Monthly Archives: September 2014


Consultation and Invitation for Commitment

The European Commission is inviting stakeholders to provide advice and express a commitment for engagement on candidate target areas for future European Internet of Things (IoT) Large Scale Pilots (LSP). The results will contribute to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 and European Commission actions. We welcome contributions until Sunday 30 November 2014.

We are seeking for input from relevant experts and stakeholders based on a set of specific questions. Any interested organisation from a EU Member State or associated country is also invited to submit a commitment. Any other interested organisation from another country can join a lead organisation. The lead partner of a commitment should come from one of the 28 EU countries or from one of the following associated countries: Israel, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Faroe Islands and Moldova.

The IoT Week 2014 was nothing less than a success. Thank you to the sponsors. Thank you to the track chairs and session chairs. Thank you to the 400 participants who came to join the conversation in over 40 session with over 150 speakers in 5 different tracks. Thank you to the many international participants from all over the globe. And thank you to the IERC for their continued support. The IoT Week is truly an event by the community for the community.


For the first time, the IoT Week also had its very own Hackfest. Six teams competed in four challenges with the overall winner receiving a cash prize of €1000 as well as other prizes from several sponsors. Thank you Franck Le Gall for organising this with your team.


We also had the IoTLondon Meetup crowd join us on 17th June in the evening – thank you Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino for organising this and bringing 150 of your finest.

CONNECT Advisory Forum

And the CONNECT Advisory Forum working group for the Internet of Things presented a first draft of their recommendations.

What’s next?

We have had many requests for pictures, presentations and in general material from the IoT Week and we are in the process of collecting all of this information. We hope to publish the content as well as reports from the tracks and where we can from the sessions on the IoT Week website.

The final words are directed at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) – a sponsor member of theIoT Forum – and who was our fantastic local host of the IoT Week. Thank you Richard Foggie and the entire KTN team. Thanks for having us!

See you next year!

On behalf of the IoT Forum and IoT Week,

Mirko Presser
Chair of the IoT Forum

The 5th EU-Japan Symposium on ICT Research and Innovation will take place in Brussels, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, 16-17 October 2014. The symposium will focus on:

  1. Data & processing: Exploiting the potential of big data, being obtained from remote sensing and actuation and being processed by smart objects and in sophisticated clouds,     enabling the creation of distributed intelligence as key application/service drivers toward attractive IoT services.
  2. Platforms: Development of cloud-based applications driven by the decentralised       information processing capabilities using standardized APIs, open software components, paying special attention to data integrity, localisation, confidentiality and data usability.
  3. Trust: holistic approaches to address privacy & security issues   across value chains including privacy by design aspects, SLAs, software algorithms and new data management models.

The purpose of the event is to shape the call text for 3rd joint EU-Japan call in H2020 2016-17.

Register here.

There is room for even more hype

2014 saw the term peak on the Gartner Hype Cycle, but to be honest, I can only see the excitement and expectations increase.

The reason? Even after trying to spread the word in innovative ways, e.g. the Internet of Things Comic Book, I still feel that only a small proportion of people, organisations and governments have fully understood how big a change the Internet of Things will bring.

How big you ask?

Postscapes, one of my favourite blogs – tracking the Internet of Things – has a nice list of studies about IoT market size forecasts:

What each of those reports has in common is the word “trillions”. They disagree about when and exactly the digits in front of the word “trillions”, but even the smallest trillion per year is enough market space for new multi-billion dollar (or maybe euro, yuan or ruble) companies to emerge and existing companies to register unprecedented growth.

From Research to Innovation

So according to Gartner, 2014 is the proclaimed year of ultimate hype for the Internet of Things. I would rather say it is the year that the Internet of Things has grown up and to be taken seriously. I have worked in the field for over 12 years now. And I have to accept that the Internet of Things is not exclusive to research anymore, but it is ultimately on the path of commercialisation.

This does not mean that I need to find a new research topic – there are many unanswered questions – it means that research is now more and more driven by industry.

A need for a global discussion

This is the reason why I have jointly with 12 other founding members started the IoT Forum – a place to exchange knowledge between research and industry. The IoT Forum organises an annual IoT Week in Europe and joins up with international events to spread its message.

In the wake of the Shanghai IoT Week the European Commission with the support of the EU China Trade Project II is organising a series of cooperation sessions on E-Health, Connected Vehicles, Smart Agriculture and Smart Cities from 28 till 30 October in Shanghai. These sessions will be kept interactive and are very much targeted at companies, practitioners and applied researchers to help them achieve more in concrete market-based cooperation with China. Organising these sessions concurrently with the IoT Week will allow participants to benefit from a significant, 1000+, industry presence.

You are invited to join.


Mirko Presser

Chair of the IoT Forum

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