Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Digi presents IoT awards at annual conference

Steve Rogerson
June 27, 2019
RaceTrac, Otis Elevator and Walgreens were among the winners at this month’s annual IoT awards presented during Digi’s Global IoT Conference in Minneapolis.
RaceTrac won best IoT application for retail for its use of Digi’s SmartSense to integrate temperature sensors with its facilities management platform. Otis Elevator won the business impact award for its integration of IoT to continue making buildings smarter. And Walgreens won best IoT application for healthcare for its collaboration with SmartSense using hardware and software to monitor medication quality and quantity.
The three-day event brought together more than 300 IoT leaders and practitioners to discuss topics from business transformation to IoT deployment, AI, 5G and beyond. The conference heard customer stories, saw demonstrations and recognised IoT leaders
The IoT leadership award honoured Evoqua, a specialist in the protection and improvement of water resources, which developed an IoT customer centric platform that is changing the water treatment industry. Evoqua increases value and insights for its customers while refining operational performance through continuous monitoring and edge machine learning. The company leverages predictive analytics to deliver a proactive service model.
Otis Elevator integrates the IoT to make buildings smarter through enhanced traffic management during peak hours of operation, and better serving its customers by increasing effectiveness of maintenance and repairs, and improving uptime.
The best IoT application awards honour organisations that have distinguished themselves as game-changers by the development of the IoT using technological insights to demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and knowledge of the market.
There were co-winners for the innovative application of the year – AddÉnergie and Kessler-Ellis Product (KEP).
AddÉnergie is bringing intelligence to charging infrastructures. It operates four major electric vehicle charging networks in North America, and relies on Digi gateways to ensure seamless, cost effective wireless connectivity to the networked stations. In addition, it uses its cloud-based management system, making the network completely manageable remotely.
KEP designs, manufactures and services industrial process automation and control products. With its complete IoT system, it leverages the opportunity to measure steam required to heat and power major cities.
The best IoT application for healthcare was won by Walgreens. Collaborating with SmartSense, Walgreens uses hardware and software to oversee and monitor medication quality and quantity in its pharmacies and clinics.
The best IoT application for retail was won by RaceTrac. The chain uses SmartSense, which integrates temperature sensors with a facilities management platform, meaning when a sensor goes out of range, technicians are automatically informed to reduce equipment downtime.
Digi’s channel awards recognised distributors and partners for providing value to customers and helping further the IoT market overall. This year’s awards went to:

  • Innovation integrator – S&T
  • Innovative integrator – SageNet
  • Global distributor – Digi-Key Electronics
  • Regional distributor North America – Synnex
  • Regional distributor rest of world – Fengbao Trading
  • Regional distributor EMEA – Melchioni.
  • IoT partner – Express Systems & Peripherals
  • New product introduction partner – Mouser Electronics
  • VAR – Clever Devices
The conference, sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Synnex, Mouser Electronics and Symmetry Electronics also featured a keynote from Ajay Agrawal, economist and author of Prediction Machines. Application-specific sessions were presented by Digi IoT experts as well as AWS, Hitachi and Symmetry Electronics. Guests also heard from Digi customers including RaceTrac Petroleum and Evoqua, and visitors explored applications in action in the IoT zone with more than 30 demonstrations.