The Belfast chapter of the Internet of Things Alliance (IoTA), a collaborative network formed with the support of Invest NI, held a successful first session at the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) on Thursday, May 12.
ECIT’s Professor William Scanlon presentation, “I Predict a Riot”, was a provocative look at the internet of things. He described how connecting “things” is not a new phenomenon, and we must be careful not to fall into the hype around the internet of things (IoT). He encouraged the audience to consider the important issues around security, standards and protocols and highlighted some significant challenges around scaling wireless connectivity.
For a smarter Belfast, Deirdre Ferguson of Belfast City Council’s Smart Cities Team believes that, amongst other things, we need to encourage our SMEs to provide solutions for our city problems, make use of our great universities and research centres and set in place the mechanisms to enable collaboration. Deirdre also highlighted the key problems and opportunities that the IoT could confront for Belfast.
Mark Maguire CTO, Fujitsu NI, showed how Fujitsu’s central focus for IoT was human benefit, and how IoT can change our lives (particularly working lives) for the better – or as he described it, human centric innovation.
Commenting after the event, Deodatta Deshpande, Aepona said, “As a seed member of IoTA, we’re delighted this inaugural session has been received so well. Since the internet of things is an evolving space, industry, academia and consumers coming together is vital to the collective success of IoT, not just in Northern Ireland, but globally.”
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