Thursday, November 3rd
7:00 am Registration Opens/Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome & Opening Address
8:05 am Keynote Presentation
Making Science Fiction a Reality: Energy Harvesting & Power Electronics Enable the IoT Revolution
Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox, Power Sources Manufacturers Association
Energy harvesting and integrated power electronics are no longer a lab experiment nor producing negligible amounts of usable power. The many forms of energy harvesting at our disposal turns just about any environment or application‐case into an energy recycling opportunity. From a transducer in every form of energy conversion to the ICs required to utilize them, there is a wide assortment of options already in high‐volume production supported by some of the largest players in the industry. Even more impressive are the solutions designed to concurrently accept multiple forms of energy harvesting so energy storage and utilization profiles can be optimized to operate in totally different environments. Power can make or break your electronics and wearables/IoT are no exception. Only a major focus on reducing power consumption, while also maximizing available power sources will make it possible to power the billions of devices that are predicted to dominate our everyday life. In particular, energy harvesting technologies are a reality today that will free us from batteries, recharges and enable the amazing solutions of our dreams.
9:30 am Networking Break
Energy Harvesting for IoT: Beacons and Sensors Powered by Solar
Rodney Amen, Alta Devices
Solar is the ideal energy harvesting technology for powering beacons and sensor nodes in IoT devices. At low light levels typical of indoor environments, energy harvesting is supported by power conversion ICs from a number of manufacturers. This talk will cover solar energy harvesting in general and two design case studies using solar to power: a beacon and a sensor node, with or without a battery for energy storage.
Solar Energy Harvesting to Power IoT Sensors in Low Light Environments
Daniel Stieler, PhD, Senior Physicist and Quality Manager, PowerFilm, Inc.
One approach to powering IoT sensors is using a small lightweight solar panel optimized for low light levels (200-1000 lux) coupled with a high efficiency Energy Harvesting Integrated Circuit (EHIC). The presentation will first compare the ability of the major commercially available solar technologies to operate in <1000 lux illumination.Then, the commercially available EHICs advantages and disadvantages will be discussed.A framework will be given for choosing the appropriate solar panel and EHIC pair for application at specific light and power levels.Finally, a system capable of creating a completely self powered E-Reader will be presented.
Wearables for Biomechanics: Sports Performance Challenges
Scott Thielman, CTO and Co-Founder, Product Creation Studio
Wearable technology is having a moment. With the rise of the Fitbit and Apple Watch, fitness monitoring technology is becoming increasingly more ubiquitous. Most of these device use BlueTooth technology to sync with smart phone applications, which can quickly drain battery life and require the devices to be frequently recharged. With companies adding more features and capabilities to these wearables that may strain the battery, its important to find effective low power solutions that require minimal charging. This talk will cover different materials and engineering strategies that can be used when designing wearable fitness products.
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
The Looming Storm: Four Converging Problems that Everyone in IoT will Face
Tom Hunt, CEO, WindSpring, Inc.
With billions of IoT devices coming online, there has been little discussion about the challenges IoT engineers will face in handling all the data that these devices generate. These challenges include data costs, battery life, operational efficiency and low power networks. Overcoming these challenges means looking at reinventing data compression, thereby reducing the size and frequency of data transmissions to cut radio usage, optimizing data to overcome bandwidth, latency and power issues, and enabling devices to operate efficiently, regardless of network constraints, as in LPWANs, over any existing or new protocol that enters the market.
A Gateway to IoT
Michael Finegan,IoT Business Development Director, MultiTech
IoT is growing at an astronomical rate and is getting bigger every day. To prepare for IoT, companies in all sectors must build a connected device strategy that makes sensefrom both a financial and logistical standpointif they want to capitalize on the enormous opportunity IoT offers. A Gateway to IoT,examines how customers are harnessing the power of IoT, through low but robust bit rates (connected to sensors located deep within building, in noisy industrial environments) where cellular struggles to reach.
These new low powered connections are affording industries new freedoms and access to information.From a gas line engineer who, was required to travel to sites to monitor usage, but can access it now with one key stroke, to a diabetes patient who no longer has to be stationed in a hospital but can monitor important data on their health directly to the hospital.
Centralized Power Management for Mobile Devices
Paul Thomsen, Product Manager, 1E
Modern Windows devices can provide a smartphone-like experience thanks to Connected Standby and system-on-chip architectures. Thats on 2-in-1s, tablets, etc. like Microsoft Surface Pro. Deepest Runtime Idle Power State (DRIPS) promises more than 4 days of standby while still allowing real-time communications by using as little 50 mW/hour. Firmware, device drivers, operating system, and applications must work together to make this happen but they often dont. Managing batteries on traditional laptops is also important to maximize user productivity while controlling replacement costs. Android and iOS devices have similar problems. This session will review the challenges enterprises face and some of the tools to address them.
3:00 pm Networking Break
Low-Power attendees will have access to IoTWest and DeviceWerx sessions, including:
Compose IoT Business Solutions with a Low-Code Development Platform
Most IoT applications created today are point solutions with simple backend integration. As digital business evolves, the value of IoT can only be realized when the creation of IoT Business Solutions can be simplified. One of the key characteristics shared by these high value IoT business solutions is that they all require sophisticated backend orchestrations span actors, line-of-business systems, Cloud services, and other IoT systems. In this session, we will discuss why the traditional application development methodologies, even with the widely adopted Agile Methodology, does not address the challenge. We will then explore why Low-Code Development platforms are the wave of the future, empowering organizations to build everything from simple IoT point solution to composite IoT business solution in days or weeks instead of months.
Jesse Shiah,Co-founder and CEO -AgilePoint, Inc.
How Wearables Companies Need to Evolve and Monetize After the Hardware Sale
Terry HughesManaging Director AppCarousel
In the rush to be the next wearable of choice for consumers, the focus is understandably on the hardware itself. However as seen with Fitbit and GoPro, the next challenge is always how to create an ecosystem of partners and innovation around the devices. Wearables manufacturers know that they need to create an environment where consumers spend money on services and content long after the sale of the device itself. And they know that to attract developers they need to create a profitable ecosystem where innovation is rewarded. This presentation will look at parallels in other industries like mobile, where for years the cellphone has been given away as long as the consumer signs up for a monthly plan, and where value-added services and upsells are the norm. The cellphone is a means to an end for the carriers, and in the future the wearable will be the same. It will merely be a conduit towards consumer engagement and monetization.
Using Mobile to Connect Trillions of Disposable Goods
Patricia Britton, VP Sales and Business Development, North America-
Thin Film Electronics ASA
The Internet of Things is set to dramatically improve the way we interact with objects and products as long as we deploy cost-effective, scalable solutions to embed intelligence and connectivity into everyday items. In this session, Thinfilm CEO Dr. Davor Sutija will discuss disposable, printed electronic sensors and how this technology will transform the healthcare and food industries by bringing connectivity to everyday items. Attendees will learn about the various advancements in printed disposable electronics and how producers, retailers, distributors and consumers will be able to make smarter decisions while improving business performance, supply chain efficiency and consumer safety.
5:00 pm Conference Conclusion/Cocktail Reception