Review M2M Summit 2015 - A technology that continues to fascinate us all
“Smart Connect – The Fascination of IoT” was the motto of the M2M Summit 2015, which took place this year September 8-9 at Congress Center Düsseldorf. This fascination could be felt during the two-day conference everywhere, and at any time. Whether it be the Tesla S, whose door handles automatically extend out when the keyholder approaches the car, or one of the many interesting lectures, or the evening networking event, M2M communication has long since found its way to the present, and yet has not become any less fascinating. Even after the ninth edition of Europe's largest industry meeting, there are still signs that the networking of intelligent devices and systems has far from reached its peak.
Around 700 participants from 30 countries and nearly 60 exhibitors - the interest in M2M, IoT and Industry 4.0 is still high amongst developers, suppliers and users. Policy-makers are also involved, as was emphasized by State Secretary Matthias Machnig of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy on behalf of the patron, Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
The themes of the two-day conference program ranged from Consumer Applications and Data Security to Industry 4.0 and Big Data. In thematic sessions such as Automotive, Smart City, and EU Market and Policy, internationally recognized experts spoke on various aspects of M2M communication. The moderated panel discussions touched on the economic, political and social impact of technology (such as questions about autonomous driving), examined from different perspectives.
In addition to the thought-provoking presentations and discussions, the exhibition area at the Summit offered "M2M to Touch." Developers and suppliers were able to physically showcase their latest developments and solutions to visitors. In thematic "Guided Tours" through the exhibition, participants were presented with particularly interesting and useful solutions. Along with the evening event on the first congress day, the Summit has increasingly developed itself more into a buzzing ‘marketplace’ to initiate cooperation and generate new leads.
The next opportunity will take place October 5-6, 2016 at the Congress Center Dusseldorf for the 10th M2M Summit.