50 billion connected devices

The 5th Future of Wireless International Conference in July will explore the important strategic questions posed by the Internet of Things (IoT), look at the benefits and pitfalls and try to distinguish reality from hyperbole. An impressive line-up of speakers will present their views on moving to a future where 50 billion everyday objects could be connected and how this might change our society, business and personal lives. These include Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2/Telefonica UK; Prof Christopher Bishop, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research; Warren East, CEO of ARM; Stuart Orr, Managing Director, Communications Industry, Accenture; Bill McFarland, Vice President, Technology for Qualcomm Atheros; Kevin Jou, CTO at MediaTek; and Rolf Meakin, PWC.

Organised by Cambridge Wireless – the not-for-profit industry forum with a network of nearly 400 members involved in the development and application of wireless technologies – The 5th Future of Wireless International Conference takes place on 1st & 2nd of July at The Møller Centre in Cambridge. Over 300 delegates from around the world will hear expert industry analysis and gain a unique insight into how we will interact with an augmented physical world and the impact it will have on services, infrastructure and devices; as well as who will be the key players in a new connected world. The Cambridge Debate, chaired by Peter Day, Business Correspondent at the BBC, will pose the view that: ‘This house believes that mobile network operators will not be winners in the Internet of Things.’ Speaking for the motion will be James Collier, CEO of Neul, who will be challenged by Alex Sinclair, CTO at GSMA.

“Just 30 years since the launch of digital cellular, over 6 billion people now have a mobile phone; yet, we are on the threshold of a far bigger global shift in the use of wireless technology by being able to give any number of physical objects an online digital presence,” says David Cleevely, Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, who was awarded a CBE for services to technology and innovation in the 2013 New Year Honours List. “Businesses, governments and individuals will need to understand the likely impact and what new opportunities this will this create. Is it too early to have an IoT strategy? Or do you risk being too late? The Future of Wireless Conference this year will help answer these questions and play a part in shaping future strategies.”

In addition to the keynote sessions with world-renowned speakers, the Conference will offer hands-on workshops, facilitated brainstorms and panels, alongside established plenary sessions and exhibition zones. An Innovation Hothouse will showcase the winners of the 2012 Discovering Start-Ups competition for next generation wireless companies.

Other speakers at the conference include: John Cunliffe, CTO Ericsson Western & Central Europe; Steve Townsend, Group CIO, Transport for London; Frank Mackel, UK Managing Director, Rohde & Schwarz; Moray Rumney, Lead Technologist, Agilent Technologies; Dr Chris Marshall, Head of Visionary Programmes, u-blox AG; Trevor Gill, Chief Scientist, Vodafone Group; Paul Green, Technology & Marketing Director, Arkessa; Robin Heydon, Global Standards, Cambridge Silicon Radio; Nello Cristianini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Bristol; Andy Bovingdon, VP Product Marketing, Bango; Robin Duke-Woolley, Beecham Research; Dr Ekta Sood, Clinical Director, Hildago; Rob Barnes, Senior Director, Oracle; Stephen Deadman, Head of Legal Privacy, Vodafone.

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