Affan Dar Discusses How Internet of Things (IoT) is Revolutionising the Business Landscape

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Technological revolutions are part of the ever-changing, dynamic landscape of the business world. Hence, it is necessary to keep abreast of the latest developments and innovations in technology. On Friday, January 11, the SDSB Luminites Association, along with industry partner P@sha, welcomed Affan Dar to LUMS to discuss the latest developments taking place in the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape. The session was well attended by LUMS students, alumni, faculty and industry professionals.
Mr. Dar graduated from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) as an Electrical Engineer in 1998, and completed his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 2012. He has worked with Microsoft for the past 18 years and currently, is a Group Engineer Manager, managing the Azure IoT platform. He holds several patents in the field of IoT and Edge Devices.

Majid Munir, President of the SDSB Luminites Association, introduced the speaker before a packed auditorium. During the presentation Mr. Dar talked about how IoT is a business revolution enabled by technology rather than the other way around. He shared case studies on how IoT is impacting agriculture, digital signage, real estate management, and various other industries. Mr. Dar discussed examples such as agricultural companies using IoT devices to monitor crop infections and precision irrigation, digital signage companies using IoT for real time maintenance or content management, real estate management companies using IoT for managing shared spaces or energy efficiencies, and the industry using IoT for improving predictive maintenance to improve uptime, lower waste, and improve productivity. IoT applications already being developed in Pakistan were also discussed. The talk concluded with a Q&A session where students, professionals and faculty got a chance to directly interact with Mr. Dar.

This event was part of the ‘Digital Disruptions’ initiative taken by the SDSB Luminites Association where industry experts will be invited to speak on different topics of interest for the business community and academia.