Oktoberfest of Things!

October 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Every year, I look forward to the start of the fall season. It’s one of my favorites for a variety of reason especially Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling fun fair). With more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year and large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer consumed, an estimated 7.7 million liters are served during the 16 day festival. That said, we at IBM have been investing a lot of time, resources and energy into the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s exciting to think about as the Internet of Things, Big Data and Cloud Computing have the ability to transform everything at mega events like Oktoberfest from lighting, sanitation, energy, and most importantly beer delivery. These mega events are really just temporary small cities requiring lot’s of planning and real-time analysis. The introduction of IoT enabled bracelets with localization information at mega events this year has also improve crowd management improving security creating the best experience for everyone. I also understand at Oktoberfest some brilliant inventors have developed beer tables and coasters that utilize sensors to track the number of beer mug lifts and fill levels alerting waiters just in time for the next (IoT) beverage. Cheers!

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