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Internet of Things Consortium Adds Connected Health and Wellness as One of Five Core Verticals to Advance IoT Growth and Adoption

Premier business development association for IoT ecosystem responds to urgent need for innovation in connected health and wellness amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

NEW YORK—April 2, 2020 – The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC), the premier business development association for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, today announced it will add connected health and wellness to its key verticals of focus. Recognizing the urgent need to advance IoT growth in a sector overwhelmed by COVID-19, IoTC and its member partners will prioritize innovation in connected health and wellness—with wearables a sub-vertical—while continuing to focus on driving IoT adoption in connected cities, homes, autos and retail.

“Coronavirus has without a doubt underscored the critical need to drive adoption of devices, platforms and services to support individuals at every level of care—from preventive to emergency,” says IoTC Founder and CEO Greg Kahn. “As quickly as technology advances, so does the evolving and changing needs of our world. We need public-private sector collaboration immediately to bring new innovation to the forefront.”

Many experts have conceded that the U.S. healthcare system is in crisis, with rising healthcare costs, increasing wait times to see specialists and skyrocketing premiums. While telemedicine and connected health devices are emerging in American society, the adoption of connected healthcare is slower than expected, particularly among smaller medical practices that do not have the resources of large hospitals and healthcare systems. 

In a 2016 survey conducted by the American Medical Association, for example, only 15.4 percent of physicians used telemedicine for patient interactions and only 11.2 percent worked in practices that used telemedicine for interactions between physicians and healthcare professionals. Before the coronavirus outbreak, the financial burden of implementing telemedicine was the most significant barrier. Now, the pandemic has forced the government and healthcare systems to extend telemedicine across a wide swath of the country—in both rural and urban environments—to reduce emergency room visits and the spread of the virus to healthcare providers. Just days ago, for instance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries—particularly those at high-risk of complications from COVID-19—can receive a wider range of services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. 

Under new flexibility granted by the supplemental spending bill, private payers are already making changes that could be helpful. In addition, some insurers are encouraging patients to use telehealth services via third-party vendors and participating network clinicians to reduce the risk of exposure and contact. 

“Startups and pioneering companies never wavered in the exploration and development of new ways to give healthcare and wellness solutions a much broader reach,” adds Kahn. “From the patient-physician experience to consumer devices that help people monitor and manage their health and wellbeing anywhere at any time, companies unencumbered by bureaucracy are emerging as innovators filling a vital need. It’s time we put our full force behind them and support them.”

Since 2016, the IoTC has united the most powerful and influential executives at a succession of meetings and VIP events, as well as webinars and podcasts. The leading association advancing consumer and enterprise IoT, consortium members form strategic partnerships, share knowledge and best practices to help educate consumers and the broader business community while tackling industry roadblocks for IoT products and services to cross the chasm of early adoption to mass market. 

On April 9, 2020, IoTC will launch a new virtual series, IoTC NOW, which will address and discuss the current pandemic and its effect on specific industry sectors. Register here for the first panel focusing on connected health and wellness. Hear from organizations innovatively adapting and join a conversation where best practices as well as new ways to engage with prospective or existing clients and partners will be shared.

For more information about IoTC, visit iofthings.org.

About the Internet of Things Consortium

The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) is the premier business development association for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. It is comprised of executives, leading founders and global companies in IoT. The IoTC’s mission is to ignite the growth of the IoT marketplace by leading the industry’s effort through strategic partnerships. The organization focuses on five key verticals: connected homes, autos, cities, retail and wearables.

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Media Contacts:
Lora Wilson or
Valerie Christopherson
Global Results Communications
+1 949 608 0276
iotc@globalresultspr.com

Internet of Things Consortium Welcomes Creator to Elite Roster of Members Committed to Driving the Internet of Things Forward

Premier business development association for IoT ecosystem adds fan-tech pioneer of smart products that are changing the way sports fans engage with teams and brands 

NEW YORK—March 10, 2020 – The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC), the premier business development association for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, is pleased to announce the addition of Creator to its esteemed member roster, which includes leading founders, executives and global IoT companies from within and beyond the technology sector. A global pioneer in fan-tech, Creator works with brands like AB InBev, Coca Cola and Telstra to design, develop and manufacture smart products that not only connect sports fans to their favorite teams but also create unique user experiences in the home. 

In addition to project managing millions of connected devices globally, Creator is inventing new fan experiences with the world’s biggest teams and brands through smart devices. While sports fans represent a significant portion of the population in many countries, less than 1% actually fill stadiums. That’s why Creator focuses on the other 99%. Developing a killer user experience (UX) for IoT and Smart Home, Creator is building the world’s first in-home fan-tech engagement and activation platform centered around Win The Home Game. As teams and sponsors look for new ways to engage with the next-gen fan, Creator is opening a new, direct digital channel from teams and brands to fans homes and hearts.

 “We are proud to partner with an innovator bringing a lifestyle approach to the IoT market,” says IoTC Founder and CEO Greg Kahn, who Inc. and others have named a principal influencer pushing the boundaries of IoT. “As more products are connected to the Internet, there will be new opportunities for companies to connect with consumers worldwide. Creator’s platform addresses a legitimate use-case of sports fans, giving brands invested in innovation a new smart channel to engage audiences directly in the home.”

