IoT - The first step towards becoming truly digital...

Thursday 20 April 2017

1.00pm - 5.00pm

Park Plaza Hotel, Boar Lane, City Square, Leeds, LS1 5NS


The fourth industrial revolution is with us. A key enabler of this digital change has been attributed to the Internet of things. However, organisations still struggle to adopt these key technologies; whilst it is widely seen as disruptive, multiple businesses are struggling to develop the right ecosystem to ensure client adoption and success.

Charles Joel from IBM will opne the event by discussing how the ecosystem is essential to this revolution. How small, medium and large businesses can develop a ‘win-win’ economy and how IBM is working with multiple SME vendors to develop a shared servitised revenue scheme and transition them from a traditional capex to an ‘as a service model’.

We are then pleased to welcome Dylan Roberts who will discuss the approach that Leeds City Council are taking to develop sustainable solutions to meet the most pressing challenges of the day whilst ensuring that through an open platform based approach (working to standards) that data can be connected and accessible to allow new value and insight to be created.

Paul Connell from ODI Leeds will then demonstrate the value of working and innovating with open data, and showing the ‘Things Leeds&Bradford’ network in action with range mapping and flood sensors.

Phil Handley from Arqiva will close the event by sharing share case studies of M2M/IoT initiatives undertaken by Arqiva, including large-scale smart metering deployments and the SIGFOX IoT platform. The challenges of systems deployment and integration will be discussed, from the micro-electronics of interfacing within devices to the harnessing of real-time ‘Big Data’.


  • 1.00pm - Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 1.30pm - Charles Joel: IBM - “The IoT ecosystem - what is crucial to its success and why disruption is good”
  • 2.15pm - Dylan Roberts: "Bottom up approach to developing sustainable outcomes from IOT"
  • 3.00pm - Refreshments & Networking
  • 3.30pm - Paul Connell: “Innovating with Data and Things Leeds&Bradford”
  • 4.15pm - Phil Handley: “Arqiva M2M/IoT....The Challenges of Large-Scale Systems”
  • 5:00pm - Close

About the speakers:

Charles leads ‘IoT and Industry 4.0’ market activities for IBM in the UK. Over the last 20 years Charles has developed and executed IoT business strategy which includes the development of IoT product and services in multiple vertical market places. Past success stories include connected cars, smart factories and intelligent pubs!

Dylan has been voted by his peers into the CIO50 most influential CIOs in the UK list, for which he achieved Number 6 for three years. Dylan is currently the Chief Digital Officer at Leeds City Council leading a range of collaborative change programs at a national and city level. Recent and notable achievements include the development of the Urban Sustainable Development Lab approach to Smart City solutions, the acclaimed Leeds Data Mill and City Open Manifesto.

Paul founded ODI Leeds in 2013 with the mission to create a place and community to unleash the power of open data and deliver innovation across the region. Resulting in his current portfolio of work across: smart cities; open data; digital urban futures & technology at neighbourhood scale; sustainable cities and distributed energy.

Phil is Head of Technology Strategy for Smart M2M at Arqiva. Phil’s responsibilities include architecting technical solutions for M2M/IoT services in response to emerging market needs. Phil was responsible for developing Arqiva’s technical proposition for the smart metering communications network that will serve 10million properties across Northern England and Scotland and is the lead design authority on Arqiva’s smart water metering system for Thames Water that will serve 3million properties across London.