We caught up with him on his return from the Industry of Things World to ask how it went.
First off, why were you there, at the Industry of Things World USA 2016 in San Diego?
Lemonbeat GmbH has a significant amount of experience in the areas of Smart Home, Energy and Building Automation in Europe, but we feel Lemonbeat has a lot to offer in Industry too. My aim at the event was to find out more about the challenges and requirements within Industry in North America. Our solutions are flexible enough to deal with all sorts of use cases, but we need to establish a good understanding of current industrial processes, in order to adjust our offering to meet the needs of potential customers within this area and perhaps to come up with innovative new ideas that might be of benefit to them.
How did the event go?
It went very well. Through our involvement with W3C, we gained a number of opportunities to take part at the event. I held a presentation on „IoT in practice“ as part of the main events programme, as well as moderating a roundtable discussion. The topic of the discussion was „Bringing IoT into the real world – the success factors“, and with a high number of participants, it proved to be a lively discussion. For our part, I explained the key advantages of Lemonbeat relevant to the market, as well as backing that up with one or two examples of proof of concepts we are currently working on. I was also present on the W3C stand which Lemonbeat had sponsored, which allowed me to conduct more detailed conversations and network.
What was in your presentation?
I started off by going into some detail around our experiences of device communication within smart homes, as well as our advantages within this area with Lemonbeat. Our ability to enable intelligent device communication without the need for a gateway or central unit seemed to generate a lot of interest. Many other solutions out there, regardless of use case, require a „broker“ between devices in order to carry out mapping. We don’t believe that should be necessary. I also pointed out that although we use common internet technologies within our own stack e.g. HTTP, CoAP, TCP, UDP and IPv6, a direct internet connection isn’t necessarily required for intelligent device communication. Naturally, we can do both, but for large industrial use cases, it is often important that device networks can be created without internet access.
Generally I received a lot of positive feedback with regards to our technology and made a lot of useful contacts. That means I will be back Stateside in the coming months.