May 22-25 | Boston, MA
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If you’re looking for ways to leverage the IoT and transform the way your company does business, this education track encompasses everything you need to know.

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Below is a Sample List of Sessions. Full Agenda Coming Soon.

Why Size Matters with ThingWorx
David Bernbeck, PTC
We’ll have a discussion and walkthrough of typical ThingWorx reference architectures, covering both cloud-based and on-premise architectures. We will also provide guidelines to determine appropriate hardware for running your ThingWorx platform.

IoT Security: A Penetration Tester’s and Attacker’s Perspective
Weston Hecker, NCR
The IoT industry is connecting devices to the the internet that were never thought possible or necessary. Once users get use to these connected devices, it’s hard to think of life without them. Some manufactures forget the simple fact that the devices they are connecting are in effect computers.

We will discuss some of the largest security findings, what attracts researchers to your device, and share the most common mistakes manufactures are making. We’ll also discuss simple methods to keep your devices out of the news and make it harder for attackers and security researchers to exploit the devices. We will look at the attack surface of the devices deemed to be in IoT, and look at unintentional uses and other physical and brand damaging IoT research.

One Size CAN Fit All: Leveraging IoT Gateways for Channel Success
Jessica Sweeney, LILEE Systems
This year, 6.4 billion IoT devices will be connected worldwide, jumping to nearly 21 billion by 2020. Advances in architecture supporting IoT and M2M connectivity provide channel partners a rare opportunity to serve dynamic markets – transportation, industry, law enforcement, and many others – with a single platform that can scale to fit.

New gateways offer real-time, on-site analysis, using fog computing integrated with cloud-based analytics, which provides added flexibility and performance. Advances in connectivity ensure high-quality, ‘always on’ communications. Managed service capabilities allow channel partners to monitor, update, and maintain their deployments.

IoT Security Challenges and How to Meet Them
Rob Black, PTC
Having challenges with IoT Security? Come and learn more ThingWorx can help you build a secure IoT solution. Learn more about ThingWorx unique security features and about the most recent security features that have been added to platform. Finally learn about some of the IoT security challenges in the market and how ThingWorx can help you meet those challenges.

Smart Cities 2.0: What Works Today
Alicia Asin, Libelium
Let’s imagine a modern city in 2020. A Smart City. Urban planning, ecology, and information technology reach everywhere to improve quality of life. Sensor-based systems are already in place in many municipalities all over the world. Soon, smart cities everywhere will be generating tons of data to help us find a parking spot, conserve water, monitor transport, crowds, and pollution levels, and keep us safe. In Smart Cities 2.0, the citizens are driving. They demand quality-of-life indices. Lighting, energy, water, transportation are crucial; air quality and noise pollution touch everyone acutely. Sustainability has moved to the forefront and so has urban resilience, the ability to recover quickly from climate change risks or other disasters.

Unscheduled Maintenance. It Can Cost Millions, Harm People and The Environment
Brad Cline, PTC & Stefan Niculescu, PTC
Systems operating in industrial settings require a high degree of Reliability and Availability. Facilities like power generation plants, manufacturing lines, and oil & gas drilling sites rely on the operational capability of complex equipment.

The consequences of unscheduled maintenance include not just the costs of lost production revenue. Failures impact the bottom line through repair and clean-up costs while critical failures can potentially cause harm to people and the environment. Reducing the likelihood of failure in these environments has long been a goal of Reliability Engineering.

This session will discuss Machine Learning analysis, how it will better identify failures and improve preventative maintenance while providing an example of a real world application of the process.

Building a Better Nerf Gun
Jason Diamond, PTC
Building connected products can be a complex endevour. Thankfully, the ThingWorx SDKs make this an easy and straightforward process. We’ll show how the ThingWorx Edge Team built a Connected Nerf Cannon using a Raspberry Pi and the ThingWorx Java SDK to easily communicate a wide variety of telemetry, and provide remote interaction with a connected device.

From Reactive to Proactive: Fixing Things Before They Break
Osman, Aziz, PTC
Customer operates Reflow Ovens for the manufacture of Printed Circuit Boards and in order to maintain consistency in production quality, monitors Oxygen Parts Per Million in internal environment and Air Intake rates. Customer alarms on hard set points and deals with maintenance in a reactive fashion. We will cover use case determination and framing for applied analytics and how an implementation of ThingWorx Analytics was able to take the customer from a reactive maintenance strategy to a pro-active predictive strategy by leveraging the capabilities of ThingWorx Analytics. We will also cover development of a UI in ThingWorx Foundation that makes use of ThingWorx Analytics results and speaks to the fundamental use by the customer on the factory floor.

Adapt or Drown: The Impact of the 3rd Wave of IT Productivity
David Sherburne, Carestream
IoT, ubiquitous connectivity, cheap sensors, big data and smart sevices, are all driving huge change. The '3rd wave of IT' productivity will affect all who don’t plan ahead. Incumbents will succumb to new players more prepared to embrace change.

During this presentation we will discuss:

- How companies will have to design and merge machine data streams with product technology features and mobile devices to improve services and change customer delivery models at a rapid pace.

- What kind of services will be enabled by data on our and adjacent markets? What kind of a company will we be in 5-15 years and and how does that reshape the current model and offerings? What are the product design and architectural considerations of adopting IoT technology? How will the IoT mature and is our culture agile enough to mature with it?

ThingWorx: Platform for Management Revolution
W David Stephenson. Stepenson Strategies
In the second Harvard Business Review (HBR )article, Jim Heppelmann and Professor Porter raised the challenge, "For companies grappling with the transition (to the IoT), organizational issues are now center stage — and there is no playbook. We are just beginning the process of rewriting the organization chart that has been in place for decades.”

