- How the Global Pandemic will Compel Canadian Smart City Adoption
Canada is primed to take a forward-leading position on smart city technology adoption. There have been barriers to wide-spread connected city implementations including high capital costs to retrofit existing infrastructure and privacy concerns. Covid-19 has given us given us an opportunity to see the benefits and drawbacks of technologically-enabled communities. Whether it be providing widely available high-speed internet to all residents or monitoring infection hot spots, we’ve seen the future and it is now. Are we prepared to prioritize public health and safety over the rights to personal privacy? This Silicon Halton IoT P2P presents an opportunity to envision a future that may be here sooner than even we expected. About the Presenter: Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Windsor in Canada. Professor Schuelke-Leech earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, an MBA from York University, and a PhD in Public Policy (specialized in Finance) at the University of Georgia. Before undertaking her doctoral studies, Beth-Anne worked for 12 years as a professional engineer (P.Eng.). Dr. Schuelke-Leech’s research sits at the nexus of technological innovation, engineering, business, and public policy. Her work focuses on the innovation process and sustainability within engineering systems. She is the Chair of the IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technologies Standards Committee (IEEE SSIT SC). She is also a technical expert for the Standards Council of Canada to the International Standards Organization (ISO) JTC1/SC42 on Artificial Intelligence. This is a virtual session. Link will be visible once you have RSVP'd.
- Defending Your Value (Proposition)
Economic downturns typically result in downward price pressure. The reason buyers ask for discounts is because it’s highly effective. 70% of salespeople will offer a minimum of a 10% discount on the first ask. It takes one innocent question, “We’re so close to a deal, is there anything better that you can do?” We need to educate prospects and buyers on the real value we deliver. If we don’t, they immediately gravitate to price, an easy equalizer. The good news is that there are tangible strategies that can give us the edge to have it all. A business we enjoy, working with people we like while delivering meaningful outcomes in the communities we serve. In this session, you’ll learn: Identifying your ideal customer Difference between market positioning and a value proposition Developing an defendable value proposition Lead nurturing strategies to build pipeline Easy tactics you can implement immediately About the Presenter: Jean Nickerson, CSP is the founder of Purposeful Selling and organizer of Silicon Halton’s IoT P2P. She is committed to empowering family-run businesses to create great brand stories that unlocks the true value of their business models. This is a virtual session. Registrants will see the link to participate in the presentation and discussion soon.
- Funding Simplified - ONLINE
These are challenging times for entrepreneurs who have great ideas and evolving business models. Many technology-based start-up businesses require funding to get to market and scale. The funding landscape for technology start-ups is complicated, but with a strong roadmap the process can be simplified and your valuation can be maximized, while avoiding common mistakes and challenges. We look at how to ask the right questions, create a project estimate and backlog, and finally how to prioritize and generate a product roadmap. About the Presenter: For the past 12 years, Prolucid Technologies has worked at the cutting edge of technology implementation, worked with start-ups on product development and serviced multinational corporations with enterprise-grade deployments globally. Prolucid provides solutions to a diverse range of industries including nuclear energy generation, FDA approved medical devices, Advanced manufacturing, and smart buildings. Their custom software simplifies the process of getting to market and scaling while ensuring that the business meets the required regulatory guidelines. This is a virtual session. Registrants will receive a link to participate in the presentation and discussion prior to the event.
