Weeks before the official start of CES, tech industry pundits begin prognosticating about what one hot device, announcement or category might emerge from the show.
2014 is no exception, but as usual the show’s vast variety defies easy categorization. Nine of the top 10 car companies will showcase connected – and in some cases, nearly driverless – cars this year. The Internet of Things will get its own section of the show floor with the Cisco Internet of Everything zone. And CES 2014 will see a new focus on wearable technologies like smart watches, wearable cameras and glasses, and more than 365 digital health and fitness companies in attendance.
Nearly all of the multitudes of new devices on display at the show will share one thing in common: these next generation technologies will need next generation wireless to connect them.
Boingo’s senior vice president of engineering, Dr. Derek Peterson, will provide an update on next generation connectivity during the “Wi-Fi to NFC: What’s Next for Wireless Technology” panel, alongside Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa, Ericsson CTO Vish Nandlall and Broadcom’s SVP Scott Pomerantz.
Dr. Peterson led the Boingo team in the deployment of the first commercial Next Generation Hotspot test bed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in Sept. 2013, and is an expert contributor to the Next Generation Hotspot standards, which hold the promise of making Wi-Fi connectivity as seamless and secure for users as cellular.
In his panel presentation, Dr. Peterson will explore the current status of Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) adoption, and the steps that leading manufacturers and operators will need to take to enable widespread deployment. Dr. Peterson will also explore the potential impact of the wearables market on NGH, and recent developments from some of the biggest manufacturers and nontraditional wireless carriers that may prove to be industry game changers.
If you’ll be at CES, you won’t want to miss this discussion, which will also feature updates on Near-Field Communications (NFC) and wireless charging:
Date: Tuesday, January 7
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall N261
If you can’t attend the panel, be sure to stay tuned to The Hotspot for panel highlights.