IoT Thames Valley Meetup 19th June Final Agenda & News

We have fantastic line up of Meetup speakers, talks and demos from Amazon Web Services, Arm & Pen Test Partners.

You can register/RSVP for this Meetup here:
https://www.meetup.com/Internet-of-Things-Thames-Valley/events/257305513/

A special thank you to our sponsors Arm and Review Display Systems.

Speakers & Talks:


Andrew Hood, Amazon Web Services
“AWS IoT and Alexa in the connected home”
AWS IoT services for the connected home bring devices and services together for an integrated, autonomous experience that improves a consumers’ lives. Connected home experiences include everything from voice-controlled lights, house-cleaning robots, machine learning-enabled security cameras, and Wi-Fi routers that troubleshoot for you. Additionally, given that voice control is becoming pervasive across smart homes, these devices can also benefit from using voice services like Alexa for an even more seamless customer experience. Thanks to decreasing costs and increasing options for connectivity, these smart home devices, sensors, and tools can be interlinked to create real-time, contextual, and smart experiences for consumers. Learn how in this session.


Tony Gee, Pen Test Partners,
“Systemic flaws in IoT”
As the IoT brings ever more connected capabilities in to our lives we are seeing more and more devices utilising the same backend architecture. We are seeing more and more vendors replicating vulnerabilities across multiple device types, from tracking watches to car alarms. We are seeing zombie vulnerabilities rising from the dead, insecure direct object references which mostly died off back in 2002 are now found on many devices we look at. In this talk we will discuss some of these and show some of our recent research in to the Internet of Things.


Rob Coombs, Arm,
“PSA Certified – building trust in IoT”
Platform Security Architecture was announced by Arm in October 2017 as a security framework for IoT. Arm provides the recipe (security architecture documents) and ingredients (open source software, tools, models, dev boards) to help the electronics industry build secure IoT solutions. At Embedded World this year we introduced PSA Certified, a multi-level security evaluation scheme for IoT chips, software and devices. This presentation will provide an introduction to PSA Certified.


In other news, the companies supporting the Secure IoT cyber security conference on 7th November continues to grow and we have speakers confirmed from:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Arm
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Device Authority
  • GSMA
  • IBM
  • NCC Group
  • Pen Test Partners
  • SAS

You can book discounted Early Bird tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secure-iot-2019-tickets-59043403409

PSA Certified – building trust in IoT

Rob Coombs @Arm, will be giving a talk “PSA Certified – building trust in IoT” at #IoT Thames Valley Meetup on 19th June at the GreenPark Conference Centre, Reading.

Free to attend. RSVP:

Internet of Things Thames Valley Meetup #26

Platform Security Architecture was announced by Arm in October 2017 as a security framework for IoT. Arm provides the recipe (security architecture documents) and ingredients (open source software, tools, models, dev boards) to help the electronics industry build secure IoT solutions.

At Embedded World this year we introduced PSA Certified, a multi-level security evaluation scheme for IoT chips, software and devices. This presentation will provide an introduction to PSA Certified.

AWS IoT and Alexa in the connected home

Andrew Hood of Amazon Web Services @awscloud will be giving a talk “AWS IoT and Alexa in the connected home” at #IoT Thames Valley Meetup on 19th June at the GreenPark Conference Centre, Reading.

Free to attend. RSVP:

IoT Thames Valley Meetup #26

AWS IoT services for the connected home bring devices and services together for an integrated, autonomous experience that improves a consumers’ lives. Connected home experiences include everything from voice-controlled lights, house-cleaning robots, machine learning-enabled security cameras, and Wi-Fi routers that troubleshoot for you. Additionally, given that voice control is becoming pervasive across smart homes, these devices can also benefit from using voice services like Alexa for an even more seamless customer experience.

Thanks to decreasing costs and increasing options for connectivity, these smart home devices, sensors, and tools can be interlinked to create real-time, contextual, and smart experiences for consumers. Learn how in this session.

Systemic flaws in IoT

Tony Gee @_tonygee_ of Pen Test Partners, is giving a talk “Systemic flaws in IoT” at the IoT Thames Valley Meetup on 19th June  at the Green Park Conference Centre,  Reading.

This is a free to attend event. To register, please RSVP:

IoT Thames Valley Meetup #26

As the IoT brings ever more connected capabilities in to our lives we are seeing more and more devices utilising the same backend architecture. We are seeing more and more vendors replicating vulnerabilities across multiple device types, from tracking watches to car alarms. We are seeing zombie vulnerabilities rising from the dead, insecure direct object references which mostly died off back in 2002 are now found on many devices we look at. In this talk we will discuss some of these and show some of our recent research in to the Internet of Things.

Internet of Things Cyber Security Conference

Internet of Things Cybersecurity Conference

The third annual Secure IoT, Internet of Things cyber security conference will be held at the Green Park Conference Centre, Reading, on 7th November, 2019.

