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Boring but lucrative, the real Internet of Things

Brought to you by The Connected Devices Group

As the prospect of 20 billion connected devices in four years' time looks more and more like fiction, we ask "what happened to the IoT?"

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About the event

The prospect of a massively connected world that lives on data has driven vast innovation in platforms, new communication standards such as LPWAN and NB-IoT, data analytics, sensors and cloud technologies. But instead of a brave new world, most deployments and revenue remain in vertical M2M style applications. Is the IoT too all-encompassing a concept, which has diverted attention from where the real business models reside, or do we just need to wait a few more years for some more elements of technology to fall into place? Join our expert speakers to hear their perspectives on where the IoT is going, why it is taking longer than expected and where the real business models are to be found.

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10:00

Registration and networking with refreshments

10:30

Welcome from Robert Driver, CEO, CW

10:45

Introduction to Connected Devices, Tim Whittaker, Cambridge Consultants

10:55

Cultivating the walled gardens of IoT: Usman Haque, Founder, Thingful

There are already millions of connected objects around the world, and thousands of platforms handling their data. Now what? Platforms tend to be single points of failure: you outsource, and you become dependent – that’s why so many companies build their own. If walled gardens are going to persist then the next phase of IoT is going to be bridging those walled gardens.

11:15

Q&A

11:20

Paul Green, Iotic Labs

11:40

Q&A

11:45

Refreshments and Networking

12:20

Smart infrastructure and the problem of power: Antony Rix, 8power

Some of the most valuable applications of connected devices are monitoring things in remote or hazardous locations. In real-world situations, from machinery to bridges, battery replacement can be a significant issue. We will discuss how sensors can power themselves using energy harvesting, and explore where this can be of great benefit.

12:35

Q&A

12:40

Kudzai Mungate, Skanska

12:55

Q&A

13:00

Lunch and networking

13:45

Who will be the winner in IoT?: Nick Hunn, WiFore

14:05

Q&A

14:10

Henk Koopmans & Luis Barreto, Neul

14:30

Q&A

14:35

Speaker tbc

14:55

Q&A

15:00

Refreshments and networking

15:20

Speaker tbc

15:40

Q&A

15:45

Panel Session chaired by SIG Champion, Tim Whittaker, Cambridge Consultants

16:30

Event closes

Speakers

Luis Barreto - Programme Director, Five AI

Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotic

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.

Usman Haque

Tracy Hopkins - Chief Commercial Officer, Everynet

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.

Henk Koopmans - CEO, Huawei Technologies Research and Development (UK)

Educated in the Netherlands Henk’s career has been closely entwined with the development of new technologies for cordless communication, cellular networks and digital TV.

Henk joined Huawei leading the team at Neul whose technology became the basis for the new 3GPP NB-IoT standard, and who successfully developed the world’s first NB-IoT SoC, now deployed in devices for the 30+ NB-IoT networks in more than 20 countries.

In 2017 Henk took responsibility for all of Huawei’s R&D activities in the UK, including design centres in Bristol, Cambridge, Ipswich and London and additional collaborations with universities and business partners across the country.

Prior to joining Huawei Henk has been chief marketing officer at Plextek and sales & marketing director at Symbionics, where he was responsible for standardisation, business promotion and sales, playing a leading role in the growth of the company and its eventual sale to Cadence.

Henk’s relationship with CW started when he was head of strategic investment at EEDA, responsible for seed funding the Discovering Startups competition, developing open innovation science parks with BT, GSK and Unilever as well as co-funding 14 innovation and incubation centres including the Hauser Forum and the Gnome Centre at Norwich Research Park. Henk remains a director of Hethel Innovation, a highly successful incubation and innovation specialist.

Kudzai Mungate - Innovation & Knowledge Manager, Skanska

Ali Nicholl

Ali is the Head of Engagement at Iotic, working across customers, partners and Iotic Ecosystem. Ali is focused on the co-creation of transformative services and solutions, that meet genuine business challenges today and are future flexible for as yet undefined futures. Leading the Sales and Marketing activity at Iotic, Ali is passionate about enabling and empowering individuals and organisations with Digital Twins and the secure interoperability they enable. Amy Webb noted that “The future doesn’t simply arrive fully formed overnight, but emerges step by step”. The vast potential that can be unlocked by enabling things, systems and individuals to share, discover and interact with one another must be married to clear understanding of business benefits and the clarity that those first steps can be taken with confidence.

Antony Rix - CEO & Founder, Granta Innovation

Antony Rix gained his PhD developing PESQ, a patented AI model of the human auditory system applied to predict the quality of phone calls. This formed the basis of his first startup, Psytechnics, which was acquired by Netscout in 2011. He spent 12 years working at TTP on innovative connected digital systems, software and medical devices, before founding industrial IoT startup 8power in 2016. Antony is a member of the IET and American Telemedicine Association. Antony set up Granta Innovation in early 2018 and focuses on developing and gaining clinical acceptance of tools to transform the diagnosis of cancer using AI and magnetic resonance imaging.

SIG Champions

Paul Green - Creative Director, Iotic

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.

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Tim Whittaker - Wireless Audio/Visual & DECT systems, 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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