With no less than 1,400 participants, the first fair on the Internet of Things (IoT) was a full house. Organised in cooperation with Agoria, also itsbiggest partner, the fair brought together the Belgian IoT eco-system for the very first time. A staggering 39 exhibitors,most of which were start-ups with some maturity, presented themselves to visitors.
“Agoria’s challenge is to get members from the industry into contact with start-ups active in IoT,” explains Ferdinand Casier, IoT Business Group Leader at Agoria. “This is why we organised a competition for IoT start-ups, together with IoTBE, which brings together Belgian developers in IoT. Each start-up was given five minutes to present their project to an impressive jury featuring several industry heavyweights (*). It was a great opportunity for start-ups and industry leaders to enter into possible partnerships.”
Thefirst prize, ‘Industrial Internet of Things Innovators Challenge’, went to PLEQ, a British start-up with a branch in Ghent. PLEQ designs, develops and implements ready-for-use sensors and user-friendly solutions for data analysis. The start-up, which recently joined the incubation programme of iMinds, helps its industrial clients prevent unplanned interruptions and optimise production. To set up this predictive maintenance, hardware, mobile applications and data analysis are used, among others,allowing engineers to check everything in minutes, receive warnings whenever they want and give them better insight into production installations. Any company focusing on digital transformation should keep an eye on this start-up!
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Several links were forged between start-ups and industry leaders. We will undoubtedly get to see the first concrete results of this event over the next few months, which will definitely get a second edition.
Tom Collins, CTO of PLEQ, laureate of Industrial Internet of Things Innovators Challenge 2016.
The other finalists were Aptus, iQunet, Screvle, PLEQ, Productize, Sirus, OpenMotics, Amia Systems, Sandro Iacovella and Thingsplay.
At the Agoria stand: Emmanuelle Vin, CEO of Amia Systems.
(*) The members of the jury were: Joris Peeters (Head of Technology & Advanced Engineering ZF Wind Power), Carl Delaere (Operations manager Picanol Weaving Machines), Ward Gommeren (Managing Director GE Renewable Energy), Yves Lambert (Public Affairs Manager Renson Ventilation), Wim Van Betsbrugge (Team Manager Innovation Egemin), Bruno Depré (Business Development and Innovation Manager ENGIE-Fabricom), Herman Ulens (CTO Vasco Group), Ludwig Vaes (ICT Manager Jaga), Stefan Verbrugge (R&D Manager Vero Duco), Peter Vandewiele (Account Manager Machine Tools and Business Developer Additive Manufacturing Siemens), Bernard Delvaux (CEO Nexans Benelux), Marc van Opstal (Managing Director at Nedschroef Machinery Division)and Joost Berckx (Product Manager at Bosch Thermotechnology).
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