- Sigfox Low-Power, Wide-Area Network Application - ONLINE
The promise of Industry 4.0 is upon us and 5G seems to open new interesting opportunities. But many IoT applications don’t need require some of the high-end features inherent in next generation wireless connectivity. Low-Power, Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are optimized to reduce power consumption in such a way that devices can operate on a single battery for years. Use cases that require low data feeds, sensors that comunícate state-of-change in remote location monitoring or emerging smart-city installations can benefit immensely from these alternative networks. Sigfox’s proprietary and unlicensed technology is one of the most widely deployed LPWANs today. They offer affordable and superior performance connectivity that supports use cases requiring low power devices distributed over large geographic areas. About the Presenter: Manuel Vera is the SVP of Network Operations for Sigfox Canada. He will review their technology and showcase solutions currently using Sigfox LPWAN. Sigfox has IoT deployments in over 70 countries and is the largest IoT connectivity provider in the world. Sigfox Canada launched a Coast-to-Coast network in 2019. They currently have coverage in the largest metropolitan areas of the 10 provinces and are continuously expanding their coverage. With over 700 solutions developed and tested, Sigfox has an extensive repository of IOT use cases to share. ONLINE EVENT Due to the current situation, this event will be ONLINE. The afternoon prior we will email registered attendees the ZOOM URL. Free co-working is CANCELLED Included for the day is free access for Silicon Halton members to work from MEV Innovation Centre. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for this Peer2Peer meeting, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work. Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from. Co-working is CANCELLED this month.
- Exploring IoT Platforms and Gateways
A cutting edge IoT Platform and multi-service IoT gateways can deliver numerous IoT use cases for deriving productivity gains, reducing costs, enabling higher up-times, optimizing energy consumption, facilitating proactive and predictive maintenance and enabling smarter cities. An end-to-end solution enables intelligence at the edge as well on the cloud. A ubiquitous platform delivers complex, and high-value solutions for buildings, industrial, smart city and transportation verticals. This session will focus on presenting capabilities of the Platform and edge gateway as well as a set of use cases that can be delivered leveraging these components. A number of different live use cases will be demonstrated during this session, e.g., smarter energy monitoring, monitoring various stationery, mobile assets, and mining assets,. About the Presenter: BlueSurge’s cloud platform, SurgeCloud™, is a hosted solution delivering digital services for improving business processes many industry verticals. The platform is cable of ingesting machine data as well as other structured and unstructured data to carry out advanced analytics and produce actionable business intelligence. BlueSurge Technologies’ IoT gateway, SurgeGateway – SG1000, is a multiservice gateway that supports many different protocols to integrate a wide variety of assets in buildings, industrial and automotive domains. The gateway comes with advanced edge analytics capabilities. Free co-working Included for the day is free access for Silicon Halton members to work from MEV Innovation Centre. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for this Peer2Peer meeting, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work. Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.
- Smart Manufacturing: Industrial IOT use cases for Industry 4.0
In this session we will discuss some of the real project use cases in Industry 4.0. These use cases cover functions such as Asset Performance Management, Predictive Maintenance, Quality improvements and Remote Monitoring for industrial assets in Automotive, Smart City and Steel Plants. This session will also go over demo of multiple IOT application(s) in various segments and walk through of development environment to create a pilot IoT application. We will also discuss what are the key successful ingredients for a successful Industrial IOT Project. About the Presenter: Gurvie Waraich is the President & General Manager for Nexiona Connectocrats, an IoT native company developing private IOT platforms to address Data Privacy and Data Ownership issues in Industry 4.0. Nexiona has helped more than 150 OEMs, End Users and System Integrator partners to bring their vision to realization with private IoT platform MIIMETIQ. Free co-working Included for the day is free access for Silicon Halton members to work from MEV Innovation Centre. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for this Peer2Peer meeting, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work. Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.
- Security in IoT
IoT cyber attacks happen, and is increasing with the birth of new devices and accessibility of legacy devices. Many companies use a large number of different devices running different software, using different chips, and may use different connectivity methods. Some devices were designed before IoT existed and never were hardened to mitigate vulnerabilities. Many devices are inexpensive or not designed with IoT Security in mind. In this session, we will evaluate IoT security, learn the likely threats, understand risks, evaluate strategies and the consequences of threats to IoT infrastructure. IoT security design is complex and we will discuss the different broad range of approaches and considerations. BONUS: Participants will also be given an IoT security whitepaper to evaluate your own IoT Security. About the presenter: Darn IT was launched in 2012 for an answer against SMB IT, over the years we noticed that there was a bigger requirement by the SMB community to have better protection for organizations against the ongoing onslaught of cyber attacks. Darn IT Group was firmed in 2018 with a national reach assisting business from Ontario to British Columbia. We specialize in managed security solutions, security operations centre, Advisory, workshop, and IT services for the SMB market. Our solutions are tailored for SMBs which we offer enterprise-grade solutions/products to our clients. Personally, I come from a dynamic background of working experience in: banking, educational, national security, and retail. I bring the experience to our practice and understands the challenges that businesses undergo while trying to operate and being cyber aware. Free co-working Included for the day is free access for Silicon Halton members to work from MEV Innovation Centre. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for this Peer2Peer meeting, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work. Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.
