IoT Midlands Meetup #4: Show and Tell

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword. Definitions as to what IoT actually is vary considerably, but its foundation could be considered to be connecting everyday physical ‘Things’ to the Internet. The data from Things can then be shared. Existing Things will need to be hooked up to the Internet. New Things will be required. New data clouds will proliferate. New services and business models can be formed.

Nobody quite knows where it will go but elements of this are already happening. You can monitor your home, your health and your pets today. Industry is tracking goods, vehicles and communities. More examples are here: http://postscapes.com/internet-of-things-examples/.

How do West Midlands Small and Medium sized businesses (SMEs) capitalise on this projected market explosion? Opportunities abound for existing companies to adapt their existing products to be ‘connected’, invent new products, or prepare to deliver services in a different way. Collaborations will be needed – no one company can do everything.

IIPSI will try to assist in this growth by hosting a quarterly West Midlands SME meetup on the subject. The aim is to build a community of likeminded organisations willing to collaborate and explore, and innovate with IoT products or application.

This event will be an informal ‘Show and Tell’ event, featuring short talks from those innovating within the ‘Internet of Things’. Come and meet, explore and be inspired.


Speakers:

• Steve Priestnall, Founder of Movonix Limited.   MOVOball: Getting a web-connected health and fitness ball to market.

• Paul Sanders, Director of Caption Data Limited.    The m2m nervous system: building a GSM-based solution.

• Dr James Brusey, Reader in Pervasive Computing at Coventry University.       Edge Mining: Making sense of sensor data.

• Scott Crowther on behalf of Matthew Fox, CEO of Viridian Housing.    Real-world challenges in my business - could IoT be the answer?


Speakers will start at 7.15pm and present for 15 mins with 5 mins Q&A session each. The closing summary will include information on any IoT funding opportunities that may be available, plus any collaboration requests from attendees.

We would also like to have 2 or 3 'tabletop' demonstrations of projects that people in the group are working on - if you are interested in demonstrating your project, please get in touch with Scott Crowther through this group.

The International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI) is marked as Building Number 27 on the University of Warwick campus map found here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/campusmap/.

Car Parks 15 and 8 are closest (Car Park 8 is FREE after 6pm. Car Park 15 is £1.50 for <4 hours, £3 for 4+ hours, CASH ONLY). Or there is a well serviced bus stop close by and bike racks attached to the building.

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  • John B.

    john m howitt wrote:
    >and therefore fragmentation of the basic services >e.g. you have Sky to your house but only Virgin offer >the commercial service

    Surely the provision of services isn't the primary aspect of the IoT ?

    >and the ability to access WiFi in the middle of the >Warwick campus without expensive cellular >connection and the required ubiquitous internet >which becomes another service along the model of >Roads/Highways being almost a basic requirement >in every dwelling.

    The Internet just becomes a way of getting at things which barring terrible filters or other restrictions, is essentially ISP independent. I think it's already a basic requirement.

    Cheers, J/.

    February 11, 2014

    • john m h.

      >Surely the provision of services isn't the primary aspect of the IoT ?< Eh? I would have thought that a neutral & pervasive service was a prerequisite of IoT. How do small players compete else? In the States the likes of Comcast are throttling speeds for Netflix potentially destroying a rival. If you don't think service is primary then imaging you plug you non-approved microwave into the mains and find because it is not an NPower approved device it only works at 1/2 power. Or think back to pre deregulation of the GPO when you had to attach only very expensive badly designed GPO approved phones at £120 a pop.

      February 12, 2014

  • John B.

    john m howitt wrote:
    >What would interest me is a meeting where instead >of commercial presentations there were some short >talks, with audience participation, on what various >sectors of industry, if you could find “experts” at
    >this stage, think is the current state of IoT and how >they perceive the future of IoT developing.

    I think the interesting questions for the future centre on the trade offs between openness, interoperability, and the protection of commercial interests.

    Without excluding new ideas, the types of things that can be done are fairly obvious. The questions centre on 'what do we agree to do ?', and 'on what terms ?'.

    For example, will British Gas Hive, Heat Genius, and open source oBeMS ever interoperate ?

    Cheers, J/.

    February 11, 2014

  • John B.

    john m howitt wrote:
    >My perception at the moment is that IoT is in a >“happy clappy” state where everything is wonderful >as we move towards the bright sunlit uplands of a >Raspberry Pi connected future.

    The Pi is fine for 'things' that you make yourself, but the Pi will be be superceded soon enough, and we'll prefer whatever replaces it because it'll be bigger, faster, cheaper and more reliable. Most of the things we buy though, will use obscure and embedded controllers with scant documentation.

    >But surely there are major obstacles such as >commercialisation

    Why would commercialisation be an obstacle, or for that matter a goal ? Surely the IoT is just a concept which expresses the notion that anything which you can interact with electronically is able to express an interface which can be accessed over the Net. This can be used or exploited commercially or otherwise.

    Cheers, J/.

    February 11, 2014

  • john m h.

