04. März 2020, 11:38 Uhr | Gerhard Stelzer
Hall 3A at embedded world 2020, designed by star architect Zaha Hadid, included the WEKA Fachmedien stand with it's VIP stage.
The 18th »embedded world exhibition&conference« already came under pressure in the run-up – not least because of the cancellation of the Mobile World Congress due to the risk of the corona virus spreading. Measured against this, the meeting place of the embedded community got off with a black eye.
At this year's embedded world 2020, probably the world's largest trade fair and conference for the embedded community, more than 900 exhibitors from 42 countries presented the entire value chain for embedded systems. The »embedded world Conference« and the »electronic displays Conference« convinced with expert knowledge on a high level. Over 1,500 participants and speakers from 46 countries attended the two industry highlights. The extensive program of lectures could basically take place as planned, not least due to video presentations of numerous speakers.
Under the title »Connecting Embedded Intelligence«, the main focus was on the tension between the huge amounts of data that can be obtained through all-encompassing networking and the question of how they can be sent to the cloud and processed. The main topics were therefore also security of electronic systems, distributed intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the topics of electromobility and energy efficiency. The range of products and services on offer extended from software and hardware, tools, services and systems to system and application software. Another central topic was Artificial Intelligence (AI): Here, the focus was on application areas and potential.
With reference to the spread of the corona virus, some 200 companies had regrettably withdrawn their participation at short notice. At around 13,800, the number of visitors was significantly lower than in previous years. »In the past years we have been able to report rising visitor numbers year after year at the end of the exhibition«, explained Thomas Preutenborbeck, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse. »Unfortunately, this is not possible for us this year. The discussion about exhibitor cancellations and the corona virus has unsettled numerous exhibitors and visitors all over the world and had a major impact on embedded world. From NürnbergMesse's point of view, the international exhibition this year therefore painted an ambivalent picture. »On the one hand we received news from exhibitors who rated the course of the exhibition as rather unsatisfactory for themselves, and on the other hand there was a positive response from companies who were able to hold many valuable discussions during the three days,« added Preutenborbeck. »In the end more than 900 exhibitors and thousands of visitors came to Nürnberg. We would like to thank them for this and of course we missed all those who did not come or could not come.«