IoT Thames Valley Meetup 21st November

We have a great line up of speakers and talks as you will see from the details and the agenda below. Talks include: Industry 4.0, security, monetising data and remote monitoring and controlling industrial heating systems using LoRaWAN network.

You can register/RSVP for the Meetup here:

Drinks and pizza will be served from 6pm.

6.00 – 6.45 Drinks & Pizza Reception, Networking and meet the exhibitors
6.45 Welcome – Duncan Purves
6.50 “Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre : the journey towards the digitization of Engineering and Manufacturing” Richard Lanyon-Hogg, Director of Informatics, AMRC
7.00 ” Industry 4.0 – A plain English translation for Manufacturers” Prof. Cliff Brereton, Director, OCF DATA
7.20 “Evolution of factory security for Industry 4.0” Stuart Traynor, Solutions Architect, Cisco UKI Technology Office
7.40 “Securing and monetizing data in the cloud” Andrew Pockson, Marketing Manager, Anglia
7.55 “Innovate UK opportunities and news” Robin Kennedy, KTN
8.00 “Protecting your IoT innovations” Duncan White, Partner, Marks & Clerk
– “Industrial IOT keeping you warm” Pascal Borgstijn, AAEON
8.15 ‘IoT contract & job opportunities’
– Fabiola Pinheiro, LynxPro
8.20 – 9.30 Networking and meet the exhibitors

Confirmed Exhibitors:
– Anglia
– Knowledge Transfer Network
– LynxPro
– Marks & Clerk
– Real Time Sustainability
– Review Display Systems
– Valbrio


1. Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre : the journey towards the digitization of Engineering and Manufacturing
Richard Lanyon-Hogg, Director of Informatics, AMRC

2. Industry 4.0 – A plain English translation for Manufacturers
Prof. Cliff Brereton, Director, OCF DATA

The UK manufacturing sector has a productivity gap with most of its competitors. A lack of adoption of Industry 4.0 methods and technologies is partly responsible for this, but primarily it is the longstanding issues such as down-time, yield and throughput that are the real culprits of underperformance. Yet these traditional manufacturing challenges and the deployment of Industry 4.0 are linked together in so much as one is the answer to the other. During this brief presentation, we will look at these productivity challenges and how using Industry 4.0 techniques can make a positive difference to manufacturing productivity for all, from large enterprises to privately owned SME’s.

3. Evolution of factory security for Industry 4.0
Stuart Traynor, Solutions Architect, Cisco

Industry 4.0, is driving manufacturing organisations to rapidly adopt new technologies including, Robotics, Industrial IoT, Mobility, Collaboration and Analytics to help drive efficiencies. Unfortunately, more devices and connections also open the door to new cyber-security risks, and previous generations of industrial control systems were not conceived with security or the IP connectivity needed in mind.

Traditional guidance to create air gapped and siloed networks is no longer relevant in today’s world which needs to make use of the data generated on the factory floor and cloud services. This session looks to explore how standards and technology are evolving in order to allow organisations to effectively adopt Industry 4.0 whilst maintaining the required level of security. Within this session we will discuss two examples (enterprise and SMB) to explore the different challenges and approaches required to evolve security in the manufacturing environment.

Stuart is Solutions Architect within Cisco UKI Technology Office with a focus on working with manufacturing customers as they look move towards Industry 4.0

4. Securing and monetizing data in the cloud
Andrew Pockson, Marketing Manager, from Anglia  will discuss solutions for securing the data from the IoT ‘thing’ out via various connectivity options. Included will also be how to monetize the service, to get on-going revenue from the hardware solution.

5. Protecting your IoT innovations
Duncan White, Managing Partner, from Marks & Clerk will be talking about how you can protect your IoT innovation Intellectual Property and patents.

6. Innovate UK opportunities and news
Robin Kennedy, Transfer Manager at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will providing an update of the latest funding opportunities and news from Innovate UK.

7. Industrial IOT keeping you warm
Pascal Borgstijn from AAEON will be talking about a solution for monitoring and controlling heating systems using a LoRaWAN network”
A special thank you to RDS for introducing and sponsoring the Aaeon presentation.

8. IoT contract & job opportunities.
If you are looking for a new contract position or to hire then come along and talk to Fabiola Pinheiro from LynxPro.

Project Trillium – the latest Arm IP for Machine Learning

Steve Steele, Director of Platforms in the Machine Learning Group, from @Arm will be talking about Project Trillium – the latest Arm IP for Machine Learning at the IoT Thames Valley Meetup, #IoT @tv_iot Green Park Conference Centre, Reading on 26th September.

“Machine Learning processing engines today tend to focus on specific device classes or the needs of individual sectors.

Arm’s Project Trillium changes that by offering ultimate scalability. While the initial launch focuses on mobile processors, future Arm ML products will deliver the ability to move up or down the performance curve – from sensors and smart speakers, to mobile, home entertainment, and beyond.”

This talk will cover Project Trillium, which comprises a suite of Arm IP including ML and object detection processors and Arm NN, a SW stack supporting ML across a wide range of Arm and other hardware IP.

Things Connected Innovation Programme for Local Authorities

Local Authorities are becoming increasingly aware of how innovative, low cost Internet of Things solutions can help councils deliver better services and efficiently manage their local infrastructure. Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) can make that a reality, but Local Authorities struggle to identify the right technology partners that will meet their specific needs in a rapidly evolving market.

UK SMEs who develop LPWAN solutions are keen to work with Local Authorities, but they find it difficult to turn promising conversations with individual council staff into real business opportunities.

To remove this stumbling block, Digital Catapult’s third Things Connected Innovation Programme brings together Local Authorities and LPWAN innovators to work on real-world challenges and helps them fine tune their offerings for the Local Authority market.

Why you should get involved

UK SMEs working with LPWAN technologies are invited to apply to join the programme, to refine and pitch solutions to one of the specific challenges faced by four Local Authorities. Innovators with the best pitches go forward to conduct a live trial with the relevant council.

The Local Authorities and their challenges are:

  • Croydon – Measuring the impact of construction sites on air pollution in the surrounding area.
  • Suffolk – Monitoring footfall in a seaside town.
  • Sutton – Independent travel for vulnerable young people with learning disabilities.
  • Thurrock – More efficient waste management at municipal refuse tips.

For more information see:

Things Connected Innovation Programme for Local Authorities