Can the Internet of Things Help Avert Climate Disaster?

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Room 102, Town House, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-on-Thames

7.00pm for 7.30pm start
There will be the usual refreshments and pastries before the talk.

There is no requirement to book for this event, please just come along on the night. Feel free to bring a guest with you.


There are huge opportunities to apply small amounts of cheap and simple Internet of Things (IoT) technology to areas such as domestic space heating: 100M radiators in the UK, GBP5bn/year of wasted gas bills imply that 10% of the country's entire carbon footprint could be eliminated for just GBP100 per home. Other examples abound in the fields of transport, air quality, grid dynamic demand balancing and more.

Two experienced hardware-to-Web techies, Damon Hart-Davis and Mark Hill, founded OpenTRV in Kingston-on-Thames to tackle climate change by cutting carbon emissions through IoT. Their vision is to make the technology as dull and dependable as possible, from smart radiator valves to bus shelters that know when people are waiting in them. OpenTRV's business model is to make measuring and controlling things cheap, secure and open to make more resource management, and thus efficiency savings, possible.

This presentation aims to share some of the practical applications of commodity IoT technology and demonstrate their effectiveness in cutting carbon emissions.

Speaker Biography:

Damon Hart-Davis is lead on the OpenTRV open source project, created following his 2012 presentation to DECC's smart heating workshop. He has freelanced in technology for over 30 years, delivering mission-critical products from design to live in the City for more than 20 of those, and has founded and been involved in several start-ups over that time with his creations seen on TV, the Web, and his pioneering Internet Service Provider helping crack open that market more than 20 years ago. Ixaris, a virtual/on-line credit-card company start-up that he co-founded as CTO, now turns over ~GBP10m.

OpenTRV are not short of ideas (in fact, they have more than they can execute), so their aim is to become as routinely good at sustainable business delivery as both founders have been at mission-critical technology delivery for many years in multinationals. Their strategic goal is to become a technical powerhouse, spinning off new ideas as they develop them and bring them to commercialisation.