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7 observations from the IoT World Forum 2017

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It’s unfortunate that we’re left with the clumsy phrase “Internet of Things” to describe the estimated 50 billion gadgets, sensors and doohickeys that will be connected to the internet in 2020. It sounds clunky, clumsy and vague enough that it’s really easy to conflate the frivolous (a WiFi-connected kettle, for example) with the potentially life-saving.

The Internet of Things World Forum is now in its fourth year, and the conference has grown considerably from the band of true believers who attended the first ever event in Barcelona in 2014. As the conference was right on my doorstep at the Tobacco Dock in East London, I attended the first day, and here are some interesting themes I picked up on from the various talks and panel discussions I dropped in on.

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