    What would interest me is a meeting where instead of commercial presentations there were some short talks, with audience participation, on what various sectors of industry, if you could find “experts” at this stage, think is the current state of IoT and and how they perceive the future of IoT developing. My perception at the moment is that IoT is in a “happy clappy” state where everything is wonderful as we move towards the bright sunlit uplands of a Raspberry Pi connected future. But surely there are major obstacles such as commercialisation and therefore fragmentation of the basic services e.g. you have Sky to your house but only Virgin offer the commercial service and the ability to access WiFi in the middle of the Warwick campus without expensive cellular connection and the required ubiquitous internet which becomes another service along the model of Roads/Highways being almost a basic requirement in every dwelling.

    February 11, 2014

  • scott c.

    As I mentioned at the end of the event, I am gathering feedback and suggestions on how we can tackle the challenges shown in the Viridian Housing slides below. Please contact me directly if you have ideas from your company to help with these.

    In addition we mentioned our IoT 'Geek Lab' opening in February. Again, please contact me if you have suggestions for the sort of equipment you think would be useful...

    February 4, 2014

  • scott c.

    I've uploaded the slides to Slideshare now, as follows:

    Steve Priestnall, Movonix: http://www.slideshare.net/WMGSME/2-movoball2014-iot13-final

    Simon Turner, Heat Genius: http://www.slideshare.net/WMGSME/3-simon-turner-heat-genius-v2

    Matthew Fox, Viridian Housing: http://www.slideshare.net/WMGSME/5-10-internet-of-things-281113-matthew-fox-final

    Scott Crowther, outro slides including funding calls: http://www.slideshare.net/WMGSME/iotmidlands-4-scott-crowther-outro

    February 4, 2014

  • Barry S.

    Excellent - the enthusiasm and enterprise are inspirational

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • John S.

    A good turnout, good presentations - and some really good contacts.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Paul R.

    Scott,
    Thanks organising and hosting the meetup yesterday. A good turnout and some really good contacts. I really got a boost that spurred me to look at how our hardware and software solution is going to fit in with these other products that are already out there and happening. I got some good feedback that reinforced our thinking of how this can be made to work in the real world. This is the biggest challenge to overcome to make the IoT a reality rather than a jumble of Things that work with some other Things but not with others.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Keith W.

    Another interesting and inspirational IoT meeting. However I think we should caution ourselves over the use, abuse and hype of the term Big Data and remind ourselves of its definition:
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=define%3Abig+data

    I am hearing too many businesses make dubious claims that they have Big Data when they have nowhere near the vast amounts data involved or the immense processing capabilities or abilities required. Of course their data may be made available for Big Data processing, but that is a different thing.

    January 29, 2014

    • scott c.

      Good point Keith. There's no doubt though that some of the IoT companies have the potential to generate volumes of this sort over time. I guess it depends on their specific application and their customer base!

      January 29, 2014

  • scott c.

    Thanks to everyone who attended last night and made the event such a success. Best one yet!

    Please let me know if you have any input for the Housing Association challenges, and we will try to put the presentations online soon. Hope to fix the date and location for the next one in the coming week or so, so keep your eyes peeled.

    January 29, 2014

  • AJMunn

    Great forum to learn, share ideas and meet interesting people. Loved the fact that nobody was trying to sell anyone anything.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • scott c.

    Best #IoTMidlands yet, despite being a speaker short in the end. Thanks to all who attended, the interest is building!

    January 29, 2014

  • Wyken S.

    Very sorry but a job has come up which has to be finished by tomorrow so I will be working late into the night. Hope meeting goes well.

    January 28, 2014

  • john m h.

    I am coming down from Nottingham if anyone needed a lift.

    January 28, 2014

  • scott c.

    Sadly due to illness Paul from Caption Data won't be able to present tonight.

    Fortunately Heat Genius (www.heatgenius.co.uk) have agreed to present tonight instead, and we'll host Caption Data next time instead.

    We also have tabletops demos tonight from Heat Genius, Movonix and Hitex Limited.

    Oh, and the pizza's being ordered ;-)

    January 28, 2014

  • Sam M.

    Hi Steve, I will not be able to ttend on this occassion as it is over an hour to travel, but, I wish to keep in touch with the group. Best Regards Sam

    www.millencorporation.com

    January 27, 2014

    • scott c.

      Shame, maybe next time.

      January 28, 2014

  • Seshu B.

    Hi, any one coming from london? I am based in london and working on a flexible smartwatch startup, www.irisgear.com

    Let me know if you are in london and want to join us.

    January 28, 2014

  • Alex W.

    Hi Scott, apologies some last minute project commitments are going to prevent me attending. The last meetup was absolutely great so very disappointed not to be able to make it!

    January 27, 2014

    • scott c.

      shame. I believe some of your colleagues are coming. Until next time.

      January 27, 2014

  • Sebastian Y.

    Really sorry, but I have to be in London tomorrow instead. Hope it goes well!

    January 27, 2014

  • Simon T.

    Scott, I would love to do a table top demo of my product, if there are any spots left...

    January 16, 2014

    • scott c.

      hi Simon, that would be great. will drop you a note directly to discuss.

      January 22, 2014

    • Simon T.

      OK - thank you Scott.

      January 22, 2014

  • Alison R.

    Apologies have commitments that day. My loss!

    December 20, 2013

  • paul w.

    The last IOT was one of the most interesting meet ups I have been to: it was exactly what it said it would be. Looking forward to the next one. Because my interests are so diverse I can't specify any in particular.

    1 · December 20, 2013

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