Smarter Cities and Cleaner Air: A Quick Guide to Intel IoT Environmental Monitoring Solutions at IOTSWC

A woman stands under a blue umbrella while walking through one of her favorite smart cities.

IoT represents a tremendous opportunity to shape the future and improve every life on this planet. I have spent close to two decades in Embedded, Mobile and IoT. What is clearly different about the current wave is the understanding that partnerships are fundamental to the delivery of end to end solutions. In my role as GM for IoT New Market Development , this is a recurring theme in the conversations with innovators, partners and customers across the globe who are using Intel technology to drive innovation in smart cities with solutions like connected lighting and environmental monitoring.

One area I’m particularly passionate about is environmental monitoring and that will be a core focus of my time at the upcoming Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) at Fira Barcelona, October 25-27. Environmental monitoring broadly covers air, noise, water and soil monitoring. Within this broader scope, pollution monitoring represents a clear and present challenge and therefore a great opportunity to apply technology.

With the rapid increase in mega-cities and hyper-densification of cities, environmental monitoring has become critical. Audiences are frequently shocked when I cite the World Health Organization study that showed 7 million people die worldwide due to air pollution. Combine this with people impacted by water and soil pollution, deaths due to weather conditions, forest fires and landslides and it’s not difficult to see the profound impact environmental monitoring can have on human life and safety. IoT-based environmental monitoring solutions, that harness the power of connectivity including the upcoming 5G technology, can enable continuous environmental monitoring, timely alerts, and trend.

We’re in an era of transformation as powerful as the Industrial Revolution. Given this level of disruption, players in the Internet of Things are finding they have to experiment, iterate, learn and partner in new ways and via new business models. Join Intel IoT’s Jonathan Ballon as he highlights what is working as IoT becomes real. Oct. 25, 2:30 to 3 p.m., in the Auditorium. Learn more.

On that note, we have a stellar line-up planned for IOTSWC that focuses on how Intel technology enables amazing solutions for a better tomorrow. Here are some of my top picks.


Breathe Easy: Hacking Our Way to a Healthier Tomorrow

People living in smart cities breathe easy after hacking their way to a healthier tomorrow.

Intel will co-sponsor a Hackathon where participants will develop creative and innovative industrial solutions that will have a social application in areas like energy conservation, wellness, and air quality through IoT monitoring, control and management using the Intel IoT Commercial IoT Developer Kit. I can’t wait to see what the developers will come up with, we will feature the top three winning solutions in the Intel IoT booth! Join me for the hackathon Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Hall 2.

Register here for the hackathon.


Fresh Perspectives: IoT-Based Environmental Monitoring

A man points to a yellow blob on a screen, showing that according to the data, dwellers of smart cities prefer local, fresh creamery butter.

An effective IoT-based environmental monitoring solution can provide effective means for industrial compliance, and drive citizen awareness to better manage pollution. It can provide timely alerts, coupled with trend and predictive analytics to improve emergency response to weather conditions and natural disasters, saving lives.

I’ll be moderating a discussion on this topic, focusing on the partnerships, market segment opportunities and how IoT and 4G/5G connectivity will address the need of continuous monitoring of our environment in a cost effective manner for both trend analysis and predictive analytics.

Join me alongside a diverse panel — Karl Bream, VP and Head of IoT Strategy for Nokia; Keith Shea, VP of Alliances and Business Development for Wind River; Libby Wayman, Global Director of Innovation Ecomagination for GE; and Teppo T Rantanen, Executive Director, Head of Innovation and IoT for the City of Tampere.  Join us Oct. 26, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., room 4.


Growing Together: Intel IoT Ecosystem Showcase
This is a picture of small orange flowers used in an Intel IoT greenhouse demonstration.

The Intel IoT Showcase will be a great way to learn about IoT-specific applications and the developers who are architecting a new and more collaborative world.

One demo I’m particularly looking forward to having in our booth is an air quality management solution using Intel IoT technology (Booth #C301). Visitors will be able to experience an Intel IoT Platform solution that measures and communicates air quality information, enabling more intelligent decisions around global issues of air pollution.

Beyond its revolutionary impact in business and industries, IoT has enormous potential to respond to critical problems in modern day societies. Technology is a valuable tool and we are proud of the partnerships we have within the Intel IoT ecosystem that are enabling us to bring solutions to market that improve the human condition.

To learn more about IOTSWC click here. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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Sameer Sharma

About Sameer Sharma

Sameer Sharma is the Global GM (Smart Cities & Transportation) for IOT Solutions at Intel and a thought leader in IOT/AI ecosystem, having driven multiple strategic initiatives to scale over the past 20+ years. Sameer leads a global team that incubates and scales new growth categories and business models for Intel. His team also focuses on establishing leadership across the industry playing a pivotal role in deploying solutions for the development of smart cities around the world—an important effort in furthering the goal of sustainability. These solutions include Intelligent Transportation, AI/Video, Air Quality Monitoring and Smart Lighting. With far-reaching impact, each of these solutions is providing local governments a plethora of data to enhance the daily quality of life for citizens while simultaneously promoting responsible practices to protect the environment. As a leading authority on Cities and AI, Sameer is a frequent keynote speaker at top global events and has been featured in publications such as Economist, Forbes, WSJ and New York Times. His high-energy talks cover pragmatic examples of impact and reflect his passion and belief that technology can and must be a force for good in our society. Sameer has an MBA from The Wharton School at UPenn, and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Rutgers University. He holds 11 patents in the areas of IOT and Mobile. He can be reached through LinkedIn ( or Twitter (@sameer_iot)

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