The IoT World 2017 was concluded in May, but the IoT ecosystem keeps growing and developing day by day. The main takeaway of the IoT World 2017 event are the ten key areas that will drive growth in the Internet of Things: smart cars, intelligent transportation, smart buildings, connected homes, self-healthcare, smart cities, retail, manufacturing, energy grids, and agriculture 2.0.

What should we expect by the IoT World 2018? Where is the IoT industry moving? And is there still such a thing as IoT? Erik Ljung, Ciklum’s CTO, attended the event and answered our questions.

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Erik Ljung: “The size of the conference grows year to year as with the expectations of IoT”

Last year the event saw a 74% increase in attendance compared to 2015 with over 10,100 attendees of IoT World 2016. But the 2017 event broke even that record with over 13,000 attendees, 300+ global thought leading speakers and 200+ sponsors and exhibitors. Can you imagine that in 2014 the event has managed to gather only 1,000 visitors? IoT is still on the rise, but way more mature – companies are not setting sights on IoT anymore, but developing and advancing tangible solutions.

“This year we saw an increase in service providers (like Ciklum) showcasing the ability to deliver not only technology, but solutions”, says Erik.

Last year Ciklum’s team won the IoT World 2016 Hackathon. Being the engineering team of the service provider, they have developed an integrated platform which operated with an autonomous external defibrillator (AED), designed to save human lives. Delivering technology is not enough anymore, to be competitive at the IoT market you need to be able to deliver full-blown solutions for your customers.

Erik Ljung: “The IoT market is maturing in the sense that more discussions are focused on business outcome and value creation and less on technology challenges”

Read here about the winning Ciklum’s solution for the IoT World 2016