Learn about the security issues, risks, threats and vulnerabilities associated with IoT systems and connected device. Gain an understanding IoT security best practice and meet leading experts and companies offering security products, solutions and services.

There are a limited no. of Super Early Bird available until 9th June at £60 +VAT and Student tickets £30 + VAT:

Book Tickets

For more information see:

Secure IoT Website

Smart City 1st round challenge calls, Reading Borough Council

The 1st round of Smart City Challenge Calls is being advertised by Reading Borough Council on behalf of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project. This first Call consists of four Challenges, focusing on tackling loneliness, reducing falls in the elderly, supporting independence in travel and targeting investment to improve energy efficiency in homes. Each Challenge will involve a development and pilot phase so that the benefits can be evaluated and knowledge can be shared as these are common challenges faced by councils across the UK. Grants of up to £100,000 are available for each Challenge.

If you are a business who is interested, the Call has been published by Reading Borough Council on the Reading Borough Council In-Tend portal under the title Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster 1st Challenge Fund Call (https://in-tendhost.co.uk/readingbc/aspx/Tenders/Current).

An information event is being held on 24th April 2019 at the Marketing Suit, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP. Event will begin at 6:30pm (Pizza will be provided) for a 7:00pm start and will consist of a presentation overview of the 1st Call and an opportunity for questions. We will also publish the answers to questions on the portal for those that cannot attend. The event will also be an opportunity for those looking to make contacts and partner up. If you wish to attend the event please register at https://www.meetup.com/Internet-of-Things-Thames-Valley/events/260532428/

IoT Thames Valley Meetup 13 February

The next Internet of Things (IoT) Thames Valley Meetup is on 13th February 2019. The Meetup is free to attend and you can register/RSVP  here:

IoT Thames Valley Meetup #24

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019, 6:00 PM

Green Park Conference Centre
100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, RG2 6GP Reading, GB

62 Members Attending

Agenda: 6.00 – 6.45 Drinks & Pizza Reception, Networking and meet the exhibitors 6.45 Welcome – Duncan Purves 6.50 “Digital Buildings & IoT”, Adam Armer, Head of Digital Buildings, Vodafone Global Enterprise 7.05 “The World Bee Project – World’s first AI smart hives network helps conserve declining global honey bee populations” Andy Clark, UK Cloud…

Check out this Meetup →

The agenda for this Meetup is taking shape and we will have presentations from:

  • Adam Armer, Vodafone, talking about Digital Buildings & IoT, a move from passive to active where the building becomes an agile platform for the delivery of a range of different services
  • Andy Clark, Oracle, will talk about how the World’s first AI smart hives network helps conserve declining global honey bee populations
  • Robin Kennedy, Knowledge Transfer Network, will talk about the Cyber Security Academic Start-up Accelerator Programme
  • Rob McDonald, Brett Associates, will provide an update on forthcoming Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster Challenge Fund calls
  • Atul Wahi, JT International, will talk about euicc/esims enabling OEMs in the connected world
  • Graham Followell, Real Time Sustainability, will be talking about ecosystem integration and management, connecting the connected world

Drinks and pizza will be served from 6pm.

Fingernail wearable monitors disease progression

Grip strength is a useful metric in a surprisingly broad set of health issues. It has been associated with the effectiveness of medication in individuals with Parkinson’s disease, the degree of cognitive function in schizophrenics, the state of an individual’s cardiovascular health, and all-cause mortality in geriatrics.
In new research published in Scientific Reports a team from IBM details a first-of-a-kind “fingernail sensor” prototype to help monitor human health. The wearable, wireless device continuously measures how a person’s fingernail bends and moves, which is a key indicator of grip strength
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Solar panels embedded in clothes charge a mobile phone

Clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea will allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and smartwatches.
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The cells are encapsulated in a resin which allows the textile fabric to be washed and worn like any other form of clothing. Measuring only three millimetres in length and 1.5 millimetres in width, the cells are almost invisible to the naked eye and cannot be felt by the wearer. For all intents and purposes, garments appear exactly the same as any other form of clothing despite having the capability to generate electricity

Pindrop brings voice authentication to IoT devices, intelligent assistants, and connected cars

Forget passwords and PIN codes — Pindrop wants to make our lives more secure with voice biometrics.

From VentureBeat Article:

Pindrop brings voice authentication to IoT devices, intelligent assistants, and connected cars

The Atlanta, Georgia-based company today announced Voice Identity Platform, a speech authentication solution for IoT, voice assistants, smart homes and offices, and connected cars.

Its platform-agnostic tech is akin to Google’s Voice Match in Google Assistant, which can differentiate among the unique voice signatures of up to 10 Google Home users, and Amazon’s voice profiles in Alexa.

Pindrop’s patented Pindrop Protect technology takes into account factors such as location, behavior, device type, audio, voice, and time of day to confirm identity. By scoring each voice interaction based on AI-driven anomaly detection and using voice printing to correlate matches with what Pindrop claims is one of the world’s largest audio databases of its kind, the company contends it is able to lower handle times by up to 60 seconds.