Internet of Things Innovation Summit

October 8 2019

AIOTI Signature Event – IoT Through the Looking Glass

AIOTI Signature Event



In the morning we will explore cross-cutting issues across vertical sectors in IoT covering trends, challenges and opportunities in research, emerging ecosystems and societal trends.  We will highlight the impact and importance of collaborative approach  and present suggestions for future topics and technologies related to intelligent connectivity and IoT in Horizon Europe.    


Get to know and experience cutting-edge technologies  from the leading European organization for Internet of Things  Learn about our vision of IoT future for Europe  Discuss the cross-cutting technology fields of highest relevance for IoT in Europe Network with relevant IoT players in Europe.  


We have heard many inspiring stories on what digitalisation will bring to society: autonomous mobility and sustainable energy systems, safe and secure environment, assisted living for elderly and disabled people, smart farming with higher yields, traceable food quality and low impact on the environment.  

All of them are aspirational and motivating goals, that have been used to justify many research and innovation projects on individual technical ingredients and significant progress is made so far in the implementation.  

But do all the nice ingredients make a good meal? Where are the chefs that takes care of it?  

Most introductions of scientific papers start by referring to the big societal challenges in order to end with a proposition on micro (or today nano) level, leaving it to the imagination of the reader to translate the result in the wider context. Inevitably, this is the consequence of the complexity of our world in which we have built systems of systems of systems… of components. There is insufficient attention for the integration aspects of our digital dreams and there are too many hidden assumptions that “others will take care of it”.  

There are several reasons for this:  

First is the complexity of digital world that no individual organisation, discipline or human being is able to address all aspects,  

Second, there is always a lagging recognition for disciplines that take care of integration aspects.  

Third, depth in research is traditionally more valued than breadth and integration skills that are hardly taught at universities and colleges.

Finally, fear for business model changes may withhold proactive addressing of the integration aspects as they may come with value shifts over the chain.  The urban life is a clear example of an aspiring concept that will require strong integration and orchestration skills for the success of all stakeholders.  

08:00 - 09:00 Welcome and Registration
09:00 - 09:30 AIOTI General Assembly
  • Voting on draft proposal of AIOTI Articles of Association  
  • Voting on a Management Board member  
09:30 - 09:35 Opening

Juergen Sturm Chair of the AIOTI Management Board

09:35 - 9:55 Keynote speech

Wael Elrifai, VP, Digital Insights Solution Engineering, Hitachi Vantara


Complexity & Chaos / Curiosity & Innovation    
Where are we, where are we going, and why does it matter?  The key note will talk about the state of our field, the case for curiosity and innovation, and why getting this right is the most important thing humanity will do this century.

9:55 - 10:15 Interactive Q&A with Keynote
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:30 IoT & quality of urban life

An urban life depends on a system of systems on the highest level, combining (smart) energy systems, water systems, food supply (e.g. city farming) and waste management, transport and logistics and for the inhabitants living environments and housing and working and community buildings and places.  


All the composing elements will be Internet of Things systems in itself, characterised by massive deployment of sensors, data communication from device level to cloud level via aggregation layers (edge, fog), data processing at various levels and AI applications providing autonomous control.  


An urban life requires collaboration between and sharing of data across functional silos. Increasingly this makes the urban areas and citizens critically dependent on those systems which on the one hand provide strong advantages in terms of energy and resource usage, efficiency and performance but on the other hand pose a risk in terms of availability, security, reliability and resilience.  


And systems become inter-dependent, adding a new level of complexity that will require new architectural designs to cope with it. Distributed architectures of nodes that can operate autonomously while interacting and collaborating for optimisation and backup will be the way to go. The urban life becomes an organism. But so far, we have only created organs and not an organism.  


Non-functional aspects will be of critical importance and those are typically the ones that fail at the interfaces of functional expert domains because of (hidden) assumptions on how others would behave or take care of things. A system build with secure components can still be insecure on a higher level. Behaviour of people using a system can be unintended and unexpected, introducing anomalies and risks. And people may expect that electrical power and connectivity will always be on.  


