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5 Things to See at IoTSWC

Heading to the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) in Barcelona? With more than 300 exhibitors, 32,000 square meters of floor space, and 300 speakers, there is a lot to see. To help you build your agenda, I’ve gathered up the top things to see and do:

It’s All About AI

With all the recent advances in artificial intelligence, it’s no surprise that AI is a major theme of the show. To get an overview of these developments and how they will impact you, start the show by attending AI’s Acceleration of IoT: Profoundly Changing Our World, presented by Jonathan Ballon, Vice President of the Intel® Internet of Things division.

If you can’t make the October 16 talk, there is a second presentation on October 17.

2. Computer Vision Gets a Whole Lot Easier

If you are interested in AI, you won’t want to miss the showcase of solutions based on the Intel® Vision Accelerator Design. These reference designs help developers radically increase performance of vision inferencing workloads at the edge—such as detecting street traffic conditions or anomalies in city waste management systems. They come in three flavors:

  • A high-performance version based on the Intel® Arria®10 FPGA
  • A power-optimized version based on the Intel® Movidius X VPU
  • A lightweight version optimized for cost

You can learn more about these new solutions at Intel’s booth (Stand 341), where you’ll also find several of the following demos.

3. Look into My Eyes

One of the first vision kits to hit the market comes from IEI Integration Corp., which is adding Intel® FPGAs to its already-impressive TANK AIoT Developer Kit. To get a sense of what you can do with the kit, IEI created a demo that uses deep learning to detect macular degeneration.

Swing by at Intel’s Stand 341 to see the demo in action.

4. Watch What You Wear

AAEON is also bringing some of the first vision kits to market—in this case, a low-power setup based on the Intel Movidius X VPU. The company has an intriguing demo that checks workers for safety gear like helmets and high-visibility vests before allowing them onto a work site.

The demo is running at Stand 341. You can also visit AAEON at Stand 143 for more information.

5. Be a Better Driver

Continuing with cool demos, ADLINK has a driver behavior detection solution that leverages Intel’s new “lightweight” vision kit. The demo detects a variety of driver distractions like eating and talking on the phone. It’s just one example of the many ways you can put the new AI hardware to use. Like the other demos, you can see this one in Intel’s booth.

(You can also see a joint ADLINK/Foghorn demo at Stand 411—this one shows off the tech we recently covered in our article Edge-ifying Machine Learning for Industrial IoT.)

Of course, driver distractions are just one of the many challenges of busy streets. To show how computer vision can help cities keep traffic flowing, Advantech has an intriguing road monitoring demo. The demo uses the lightweight vision kit to analyze traffic flow, classify vehicles, and read license plates, among other things. Swing by Stand 341 to see it in action.

A World of Amazing IoT Solutions

All these demos barely scratch the surface of all the great AI, deep learning, and computer vision developments coming to the show. I’m excited to see what unfolds during the event!

About the Author

Kenton Williston is the Editor-in-Chief of and served as the editor of its predecessor publication, the Embedded Innovator magazine. Kenton received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2000 and has been writing about embedded computing and IoT ever since.

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