Building the IoT Ecosystem – platforms, architectures, applications, security and connectivity

Olympia Kensington, London, UK
14-15 November 2017

Tuesday November 14th

11.15am – 12pm

WORKSHOP 1 : Building Reliable IoT Solutions in the Cloud

Led by Microsoft


Microsoft wants to take on Amazon and Google with smart home software


In this workshop, we will present and discuss how Microsoft can help build an end-to-end Azure IoT solution and how to operationalise it. Our technical experts will provide an overview of the Azure IoT platform, on the cloud and on the edge. In addition, we will cover device management for operationalising IoT solutions as well as solution templates that can help decrease the time-to-market.


Attendees will learn:

·       How to approach an IoT problem and build the right architecture

·       Which components of the Azure IoT portfolio works best for your use case

·       Who to work with and how to engage for best results


Mike Thomas – Azure IoT Business Lead UK
Mahmud Mirza – Azure IoT Sales Lead UK – Global Blackbelt Team
Basak Mutlum – Azure IoT Technical Sales – Global Blackbelt TeaM
Ian Banham – Azure IoT Technical Sales – Global Blackbelt Team


Tuesday November 14th

1.45pm – 2.30pm

WORKSHOP 2 : Harness the potential of IoT

Led by Wind River 

The path to IoT success is rarely achieved without tapping into your IoT ecosystem of partner solutions to help you design and deploy your connected edge devices.

Join Wind River in this workshop to learn more about ways to bridge the gap between IT and OT, unlock new business models, and convert your IoT convert into actionable requirements and roadmap with secure, turn-key solutions.


Speaker: Davide Ricci, Director, IoT Design Center, Wind River

Welcome Registration & Refreshments


08.50  Chair’s Opening Remarks

Joe Barkai, recognised industry analyst, strategy adviser, and the author of The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Transforming Every Business




09.00  A balance of Intelligence, Machine and Human, to build the future workplace

  • The scientific fields of Infotech (CS, AI, ML) and Biotech (Biology, Social and Neuroscience) are converging and impacting our life
  • AI and ML add another dimension of intelligence in the workplace
  • Along cognitive and emotional intelligence, a new balance needs to be reached
  • What are the elements you need to get right in the digital workplace for this new technology to thrive

Yuval Dvir, Head of Online & SMB Partnerships, Google

09:30   Unlock Your Business Transformation with the Internet of Things

Digital Transformation is a challenge as it relies on support from many different functions within an organization. Distinguishing the job title that manages a business’ overall ‘IoT strategy’ is often difficult as change management often requires input from across the business and external.

Hear in this session key tips in leading technology change and how Microsoft is helping customers optimise energy use, monitor manufacturing equipment, support preventive patient care, create safer cities, reduce operating costs and more. Then deep dive into the Azure IoT platform and learn how Microsoft is simplifying IoT to resolve common project challenges.

By 2020, we expect that 10% of the data on earth will come from 30B connected devices. Microsoft democratizes IoT by allowing everyone to access the benefits of IoT and thereby provide a foundation for digital transformation

Michael Thomas, Azure IoT Business Lead, Microsoft


09:50   IoT PLATFORMS PANEL: Widening your Ecosystem & Fostering Open Development

With the complexity and increasing number of IoT Platform choices, we offer a balanced discussion and lessons in establishing your IoT platforms and value chain.

Have your questions for our panelists prepared, after hearing their views on:

  • Choice: How do you choose? What check boxes do you need to in place to ensure you invest in an IoT platform that offers interoperability across your present and future IoT devices and stack?
  • Integration: Gain technical insight in selecting the optimal platform for your legacy systems, that can be scaled easily and quickly.
  • Skills & Change Management: How to lead technology choices within a business. Which platform is best for your engineering, development teams, and partners? How do you integrate new technology as quickly as possible without causing disruption to your business?
Moderator: Robin Duke Wooley, CEO, Beecham Research

