IoT India Congress 2019, India’s largest Internet of Things platform, kicks off its 4th edition in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, August 22, 2019: The fourth edition of India’s largest conclave on IoT, the IoT India Congress, 2019, was set in motion today at the Hotel LaLiT Ashok in Bengaluru. The two-day event is India’s largest Platform of platforms for the Internet of Things.  This year’s focus is on mainstreaming  Internet of Things (IoT) and its implementations in real life problems. The Congress was inaugurated via the mobile app.  This was followed by the commencement of the dedicated tracks on IoT in Energy, Healthcare, Defence, Standards and Regulatory, Retail, Digital Communication, Skills and Development, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Smart Cities. 

The event was graced by dignitaries like Nigel Fine, Chief Executive, The IET, UK, Prof David De Roure, Professor- eResearch, University of Oxford, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, GoI and  Dr. E.V Ramana Reddy, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka. The Chairman’s address was delivered by Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Chair, IET IoT Panel & IoT India Congress, President, Aeris Communications. Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney delivered the Chief Guest’s address

With this edition, IoT India Congress becomes the first platform to discuss the integration of IoT in the defence sector with panellists from the Indian army, DRDO, Indian Air force and BEL. This edition will see 85 speakers, both national and international from various organisations like Quadrant, University of Oxford, Samsung R&D Institute, Aeris Communication, Unlimit, Tohoku University, Siemens, Philips Innovation Campus, EdX, Manipal Hospital, Bata, MG Motor and Tata Group, among others will be participating in the Congress and to discuss how IoT is being implemented in the industry. This edition also includes a mix of 10 panel discussions, 4 use cases sessions and 5 future tech spotlight sessions.

Some of the key highlights of the event will be:

  • IoT Live Zones: A Healthcare Live experience zone where attendees can touch, feel and experience IoT.
  • Use Cases: Bonafide IoT implementations from the Indian industry, including cases presented by Tata Communications, Unlimit, MG Motors, QuicSolv Technologies, SemTech and SenRa.
  • Future Tech Spotlight: Leading R&D speakers provide a sneak peek into the future of IoT and its real-time applications. Spotlights conducted by Dr Atsuhiro Nakagawa, Tohoku University Hospital, Dr Aloknath De, Samsung R&D Institute and Prof David De Roure, University of Oxford.
  • Mega Transformation: Witness India’s mega implementation story of Aadhaar- India’s unique digital identification story. Practitioners will talk about the regulations, challenges and solutions for a mega scale IoT implementation.
  • Workshops: Spanning latest conversations in IoT, the sessions will explore success stories and business models, laying emphasis on applications of IoT with a data focussed approach for professionals.

The Congress will also host the prestigious IoT Thought Leadership Awards 2019 ceremony and PoP +91 awards 2019 which will recognise exemplary work done by individuals and  start-ups respectively in the IoT space.

Some of the eminent speakers at the event are:

  • Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, Government of India
  • Sir Robin Saxby, Technology Entrepreneur, Ex-founding CEO and Chairman, ARM Holdings plc
  • Dr Aloknath De, Corporate VP & CTA, Samsung R&D Institute, India
  • Dr Atsuhiro Nakagawa, Attending Physician, Neurosurgery, Tohoku University Hospital, Japan
  • Prof Dave Murray Rust, Programme Director, MA, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Gopichand Katragadda, Founder and CEO, Myelin Foundry
  • Prof David De Roure, Professor, E-research, University of Oxford
  • Ajit Ashok Shenvi, Director, Marketing Solutions, Big Data & Analytics, Philips Innovation Campus
  • Dr Ajit Kalghatgi, Ex-Director R&D, BEL (Bharat Electronics Ltd)
  • J T Rao, CMD, WinAMR
  • Juergen Hase, CEO, Unlimit powered by Reliance
  • Lalit Mishra, Head, Strategic Engagements, India IoT – Tata Communications Ltd
  • Lokesh Payik, Chief of Digital Enterprise, Bosch
  • Luis Jorge Romero, DG, ETSI
  • Mike Carr, President IET
  • Nigel Fine, Chief Executive, IET
  • Prakash Chnadraker, Country Business Unit Head, MV & Systems, Siemens
  • Praveen Arora, Vice President, India IoT - Tata Communications Ltd
  • Dr Purnendu Sinha, Group Technology & Innovation Office, Tata Group
  • Rajan Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)
  • Sanjeev Gupta, VP Engineering services, Capgemini
  • Saru Tumuluri, CEO, Khosla Labs
  • Sauvik Banerjjee, Technology & Digital Leadership, Tata Group
  • Lt Gen Dr S P Kochhar, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Sector Skill Council (Retd. SOin C, Indian Army)
  • Dr Subrata Rakshit, Associate Director, CAIR, DRDO
  • Vikas Purohit, CEO, TataCLiQ
  • Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Chairman of IET India IoT Panel, President Aeris Communications
  • Shekhar Sanyal, Director and country Head of the IET

