Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup Agenda

Great set of speakers for the Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup on 26 September  including: Arm, Arrow Intelligent Systems, Robustel, Valbrio and the  Knowledge Transfer Network

We also have a good number of Exhibitors for you to talk to/view their products/services including:
Alumnus Software – embedded systems, networking and analytics solutions
Arrow Intelligent Systems – design engineering services, global marketing and integration, global logistics, and business solutions
KTN – Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK’s network partner
LynxPro – Contract hire
Real Time Sustainability – ecosystem integration and management, connecting the connected world
Review Display Systems – Enabling technological solutions for a wide range of applications including IoT, medical, process/machine control, home automation, digital signage
Robustel – Industrial 4G/3G Router, Modem and Modular Edge Gateways
Valbrio – showcasing their range of software assurance and cyber security solutions for IoT engineers and developers, including source code and binary static analysis, code coverage and software dependency analysis tools.

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Drinks and pizza will be served from 6pm
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Final Agenda:
6.00 – 6.45 Drinks & Pizza Reception, Networking and meet the exhibitors
6.45 Welcome – Duncan Purves
6.50 “Project Trillium – the latest Arm IP for Machine Learning” Steve Steele, Arm
7.10 “AI and the Intelligent Edge” Andy Smith, Arrow Intelligent Systems
7.25 “Innovate UK opportunities and news” Robin Kennedy, KTN
7.35 “Securing the IoT” – Duncan Purves
7.45 ‘Showcase’
– “IoT Gateway Innovations” David Evans, Country Manager, Robustel
– “Why Static Analysis is mandatory for IoT Device Software” Alan Hall, Valbrio
7.55 ‘Open to the Floor’
8.00 ‘IoT contract & job opportunities’
– Fabiola Pinheiro, LynxPro
8.05 – 9.30 Networking and meet the exhibitors

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.

Arrow Intelligent Systems sponsoring the IoT Thames Valley Meetup

Thank you to Arrow Intelligent Systems @ArrowISpossible who are sponsoring the Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup #IoT @tv_iot at Green Park Conference Centre, Reading on 26th September, 2018.

At Arrow Intelligent Systems (AIS), your mission is our mission. From design engineering services, global marketing and integration, global logistics, and business solutions, our dedicated team of experts is bringing it all together to help you deliver the latest technologies to market – quickly and efficiently.

IoT Scotland Network based on LoRa

Scotland is to get a new  Internet of Things network. The network, called IoT Scotland, will allow the collection of data from smart devices through a wireless sensor network  based on LoRa wireless technology.

The £6m, three-year project has been funded with investment from both the public and private sectors.

Initially, the network will cover Scotland’s seven cities, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, and Stirling, with the aim of expanding it throughout Scotland.

Smart city lessons from Manchester

Nick Chrissos – from Cisco Systems – looks at a smart city project in Manchester and the UK’s Smart City IoT Demonstrator, CityVerve.

Manchester Smart City Lessons

The project saw 20 organisations ranging from the city council, universities and hospitals, to transport bodies and private businesses – collaborate to embrace the technology and provide data to make Manchester an even better place to live, work, play and learn, locating activity along Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor.


Arm acquires Treasure Data and launches IoT platform

Arm acquires Treasure Data and launches Pelion IoT platform to provide end-to-end IoT connectivity, device and data management.

Arm has acquired Treasure Data, a specialist in enterprise data management providing businesses the ability to aggregate and derive insights from disparate data sources, CRM, IoT devices, ecommerce and more.

Arm, a UK-based subsidiary of Japanese firm SoftBank, has also launched its Pelion IoT platform, which combines technologies from US-based Treasure Data, the acquisition of Stream and Arm Mbed Cloud, to provide end-to-end IoT connectivity, device and data management for hybrid environments. The Pelion IoT platform will enable companies to connect seamlessly and securely and manage IoT devices and data at any scale

Apple joins Thread Group – is it going ease off its HomeKit chokehold?

Apple joins the Thread Group, sparking speculation over whether HomeKit will support the low-power mesh networking protocol.

The Register:

“Up until now, Apple has adopted its typical my-way-or-the-highway approach to smart home technology, even ending up in the ludicrous positionwhere it forced device manufacturers to add a special Apple-specified microcontroller and firmware to their products if they wanted their kit to work with Apple’s iThings via HomeKit.

In other words, if you made smart-home stuff, and you want it to be controlled from iOS or macOS, you needed to place Apple-picked electronics in your system. These extra components would perform the cryptography and other operations needed to secure the connection between a person’s iPhone, iPad or Mac, and the smart-home equipment. Not a bad way to enforce security, yet not a great way to make friends in the consumer hardware world: virtually no manufacturer was interested.

Apple eventually backtrackedon that decision, and implemented authentication through software after the broader smart-home market decided not to bother with what it saw as Cupertino control freakery.”


GB Smart Metering no longer financially viable

@nickhunn on GB’s Smart Metering project: “it is now clear that there is no economic case for continuing the current programme”

GB Smart Metering no longer financially viable

Last week the British Infrastructure Group (BIG), comprising 93 Members of Parliament and the House of Lords, delivered a devastating report on the British Smart Metering Project.

Titled “Not So Smart”, their headline assessment is that it is a “roll-out which is set to become yet another large scale public infrastructure project delivered well over budget which fails to deliver the expected benefits.”

The consequence is that it is now clear that there is no economic case for continuing the current programme.  All that is going to happen is that our energy bills will go up to pay for this fiasco.

If the costs rise to £20 billion and the meters only have a ten year life, that means everyone will see their energy bill go up by around £67 a year.  The Government plan has always been to pass these costs on to consumers, which is a cunning trick.

It means the costs don’t appear on the Treasury books.  If they did, the project would almost certainly have been cancelled by now.

IoT helping divers in shark-infested waters

Sharks, healthcare and #IoT come together during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

Shark Week on Discovery Channel, and one episode will focus on how paramedics leverage AT&T’s IoT connectivity and a virtual exam room to remotely monitor and diagnose diver conditions in shark-infested waters off the coast of the Bahamas.

The divers and production team on the show were able to access a full clinic through Dictum Health’s Virtual Exam Room (VER) through wireless connectivity from AT&T. Through VER, physicians on land were able to remotely monitor critical vital signs, ECG, and pain levels to ensure the health and safety of the divers and production team.

CityVerve comes to an end – but for Manchester, this is just the beginning

By Mark Duncan @cityverve

From a Council perspective, CityVerve taught us the value of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in improving the way we can design and deliver services for the people who visit, live and work in Manchester.

CityVerve comes to an end – but for Manchester, this is just the beginning

For us, this was a way of realising our objectives within the Our Manchester Strategy using new IoT solutions and working with an impressive set of public and private sector partners.

IoT has huge potential for a local authority. In our case, it opened up new sets of data and also, through the work of FutureEverything on human centred design and citizen engagement, new conversations with residents about what they wanted.

Now, with data giving us a picture of the citizen experience, we can gain new insights into how people are using our city and its services.

And this of course means we have the opportunity to use data and new insights to develop and design services so they better meet the needs of users.

Our experience of CityVerve has directly informed the Council’s emerging new digital strategy for the city, and the lessons and partnerships developed through CityVerve will play a big part in its development.