IoT Thames Valley Meetup #23 Speakers

We have a great line up of speakers for the IoT Thames Valley  Meetup on 21st November and you will see below details of the talks that will be given by the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, OCF Data, Cisco, and Anglia. There are also details about a new MSc IoT with Entrepreneurship from City, University of London.


1.  Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre : the journey towards the digitization of Engineering and Manufacturing
Richard Lanyon-Hogg, Director of Informatics, AMRC

2. Industry 4.0 – A plain English translation for Manufacturers
Prof. Cliff Brereton, Director, OCF DATA
The UK manufacturing sector has a productivity gap with most of its competitors. A lack of adoption of Industry 4.0 methods and technologies is partly responsible for this, but primarily it is the longstanding issues such as down-time, yield and throughput that are the real culprits of underperformance. Yet these traditional manufacturing challenges and the deployment of Industry 4.0 are linked together in so much as one is the answer to the other. During this brief presentation, we will look at these productivity challenges and how using Industry 4.0 techniques can make a positive difference to manufacturing productivity for all, from large enterprises to privately owned SME’s.

3.  Evolution of factory security for Industry 4.0
Stuart Traynor, Solutions Architect, Cisco

Industry 4.0, is driving manufacturing organisations to rapidly adopt new technologies including, Robotics, Industrial IoT, Mobility, Collaboration and Analytics to help drive efficiences. Unfortunately, more devices and connections also open the door to new cyber-security risks, and previous generations of industrial control systems were not conceived with security or the IP connectivity needed in mind.

Traditional guidance to create air gapped and siloed networks is no longer relevant in today’s world which needs to make use of the data generated on the factory floor and cloud services. This session looks to explore how standards and technology are evolving in order to allow organisations to effectively adopt Industry 4.0 whilst maintaining the required level of security. Within this session we will discuss two examples (enterprise and SMB) to explore the different challenges and approaches required to evolve security in the manufacturing environment.

Stuart is Solutions Architect within Cisco UKI Technology Office with a focus on working with manufacturing customers as they look move towards Industry 4.0

4. Securing and monetizing data in the cloud
Andrew Pockson, Marketing Manager, Anglia

Andrew will discuss solutions for securing the data from the IoT ‘thing’ out via various connectivity options. Included will also be how to monetize the service, to get on-going revenue from the hardware solution.

5. MSc IoT with Entrepreneurship
The Engineering School at City, University of London is offering a new Msc IoT with Entrepreneurship programme:

This programme is unique in a couple of ways: it is centred around student design projects that are industry-oriented; and a substantial entrepreneurship component is delivered by our highly rated Cass Business School.

Modules include: IoT Security; IoT Technologies; Data Analytics; Entrepreneurship; Communication Networks.