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Episode 3: Investing in IoT

ThingsHappen

Release Date: 09/17/2021

Accelerating Canadian IoT ventures show art Accelerating Canadian IoT ventures

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Picking the right horse is important but choosing the best racetracks to race in is just as crucial.  The same holds for individual IoT ventures and the IoT verticals or sectors they play in.  With a track record of successful races, our guest shares his thoughts on the merits of IoT application in different sectors and why and how L-SPARK is accelerating IoT ventures in the automotive, medical, and cybersecurity fields.  We also discuss the SaaS-IoT interplay and L-SPARK’s programs and touch on guidance for entrepreneurs growing their ventures. Guest Our guest is Leo Lax,...

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Episode 18: Automobility, Innovation, and the Internet of Things show art Episode 18: Automobility, Innovation, and the Internet of Things

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Where's the value of IoT?  It's undoubtedly in the vertical solutions founded on it.  We discuss IoT's underpinning role in the new era of mobility, advanced manufacturing, and other prominent verticals in the Windsor-Essex region.  We also dive into IoT's role in regional economic development, talent creation, and the digital rejuvenation of traditional industry sectors into modern industries. Guests Our guests are Yvonne Pilon, CEO at WEtech Alliance, and Tom Schnekenburger, Project Manager at the University of Windsor. Yvonne has deep experience in the tech sector with a core...

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Episode 17: Managing and assuring the RF spectrum for IoT with AI show art Episode 17: Managing and assuring the RF spectrum for IoT with AI

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IoT is extensively about wireless communication by connected devices riding on the RF (Radio Frequency) spectrum.  But will that be reliably and securely?  We air the critical role of the RF spectrum in IoT adoption and how we monitor it and make sure it's available and secure – especially as 5G, a "Massive IoT" enabler, adds to the spectrum management complexity.  We dive into the critical roles that Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence play in analyzing and correcting real-time spectrum perturbations, threats, and disruptions.   Guest Our guest is Cliff...

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Introduction and implications of sidewalk delivery robots show art Introduction and implications of sidewalk delivery robots

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Watch out, don’t trip – over that sidewalk delivery robot.  Or is it the other way around – watch out, get out of the way of that human.  What will be the rules of engagement as autonomous robots encroach our public sidewalk space and mingle with us and with each other?  We explore the benefits they bring, the traffic management challenges they create, and the risks they pose.  And – we delve deep into the resulting governance implications and what standards are now being developed to get the most from autonomous sidewalk robots – and play safe and nice with each...

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Episode 15: Microelectronics – the heart of the Internet of Things show art Episode 15: Microelectronics – the heart of the Internet of Things

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IoT – it’s the convergence between the digital and the physical.  And “the physical” means you have to have hardware that’s high performing, compact, power-frugal, and sensing-diverse.  That’s where Microelectronics steps in.  We discuss the critical role of microelectronics from sensors, to connectivity and communication, to computing and analytics – without which IoT just doesn’t happen.  We also discuss the importance of microelectronics to Canada and what is being done to lower entry barriers for Canadian researchers, innovators, and companies. Guest Our...

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Episode 14: Innovating Smart Connected Vehicles and Cities show art Episode 14: Innovating Smart Connected Vehicles and Cities

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Smart Vehicles and Smart Cities, underpinned by IoT,  are making tremendous impacts on our lives and societies – but it doesn’t happen on its own.  These are complex systems demanding not just research and innovation in a wide range of technologies but also academic and industry collaboration - and our guest is in the thick of it.  We discuss the key challenges at the forefront of research, including the role of machine learning and AI,  data acquisition and real-time modeling, and the privacy and security risks.  And we get insights into the research conducted at...

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Episode 13: Compilation – what does IoT mean to you? show art Episode 13: Compilation – what does IoT mean to you?

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The Question!  The one that we ask all our guests on the ThingsHappen podcast to get the juices flowing before we dig into their IoT involvement and expertise – what does IoT mean to you?  Listen to what they had to say in this compilation of insights on IoT from the first twelve podcasts.  They’re all unique – but is there a common thread?  One more THING – we also share their insights on a related bonus question – what is the impact of IoT? Guests Here are the guests in the order of their first appearance in this episode.  After that – we throw order out...

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Episode 12: Cloud Wars – how data owners win show art Episode 12: Cloud Wars – how data owners win

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You’re into IoT – and that means you’ve got data.  Lots of it.  You keep collecting, analyzing, and squeezing it into storage until data hits the fan one day.  Your organization outgrows the cloud services you rely on, so you attempt to move to the next shining cloud service on the block.  But, instead of making a clean break, you end up smearing data across clouds.  Our expert shines a light on the cloud wars that got you into this mess and keep you there, and how to avoid it.  We also discuss the considerable role of edge (or fog) computing in keeping your...

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Episode 11: IoT Canada - Growing Canada’s AIoT Ecosystem show art Episode 11: IoT Canada - Growing Canada’s AIoT Ecosystem

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What are the most disruptive and impactful forces at play today?  IoT and AI, of course – that’s AIoT – and AIoT Canada is poised to elevate Canada’s adoption and innovation in AIoT.  We discuss Canada’s AIoT landscape and the benefits and challenges of AIoT adoption. We also delve into AIoT Canada’s role in growing Canada’s AIoT ecosystem, its formation and function, and its vision to heighten Canada’s economy and international position in the global digital economy through AIoT.   Guest Our guest is Michel Langelier, CEO at AIoT Canada. In addition to...

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Episode 10: Internet of Things and the Law show art Episode 10: Internet of Things and the Law

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You have the technology and the business plan for your IoT product - but do you know the legal risks associated with IoT, and are you prepared for your obligation to deliver safe and secure products and the potential liabilities if you don’t?  Our expert guest dives into the IoT space through a legal and regulatory lens that determines the rights and obligations of IoT stakeholders. We also discuss IoT regulations emerging from different jurisdictions and the state of IoT law in Canada.   Guest Our guest is Edona Vila, a lawyer, and partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG). Edona...

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So – you have an IoT product or thinking of starting an IoT venture – eh? You must, then, also know that you need cash or investment to grow and succeed. But where do you turn, and how do you put your best foot forward to get the investment support you need. Oh, and by the way, what verticals should you be looking at more than others to make a go of it, and why does Industrial IoT seem to be at the fore. We discuss these questions and more with a seasoned investor, including some tips on seeking investment for your venture.

Guest

Our guest is Udit Bhatnagar, Vice President at McRock Capital, a Venture capital firm dedicated to investing in Industrial IoT. He assesses and invests in IIoT ventures, with multiple investments in his portfolio. Udit has extensive experience helping entrepreneurs, funding innovation, and early-stage investment at IE Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Startup Academy at the Keiretsu Forum, and more. His MBA, earned through IE Business School and Rotman, is underpinned by a technology degree in industrial engineering and several years of hands-on experience in software development and analytics.

Links

Udit on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/uditbh/

Udit contact: [email protected]

McRock Capital: https://www.mcrockcapital.com/

 

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