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M2M and IoT to form first ICT session at Barcelona’s MWC

ICT KTN, together with partners Cambridge Wireless, Mobile Monday London, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and UK Trade & Investment are bringing a comprehensive series of events to this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) which kicks off in Barcelona on 27th February. Our first session, “Enabling the Future Internet through M2M and IoT technologies and services” is sure to provoke wide debate being based on the prediction that by 2020 there will be a rise from 6 billion (present day) to 50 billion digitally identifiable, potentially linked, electronic devices on this planet. 

This proliferation of digitally identifiable devices and the concurrent dramatic increase in pervasive data is creating disruptive opportunities and possibilities with enormous repercussions. Chaired by Geoff McCormick of The Alloy - a company famed for its user experience led design – the session will examine Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) topologies and the challenges related to the sheer scale of connected objects and open data systems. 

Each of our speaker line up is has a significant impact in this new but all pervasive field: 

Usman Haque is the Founder and CEO of Pachube.com (pron. Patch-bay). The company offers web-based data infrastructure for sensors and connected objects and was acquired last year, by software as a service- specialists Logmein, for several million. Pachube recently launched an addition to its service that allows end-users to download the data from their smart meters directly and to control which third parties are allowed to access it. This is a step towards empowering individuals to control the data that is collected about them through sensor networks.

Marc Sauter is Head of Global M2M Business Development, Vodafone. The mobile company has partners and plans which they say can enable them to become a one-stop shop for M2M terminals and managed connectivity on a single contract with lower costs and less need for technical input. The technology is being targeted at the industrial, remote maintenance and control sectors, in particular makes of compressors, elevators and fork lifts. The partnership will provide general purpose terminals, but work is under way to offer sector-specific terminals and solutions, for example to support smart metering or fleet management. These are expected to be launched in 2012.

Paul Egan specialises in Business Development for Neul, a startup company working on the use of so-called TV white-space spectrum for M2M communications. Neul's proposal is that radio communications dedicated to M2M and IoT be opened up in the spectrum used for digital television broadcasts. White space can broadcast over much longer distances than Wi-Fi and because it operates at lower frequencies, it's better at penetrating buildings and trees. In trials,,Neul says it delivered 16 megabits per second over a range of 10 kilometers, putting white-space spectrum on a par with 4G.

Nigel Chadwick is Director of Stream Communications Ltd. an M2M network service provider which recently unveiled freeflow, a new extra fast 3G service and Sim for iPad and smart tablet users . According to Stream, speeds with the service are up to 50 percent faster than from usual 3G Sims, and will remain faster for up to 80 percent of the customers' total connected browsing time. Stream also extended its existing mobile infrastructure, originally developed for M2M,  to meet the specific needs of iPad and Android tablet users. The service will fully launch to coincide with the WMC,

Grant Notman is Head of Sales & Marketing at Wood & Douglas a firm which specialises in wireless broadcast technology, Wood & Douglas creates and delivers quality wireless solutions across diverse worldwide markets. Their products enable voice, data and video communication between people, machines and devices,  often where wired communication is not physically or commercially viable. For instance, the company has developed an application that allows rescue dogs to relay real-time video and audio back to their handlers.The equipment is designed for rapid deployment, and the firm anticipates it will be useful for the fire and police services, as well as the military.

“Enabling the Future Internet through M2M and IoT technologies and services” takes place, in Barcelona, on Monday 27th February at 13:30”. Secure your place by registering in advance.

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