We are proud to announce that our new website for the Smart Systems project has become live. Please visit www.smartsystemsproject.com for more information on the project.