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A glimpse of the future

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Internet of Things (IoT) took centre stage at pure technology group’s fourth annual tech expo at its Chapelthorpe Hall offices in Wakefield, Yorkshire on Friday June 14.

Hosted by The Gadget Show presenter Ortis Deley, pt19 – the largest IT partner event of its kind in the North of England – brought together more than 800 delegates, 40 tech partners and five guest speakers, including David Rowan, founding editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine’s UK edition (2008-2017) and Athletics World Champion Roger Black. For pure technology group (ptg), the event provided the ideal opportunity to reveal its pureIoT family of out-of-the-box, data-driven Internet of Things solutions, just one month after launching its virtual reality solution pureVR.

Each of the three pureIoT packages, for People, Environment and Parking, uses sensors to monitor movement and environmental conditions in ‘smart spaces’, enabling businesses to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, for example by adjusting lighting and heating according to external conditions and building occupancy.

PTG Group Marketing Manager James Blackburn said: “There was no better setting to launch pureIoT than pt19. Along with a core theme of AI and pushing traditional tech boundaries, the pt events are always about getting customers, guests and partners together to immerse themselves in the technologies that are blazing a trail in the industry.”

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This year, they included industry-first demonstrations of VR/AR, hologram and security products, as well as the return of robots, drones and advanced electric supercars.

Highlights included the UK launch of holographic emitter technology from hyperVSN, the world’s first Integrated 3D Holographic Display System, offering delegates an immersive and futuristic visual experience; McLaren’s F1 simulator on which delegates could attempt to beat professional racing driver Alex Toth-Jones’s lap time; automotive demonstrations from McLaren, Tesla and JCT600; and an appearance by the ‘Nuts and Volts’ robot created by Team Apex, a school team of award-winning robot-builders sponsored by PTG.

Also exhibiting were APC, Avaya, Barracuda, BitDefender, Black Marble, C2G, Canon, Carbon Black, CheckPoint, Dell, DigitalXRAID, DJI, Extreme Networks, HP, Huawei, Ikonic, Intel Technologies, Jelf, KIA, Lenovo, Mimecast, Overland Tandberg, Phillips, Rolls Royce, S2S, Sennheiser, Toshiba, TP-Link, Vapour, Veeam, VW, West Yorkshire Police and Zen.

PTG Group COO Cliff Fox said: “This is our fourth annual pt event, and it’s been the biggest to-date. The aim of the day is always to bring pioneering technologies from some of the industry’s global leaders so that people can get hands-on with new tech, enabling them to experience the future in the present. Each year we strive for a better experience, additional delegates and partners, and more exclusive product launches and demos – because innovation never stands still.

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