- Real Life Walk-Through of Smart Factory / Industry 4.0 Project
Real-life walkthrough of Smart Factory / Industry 4.0 Project from needs assessment / business case creation / solution design. In this talk, we will walk through some of the use case scenarios for production managers, supervisors and operators, and show case related software interfaces and hardware sensors used to retrofit on manufacturing equipment. This session will use this case study to explore industry 4.0 projects in general; we are looking to learn via the experiences and questions from others in this peer-to-peer workshop. About the Presenter: Esprida helps its customers bring their IoT product vision to market. We are trusted experts when it comes to developing IoT solutions for manufacturers serving retail, financial services, government and agriculture. We have worked with OEM Manufacturers rebranded our platform under their own name; if you’re in retail or digital signage, there’s a good chance you’re already using our platform. Based on our Lean IoT™ methodology, Esprida creates solutions faster with less risk. Free co-working Included for the day is free access for Silicon Halton members to work from MEV Innovation Centre. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for this Peer2Peer meeting, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work. Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.
- What is 5G?
Back by popular demand: Canadians can anticipate a fast roll-out of 5G mobile networks starting in 2020 or 2021, according to industry experts. The fifth-generation of wireless technology, “5G”, will deliver ten times faster connections speeds, lower latency and the ability to connect more devices than ever before. With 5G networks we’ll get faster downloads, lower latency, and better performance on more devices including smart cars and Internet of Things (IoT). What you will Learn - What is 5G, how it works, and why it’s important - Uses for 5G - How 5G, Edge Computing and IoT interact to increase efficiency to reduce costs - How to monetize 5G - Why Edge Computing is predicted to have 10X the impact as Cloud has had over the last 10 years Those able to extract the right business insights at the right time and the right place – edge or cloud – based on factors like cost and latency of the underlying business problem, will succeed in the future of 5G & IoT. So how do you determine what runs at the edge versus what runs in the Cloud? About the Presenter: John Chiappetta, Technology + Innovation, Chiappetta Consulting. John works with companies and municipalities of all sizes to enhance their use of data and innovation to improve services, inform local decision-making and drive engagement. John believes that the most critical business questions are not answered with what data you could or should access, but by first working out what your business is looking to achieve. John holds a Masters in Political Science and has completed undergraduate work in Political Science and Business. Cost: $11.20 + HST = 12.66 Alternative Registration site: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-is-5g-and-edge-computing-tickets-78795255731
- IoT in Agriculture
One of the industries where IoT has the potential to have the greatest impact is Agriculture, which generates over $100 billion in Canadian GDP and accounts for nearly 7% of total GDP. Walid Moukhaiber, Ontario Regional Manager for Hanatech IoT will overview their Smart Farming Solution for identifying Fire Blight Risk in Apple and Pear trees. Fire Blight is a bacterial disease of apple, pear, crabapple and ornamentals of the Rosaeceae family and can result in the loss of branches and tree structure. Hanatech's infield sensors collect agriculture data points to give farmers immediate warnings of fire blight risk so they can prevent the spread of the disease by pruning infected branches. About the Presenter: Hanatech is a Managed IT services provider based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and comprised of a team of 20 engineers, software developers and project managers. They bring smart IT to life – merging technology and humanity. Hanatech’s Smart Farming solution is their newest addition to their IoT cloud platform, which helps companies to become more efficient by integrating technology into their operational processes. spread of the disease by pruning infected branches.