IoT at MWC Los Angeles

State of the Industry

Though “IoT” has been a buzzword for many years, the Internet of Things ecosystem is now creating practical value for businesses. Billions of connected and intelligent devices are in use today and they have been integrated into every part of our lives. Some data collecting devices, like wearables, are a personal choice, while others, like connected cameras on city streets, are often unnoticed while they collect public data. IoT has already lived up to the promise that it will improve industries and lives, but with so much data collected, there can be risks. This theme will examine successful IoT use cases and deployments, while identifying where the opportunities and risk still exist with IoT.

IoT and Intelligent Connectivity

As noted in the recent GSMA Report on Intelligent Connectivity, the potent combination of 5G, artificial intelligence, smart platforms and the Internet of Things will change the world in many ways. Intelligent connectivity has already enabled new IoT applications and has allowed the global IoT market to finally scale. As new connectivity solutions continue to come to the market, we will see which networks will power the internet of intelligent things. 

IoT and the Impact on Industry Verticals

IoT technology has been rapidly integrated by a variety of industry verticals. The early adopters, like retail, healthcare and manufacturing, have already seen the benefits that automation and mobility provide both businesses and their consumers. Whether a store wants to track inventory in the store, a doctor wants to collect and analyze patient data, or a business wants to be able to predict when machines in the factory need maintenance, IoT makes it possible. IoT has already proven that it is a key driver of business growth, and new IoT use cases continue to emerge every day.

Transforming Smart Cities

IoT devices have been integrated in all of the places we work, live and play. As a result, expectations have changed. Citizens want to ask their in-home virtual assistant for real-time traffic updates that could affect their commute, they want to have multiple transportation options at a moment’s notice, and they want to feel safer knowing smart city lights will illuminate their walk home. IoT makes this a reality.

Today, smart cities use IoT devices to collect and analyze data, which can be turned into actionable improvements to infrastructure, services and public safety. Integrating and managing these smart city solutions requires collaboration between the public and private sectors. With over 80% of the US population living in urban areas, the potential for smart cities is nearly limitless and will continue to be a huge opportunity for IoT.

IoT Conference Agenda

Over the three days of the show, the IoT Conference sessions will highlight the latest trends, while also illuminating the opportunities and risks that we need to consider as an industry.


1:00 – 2:00 pm Scaling the Internet of Intelligent Things

While it has taken longer than expected, the global IoT market is realizing its growth potential. The combination of high-speed networks, AI and IoT has created new and valuable business opportunities. As the number of connected devices continues to grow, how can businesses ensure their intelligent IoT solutions are safe and reliable today? And can they future-proof their IoT solutions to allow true scalability?

2:15 – 3:15 Edge Computing: Creating New IoT Applications

With billions of connected devices in use today, it has become inefficient to process the volume of IoT data in the cloud or data centers. More data is now being stored, analyzed and acted upon at the edge of the network. Artificial Intelligence at the edge allows companies to make real-time, data-based decisions that will improve operational efficiency while also creating new revenue streams. Looking ahead, most IoT applications and use cases will rely on edge computing to deliver value.

3:45 – 5:00pm The Promise of IoT Connectivity

Selecting a connectivity provider has become one of the most important decisions a company can make when rolling out or expanding IoT solutions. With an array of connectivity options to choose from, companies must assess, and reassess, which options will deliver the connectivity features they need while protecting their bottom line.  

This session will seek to answer the questions:

  • What are the current demands for IoT connectivity? Do companies have what they need today and will they have what they need tomorrow?
  • Are 5G networks ready for IoT solutions? And are 5G networks even needed for most IoT solutions?
  • What innovative technologies should companies look to when extending their IoT network coverage?


1:00 – 2:00pm IoT in Retail: The Shopping and Purchase Experience

Thanks to the rise of IoT, the shopping and purchase experience will change forever. Increasingly, sensors keep track of items placed in shopping bags, eliminating the need for check-out.  Smart shelves reduce inventory error and ensure that in-store items are where they say they are. Robots and beacons create a more personalized shopping experience that encourage loyalty. And payments are becoming automatic, no longer feeling like a transaction. What does the store of the future look like? What experiences do consumers want? What does this mean for businesses and their employees?

2:15 – 3:15pm IoT in Healthcare: Changing Treatments and Changing Lives

Advancements in IoT have transformed the way patients, or potential patients, are treated. Wearable and implantable devices have the capability to transmit potentially life-saving data to doctors.  High-speed and reliable connectivity enables remote surgical treatments. Cameras in homes allow elderly populations to age in place. Further integration of IoT in healthcare can dramatically improve lives, but there are understandable concerns around personal privacy and security. With technology powered by data, can we help and protect patients in a secure way?

3:45 – 5:00pm IoT in Manufacturing: Automation, Optimization and Robots

With its market size expected to exceed $45 billion by 2022, the manufacturing industry was one of the early and most successful adopters of IoT. Companies integrate analytics solutions to predict the machine maintenance in factories, minimizing downtime. Augmented Reality goggles give technicians in the field real-time guidance on work orders, ensuring quality of work while empowering employees. Robots and sensors track and move inventory in a safe and efficient way. IoT has already proven its value in manufacturing, and new opportunities to create additional value continue to appear. What does the factory of the future look like? Are there any humans workers?


11:00am – 12:00pm Smarter Cities, Smarter World

The world is becoming more urban, and people are moving to cities at a rapid rate. While many US cities already have integrated IoT solutions to improve the lives of their citizens, the expectations of a “smart city” are constantly evolving and changing. How are cities keeping up with citizen demands today while also preparing for smart city demands of the future? Will the constant digital transformation of cities mean remote communities can never catch up?

12:15 – 1:15pm IoT Devices: Always Listening, Watching and Learning

More than 56 million smart speakers were sold in 2018. Billions of sensors and cameras keep our smart cities safe. With IoT devices in all of the places we work, live and play, there are many advantages for citizens, seen and unseen. But there are also security risks. How can we leverage IoT devices with evolving intelligence to improve and protect the world around us?

2:00 – 3:00pm The Internet of Safe Things

The level of confidence in IoT security could have huge business implications for organizations large and small. Emphasis is often placed on securing the device alone, but each player in an IoT ecosystem must do their part to help create an end-to-end security solution. This session will bring together a microecosystem to showcase an example of a robust end-to-end security solution, followed by a panel discussion examining citizen concerns about privacy, security, public safety and regulation.