2020 - Visions of a Connected World

Brought to you by The Connected Devices Group

With the concept of ’50 billion connected devices by 2020’ looking ever more likely, has there been any consideration to how making this a reality will actually work?

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About the event

‘2020 – Visions of a Connected World’ will address questions surrounding this concept, as well as explore how the industry would need to adapt to ensure commercial viability and the implications for the consumer. Distinguished speakers from various backgrounds are expected to speak about what the connected world will be like at the end of this decade.
Forecasts of tens of billions of connected devices by 2020 have been widely discussed and now look increasingly reasonable.  But there has been relatively little consideration of what these devices will be, how they will connect and where, and who will pay for this. 


Today the market is highly fragmented, with many vertically-integrated systems existing in near-isolation.  There is controversy about whether "Big Data" will couple devices to closed, proprietary platforms, with proponents of privacy and openness proposing alternative "Broad Data" and open data concepts.  It's far from certain how far connectivity will reach: while clear business models have emerged in markets like phone apps, navigation, e-readers and tablets, other systems such as smart metering are proving more challenging. It may take new categories of product, such as the appcessory (app+accessory), to create significant volume, perhaps even to maintain revenues at current levels. 
At this half-day event, the Connected Devices SIG will build on recent successful meetings analysing the 50 billion device opportunity, focusing on applications, ecosystems and implications for end-users. 
Confirmed speakers include:
With short Pitches from:
The Connected Devices SIG is championed by Antony Rix of TTP, Paul Green of Arkessa, Tim Whittaker of Cambridge Consultants and Nick Hunn of WiFore Consulting. We are also grateful to TTP for kindly sponsoring this event.
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Registration & Networking over Tea and Coffee


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Connected Devices SIG from Nick Hunn of Onzo


Building the Connected World, Antony Rix of TTP

Wireless technology has become an integral part of our lives, but how and why should it progress further? This presentation will assess future opportunities and challenges that will arise from pervasive wireless technology.




Market Opportunities for Connected Devices in 2020; Robin Duke Woolley, Founder & CEO, Beecham Research Ltd

The market opportunities for connected devices is growing rapidly, both in terms of numbers of devices
as well as new service opportunities and business models. This presentation will explore these




A Trip to the Future; Ian Pearson, Futurizon

Ongoing miniaturisation will allow digital jewellery to replace mobile devices such as phones and tablets,
using augmented reality as the interface. It will enable a full bypass network too, encouraged greatly by
the desire to recreate some privacy in a world of total surveillance.




Buffet Lunch & Networking


The Consumer View, Applications & Use Cases for Everyday; Nick Hunn, WiFore Consulting

For most consumers, the phrase "Internet of Things" has little meaning. Yet if it we are to achieve the
vision of a connected world, we need to design products and services which are affordable, useable and
desirable. This presentation looks at the opportunities that exist to excite and delight users in a variety of
different market areas.




The Connected Living Vision – Realising the Opportunity, Business Models, Ecosystems and Opportunities; Richard Cockle, Programme Director, Connected Living, GSMA

Connected Living will network many different types of product and service, creating new opportunities
within and outside the existing M2M market. How can operators address this opportunity? How could ecosystems develop to meet such diverse requirements? How can we overcome barriers in key vertical markets such as smart cities, health, automotive and education?




Celebrating the Complexity of 10^10; Nick Foggin, Independent Consultant

In a world of 10^10 connected devices, the clash between the necessarily macro world-view of
telecommunications companies and the unavoidably micro-level nature of innovation will become ever more acute. For a functional and sustainable economic model to emerge, large corporations will have to learn how to embrace the complexity that powers the next phase of sector growth, while innovators will have to take a step beyond the mantra of disruption, and learn how to navigate the hegemony and hierarchy of the world of 'big infrastructure'.




Tea/Coffee & Networking


Connecting 50 Billion Devices – the Wide-area Network Perspective; John Haine, Innovation Coordinator, Wireless Technology, u-blox AG

Connecting 50 billion devices will need “anywhere, anytime, zero cost” networking. Wide area wireless
networking today is synonymous with cellular – how do today’s and tomorrow’s cellular networks
measure up to the challenge of ubiquitous connectivity?




Short pitches from Start-Ups with Novel Products & Services including:

• Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, EyeHub partner who will talk on ‘A secure and sustainable
internet of things’. This talk will address the primary concerns around security in a world of
connected products and objects as well as point to what the Eyehub project is doing to address
• Stan Boland, Neul who will talk about ‘Weightless networks for the Internet of Things’


Panel Session with All Speakers, chaired by Antony Rix of TTP


Fill in Evaluation Forms & Event Closes


Richard Cockle - Programme Director, GSMA

Robin Duke-Woolley - Founder and CEO, Beecham Research

Robin Duke-Woolley (Beecham Research)

Nick Foggin

John Haine - Visiting Professor, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

John Haine has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for large corporations and with four Cambridge start-ups. His technical background includes R&D in radio circuitry and microwave circuit theory; and the design of novel radio systems for cordless telephony, mobile data, fixed wireless access and IoT communications. He has led standardisation activities in mobile data and FWA in ETSI, and contributed to WiMax in IEEE. At various times he has been involved in and led fund-raising and M&A activities. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A; and after the company’s acquisition by Motorola became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. After leaving Motorola he was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access, a manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In early 2010 he joined Cognovo, which was acquired by u-blox AG in 2012. He led u-blox' involvement in 3GPP NB-IoT standardisation and the company's initial development of the first modules for trials and demonstrations. Now retired from u-blox he is an Honorary Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University, where he chairs the SWAN Prosperity Partnership Project external advisory board . He was founder chair and is Board Member Emeritus of the IoT Security Foundation. He served on the CW Board chaired the Editorial Board of the CW Journal.  John has a first degree from Birmingham (1971) and a PhD from Leeds (1977) universities, and is a Life Member of the IEEE.

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

SIG Champions

Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotics

Paul originated Arkessa in 2006 - the business that provides remote internet services to multitudes of machines. He is currently creating the services Arkessa will offer in five year's time. His professional life combined engineering and science has taken him through a variety of roles, including design and production engineering, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Interestingly, the first product he introduced to manufacture is now is in the Science Museum in London. A passionate and committed Christian, Paul is as excited about materials science and quantum physics as he is interested in railways, walking, skiing and the natural world.

Nick Hunn - CTO, WiFore Consulting

For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers.

Tim Whittaker - Head of Professional Audio Visual, Wireless & Digital Services, Cambridge Consultants

Cambridge Consultants was started in 1960 to pioneer the delivery of independent design and development services in electronic, mechanical and product engineering: we are one of the founder companies of the high-technology Cambridge Phenomenon. Our history of world-class services is augmented by our development of intellectual property in areas including telecommunications, software, silicon, medical devices, machine learning, and by more than 20 successful spin-out ventures. Today Cambridge Consultants employs over 900 world-class engineers, scientists, project managers and technicians with offices in Cambridge UK, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo; we provide the full range of services for excellent product design to a worldwide client base in the wireless, consumer, industrial, energy and medical markets. Tim Whittaker is a System Architect in the Wireless business unit, where he has taken the technical lead in projects using radio
standards like Bluetooth, ZigBee, DECT, and in the creation of specialist communications schemes for new applications, or to use new spectrum allocations.

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Talking Point, TTP Group, Melbourn Science Park, SG8 6EE

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