Vincent Champain, General Manager, GE Digital Foundry Europe, General Electric Digital Foundry Europe
Christian Mastrodonato,
Chief Technologist,Workplace Hub Group Konica Minolta
David Doyle,
Managing Partner, Forestreet
Michael Thomas, Azure IoT Business Lead, Microsoft
Yuval Dvir, Head of Online & SMB Partnerships, Google


10:30 – 11:15   Networking Break and 1-2-1 Meetings



11:15   KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Transforming Every Business

There’s no escape from the onslaught of relentless calls to leverage Internet of Things technology to establish enterprise connectivity and embark on a digital transformation journey. And business consultants and software vendors alike offer rosy depictions of the digitally-connected enterprise of tomorrow.

But as technology forecaster Paul Saffo astutely observed, one should not mistake a clear view for a short distance. Many product organisations are still quite leery about their ability to reap the promised fruits of the digital transformation.

Joe will discuss both business and technical motivation for product organisations to exploit enterprise connectivity enabled by the Internet of Things. Using the Outcome Economy as a business model, the presentation will highlight concepts, use cases, and what this inevitable transformation means for product designers.

While the Internet of Things serves a pivotal role in accelerating product innovation and optimising product lifecycle processes, it also demands business and digital harmonisation at levels most organizations are unfamiliar with. Hear guidance to help product organisation charter these unfamiliar waters and establish a processes model to improve innovation and product lifecycle activities.

Joe Barkai, recognised industry analyst, strategy adviser, and the author of The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Transforming Every Business

11:40   IoT of BANKING: How Starling Strives Ahead with IoT, AI & Mobile

Megan Caywood, Chief Platform Officer, of Starling Bank will present a unique perspective on their journey to date that has made Starling Bank the UK’s leading mobile only bank account! Anne will discuss what she refers to as ‘post-truth banking’ and what fintech can learn from those trying to undo the damage of “post-truth”.

This will include looking at three key banking trends that are best understood as spectrums:

  • Internet of Things: Visible vs Invisible Banking
  • Artificial Intelligence: Data-driven vs Emotional Banking
  • Mobile Banking: Community vs Technology Platforms

Discover how fintech offers a means of redressing the status quo – and what other vertical markets could perhaps leverage from this.

Grasp how today’s use of new technologies, platforms, and data are transforming the financial ecosystem and the perception of finance in the future.

Megan Caywood, Chief Platform Officer, Starling Bank


12:05   PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Build & Deliver IoT Business ROI

Making a business dream a reality, and quickly, is a challenge faced by technical leaders and their teams more and more frequently as companies need to strive for the competitive, digital edge. Making a business dream a reality, and quickly, is a challenge faced by technical leaders and their teams more and more frequently as companies need to strive for the competitive, digital edge.

With different IoT opportunities carrying unique technology challenges, our innovation leaders share their success stories in addressing the complexities of integration of new:
– Software
– Security protocols
– Data analytics tools and governance
– Skills and employee practice

Moderator: Ian Hughes, Analyst – Internet of Things, 451 Research
Georgios Karakousis, Senior Digital Product Manager, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc
Joe Barkai, recognised industry analyst, strategy adviser, and the author of The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Transforming Every Business
Jeremy Basset. Founder & CEO, CO:CUBED
Omar Valdez-de-León,
Director of Digital Transformation, Valcon Consulting / IoT Council
Matt Grant,
Business Development Director, RealVNC


12:45 – 13:45   Networking Lunch and 1-2-1 Meetings


13:45   Unpicking Conflicting Fundamentals: Privacy, Resilience, Reliability & Safety

Security is rightly considered fundamental to the Industrial Internet of Things. But it is not the only fundamental. We must also consider privacy, resilience, reliability and safety.

These fundamentals conflict. For security, locked doors are a must; for safety, it would be better to escape without having to find the key. There are solutions, of course (a door that opens one way), but that comes with its own challenges (an insider who lets intruders into the plant).