And even more complex is social acceptance, trust and trustworthiness. A hidden assumption is often that people will trust trustworthy systems. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and even the reverse may be true as trust is based on (sometimes irrational) perception and trustworthiness can be based on factual assessment. And since the smart city is supposed to work for citizens, this poses a major challenge for governments and companies providing systems and services.  

The Internet of Things and digitisation in general will disrupt existing business models and create new ones. This is often implicitly addressed and therefore hidden in many agenda’s of parties that need to collaborate to create new value. And it definitely plays a major role in the (delayed) introduction of relevant innovations in the urban life, as the investor is not necessarily getting the returns.  


The Alliance for Internet of Things AIOTI plays a key role stimulating the integral value chain, from component manufactures and embedded software developers to network operators and technology providers to data analytics, AI and control stakeholders, domain experts and, very importantly end-users in many application domains such as farming, energy, living, mobility, water management, buildings and construction... all converging in the smart city.  


AIOTI unhides the hidden assumptions, creating common understanding, practical solutions and structural collaboration over the entire value chain.    



But does the energy transition stand on its own? What are the hidden assumptions regarding energy usage and users in various domains such as transport and mobility and buildings? Will stakeholders exchange relevant data required for optimising the energy system? Will governments put the right stimulating measures in place?  

In our discussions we will address several use cases that directly link to quality of life, supported by IoT systems. But in addition to expressing the benefits, we will look at the interdependencies and hidden assumptions that can make or break successful implementation. And this is the only relevant performance indicator for citizens, companies, governments and socially responsible scientist.  

  • Urban farming – what does it take (outside-in) to implement? Energy, logistics, security, water, policy.  
  • Mobility & Energy – what does it take to implement. Does smart mobility stop at the city border because of incompatibility with other cities? Liabilities, policies. Do we have the right communication and energy infrastructures. Is there a limitation to traffic and pollution?  


Introductory presentation

  • Nicolas Richet, ENTSO-E: Potential of IoT in energy transition and climate mitigation
  • Alena Siarheyeva, ISEN YNCREA: Importance of governance rules in IoT platforms


  • Martin Brynskov, OASC


  • Anita Beblek, Agrathaer
  • Jens Gayko, SCI4.0
  • Svetoslav Mihaylov, European Commission 
12:30 - 12:45 Presentation: Permissioned Distributed Ledger - Applicability and compliance to data processing requirements
  • Why Permissioned Distributed Ledger (PDL) for IoT?
  • What is it aiming to?  
  • What is the next step and why the European legislation needs to include such solutions in the future (revision of the Machinery Directive/ETSI standard)

    Presenter: Christophe Gossard, John Deere  
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch Break & Networking
13:30 - 16:30 Key enablers of IoT in the future

First session:  Building the Sentient Web  

How should AIOTI collaborate with other PPPs on a shared vision for Europe in relationship to the future of the IoT?  This session defines a vision of the Sentient Web as the combination of awareness and reasoning, i.e. ecosystems of services with awareness based upon sensors and information services, and reasoning based upon graph data and rules together with graph algorithms and machine learning. This covers a broad range of challenges that will require a coordinated approach across different organisations: the fragmentation of the IoT at the network edge, the role of graph data for integrating heterogeneous data sources, scaling up to address integration across many communities, and tacking the messiness of the real world in respect to incompleteness, uncertainty, inconsistency and the inevitability of errors.  


  • Dave Raggett, W3C  


  • Thomas Hahn, Chairman BDVA 
  • Kai Hackbarth, Bosch & OSGI
  • Franck Boissiere, European Commission


Second session: Ignite Data Marketplaces  

How far did we progress on the IoT enabled data marketplaces visions and realities? Can we identify stages of development and move towards 2030 and 2050 visions?  If technology is a moving target and the needs for cross-domain data and cross-sectors services are increasing, what holds us back, and how can we scale up? Do we need to build new infrastructures (connectivity, data, sensor networks…)? What investment scale and timelines are we considering?  

