The Daily Exchange: Day 2 at IoT Exchange

Day 2 highlights from our four academies, main stage presentations and solutions center

By , MaggieMae Armstrong, and SARAH DUDLEY | 5 minute read | April 25, 2019

Welcome to Day 2 of the IBM® IoT Exchange. Another day in which our four academies delivered valuable insights, great main stage presentations and demos that brought technology to life. And if you missed yesterday’s recap, you can read it here.

Just like yesterday, we wanted to share some of the day’s highlights:

Day 2 Keynote: Predicting the future is easy. Believing it is hard.

Watson IoT™ CMO, Amber Armstrong summed it up best when she kicked off the day with this comment, “We created this event to prove just how committed we are to you.” And part of that commitment meant bringing our attendees amazing speakers, like Kevin Ashton, a technology pioneer who coined the term “Internet of Things” and gave us the brilliant quote above.

Funny, thought provoking and incredibly interesting, Kevin’s talk, The Internet of Things and the next hundred years of computing, was chock full of examples (like the cost per kilogram to launch something into space, the total number of screens in the US and the falling cost of sequencing a human genome) that answered the question, “What’s on the other side of innovation? More innovation.” And as he pointed out, if you’re someone who does believe in the future, you have an incredible advantage over everyone else.

From the Platform Academy: “I’m going to tell how beer always finds its way to innovation”

Opening up today’s Platform Academy was Joe Vogelbacher, CEO and Co-Founder Sugar Creek Brewing Company. In business since 2013, Sugar Creek is an award-winning brewery and as Joe says, AI is now our secret ingredient.

Did you know that beer is the third-most consumed beverage in the world? It’s no wonder, then — from pasteurization to refrigeration to AI — that beer has helped drive innovation. For Joe, his pursuit of new technology started with a foamy beer. Tracking down the problem mean physically examining all parts of his equipment until he found a leaky tank. Now, after adding cameras during the filling process (for visual inspection) and sensors to monitor a variety of factors, a dashboard lets Joe and his team know at a glance where problems are, saving them time and reducing waste. Watch the Sugar Creek Quick Bytes Live episode to learn how AI helped transform their business.

From the Maximo Academy

Today’s Maximo® Academy keynotes and sessions had a common theme around keeping people moving. From escalators to airplanes, it was a soaring success!

Elevators are no longer just boxes on a rope

As a top innovator in their industry, Kone recognizes that the ways that buildings are designed, built and managed is changing. “We’re no longer selling boxes on a rope that go up and down,” stated Patrick O’Connell from Kone Americas, “We’re really working with our customers to understand the flow of people inside the buildings.” They are working to connect a million elevators and escalators across the globe to Watson IoT. Watch Patrick’s Quick Bytes Live episode below to get more details on this innovative initiative.

Turning turbulent airport operations into high-flying results

We all know the operational challenges that can arise at an airport. Broken escalators, delayed flights, long waits at baggage claim. Luckily, Arrow Electronics and IBM announced a initiative to develop Arrow’s Smart Airport Asset Management Solution. It’s a solution that addresses the complex challenges faced by a typical airport. The foundation for the solution is a pilot currently running at a large North American airport. Currently, Arrow collects data from escalators, moving walkways, baggage handling systems and potable water cabinets. The airport in the pilot program is using the solution to demonstrate how an IoT strategy can optimize the reliability of key infrastructure systems. Learn more about this exciting collaborative initiative in this blog.

From the Engineering Academy: AI will fundamentally change the way we do business.

The INCOSE Vision: 2025

Bill Miller took the keynote stage in the Engineering Academy to weigh in on the future of systems engineering and how AI, machine learning and deep learning will drive transformation. Starting with understanding what “complexity” even means, Miller explained there are 50-60 different definitions of the term, which contributes to the challenge. “We’re in a new plateau of complexity and scale. Engineering methods and tools must evolve to engineer elegant systems that are fit for purpose for today’s times and do no harm.”

A defense contractor, an analyst and a CTO walk onto a panel

Moderated by Diane del Rosso, this visionary panel session featured Chris Finlay from Raytheon, Adam Neal from Persistent and Sky Matthews from IBM. The theme was centered around what engineering teams need to do to take that step toward digital transformation, including embracing changes in culture, workforce and infrastructure. The general takeaway? With business buy in from the top, AI will be the next step to further exploit our design data to make better decisions.

Deep dives and future states

The afternoon was filled with a variety of in-depth sessions across topics ranging from the transformation in mobile system infrastructure and the impact of 5G on the IoT, to tactical reporting tools for MBSE and test management.

From the TRIRIGA Academy

Exciting new capabilities for the workplace experience

Attendees got a glimpse of the future … and future is all about us, the employees! IBM Offering Managers, Paul Lacey and David Blanch, presented the TRIRIGA® portfolio roadmap. As companies embark on creating an ideal workplace experience, facility services will focus on delivering end-user services like productive work spaces, simplified resource/room scheduling and service requests.

“Just when you feel like you’re at the finish line, there’s a new starting line.”

Louis J. Battagliese Jr., Partner, Jackson Cross Partners, give TRIRIGA Academy attendees  a “then/now” framework in his session: Lease Accounting – Post Transition – the New Normal. It was a deep dive examination of new processes, new technology, why you need better leases, and how to get the most value from your data. Does AI help? According to Louis, the answer is “yes” with AI-assisted abstraction. Because as he points out, the majority of problems arise because every lease is a unique snowflake.

Tomorrow: it’s an official wrap for IBM IoT Exchange! 

In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you more great stories from IoT Exchange. In the meantime, a hearty THANK YOU to everyone who attended. Here’s wishing you safe travels as you head back home. We hope you got a chance to learn, network and have fun.

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