Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Enterprise IoT: Solving the Challenges of the Smart City

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The Internet of Things is bringing unprecedented levels of instrumentation and insights, drawing from the vast advances brought about by the industrial, mobile, and internet revolutions. While people are already comfortable with connected fitness devices, thermostats, and home security, IoT for urban environments and the enterprise is still in its infant stage and evolving quickly. Bee Hayes-Thakore maintains that the digitalization of enterprises and the cities where they reside will fundamentally change the way businesses interact with their employees and customers—and how governments interact with their constituents. Are Smart City benefits straightforward for all organizations? How can these changes be addressed such that all industries and people benefit? Bee discusses the daunting challenges presented by the Smart City and identifies what decisions companies must make now to ensure its benefits translate to the bottom line. She explores how—by evaluating standards, security, and scalability requirements—we can create a framework to ensure that everyone can participate and innovate in the IoT revolution.

Bee Hayes-Thakore

A vocal IoT evangelist and director of IoT business strategy at ARM, Bee Hayes-Thakore has significant global experience driving technology and operational innovation. For more than fifteen years Bee has been a thought leader, addressing hardware and software development challenges including industrial connectivity. Previously she was head of global technical marketing for Premier Farnell plc, where she oversaw the launch of Raspberry Pi. Bee founded engineering consultancy Big On Good Solutions, delivering successful products with innovative technology partners such as NASA, LEGO, Airbus, X PRIZE Foundation, and Shell. An active citizen scientist and on the boards of The Planetary Society and the UN World Space Week Association, Bee has received the prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Award.