Sensors Expo & Conference celebrates grand event

The 2016 event saw a double digit increase in show attendance and featured more than 100 industry experts and 300 exhibitors highlighting cutting-edge sensor innovations






Sensors Expo & Conference the nation's leading event focusing exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, recently concluded its 31st annual event in San Jose, California. Featuring more than 100 industry experts and innovations from over 300 exhibitors, the 2016 conference celebrated its most successful showing citing a double-digit percentage increase in attendees. Highlighting advancements across Flexibles, Embedded Systems, IoT, MEMS, Robotics, Wearables, and more, the industry’s most recognized brands and hottest startups demonstrated the future of sensing technology and its real-world applications to engineers, executives, and industry influencers alike.

The 2016 Sensor Expo & Conference event featured nine conference tracks, over 55 Technical Sessions, five Pre-Conference Symposia, and two visionary Keynote Presentations from Dr. Ken Gabriel, widely regarded as the founder of the Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) industry, and Ray Zinn, author of "Tough Things First" and Silicon Valley's longest serving CEO. In addition, the expanded interest from the academic community led to the creation of a new Non-Profit and University Program designed to provide opportunities these audiences to introduce research and innovative designs to the larger sensors community. During the University panel, speakers touched on the future of engineering education and the importance of career exploration.

In keeping with the show’s commitment to providing opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing, Sensors Expo & Conference 2016 also held an inaugural Women in Sensor Engineering (WISE) Breakfast on Thursday, June 23rd. A highlight of the event, participants offered each other support and advice noting that as women in engineering, a good partner support system is critical. Speakers also encouraged all young people to get into engineering as it helps the industry as a whole become more creative and innovative.

“It was great to see many of the industry's leaders in one place and it allowed me to aggregate the tools and technology which are essential for my business,” noted one attendee from SolAps LLC, while a representative from Technocel stated, “Sensors gives you access to learn more about new technology out there from best of the world, all under one roof.”

Recently named the Fastest-Growing "Next 50" Show in Blended Growth by Tradeshow Executive, Sensors Expo continues to deliver the opportunities, experience, and meaningful interactions engineers, professionals, and exhibitors demand to capitalize on the sensing innovations happening today. Exhibitors remarked that the event is an ideal platform to educate, engage, and inspire the sensor community at large.

“We come to Sensors because this is one of the best places to engage with actual real-world applications, industrial sensing, components, and the whole gambit. It’s really all the ingredients that are needed to build connected systems and that’s what we’re all about,” commented David Ewing of Synapse Wireless.

“We have been at Sensors Expo for three years running. It is a great show that has grown and brought us the right audience to talk about our new technologies, engage with customers, and showcase our new products. We’ll be back next year!” noted Mario Calvo at Parker Hannifin.

The 2017 event is slated for June 27-29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Cision appoints Kevin Akeroyd as global CEO

Peter Granat Appointed to Executive Chairman

Cision, a leading global media intelligence and communications solution provider and portfolio company of GTCR, announced that Kevin Akeroyd has been named global chief executive officer (CEO), effective today.

Kevin Akeroyd, Global CEO, Cision

Akeroyd succeeds Peter Granat, who established the company’s position as a global public relations and marketing cloud leader, and will transition to chairman of the Cision Board of Directors.

Akeroyd has more than 25 years of experience in reshaping modern digital, social and mobile marketing globally. Most recently he was general manager and senior vice president at Oracle Marketing Cloud where he orchestrated and executed the industry’s most prolific acquisition strategy, including Marketing Automation, Omni-Channel Campaign Management, Web Personalization, Content Marketing, DMP, Mobile Marketing, Data, and X-Device Orchestration. Under Akeroyd’s leadership, Oracle went from a non-entity to the #2 player in the entire industry in under three years, growing the business in 29 countries globally, and boasting the highest organic growth rate of all the major Marketing Cloud providers rate three years running. Integrating the solutions and the go-to-market, Akeroyd and Oracle created the Enterprise Marketing Platform category and have led it from the onset.

