Attendees at the recent Ingram Micro ONE, held on November 18–21 at the Gaylord Rockies in Denver, had the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the most exciting recent developments in IoT technology.
“In the few weeks since ONE, we’ve received lots of excellent feedback. The variety of experiences offered plenty of insights into the vast potential that IoT offers resellers and their customers,” said Eric Hembree, Director of IoT, Ingram Micro. “From the IoT Retail Pop-Up Store and Solutions Showcase to the informative breakout sessions and the live mixed reality demo of the Microsoft HoloLens 2, ONE attendees came away with a wealth of new ideas on how to build an IoT practice.”
The event was an excellent follow-up to Ingram Micro’s IoT Summit in September, which was the first event of its kind in the industry to showcase innovations in IoT, AI and mixed reality.
An integrated retail experience infused with IoT technology
A definite standout of this year’s ONE was the IoT Pop-Up Store, where visitors had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand how IoT technology from leading innovators like Advantech, Fortinet, Scale Computing, Zebra and others is transforming the retail experience.The solutions on display included:
- Heat map and store traffic flow camera-based technology that helps retailers track shoppers in the store as well as what items they touch and ignore—so store layouts can be optimized to improve sales.
- People-counting technology that measures the number of people that pass through certain entry points to calculate store conversion ratios and footfall patterns, compare store performance and optimize store layouts.
- Interactive display signage with mirror coating that delivers rich content to and dynamic interaction with customers.
- Smart price tags that offer retailers a simple, cost-effective way to manage pricing in wireless retail stores, and display product features and store promotions to customers.
- Smart shelf inventory tracking that provides greater control over the retail supply chain, including warehouse and store inventories.
- Vape detection and security technology that monitors air flow and detects harmful chemicals to improve in-store safety.
- Endpoint and device protection that adequately secures every endpoint connected to a network to block access attempts and other risky activity at these points of entry.
- A software-designed hyperconverged infrastructure for retail that virtualizes all the elements of conventional hardware-defined systems—transforming isolated locations into unified, self-managing micro-data centers for edge computing.
Participants had the opportunity to see these solutions in action and gain a real understanding of how they actually work in the store environment.
ONE attendees also participated in technology track sessions devoted to IoT, conducted by experts from companies who are breaking new ground in this area. And as always, the event offered numerous networking opportunities to make industry connections.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of the IoT solutions showcased at ONE, contact the Ingram Micro IoT team at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Our IoT experts are always available to offer our reseller partners resources and guidance as they move forward in building an IoT practice,” said Hembree.“Ingram Micro is totally committed to leveraging IoT technology to address today’s real-world business challenges. We’re excited about the many possibilities.”