CWIC Starter: LPWAN & IoT

Brought to you by The Connected Devices Group

Today, LPWAN is a plethora of acronyms and obscure technical debate. This LPWAN CWIC-Starter event strips that away, explaining the different options and concentrating on how they will affect your business, both in terms of efficiency and potential disruption.

Registration for this event is now closed.

About the event

Lower Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) have the capability of transforming the way that manufacturers integrate the Internet of Things into their products and business models.  Along with a new cellular standard – NB-IOT, they finally bring the prospect of low cost connectivity which works out of the box, with minimal data charges.  That makes it possible to find out where your products are, what they’re doing and how well they’re operating.  As it becomes possible to do that for a few dollars, the impact on everything from product registration to maintenance and customer engagement changes dramatically.

Led by the Connected Devices SIG champions, who have decades of shared experience, augmented by other industry experts, this is aimed at anyone who wants to see what these future technologies could do for their business.

This CWIC Starter is championed by Nick Hunn from the CWIC Committee and the Connected Devices SIG.

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWIC17.

Hosted by Digital Technology Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

We are one of the research groups within the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

View profile

Agenda

Expand all

The information supplied below may be subject to change before the event.

10:00

Registration and networking with refreshments

10:30

Welcome from host Cambridge Computer Labs

10:40

What is LPWAN & the IOT - Technology Review: Tim Whittaker, Cambridge Consultants

Once upon a time LP-WAN meant GPRS, and if your use case didn't allow enough power for that, then you were on your own. Today though there is a selection of technologies to connect your low-powered sensor or detector directly to the cloud, while allowing you to keep going for several years on a modest battery, or for ever if you could harvest a bit of energy. Not only technologies, but services too to deliver these small amounts of data to central servers - allowing you to concentrate on the ends where the value is. This session describes some of the technologies on offer and where they might be best applied. Oh, and GPRS is rapidly on the way out, so you may be needing these sooner than you thought...

11:20

Choosing an LPWAN Solution: A business perspective: Antony Rix, 8power

With so many technical options for LPWANs, what should you do? This talk highlights the business impact of some of the main choices and shares experience on what is required to deliver a solution to market.

11:50

The LPWAN & IoT Value Chain: Nick Hunn, WiFore Consulting

Choosing your LPWAN is just one part of a complex jigsaw which makes up any IoT solution. The choice of LPWAN is rarely the most important decision. This talk looks at the overall value chain and explores how that may influence the decisions around the communications choice.

12:20

The Infrastructure of IoT and Metaplatforms: Paul Green, Iotic Labs

We are discovering that the IOT is not simply about connecting things but has a great deal to do with how things interrelate. This is because every business, government, utility, city or individual exists within a wider community and geography that influences their behaviour, decisions, and activities. The things that influence us may be in a completely different domain, but we might not have access to their data. Paul will explore how very different things might ‘interoperate’ and how IOT infrastructure can reflect the relationships we have in our business and social communities, while still providing privacy and security.

13:00

Lunch and networking

14:00

IOT LPWAN Boost A progress report on the Boost programme in Cambridge

14:30

LPWAN Agony Uncles – Q&A Panel: Paul Green, Nick Hunn, Antony Rix, Tim Whittaker

15:10

Refreshments and networking

15:40

The CWIC Innovation Programme Ali Nicholl, Iotic Labs; Geoff McCormick and Gair Matthews, Account Manager, ANSYS UK

16:00

Antenna Design is a key part of LPWAN and NB-IoT Success: Colin Newman, Antenova

Antenova will explain why the company is supporting LPWAN and show some foils on the topic of antenna design issues for LPWAN and NB-IoT, highlighting the company’s new LPWAN antenna: Latona.

16:15

Creating a data economy: John Bechtel, BadgerPass

The rollout of LPWANs will deliver more sensors and thus more data. But where is the value, and where is the money? The development of a data economy will transform the Internet of Things to an ecosystem whereby data is traded, openly and appropriately.

16:30

A Leap in the Dark: Steve Clarke, AMIHO Technology

No power, no network, no hope? IoT communications is enabling creative methods to reach those things that would otherwise be left in the dark. Steve Clarke shows how LPWAN is connecting hard-to-reach utility meters.

17:00

Q&A

17:15

Event Closes

Speakers

John Bechtel - Managing Director, Badger Pass

John Bechtel is the founder of Badger Pass, a consultancy supporting small Internet of Things technology companies. His extensive international experience in Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia in start-up, medium-sized and large organisations includes a range of senior management functions from engineering to sales to product management to managing director. He has worked on Hypercat and Weightless, and is a Cambridge Wireless SIG champion in software and open source. John holds a Bachelors degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, attended Henley Management College MBA school, and is a certified PRINCE2 project management Practitioner.

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.

Colin Newman - CEO, Antenova Ltd

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.

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.

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.

Connect on linkedin

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.

Event Location

Open in google maps

Location info

Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 15 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FD

Email organiser

Related resources

Related events

  • CW (Cambridge Wireless)

    CW Unplugged: Tech for Water

    Register now
  • CW (Cambridge Wireless)

    CW TEC 2019 - 5G, Satellites & Magic MIMO

    Register now
  • CW (Cambridge Wireless)

    An Advanced Introduction to 5G Technology

    Register now

Subscribe to the CW newsletter

This site uses cookies.

We use cookies to help us to improve our site and they enable us to deliver the best possible service and customer experience. By clicking accept or continuing to use this site you are agreeing to our cookies policy. Learn more

Reserve your place

Join the CW network

CW is a leading and vibrant community with a rapidly expanding network of nearly 400 companies across the globe interested in the development and application of wireless and mobile technologies to solve business problems.

Sign in to your account

Please sign in to your CW account to reserve a place at this event and to qualify for any member discounts.

Start typing and press enter or the magnifying glass to search