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SXSW Interactive 2013

Smart Cities and Connected Objects

The connected device market has seen a recent boom and is predicted to grow from 87 million to 2.1 billion connected devices in 2020. Sensors and meters are the most common use cases, but what happens when entire cities can become connected? A robot as a nurse? It’s possible.

The need to stay linked is only growing and there are major stakeholders that have been building the technology and infrastructure to support the growing ‘network of things’. From transportation to the healthcare industry – new business models are being fueled by how people can make their digital lives more convenient.

This session will discuss current R&D trends in the M2M space, where money is being invested and where consumers can expect to see major growth in their networks.

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  1. What are the current technologies at play in the M2M space?
  2. What is on the horizon in regards to R&D and telematics?
  3. Where will consumers see growth in their networks?
  4. What does 2020 look like for a connected city?
  5. Where is money being invested for advances in M2M? What vertical markets will see saturation first?


  • Asad Ali, senior research engineer, Gemalto


Nicole Smith, Marketing Communications Manager, Gemalto

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  • Tags: sensors
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Culture and Entertainment
  • Level: Advanced
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