November 21-22 2013 in Santa Clara. Early bird rate is $1800 and it goes up. Very $$$$.
Today, cellular phones are linearly connecting people to other people and devices. Machine to machine automation with wireless sensors is being deployed but usually in islands of disparate systems. The evolution of these - the next huge opportunity - is the Internet of Things, which will both attempt to connect these existing systems and then augment that by connecting more things, thanks to wireless sensor networks (WSN) and other technologies. Data will then travel less linearly - things on the ‘edge’ form mesh networks and can make their own automated decisions, meanwhile the new big data ‘cloud’ automatically transports your preferences with you as you move, so any environment you are in is tailored to your needs without the need for you to do anything.
But where and how, in the scale of hype to reality, can the Internet of Things profit suppliers and users today? What are the pragmatic steps needed to enable the Internet of Things and widespread deployment of wireless sensor networks that are feasible and based on an ROI and not the hope someone else will pay for this?