Prior to Oracle, Akeroyd held senior leadership positions at companies including,, RR Donnelley, and Jigsaw, exemplifying his immense knowledge of the cloud and marketing industries, strong leadership, and ability to deliver exceptional results.

Akeroyd’s leadership scale and deep domain expertise in acquisition integration, marketing software and content services, make him a perfect fit to move Cision forward on the next step of its accelerated growth journey.

“Peter Granat has been an innovative leader with a proven track record of success, and I am grateful for his work to bring the company to such an elite position of strength in the industry,” said Kevin Akeroyd. “I look forward to working with Peter and the entire Cision team in the company’s ongoing efforts to deliver innovative products and services to marketing and communications professionals.” Under Granat’s leadership, strategy and vision, Cision has grown from $130 million in revenue to over $630 million in revenue, and has completed five acquisitions in the last two years to become the global market leader in media intelligence and content distribution services.

“I’ve been honored to lead the Cision team during such an exciting period of growth for the company,” said Peter Granat. “I look forward to working with Kevin and this remarkable Cision team in my new role as chairman of the board.”

Honeywell make Experion Orion improving safety and efficiency at industrial plants worldwide

  • Experion® Orion Console Enables Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Connectivity
  • Both Greenfield and Brownfield Plants Adopting the Technology

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced that more than 130 award-winning Experion® Orion Consoles – the most advanced operator interface in the world – have been sold globally, helping industrial plants operate more safely and efficiently by transforming the control room experience and enhancing operator effectiveness.

“Plant owners want to maximize the effectiveness of control rooms, and they need a solution that will allow them to get maximum output from a range of operating units while being intuitive and effective even when abnormal situations occur,” said Pieter Krynauw, vice president of HPS’ Projects and Automation Solutions business. “We are really talking about reshaping the control room experience bringing together innovative software and a world class design within the Experion Orion Console.”

Since the introduction of Honeywell’s TDC 2000 controller in the early 1970s, industrial control rooms have relied on a growing number of monitors and systems to manage an equally ever-expanding set of technologies. Operating units have grown in size and number in response to growing consumer demand for products. Less than two years ago, Honeywell introduced the newest advancement for industrial control rooms – the Experion Orion Console. Shortly after that introduction, plants in industries as varied as refining, petrochemicals, mining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper began installing the technology.

One of the earliest implementations of Experion Orion Console was at ICL Brasil’s Cajati chemical plant, near Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“The Cajati plant has been an important part of our company’s success for almost 30 years,” said Arnaldo Dias Jr., industrial manager of ICL Brasil. “For this upgrade, we needed technology that would help us boost our competitiveness and improve our leading position as the premier manufacturer of phosphoric acid.”

HPS has similar projects ongoing at critical manufacturing and production sites in countries such as Angola, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States. 

In 2015, the console was recognized as a winner of Control Engineering Magazine’s Engineers’ Choice award in the Hardware category. The console builds on Honeywell’s flagship Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) control platform and features IIoT connectivity and an improved ergonomic design to improve the effectiveness of operators. Its flexible, ultra-high definition displays simplify control system management, helping reduce operator fatigue and improve situational awareness. The console provides a single interaction point where all plant data can be displayed and acted on in a meaningful manner.

The Experion Orion Console’s design was based on operator inputs generated from numerous visits to plant control rooms around the world and across industries, in both newer and older plants. The software, hardware design and capabilities are the result of behavior observations, as well as insights collected in multiple phases at plants, including process startups and during periods of abnormal operations.

Icon labs announces international business expansion for cyber security solutions

Growing awareness and demand for cybersecurity technology drives security needs worldwide

Icon Labs, a leading provider of embedded networking and security technologies, announces the addition of six distributors for its industry recognized Floodgate cyber security solutions. Icon Labs now has distribution partners worldwide including in Scandinavia, Israel, France, Canada and the UK as well as in the United States. 

