4G, 5G, IoT (Changes & Challenges in IoT and Cellular capabilities)

Tuesday 6 September 2016, 5.45pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members.

Jon Howes (IoT & Security Strategist, NEuW Limited)
Rick Chandler (Chair, BCS CMA)
Simon Barton (Treasurer, BCS CMA)
Svetlana Grant (Project Director, Future IoT Networks, Connected Living Program, GSMA)


  • 5.45pm - 6.00pm Coffee / Tea
  • 6.15pm - 6.30pm Introduction
  • 6.30pm - 7.00pm Software is eating the world
    John Morton (Chair, BCS Entrepreneur Special Group)
  • 7.00pm - 7.30pm Interactions with the BCS Entrepreneur Special Group
  • 7.30pm - 8.30pm Networking and light refreshments


Commercially effective IoT systems, in the days they were labelled as M2M, have demanded reliable service and sufficient security to serve & protect high value assets. This has ensured a good relationship with and mutual dependency on cellular networks and their strongly secured structure in the network and at the edge.

Current changes in the needs, economics and volumes of IoT solutions are leading to short term changes, and some short term marketing hype, in the ways that existing 4G systems can be supplemented and upgraded. The presentations reflect on the state of play surrounding those network changes and many other important influences.

The predictions for 5G's future capabilities bring promise of more capabilities that IoT already demands and of capabilities that could change the imagined IoT future.

We need to explore what is realistically possible and match capabilities, economics and services in 5G and all cellular services with the capabilities and demands of IoT solutions.

About the speakers:

Professor Jon Howes (IoT & Security Strategist, NEuW Limited)

Jon HowesJon Howes is contributor to and organiser of a series of update and insight sessions for IoT understanding, debates on IoT impact and especially exploration of IoT career pathways with the YPG.

Jon is an independent advisor to a range of leading IoT innovators in the UK and internationally. His board advisory roles from his NEuW consulting base include VIMOC Inc, Secure Thingz Inc, Video Turnstile Ltd, Hiving Technology and the IoT Security Foundation. Until June this year Jon was also Executive VP Strategy at Secure Thingz.

He has delivered results in product management and market engagement for many high growth start-ups since 1993. He also applied his IoT and security knowledge in the role of Technology Director for leading IoT market consultancy Beecham Research in the four years prior to joining Secure Thingz.

Jon's strategic planning capabilities have been applied to sectors as wide-ranging as consumer, automotive, smart grid and healthcare.

Jon is also continuing his long term commitments to contributing to community efforts as Advisor to the Executive Steering Board at the IoT Security Foundation and in his support for the BCS.

Leading R&D and marketing activities with Fujitsu and Ferranti in the preceding years, Jon helped launch many types of products including some of the first GSM cellular solutions. He combines a strong technical background particularly in wireless, semiconductor and security technologies with deep market knowledge of IoT-related sectors.

Rick Chandler (Chair, BCS CMA)

Rick ChandlerRick is the Chair for the BCS CMA, Communications Management Association Specialist Group.

Rick has over 35 years broad experience in both the Vendor and User sides of the IT and Telecommunications Industry where he has held Board level positions in several national companies.

He also worked as a consultant in National and Regional Government e.g. on Home Office Infrastructure Development Board, some departments of the DTI and as IT Integration Manager for Berkshire County Council. He was also co-opted to the UK Government advisory panels for ID Cards.

In the 1970’s as a young Marconi engineer in the Aerospace industry Rick worked on the first secure Digital Wireless technology for Military customers and has had a particular interest in mobile working since then. In 1984 as Technical Director for the UK’s largest PC Retail chain he was asked to give the keynote at the first UK conference on Mobile Computing. The research he did for that has been a mainstay of his career and the vision still holds good today as the effect of mobility on lifestyle as well as business vastly exceeds those early expectations.

Rick joined his last employer, BT, in 2000 to lead a team building the Genie platform for BT Cellnet (now O2) and while maintaining his Wireless and Mobility specialism expanded into Security through various roles with the company. He left BT in July 2011 to resume his consultancy activity.

He is on the board of EEMA. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management and several Industry associations. He is a regular conference speaker and judge of international awards which continues to maintain his breadth of industry awareness.

Simon Barton (Treasurer, BCS CMA)

Simon BartonSimon is the Treasurer for the BCS CMA, Communications Management Association Specialist Group.

Over twenty years of experience with the Metropolitan Police Service, including the implementation of the communications system for 999 calls, the design and roll-out of a single converged voice and data networks, heading Technology Strategy, developing the national cyber-infrastructure training package for Police Security Co-ordinators, Criminal Justice Senior User for the Home Office PSN-P delivery, and on the National PSN Programme Board. Silver Cyber-commander for the US State Visit in 2012 working alongside the first deployment of the USSS Critical Infrastructure team outside of the US addressing the Security Threats from network connected services and devices.

Now working as a Senior Consultant for Trusted Management Ltd, a specialist Information Assurance and Security Consultancy advising on security issues around a range of systems within UK Businesses.

Ms Svetlana Grant (Project Director, Future IoT Networks, Connected Living Program, GSMA)

Svetlana GrantSvetlana has over 15 years of experience in mobile industry. She has been a part of the GSMA’s Connected Living Program since 2009, working on the development of the Embedded Mobile Guidelines. Thereafter she has managed the Smart Energy and Smart Cities market development projects. Since March 2014, Svetlana has been leading the Future IoT Networks project and the Mobile IoT Initiative, working with the industry to identify emerging IoT service requirements, with a focus on low power wide area technologies.

GSMA Web site

Svetlana's LinkedIn profile