IoT Set to lead International CES in Las Vegas

Tomorrow mark the beginning of the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada that will continue until Friday the 9Th of January. The show will showcase over 3,600 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems. There will also be a conference program with 250 sessions that will host over 150,000 attendees from across the globe.

According to the CES website this promises to be the largest ever IoT showcase to date, with over 900 exhibitors of IoT connected devices.

Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA is reported as saying, “The ‘Internet of Things’ is the hottest topic in tech right now. It’s all about the opportunity to connect everyday items like cars, home security systems and kitchen appliances to networked devices like PCs and smartphones for greater control and management of our everyday lives. We’re excited that the 2015 CES will bring together all of the companies and products that are making this a reality.”

Keynote speakers include Boo-Keun Yoon, the president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel Corp., who will both be focusing on their latest IoT innovations.

To help promote the conference an array of TV personalities, professional athletes and musical icons will also be in attendance under various roles including: Actor, and radio/TV personality Nick Cannon, Rapper, and actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, daytime talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, and television host and producer Ryan Seacrest along with a number of others.

There are high expectations for the conference with rumors of Apple possibly launching their smart home, HomeKit platform. This platform will turn a user’s iPhone or iPad into a central control hub for connected devices.

Hendrik Bartel, research director at Gartner was quoted as saying, “I think we will see the trend of more household/standard brands in the connected home space. This will be a huge step towards democratization of such services and devices. Certainly Apple HomeKit will bear the first fruits, and we should see products taking advantage of deep iOS integration at CES 2015. I am also really hoping for new innovative ways to control existing connected home devices.”