IoT Thames Valley Meetup #28


Professor Richard Lanyon-Hogg talk: “Internet of Trees” and the “Sustainability of IoT”.
As they rolled out the Internet of Trees pilot with the support of the Forestry Commission Research Council, Small Woods Assoc and Wildlife Trust, they couldn’t escape the issue that e-waste is an enormous problem; and as pervasive computing becomes ever more ubiquitous how can the industry become more sustainable in its use of materials, how can it be encouraged to design for disassembly and how can we stop discarding and exporting our waste to third world countries.

Youssef Chami, Vodafone "5G"
NB-IoT offers unprecedented protection, performance and coverage in its first release when compared to other IoT technologies, but also provides scope for extensive enhancements in a subsequent 4G Evo and 5G releases over the coming years. An overview of the first sets of new features will be given, covering both enhancements of the initial features and the introduction of new capabilities to bring the benefits of 5G to an ever-wider ecosystem including Industrial & Education IoT.

Rob Spurrett, Lacuna Space, talk: "Solving the Connectivity Challenge”.
Lacuna Space’s mission is to bring LoRaWAN connectivity to every part of the globe, at very low cost using miniature satellites and battery-powered sensors communicating direct to satellites in low earth orbit. With one demonstration satellite already in orbit and three more to be launched in the coming months, this dream getting close to being realised and at surprisingly low costs.

Alice and Alex, from Computer Futures, will be presenting valuable insights into the IoT market, touching upon desirable and sought after skillsets within the Embedded Software and Electronics Market. They will be discussing data that they have collected from their clients and candidates within The Thames Valley region regarding factors such as market rates/salaries and market trends. They will also have a stand at the meetup, where you can ask them any questions you have regarding recruitment, market trends, CV tips and the impending IR35 changes.

Jason Allocca, Kemuri, talk: "Supporting Elderly Independent Living using IoT devices" will provide insight into how Kemuri is using IOT devices to help the elderly to live independently for longer.

Richard Hughes, from Think Engineer, talk "Smart Cities - A New Development"
Think Engineer are working with Reading Borough Council on a Smart City Cluster project, and we'd like to let you in on out approach to rapidly developing a new Smart City product from concept to pilot.

Robert Brown, Jitsuin, talk; "Meeting the NIS Directive with Distributed Ledgers"
Strengthening threats and complex supply chains compound the challenge for CISOs to manage risk with fewer resources. Distributed ledgers bring the visibility, continuity, collaboration and automation that’s needed for continual compliance to new regulations.

Thank you to our Sponsors:
- Computer Futures,
- Marks & Clerk
- Professor Richard Lanyon-Hogg

6.00 - 6.45 Drinks & Pizza Reception, Networking and meet the exhibitors
6.45 Welcome - Duncan Purves
6.50 "5G new capabilities and benefits", Youssef Chami, Vodafone UK"
7.10 "Supporting Elderly Independent Living using IoT devices" Jason Allocca, Business Development Manager, Kemuri
7.25 "Solving the Connectivity Challenge" Rob Spurrett, CEO, Lacuna Space
7.35 "Smart Cities - A New Development" Richard Hughes, Director and IoT Specialist, Think Engineer
7.45 "IoT Market Insights" Alice Grant and Alexander Hood, Computer Futures
7.55 'Showcase Talks'
- "Meeting the NIS Directive with Distributed Ledgers" Robert Brown, Co-Founder, Jitsuin
- "Protecting your IoT innovations" Duncan White, Partner, Marks & Clerk
8.05 - "Internet of Trees and Sustainability of IoT", Professor Richard Lanyon-Hogg, University of Sheffield
8.15 - 9.30 Networking and meet the exhibitors

- Computer Futures
- Kemuri
- Marks & Clerk
- Review Display Systems
- Think Engineer