The Alphabet Soup of IoT Standards

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: MP Divakar
Organizer: MP Divakar

Session Abstract:It is well-known that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a heterogeneous network of everyday sensory objects capable of sensing various physical, biological and chemical inputs which are accessed through the internet. As more and more devices that were never before connected add to such heterogeneity, the challenge of finding a lingua franca to access, communicate and realize the value addition afforded by the connected objects in a fragmented IoT market appears to be growing in magnitude. Currently, the primary challenges that need to be addressed in IoT are standardization, intellectual property (IP); security, ownership, integrity and privacy of data, government regulations and compliance and many others.

The need for standards arises from many corners –conformity, compliance and certification of products for one, interoperability is another, whereas user acceptance and access to markets worldwide are among many others. Products from different vendors eventually will have to speak the same language at some if not all levels of the networking and protocol stacks, data formats, middleware, messaging and applications. Standards are therefore very essential for hardware, middleware and application software developers so they can focus on product development and value creation. The IoT market represents a huge but diverse market opportunity where value creation thru applications far outweighs all others in the ecosystem.

Speaker: Pete St. Pierre

Bio: Pete St. Pierre is a member of the Product Management team responsible for the Internet of Things at Oracle. He has 25 years of experience in Software Engineering, Product Development and Internet technologies. Mr. St Pierre has spent the last 7 years developing network protocols, system architectures and IoT solutions at Oracle with an emphasis on the Internet of Things. Mr. St. Pierre possesses a deep understanding of the technologies associated with the Internet of Things and an appreciation for the business challenges of deploying real-world interoperable solutions. Throughout his professional career he has been involved in technology development and has been a fierce advocate for interoperability through standards. As a technology lead for Sun Microsystems, he was a founding board member of the IPSO Alliance. He is currently Oracle’s representative to IPSO and serves as President of the Alliance.

Title: Navigating Standards for IoT

Abstract: At the root of IoT interoperability is the need for standardized communications at all layers of the protocol stack. From basic device connectivity to application semantics and data representation, an end-to-end solution requires a common language and understanding to succeed. In the wild west of IoT, the lack of universally accepted standards is producing silos of information and obstructing creation of a truly interoperable "Internet of Things". This talk will describe the landscape of fora involved in creating and promoting standards for interoperability among the "Internet of Things". In addition, we will survey some of the emerging standards and discuss the key considerations in evaluating standards when designing an IoT solution.

Speaker: Luke D’Arcy

Bio: Luke D’Arcy is working to build the SIGFOX network in the US. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in senior product marketing and business development roles at start up and established companies in the wireless technology, consulting and IoT sectors.

Title: Do we really need a new wide area network system for the IoT?

Abstract: A new breed of wide area networks collectively called Long Range, Low Power (LRLP) Networks, are starting to appear on the radar for IoT device makers. LRLP networks have already been installed in several European countries. Coverage will soon be available in parts of the US.

Proponents of LRLP networks claim that they offer a combination of wide area coverage, low power and low cost that is ideal for traditional M2M and the IoT. But device makers already have mature technologies such as Bluetooth, WiFi, Zigbee, and cellular at their disposal. Can it be possible for any new network, particularly a wide area system that normally requires expensive network infrastructure to offer something new?

Luke D'Arcy, Director of SIGFOX USA, will provide insight into the arguments for and against dedicated wide area networks for the IoT, focusing on the technical and economic factors that will be make or break for the new networks.