We will argue that ThingWorx can be much more than a technical IoT platform. It can answer the question by being a platform for management change, away from hierarchy and linear processes, to an integrated circular management form revolving around a REAL-TIME IoT data hub.

It can break down information silos, improve efficiency and also spark innovation by allowing departments to work collaboratively -- and even integrate supply chain and distribution partners as well as customers.

IoT Improves Your Customer Support Better -And For Less- Than Free Pizza
Puneet Padit, Glassbeam
Customer service costs continue to increase, driven by the greater complexity of today’s products, growing compensation costs for personnel, and higher expectations of quality service among customers.

Companies may be tempted to cut back on the quality of support to save money, but there's a better option: Increase customer satisfaction and decrease costs by utilizing IoT business analytics, machine learning, and cognitive computing for real time business intelligence.

New, powerful information analytics platforms exist that collect, distill, analyze, and present massive amounts of operational data in easy-to-digest formats—in real time. Learn how ThingWorx and its technology partners are delivering value and using IoT Analytics and Cognitive Intelligence to transform customer support operations for companies that manufacture smart connected products.

Big Data, AI, AR and IoT Join Cows, Sheep and Pigs in the Field of Farming
Nahel Gandhi, CNH Industrial & Jordan Reynolds, Kalypso
Manufacturers of farm equipment and machinery are faced with a critical imperative: to innovate in a world of rapid population growth, global climate change, regulatory guidelines and shifting consumer expectations.

To succeed in this environment of radical change, manufacturers are turning to radical innovation – including big data and artificial intelligence. Using CNH Industrial as an example, we explored how farm equipment companies – once complacent with anemic rates of change – are quickly becoming leaders in industrial innovation with digital capabilities.

We will discuss how disruptive drivers in the global food supply chain are changing the field for farming equipment manufacturers, and how agricultural manufacturers are responding with business model innovation and rapid automation driven by data and analytics.

We’ll share leading practices for getting started with capabilities like IoT, big data, machine learning, and augmented reality.

The Lab of the Future, Today: IoT Success in Life Science R&D
Alok Tayi, TetraScience
Many entrepreneurs have balked at the thought of building IoT solutions for fragmented markets, like life science. At the age of fifteen I saw a huge opportunity which resulted in working in some of the most prestigious research labs in the world.

Two years ago, while doing research at Harvard, I had a eureka moment.: There had to be a more efficient way to run experiments and manage experimental data, and I realized IoT could be the answer.

My co-founders and I launched TetraScience to connect the ecosystem to support science and speed the path to scientific discovery.

We will also delve into these compelling customer use cases:

- With new data analytics, a lab ops team found a way to decrease capital equipment budget by 10% and servicing by 13% for ROI of 29x within 3 months.

- By using cloud-connectivity, an experiment saved $3M - and resulted in a life-saving drug getting to market six weeks faster.

The Rapidly Evolving World of IoT: A Company’s POV
Elena Vasconi, Itron
As the world changes and becomes more interconnected in IoT, there are tremendous opportunities to innovate, for new customers and in new markets. Organizations need to be dedicated to developing new business opportunities in high-growth industries and emerging markets and foster new business innovation. Itron Idea Labs accelerates innovation to create competitive advantages by being agile; testing disruptive solutions; engaging with customers, early and often; and delivering strategic solutions at a faster pace. Itron Idea Labs is designed to be complimentary to Itron’s businesses and collaborates with internal teams and partners to identify, research and develop new business models. Once a model is verified and a solution is developed, Itron Idea Labs works to transition that solution back to Itron’s existing businesses.

Lighting Controls Help Smart Cities Do More Than Just See Better
Kathryn Caspar, Synapse Wireless
Smart, connected cities, built with innovative IoT technology, promise to change the way people control and maintain their city’s infrastructure and services. A key component of a smart city is the lighting network. Lighting and the intelligence in the lights exists at the edge, and combine to form a network. Learn how cities can deploy smart lighting, to not only deliver energy efficiency, optimal ROI, and compliance with regulations as it relates to lighting, but also to deliver a foundational platform for a multitude of smart city applications. From parking to security, a smart lighting network can transform your city to improve processes and quality of life with lower operating costs.

How IoT and AR Reach Crazy Fast Speeds
Tamir Plachinsky, Griip Automotive Engineering Ltd
Griiip, a startup company, designs and manufactures innovative race cars targeted at the entry level racing categories.

Griiip implements new technologies with an emphasis on affordability while creating a new racing experience for all. Using IoT and Augmented Reality (AR) is a significant part of the company’s strategy to change motorsport.

Suppling users and consumers with all the data they need, directly and right-on-time, will enable them to operate independently without intermediary entities. We will share how Griiip uses the sensors installed on its G1 race cars to collect, analyze, and present data benefiting and increasing the effectiveness of each participant throughout the cars’ life cycle: engineering, operations, service, marketing, sales and -most important- the drivers and viewers.

Print 3D Sensors and Antenna Directly onto Products
Dave Ramahi, Optomec
We live in a 3D world, and to fully realize the IoT vision of ubiquitous, smart connected products, sensing and connectivity must conform to 3D reality. However, legacy Sensor and Antenna production is generally 2D, failing to optimize for cost, size, weight and performance when adapted to 3D products. We will describe how Optomec's Aerosol Jet system can directly print 3D Sensors and Antenna onto existing structures, an essential building block for IoT rollout. Examples include Strain, Creep, Current, Gas, Temp & RF Sensors; and Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi Antenna.

As a digital Additive Manufacturing process, this solution enables parametric design libraries accessible in CAD/CAM, backed by qualified printing parameters.

This direct digital approach results in lower upfront cost, as well as functional benefits. For example, a tightly integrated sensor provides more sensitive data, which is critical to maximizing LifeCycle savings in Industrial applications, like Condition Based Maintenance.

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