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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

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

Premier business development association for IoT ecosystem adds IXP, a pioneer in the evolution, adoption and practice of human-centered design.

NEW YORK—Jan. 5, 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 Informed XP (IXP) to its esteemed member roster, which includes leading founders, executives and global IoT companies from within and beyond the technology sector. At the forefront of researching, designing and developing user experiences (UX), IXP is extending the value of UX for the industry and leading the way forward in contributing to the evolution, adoption and practice of human-centered design.

“We are honored to bring to the consortium a partner that is focused on creating engaging and persuasive experiences for individual consumers,” says IoTC CEO Greg Kahn, who Inc. and others have named a principal influencer pushing the boundaries of IoT. “With UX at the heart of the omnichannel experience consumers have come to expect in the digital age, IXP has the tools, expertise and talent to deliver intelligent products and designs— which will help move the IoT industry forward.”

As more and more connected devices become a part of daily life, it is important to consider the challenges a customer may experience across the lifecycle, from product selection to ease of setup and ongoing use. Such customer journey insights allow manufacturers and providers to significantly increase product adoption and engagement. 

UX practitioners rely on research to gather real data from real users to inform and improve design. However, compiling, analyzing and synthesizing that data can often be laborious and manual, especially when using traditional field study methods such as direct observation and contextual inquiry. Because of this, many companies still choose to skip out on important research activities. Therefore, opportunities to make this process less time-consuming and/or easier to digest could significantly benefit the UX field, as well as save companies time and money. 

With a team possessing decades of combined experience across user experience (UX), IoT, agile methodologies, web/software development, project management and more, IXP improves end-to-end user experiences through research, analysis, design, customized digital strategies and the constant testing and evaluating of real people and real-world experiences to measure success—all of which results in beautiful and intuitive experiences designed right from the start.

“We are excited to join such an impressive group of individuals, brands and companies working together to realize the full potential of the IoT and a connected future where everyone benefits,” says IXP Founder Tina Williams, a UX leader who has enjoyed researching, creating and managing digital experiences for over 20 years. “From Fortune 500s to start-ups, we’ve spent time across 11 various industries helping teams and organizations achieve their goals, and we look forward to collaborating with other industry leaders to maximize the value of IoT for the human experience.”

Since 2016, the IoTC has united the most powerful and influential executives at a succession of meetings and VIP events. On November 12, 2019, IoTC launched its flagship annual event,  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.

About Informed XP
Informed XP channels the power of evidence and design to craft compelling experiences for humans, helping them discover and comprehend information to complete meaningful actions. Leaders in UX and CX, we leverage modern, user-centered approaches such as design thinking, lean and agile to clarify strategy and accelerate transformation. We find the problems worth solving and passionately pursue outcomes for companies large and small. Forward-thinking, curious and collaborative, we embrace change to innovate IoT solutions and the digital world.

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

Aira Joins the Internet of Things Consortium

Aira Joins the Internet of Things Consortium

The Internet of Things Consortium is thrilled to announce our newest member Aira Tech Corp.

Aira Tech Corp is a technology company dedicated to making lives simpler, easier, and more fun. Based in San Diego, California, they use the latest technologies to connect people who are blind or have low vision with real, highly-trained professionals who provide visual information on demand. To learn more about Aira and what they’re doing, visit www.aira.io.

Mike Randall, Amy Bernal, Sarah Conrad and Paul Schroeder, welcome to the Consortium. We’re looking forward to future collaboration!