Resolving conflicts between all five fundamentals is hindered also by language and culture. An information technology (IT) person thinks of security in terms of viruses and firewalls; an operational technology (OT) person thinks in terms of armed guards and barbed wire. Safety is paramount to an OT person; an IT person rarely considers it. And this is just for safety and security.

Reconciling all five fundamentals and ensuring and assuring them constitutes trustworthiness—an absolute requirement for Industrial Internet of Things systems.

Stephen Mellor, CTO, Industrial Internet Consortium


14:05   CISO View: Metrics – The Story So Far…

“CISOs need to speak the language of the board!”

That phrase has been touted around as a general statement and call to arms for several years but have we learned that language yet? Our speaker, Phil Cracknell stated two years ago that, CISOs don’t have the words yet, a common language that both CISO and other C-levels understand.

In the beginning…the security industry was still waiting patiently for a balanced, independent and common collection of metrics, KPIs, measurements or risk indicators. No vendor, Big-4 or Analyst can claim to have a better insight, experience or perspective on what a CISO needs and how his board would like it measured and presented. A big statement, but only vendors, the Big-4 and analysts would contest this…

CISOs were also tiring of the only automatically generated statistics relating to security were product/solution derived, and as such spoke more about how that technology was doing.
The metrics are very much the key to our future. They continue to be defined, validated and tested by CISOs or the end-user community and are starting to detail exactly how we demonstrate our effectiveness, measure our exposure and agility, test our culture and pinpoint the responsibilities, highlighting investment or lack of it.

“Report what you should not what you can”

Phil Cracknell, CISO, Cyber Security/Risk Advisor, Non-Exec Director, HomeServe


14:30   PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding the IoT Risk Landscape 

Security is often cited as a key obstacle for many companies when considering some form of IoT implementation within their organisation….and rightly so! Inadequate security can, and undoubtedly will, be an organisation’s downfall. However, security needn’t be a barrier when deploying new systems if it is given appropriate time and consideration at development stages. Security is often cited as a key obstacle for many companies when considering some form of IoT implementation within their organisation….and rightly so! Inadequate security can, and undoubtedly will, be an organisation’s downfall. However, security needn’t be a barrier when deploying new systems if it is given appropriate time and consideration at development stages.

This session will offer perspectives on the threat landscape and recommendations on how to protect your systems.

Key themes include:
• Changing perceptions on assessing and managing risk
• Adapting your IT internal audit plan to be more forward thinking
• Understanding your security level of maturity
• Security to be a CEO driven strategy
• Preparing for tomorrow’s IT risks: Drones, sensors, open-source, cognitive
• Performing exhaustive third-party risk management
• Tools for today’s internal auditor

Moderator: Yiru Zhong, Principal Analyst IoT, Beecham Research
Andrew Yeomans, Former Security Domain Architect, Lloyds Banking Group
Stephen Mellor, CTO, Industrial Internet Consortium
Boris Goncharov, Chief Cyber Security Strategist, AMATAS
Cédric Lévy-Bencheton, Security Expert, IOActive, Ltd

15:15 – 16:15: BREAK and NETWORKING – 1-2-1 MEETINGS

16:15: IoT Enabled Predictive Maintenance
• Intelligent fleet management – Major component of the Smart Logistics
• Predictive maintenance – Improving quality and service by predicting malfunctions before they cause unscheduled downtime and higher costs
• Digital twins, a virtual image of your asset
• The technology behind these innovations
• Distributed analytics – using the power of the edge
• Digital transformation – Building new business models based on services
Kalman Tiboldi, Chief Business Innovation Officer, TVH Group NV


Your One Stop Shop for New IoT Technologies: This session concludes the day with 3 quick fire pitches on how technologies set to change businesses as IoT adoption continues to grow



IoT 2.0 – Greater complexity and expectations

Matt Grant, Business Development Director, RealVNC


16.55pm INNOVATE WITH: DevicePilot

Service Assurance – the missing piece of IoT?