“As fans, we all want more,” says Creator’s Co-founder and CEO Travis Crothers. “Our team is working on some game-changing products due for release in 2020 that will provide more access, more information, more experiences. Particularly as teams and sponsors search for new ways to give their fans a 360-degree experience, we think that our devices and platform will certainly bridge the gap.” 

Since 2016, the IoTC has united the most powerful and influential executives at a succession of meetings and VIP events. The leading association advancing consumer and industrial IoT, consortium members form strategic partnerships, share knowledge and best practices to help educate consumers and the broader business community while tackling industry roadblocks for IoT products and services to cross the chasm of early adoption to mass market. On November 12, 2019, IoTC took this to another level with the launch of  IoTC NEXT: The Connected Future Summit, where brand executives, technology leaders, investors and top media committed to the development, integration and implementation of connected technology came together at TheTimesCenter in New York City to share experiences and new ideas, build impactful partnerships, spur creativity and ignite the growth of the IoT marketplace in five key verticals: connected homes, autos, cities, retail and wearables.

For more information about IoTC, visit www.internetofthingsconsortium.com

About the Internet of Things Consortium

The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) is the premier business development association for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. It is comprised of executives, leading founders and global companies in IoT. The IoTC’s mission is to ignite the growth of the IoT marketplace by leading the industry’s effort through strategic partnerships. The organization focuses on five key verticals: connected homes, autos, cities, retail and wearables.

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Media Contacts:
Lora Wilson or
Valerie Christopherson
Global Results Communications
+1 949 608 0276
iotc@globalresultspr.com

Internet of Things Consortium Applauds Companies Pulling Out of Mobile World Congress for Putting Their Employees Health and Safety First

Internet of Things Consortium Applauds Companies Pulling Out of Mobile World Congress for Putting Their Employees Health and Safety First

In light of coronavirus threat, premier business development association for IoT encourages companies to consider specialized, concentrated ecosystem partner events as an equally important if not more sustainable approach moving forward

NEW YORK—FEB. 13, 2020 – The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC), the premier business development association for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, today applauded the companies pulling out of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona for their dedication to keeping employees safe in light of the potential coronavirus pandemic. Undoubtedly triggering a chain reaction that resulted in the first-ever cancellation of the biggest mobile phone show on earth, these companies remind us that even in an increasingly digital, AI world, humans still come first. 

“This is an unfortunate and unprecedented outcome,” says IoTC Founder Greg Kahn. “Companies across the globe and the City of Barcelona prepare year-round for this event, which provides tremendous networking opportunities not to mention the excitement of seeing firsthand some of the latest technologies coming to market. But, I think it’s important to remember that small, concentrated ecosystem partner events are equally as important if not a more cost-effective and sustainable model moving forward.”

The MWC was scheduled to commence on February 24, with approximately 100,000 delegates from about 200 countries across the four days of the conference. On Wednesday, the event organizer GSMA, was forced to cancel this year’s show after more than 40 companies pulled out due to health and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Numerous reports suggest this represents a significant loss to participants, Barcelona’s hospitality and business community and GSMA, which may bear enormous costs already incurred from planning alone.

“There may be some good to come from this after the dust settles,” adds Kahn. “It may be the catalyst that drives more frequent and more intimate relationship building among businesses. That’s not to say these big shows are not worth their weight in gold. That’s like saying companies won’t get value from attending the Super Bowl. People from all industries and all walks of life still appreciate these spectacular experiences, and this is certainly one of them. But we should not lose sight of the smaller things that incrementally add up to be priceless as well, for business and beyond.”

Since 2016, the IoTC has united the most powerful and influential executives at a succession of meetings and VIP events. The leading association advancing consumer and industrial IoT, consortium members form strategic partnerships, share knowledge and best practices to help educate consumers and the broader business community while tackling industry roadblocks for IoT products and services to cross the chasm of early adoption to mass market. In 2019, IoTC took this to another level with the launch of  IoTC NEXT: The Connected Future Summit, where brand executives, technology leaders, investors and top media committed to the development, integration and implementation of connected technology came together in New York City to share experiences and new ideas, build impactful partnerships, spur creativity and ignite the growth of the IoT marketplace in five key verticals: connected homes, autos, cities, retail and wearables.

For more information about IoTC, visit www.iofthings.org

About the Internet of Things Consortium

The Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC) is the premier business development association for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. It is comprised of executives, leading founders and global companies in IoT. The IoTC’s mission is to ignite the growth of the IoT marketplace by leading the industry’s effort through strategic partnerships. The organization focuses on five key verticals: connected homes, autos, cities, retail and wearables. To learn more, please visit www.iofthings.org, IoTC NEXT: The Connected Future Summit, and follow us @iotconsortium and on LinkedIn.

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Media Contacts:
Gaby Lechin or
Valerie Christopherson
Global Results Communications
+1 949 608 0276
iotc@globalresultspr.com

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