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Robot to speak at IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona

Steve Rogerson
September 28, 2017

Next week’s IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona will have a robot panellist on two round tables of its blockchain forum, a side event within the industrial IoT trade show. And the IoT M2M Council (IMC) will hold an open industry event to announce its RFP programme.
The IMC breakfast event will be held on Wednesday October 4th at the Barcelona show. In addition to its original sponsoring companies HPE and Wind River, it has confirmed participation from SAP, Nokia, Infineon, Electric Imp, Pega, Telit, Vodafone, Interdigital and Eurotech. The event will start at 8am at the B-Hotel, directly above the Plaza Espanya metro stop. Those that wish to attend should email IMC executive director Keith Kreisher.
Also on October 4th, the Sophia robot from Hanson Robotics will discuss the exciting future for humanity promised by the convergence of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and the IoT.
Sophia is among the 365 international speakers featured in the congress and the blockchain forum from October 3 to 5, part of the Barcelona Industry Week. The congress is an event for the industrial internet and one that combines exhibition space, knowledge transfer, test-beds and professional networking.
Speakers include MIT Media Lab's, Joe Paradiso; cyber-security expert and chief research officer at F-Secure, Mikko Hyppönen; director of customer planning operations at American Airlines, Mark Matthews; and the head of integration at Nasa's Orion Mission multi-purpose crew vehicle Carlos García-Galan. Meanwhile, the blockchain forum features the creator of the Bitcoin Foundation, Jon Matonis; the founder of the Blockchain Investors Consortium, Mike Costache; and programme director of Spotify, Erik Beijnoff.
Among the 240 exhibiting companies – neartly a third up on 2016 – are ABB, Accenture Digital, Analog Devices, Deloitte, Google Cloud, Honeywell, Huawei, Intel, Microsoft, SAS, Schneider Electric, Telit, Vodafone, Wipro, Amazon Web Services, Everis, Fiware, Harting, HBC, Hewlett Packard, IoT Works, Kaspersky, Microsoft, National Instruments, Nokia, Optimal Plus, Orange, PTC, Red Hat, Sigfox, Telefonica, Thales, T Systems and Yokogawa.
The event will have an area of 11 testbeds for visitors to see the industrial internet in action. There will be elevators, boats, drones, connected irrigation systems, oil platform inspection robots and systems to prevent early frost in orchards. The area will showcase products for improving occupational safety in industry, eliminating downtime in factories and interconnecting machines and processes, as well as a cold chain logistics management system and a demonstration of how to prevent cyber attacks.
Visitors to the last event planned to invest in IoT systems more than €13,000m euros until 2020, according to a survey made by the organisation.