Pilgrim Beart, CEO, DevicePilot


17.10pm INNOVATE WITH: LemonBeat

An Approach to built, lean, robust and adaptive networks of IoT devices

Grant Notman, UK Sales Director, LemonBeat 


17.25  Chair’s Day 1 Closing Remarks followed by Evening Networking Drinks

8:15am Refreshments & Networking in the Expo Area


08:50   Chair’s Opening Remarks

Bob Tarzey, Service Director, Quocirca



09:00  IoT in Action: A Study of First Movers

The Internet of Things (IoT) is burgeoning all around us, in everything from vehicles and robotics to coffeemakers and fashion accessories, creating new market opportunities and offering first mover advantage to companies able to seize the opportunities it presents.

Given the influx of IoT devices on the market and many more devices yet to be connected, businesses are encountering unexpected roadblocks as designs are turned into market-ready solutions. Challenges can range from technology know-how outside the core competency of the company to more traditional issues such as connectivity, security, privacy, safety, and more. In this session, you’ll hear how three customers have been able to kick start their way to digital transformation by tackling these challenges head on.

Find out how to prepare your business to overcome the complexities of IoT and reap the benefits on both your bottom and top lines.

Emeka Nwafor, Senior Director, Product Management and Ecosystems, IoT Cloud Solutions, Wind River


09:40 Edge Computing & IoT

Analysts estimate that around 5.6 billion IoT devices will be performing analysis on the edge by 2020. It seems inevitable therefore, that enterprises need to take a closer look to the opportunities arising from this and how the technology can assist in improving productivity and efficiency.

This session will discuss the benefits & challenges of using the IoT for data storage and processing:

  • Why is edge computing uniquely positioned for IoT?
  • Overview of the opportunities of using edge computing
  • How do you split local intelligence and in the cloud?
  • What approach to take when both boxing architecture and running independently is an option?

Mike Fay, Business Development Manager, Dell IoT, Dell Intel



10:00   CIO PANEL : How to Drive Digital Transformation Across Organizations

Technology is now changing every business process, and there is no question that the CIO and CTO are central to a business’ market strength, rather than supporting functions.

Game-changing, new solutions and services that weren’t even dreamed a few years ago are now possible but challenges still exist within organizations in terms of business buy-in, security and human change management.

What does tech ‘innovation’ and ‘transformation’ look like in real life business situations, and what steps do CIOs and CTOs need to take to bring ROI from investment in new IoT technologies?

We bring this panel of pioneering CIO and CTOs to learn their successful approaches to:

  • Investing in platforms that enable new value chains and integrated ecosystems
  • Shifting mindsets from cost management to driving business transformation and accelerating growth
  • Managing security and resource concerns

Moderator: Bob Tarzey, Service Director, Quocirca
Luc Verhelst, Leading Digital and ISACA certified Risk Adviser , CIO Metallo Group
David Wilde, Former CIO, Essex County Council
Emeka Nwafor, Senior Director, Product Management and Ecosystems, IoT Cloud Solutions, Wind River





10:30 – 11:10   Break and Networking | 1-2-1 Meetings



11:10  Implementing an IoT Network for Customer Insight

At SES Water, they are currently in the process of specifying and rolling out a Smart Water Metering PoC based on LoRa. Our speaker will explain how SES Water are seeking to allow both customers and themselves an unprecedented level of detail about water use within a property, enabling consumers to use water more efficiently and additionally providing valuable near real time consumption data to the Water Company. In this instance, the IoT network will additionally act as a springboard technology into the prototype Smart Water Networks that they are also developing.

In addition, Jeremy will review the process that has led up to this PoC, as well as the aims and goals of the project.

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water


11:35 How and why IoT / Digital Transformation Projects Fail and why  choosing the right connectivity Partner is of Paramount Importance

According to Gartner and other analysts close to 75% of all Projects fail.
– Understanding the type of connectivity required in order to increase a greater chance of success
– What methodology and checklist of key questions should you ask yourself and providers when making the right partner choice
– Examples of successful deployments and pitfalls to avoid

Gerard de Bourbón, Chief Evangelist , Tele2 IoT



12:05    The CIO’s IIoT Attention Points on Enterprise Architecture and IT Risk when Integrating the World of IT and OT

The world of IT and OT (devices) are coming together and many major companies want to go digital increasing business opportunities through new innovative digital technologies that have become available. And all of that should be implemented faster and faster and faster.

