March 13, 2019

Recapping the IoT Evolution Expo 2019: Recognizing Infrastructure Needs of Smart Cities and IoT

Earlier this month, the 20th Annual Internet of Things (IoT) Evolution Expo took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from January 29th to February 1st.

IoT strategists, developers, technology buyers and telecom professionals gathered to discuss emerging trends in the industry. ADRF’s Director of Business Development, Greg Najjar, had the privilege of speaking on two panels to discuss smart city applications in Atlanta and the impact of connectivity on the advancement of IoT.

First, Greg held a discussion with moderator Chris Celiberti, head of technology at StreetWire on “Lessons from the Greater City of Atlanta.” The smart city panel highlighted ADRF’s in-building Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) solutions deployed in various properties in Atlanta, such as the Fox Theatre and SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. It largely focused on the foundational aspect that in-building cellular connectivity provides smart cities. Infrastructure is the key component in ensuring consistent system performance.

Greg’s second panel was co-presented with Sirqul Founder and CEO Robert Frederick. Their panel, “Analytics in Action,” discussed how IoT can be layered on top of connectivity infrastructure to gather valuable insights that deliver measurable improvements for venues. Some scenarios that were mentioned included Sirqul’s IoT platform within stadiums and factories. Sirqul’s IoT solution can help management locate a fan’s exact location to deliver food in a stadium or enable autonomous robots in factories and warehouses.

The IoT Evolution Expo presented a unique opportunity for leaders in telecom and IoT to connect across party lines and discuss ways they can collaborate to deliver innovative experiences for consumers. Looking into the future, the two industries will continue to work together to meet the diverse network needs of smart cities and streamline cellular efficiency