18 April 2018
Developing for the IoT – Chair’s welcome and opening comments
Principal Analyst M2M – The Internet of Things – Wearable Technologies – Smart Solutions
09:00AM - Day 1
Keynote Panel: Future of IoT – predictions for a connected world
- What are the newest innovations within IoT software, hardware and platforms and how are they impacting the current market?
- What will companies have to do to still be viable in a 2022 IoT marketplace?
- Predictions for which sectors will see growth in the next 5 years and which ones will fall by the wayside?
- Role of other disruptive tech like AI, machine learning and blockchain to IoT.
Solo: IoT Hardware – Sensors, Batteries and Actuators
The building block of any IoT network is the ‘thing’ within the internet of things, that generates or actions the data. This talk will address what the fundamental aspects of choosing the correct IoT hardware are, variables such as OS and remote management options and what effect this decision can have throughout the IoT value chain.
Case study: Cloud platforms
As Data has become the ‘new oil’ IoT cloud platforms need to be robust enough to cope with the demand on the data that is generated. Consideration in all aspects of security, from authentication and encryption to authorisation are necessary for IoT Cloud Platforms, alongside many other considerations, such as iPaaS, Data management, Connectivity and Message Routing. What will it take for this infrastructure to manage all of these considerations across a wide variety of IoT Solutions?
Panel: Platform selection for your IoT project?
- There are over 400 IoT platforms available in the current market of every size and shape, how do you choose between this bewildering array?
- Who should you talk to before making this decision?
- What is the main difference between the big players offerings and smaller more specialised management systems?
- Discussion of the key considerations when choosing a platform; provisioning and authentication, configuration and control, monitoring and diagnostics and software updates and maintenance.
- Bottom up vs top down approaches in selection.
Solo: Tools, SDKs and APIs for end-to-end development
- How effective are the currently available tools designed to reduce the design-develop-deployment cycle?
- Do they provide the level of flexibility required to allow your products to change over their lifecycle?
- What are the challenges that arise with using sensors and how to overcome them?
- What role does open source software play here?
Panel: Testing in the IoT ecosystem
- What new approaches need to be taken to testing software and hardware within the IoT environment?
- How to move testing outside of the laboratory.
- What actually needs to be tested? Connectivity, security, safety and reliability.
- Discussion of real world examples of testing IoT devices and platforms, potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Panel: Scalability and Interoperability – what drives insights?
- What or who is going to be the big disruptor within the current interoperability market?
- What are ways to enable interoperability to scale from device-to-device and application-to-application all the way to system-to-system, infrastructure-to-infrastructure, sector-to-sector, region-to-region, and above for a truly global IoT?
- Issues with scalability in data modelling for the IoT; maintaining data quality whilst keeping analytics cost effective and timely.
- Importance of structures in scalability – the need for simple but dynamic structures to enable real time data analytics.
Case Study: Massive IoT from the service provider perspective
The increasing number of connected devices means that there is an increasing need for networks that can cover massive amounts of connections per cell, at low cost and using low power. Using NB-IoT, several Telco’s are entering this market, but what are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of technology over other LPWA networks like LoRa? And how does being an established Telco help you connect with customers in this crowded market. Finally, we will discuss the future of NB-IoT with the introduction of %G IoT networks looming.
Solo: Which is the most relevant network for your IoT application: LTE or LPWA or NB-IoT
- Which is better for your product, a Cat-o, Cat-1 or Cat-M LTE network or an LPWA network?
- What are the effective business models for collaboration with key verticals?
- Discussions around range vs. data rate vs power consumption for these IoT connectivity technologies
- The drawbacks for each network, including security and whether devices can actively initiate communication with the network
Keynote: 5G and the IoT – the new world of connectivity
5G has been heralded as one of the most significant technologies to enable the full potential of the IoT. This talk will look at how the global adoption of 5G will truly affect the IoT, from delivering the real-time control necessary for critical IoT applications, to how it will modify the way that manufacturers design and build IoT solutions.
Panel: Moving beyond connectivity to insight
- Exploring trustworthy connectivity in the IoT in a world with heterogenous networks and potential restrictions of embedded devices
- Advances in wireless connectivity enabling the IoT within industry and the home and beyond.
- Discovering the challenges that can potentially disrupt connectivity and how to solve those in the future – signalling, security, presence detection, power consumption, bandwidth
- What connectivity-based solutions are currently available and what can they achieve?
Solo: How will Mesh networking disrupt the IoT?
Discussing how the Mesh networks can be utilised by a range of industries, not just the Smart Home sector to provide flexible and scalable connectivity without the need for ISP’s for the IoT. This talk will cover strengths and weaknesses of Mesh including range, battery life and latency, plus discuss the future directions and threats to the current IoT model.