Icon Labs recognized as a leading provider of Embedded Firewall and Cyber Security Solutions for consumer, industrial, medical, military and critical infrastructure equipment

Icon Labs’ Floodgate Security Framework solution provides a platform for developing secure, connected devices.  The platform makes it easy for device developers to incorporate security into the architecture of the device itself and provides security management and visibility, device hardening, data protection, and secure communications.   Natively securing the devices themselves provides extra layers of protection, audit, and compliance independent of the secure perimeter, reducing the need for expensive and complicated security appliances.

Icon Labs’ Floodgate Security Framework provides:

  • Security policy management
  • Event and command audit log reporting
  • Integration with the McAfee ePolicy orchestrator (ePO)
  • Integrated embedded firewall
  • Firmware and intrusion detection support
  • Support for RTOS and Embedded Linux based devices

“Modern industrial automation, utilities, and embedded devices are complex connected systems that often perform critical functions,” says Alan Grau, CEO of Icon Labs. “Industry, governments, businesses, etc., have recognized that no longer can they rely on just protecting the network. They need to protect the devices themselves.  They are now requesting that security be built into all the various components and devices that make up the network. Even small edge devices can be the entryway for cyber-attacks and need to be protected. Icon Labs and our network of distribution partners are rising to meet that challenge!”

"Our customers tell us that providing cybersecurity is becoming an essential requirement for any device that is connected to the internet. They understand that every day these threats are becoming more dangerous, more critical," says Thierry Le Gall, General Manager of I.S.I.T in France.  "By adding the Icon Labs Floodgate Security Framework to our portfolio, we are able provide developers with the ability to effectively build in high quality security into products."

"Icon Labs is the leader in providing cybersecurity - an increasing requirement for embedded systems, particularly in safety-critical and high-integrity world," says Chris Hills, founder and CTO of Phaedrus Systems in the UK. "By adding the Floodgate Security Framework to our portfolio, we are able provide developers with the ability to build security into their architecture."

“The battle against cyber-attack is never ending,” says Tomer Bogin, CEO of ScaleIL in Israel. “The Icon Labs Floodgate platform enables our customers to develop cost effective solutions against a constantly evolving threat menace. Not only does Floodgate provide a defense, it also allows us to monitor the attacks so that we know who and what is doing the attacks.”

PTC identifies as the leading provider of PLM in Aerospace and Defense

CIMdata Recognizes PTC as Leader for Second Consecutive Year

PTC announced that CIMdata, the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, has named PTC as the leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) collaboration software to aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers for the second consecutive year.

“Based on CIMdata’s research, PTC once again leads the industry in cPDm solutions within the Aerospace & Defense market with its PTC Windchill portfolio. Its smart, connected solutions have been greatly enhanced with the addition of ThingWorx technology, which helps PTC’s customers use the Internet of Things to enable Product Lifecycle Management that truly spans the lifecycle from idea to use in the field, and can leverage that operational intelligence to improve future products,” said Stan Przybylinski, vice president of research, CIMdata.

The report also forecasts the PLM market to reach $52.3 billion by 2020, with digital manufacturing growing to $886 million over the same five-year period. In early adopting industries like aerospace, there is continued opportunity among large companies to update or replace aging implementations.

A&D manufacturers continue to view investment in PLM strategies and technologies as a key means to innovate, differentiate, and drive efficiency into product development initiatives. Around the world, these manufacturers seek to implement ways to modernize their technology infrastructures and business processes to meet rising market demand.

"We're honored to once again receive this validation from CIMdata, and we continue to commit to the success of the A&D industry by providing high-quality, market-leading solutions," said Kevin Wrenn, divisional general manager, PLM segment, PTC.

PTC was the first to offer PLM software for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Windchill is enabled by [PTC] ThingWorx to integrate data from physical products, web-based resources, and enterprise software systems to deliver outstanding access, insight, and value in a modern and easily consumable user experience. Windchill closes the 'lifecycle' loop with IoT data captured in real time during the operation of physical products, providing powerful value and insight for A&D manufacturers.

These findings were published as part of the CIMdata 2016 Market Analysis Report (MAR) Series. The MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market during 2015. It contains analyses of major trends and issues; revenues of leading PLM solution providers; and revenue analyses for geographic regions, industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth.

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