During the Chief Guest’s address, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, Government of India remarked, “ IOT is something that has enormous potential for India and the world. A combination of technology can help us solve problems that we never imagined we could solve. We must understand the combination of emerging technologies like IoT, blockchain, 3D printing etc, pluck them out of their spaces and deploy them to solve problems. IOT will be the champion in adding to the proliferation of data. “

In his special address, Dr. E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka said, “IoT startups founded in Bengaluru are conquering the world and collaborating with the best minds globally and given the widespread adoption of IoT in multiple industries, it is indeed time to mainstream IoT.  The Government of Karnataka’s focus will therefore be on IoT and its convergence with other emerging technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics and the impact it will have on Cybersecurity. Karnataka and Bengaluru are leading the country in terms of the Innovation Economy, powered by its rich eco-system of over 450 research labs, more than 400 Fortune 500 companies, and over 100,000 PhDs with diverse specialization. Supporting and handholding of startups has been the cornerstone of the Government of Karnataka’s IT Policy as they play a pivotal role in innovation and the roll-out of new technologies.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, Chairman of the IET India IoT Panel and President, Aeris Communications said, "The first edition of the IoT India Congress started out with the vision to provide a platform for IoT enthusiasts to create a roadmap for IoT adoption. In the fourth edition, we come full circle by discussing and demonstrating the application of IoT across sectors. It’s great to see the transformation that has occurred over the last four years. It’s encouraging to see the enthusiasm and  participation only growing over the years”

“It is now the time for applications and real life demonstrations. This edition is a platform for industry leaders and startups, who usually work in silos, to come together and discuss the current challenges being faced by each sector and what can be done to address them. It is exciting to see the entire tech community come forward with tangible solutions to explore the future of IoT. In this edition we have included more tracks, which shows the magnitude of  expansion of IoT applications. We also have an IoT Live Zone, Use cases, Future Tech Spotlight and workshops. It’s a testimony of the significance of the conference that we have a large number of international and national speakers and greater level of excitement from participants.”said Mr. Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head of the IET.

About IoT India Congress:

IoT India Congress is a flagship event organised by the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). IoT India Congress 2019 is the 4th edition of India’s largest Platform of Platforms for the Internet of Things. While our first edition was devoted to unifying the fragmented IoT ecosystem and building the Platform of Platforms for the Internet of Things, the second edition focused on exploiting this platform for unravelling business outcomes and demonstrating business opportunities. Over the 3 editions, the event has gained significant momentum and engagement with key ministries of the Government of India. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Department of Telecommunications, NITI Ayog – India’s apex planning body of India have

About the IET:

The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most multidisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century.

The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.

Institution of Engineering and Technology - India

The IET office started operations in India in 2006, in Bangalore. Today, we have over 13,000 members and have the largest membership base for the IET outside of the UK.

Given the increasing global importance of India as an engineering hub* our aim is to make an impact that has relevance both locally and internationally. Our strategy is to make a meaningful impact on the overall competency and skill levels within the Indian engineering community and play an influencing role with industry in relation to technology innovation and solving problems of public importance.

We want to do this through working in partnership with industry, academia and government, focussing on the application of practical skills within both learning & career lifecycles, driving innovation and thought leadership   through high impact sectors. Our volunteer led panels are means through which we deliver our strategy. The IET India IoT Panel was born out of this focus.

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