The discussion during this session will gravitate between visions of where we want to be in 2030 and 2050 and what it would take to get there.

With the myriad of challenges we are facing in EU and the world while working on identified missions to solve these within research, innovation community and within the industry – we share bold ideas and concrete experiences during an interactive panel.  

DATA as an enabler, when its share is governed in a way that greater value can be created, retained and transformed. The ethical principles need to be reflected and socioeconomic benefits on an inclusive, vast scale and cross-domain plains should result.  

This work is ongoing and involves broad participation from at least five working groups in AIOTI. The discussions from the energy marketplaces workshops, ITS panel discussions and beyond will be continued here.    

Introductory presentations:  

  • Natalie Samovich, AIOTI Steering Board Chair - presenting Energy Data Market Places
  • Irene Lopez De Vallejo, DEX Europe - Global perspectives on Data Market Places
  • Wilfried Pimenta, IOTA - Co-creating Open & Transparent Data Marketplaces 


  • Tanya Suarez, BluSpecs 


  • Omar Elloumi, Nokia
  • Arthur van der Wees, Arthur's Legal 
  • Cristobal Irazoqui, European Commission 


Third session:  

Enabling technologies like 5G and IoT, and as well edge computing and Artificial Intelligence are needed to support the future vertical industry enabled smart networks. Currently, there is a strict division on solutions and standardization focusing on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and the one focusing on OT (Operational Technology). By maintaining this division, it will be quite challenging to provide integrated solutions and standards for ICT and OT needed for the support of the vertical industry enabled smart networks. This panel will focus on the convergence of ICT and OT and the challenges associated with this convergence on public policy, regulation and standards.    

Introductory presentation: 

  • Georgios Karagiannis, Huawei


  • Georgios Karagiannis, Huawei  


  • Parm Raeewal, Vodafone 
  • Pierre-Yves Danet, Orange 
  • Klaus Beetz, Siemens
  • Nikolaos Isaris, Acting Head of European Commission DG Connect, IoT Unit
16:30 - Summary & Wrap-up


Meet our speakers

Anita Beblek
Managing Director
Agrathaer GmbH, Germany
Klaus Beetz
Vice President for External Cooperation
Siemens AG
Franck Boissière
Policy Coordinator & Programme Officer, Internet of Things Unit, DG CONNECT
European Commission
Martin Brynskov
Associate Professor, PhD - Chair
Aarhus University and Open & Agile Smart Cities
Pierre-Yves Danet
Head of cooperative Research Europe
Omar Elloumi
Bell Labs Distinguished Member of Technical Staff
Wael Elrifai
Global VP of Solution Engineering for Big Data, IOT & AI
Hitachi Vantara
Jens Gayko
Managing Director
SCI 4.0
Kai Hackbarth
Bosch Software Innovations
Thomas Hahn
Chief Expert Software Siemens AG, President BDVA
Siemens AG, BDVA
Cristobal Irazoqui
Policy Officer
European Commission
 Nikolaos ISARIS
Nikolaos Isaris
Head of unit (acting), Internet of Things
European Commission
Georgios Karagiannis
Principal Strategist in Standardization and Industry Development
Huawei and is the AIOTI WG03 vice chair
Irene Lopez de Vallejo
Irene Lopez de Vallejo
Director International Partnerships DEX, Founding Team Member Ocean Protocol
Svetoslav Mihaylov
Policy Officer
European Commission
Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda
Business Development Director
IOTA Foundation
Dave Raggett
Parm Raeewal
Enterprise Public Policy Manager
Vodafone Group
Nicolas Richet
Chief Information Officer
ENTSO-E European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity
Alena Siarheyeva
Director of the Masters’ program Business Engineer at ISEN Yncréa Méditerranée; Chair of AIOTI Working Group 2 Innovation Ecosystems.
ISEN Yncréa Méditerranée
Tanya Suárez
Founder, CEO
Iot Tribe, BluSpecs
Arthur van der Wees
Managing Director
Arthur's Legal




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