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When conferences collide

John Day

John Day

Posted May 22, 2012

They say you can’t do everything, and they’re right, whoever they are, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. Two very promising conferences relevant to automotive electronics – telematics and sensors – are scheduled for the same days, June 6-7, about 300 miles apart.

In Novi, Michigan, the 12th Telematics Detroit conference and exhibition, sponsored by Telematics Update, is expected to attract more than 1,800 attendees to hear more than 100 speakers from Ford, BMW, Delphi, Liberty Mutual, Facebook, and myriad other telematics industry participants.

Tracks will include the integration of automotive and consumer electronics technology, next-generation infotainment and location-based services (LBS), insurance and fleet telematics, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (V2X), HTML5 and application interoperability, and 3G and LTE connectivity.

Other topics include: how automakers can leverage next-generation telematics services to attract customers, and how the connected vehicle ecosystem is changing and what affects it will have on corporate relationships.

The Telematics Detroit venue is the Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly known as the Rock Financial Showplace) in Novi.

Sensors Expo

There will be more than 60 sessions in nine tracks at the Sensors Expo & Conference 2012 in the Donald E. Stephens convention center in Rosemont Illinois. Topics include Applied Sensing, Energy Harvesting, Measurement & Detection, Mobile Sensing, RFID/M2M, Sensor & System Design, Wireless Sensing, Big Data & Analytics, and MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems).

The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will sponsor a pre-conference symposium on June 5 with speakers from Analog Devices, Dell, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel, STMicroelectronics, and the market research firm Yole Développement. There will also be a MEMS conference track with topics including sensor fusion, inertial sensors, multi-sensor systems, and miniaturization.

Have you been to either or both events in past years? Are you planning to attend one or the other this year? What other conferences do you find most useful?

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