This presentation tackles the CIO perspective on these challenges and will focus on the why and how of going digital. Hear different aspects of enterprise architecture that appear on the CIO radar screen when connecting the world of IT and OT. Luc will focus on the business architecture, application- and data architecture and on the physical infrastructure and network aspects.

Practical guidance will be given around how to best tackle this IT Risk challenge with a whole framework of best practice IT security measures like security policies, awareness sessions, leakage prevention, device registration (802.1x), encryption, GDPR compliance, data classification and IAM techniques amongst many others.

Luc Verhelst, Executive Digital Risk Consultant and CIO of Metallo Group


12:30    Meeting the Demands of Today’s Customer with Data-Led Innovation

In this presentation, Dan will cover:

• Using data analytics to inform competitive insurance quotes
• Leveraging video telematics and IoT data to improve customer understanding
• Embracing machine learning to further product, service and process innovation

Dan Fiehn, Group IT Director, Markerstudy Group

13:00 – 14:10   Networking Lunch and 1-2-1 Meetings




14:40    Discussing Challenges & Costs of the Diverse & Different LPWAN Options

Exploring the NB-IoT, LoRa and Sigfox hype!

Is there a connectivity struggle in the IoT industry? Does the breadth of connectivity options with differing capabilities and features, available for even more different use cases, present us with a problem?

Hear the intricacies and cost impacts associated with today’s communication standards. Question the panel over features and restrictions of each option.

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, Sutton & East Surrey Water
Kevin Maher, Country Director, UK & Ireland, Sigfox

15:05     PANEL: Connecting the Internet of Things  

  • This session will investigate the core essentials when choosing your connectivity partner, including:
  • Understanding your connectivity options and how they perform in terms of quality and network reliability, battery life and cost
  • Establishing a clear check-list of the key questions you should ask yourself and your providers when making your partner choice
  • Creating a resilient and seamless network to ensure a capable IoT platform
  • Comparing LPWA, NB-IoT, Mesh …… with the ever increasing array of connectivity options, how to select the platform right for your IoT project?

Patrice Slupowski, VP Digital Innovation, Orange
Speaker tbc, Ofcom

15:30 – 15:45   Networking Break and 1-2-1 Meetings





15.45   Accelerating IoT Market Adoption through International Standardisation 

This presentation will discuss the critical role played by international standards in fostering a competitive and attractive IoT ecosystem. It will report on recent activities carried out at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and within the ISO/IEC JTC 1 committee on Information Technology.

Gilles Thonet, Head of ICT Standards Coordination, International Electrotechnical Commission


16.10   Deviant Devices: The Five Common Design Flaws that Allow Attackers to Compromise IoT Hardware

Unlike many other business peripherals, IoT devices can be easily bought and reverse engineered to determine their weak points. They can be commandeered to carry out singular network attacks or enslaved enmasse to carry out destabilising attacks. But if you take the time to look a little closer you’ll see many of these IoT devices share the same weaknesses.

This session will explore the five mistakes nearly every IoT vendor makes with their hardware security, including:

• Using teardown techniques, we will explore how attackers go about reverse engineering hardware
• Why vendors are making it far too easy to identify and abuse hardware
• The potential for hacked IoT devices to be used in ever more devastating attacks unless design processes change
• The five areas that vendors must attend to if IoT is to fulfil its potential and overcome current security failings

Mr. Ken Munro, Security Researcher

4.40pm  IoT Enabled Sensor Platforms for Personal Protective Equipment: Monitoring Environmental Hazards

André Pinto, Researcher on Smart Materials and Systems, CeNTI.



17:20   Chair’s Closing Remarks & Close of Conference