IoT Day Slam 2020 Keynote: Enabling the Age of Autonomy with the Internet of Moving Things


The IoT Slam series of discussions about IoT and the Age of Autonomy continues with a look at how companies need to prepare for an Internet of Moving Things. Mac Devine (IBM Fellow), Cole Crawford (Founder of Vapor) and David Bruemmer (Founder of W8less) team up to provide their insights into the enabling technologies which are transforming industries and changing the fundamental architecture for Data Centers, Cloud, IoT and AI. Every device and even some of the things we don’t generally regard as devices (e.g. cars, manufacturing equipment, etc.) are essentially becoming robots. The centralized solution architectures and services in our enterprise data centers today are not viable for the industry use cases that the Age of Autonomy brings so fundamental changes must be made. Truly autonomous devices will replace those that are merely automated. This is a natural evolution of IoT due to autonomy becoming a necessity to handle the volume, velocity and veracity of real-time data being generated. However, in order for this evolution to occur successfully, fundamental solution architecture changes must be made to support this Internet of Moving Things.


Mac Devine has 29 years of experience at IBM. During his career, he has held a wide variety of technical and business leadership roles including Chief Architect for mainframe software, Lead Solutions Architect for Networking Services, Director for Linux Development, Chief Strategy Office for IBM Cloud and currently is the VP and CTO for the Cloud Native Center of Competency for Watson Cloud Division. Mac is an accomplished speaker and author on a wide variety of topics but is most noted for his expertise in Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things. In 2006, Mac gained the designation of IBM Master Inventor and in 2009 he was appointed to IBM’s prestigious Academy of Technology. In 2016, Mac gained IBM’s highest technical recognition with his appointment as IBM Fellow.

Mr. David Bruemmer is Founder and CEO of W8less which provides Smart City solutions based on accurate positioning and autonomy. Previously, Mr. Bruemmer co-founded 5D Robotics – which he grew for eight years before it was acquired in 2018. Mr. Bruemmer has led large scale robotics programs for the Army and Navy, the DOE, and DARPA. Mr. Bruemmer has authored over 60 publications and has been awarded many patents in robotics and positioning. He won the South by Southwest Pitch competition sponsored by Caterpillar and is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and the Stoel Reeves Innovation award. Mr. Bruemmer led robotics research at the Idaho National Lab for a diverse, multi-million dollar R&D portfolio. Between 1999 and 2000, Mr. Bruemmer served as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he worked to coordinate development of autonomous robotics technologies across several offices and programs.

Cole Crawford is the founder and CEO of Vapor IO, the leaders of the edge computing market. Cole is also the co-founder of the Open 19 Foundation, founding Executive Director of the Open Compute Project, former Chairman of the Open Data Center Alliance and co-founder of OpenStack. He was instrumental in the creation / implementation of the US Gov’t’s definition of Cloud Computing and Fedramp program. He has over 20 years of leadership in the cloud,  telecom and data center industry.

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