IoT World Europe
Last week, IoT World Europe 2016 brought together some of the top global technology companies in Dublin, Ireland – from start-ups to established multinationals. From software companies to hardware companies, like Google and Huawei to John Deere and Volvo. Many vertical markets were also represented, including government entities (such as the Lower Colorado River Authority, which manages six power plants) and healthcare conglomerates.
Three of our leaders – two from legacy Tyco and one from legacy Johnson Controls – spoke on the evolution of smart buildings and cities. Ireland Vice President and General Manager Donal Sullivan, Vice President North America Enterprise Accounts Katrina Liddell and Lead Technologist Denis Canty were all invited to speak on various aspects of our ever-connected built environment.
Katrina kicked off the two-day event with a talk on the relationship between energy efficiency and IoT. "Our research shows that building owners and managers around the world plan to increase their investment in energy efficiency in 2017," Katrina told the audience. "And that will require integrated building technology that companies like Johnson Controls can deliver."
Donal followed up as part of a main-stage panel discussion on the new age of industry and manufacturing. "We have tens of thousands of field technicians and engineers who now have data that is far, far more powerful than ever," he explained, "how that data is used will become increasingly important." Also on the same panel, a representative from the Danish energy and shipping company Maersk agreed wholeheartedly with Donal: "We're beyond merely capturing data, and now we are able to make the data meaningful – which changes everything."
On the last day of IoT World Europe, Denis provided the closing keynote address, where he emphasized the power of Johnson Controls and Tyco coming together. "Johnson Controls has over four billion installed sensors globally," he said, citing iconic smart buildings like Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and the recently announced National Football League Hall of Fame campus.
Read the "interview with a smart building" in Irish Tech News or watch the video discussion among Donal, Katrina and Denis.