Episode 18: Automobility, Innovation, and the Internet of Things
Release Date: 05/09/2022
ThingsHappen podcast’s mission is to expose Canada’s play in the Internet of Things. With that in mind, we ask all of our guests what they think IoT means for Canada, and how are we doing as a nation in leveraging IoT in addition to delving deep into our guests’ unique IoT involvement and passions. Here is a compilation of their take on those two questions – enjoy. Guests · from · from · from · from ...info_outline Episode 28: Drones are IoT
Drones – they're flying IoT systems in their own right and smart flying IoT devices as seen by the rest of the world. But – what are they good for, and what is their place in Canada? We discuss these questions and delve into the drone innovation supported by Transport Canada, related governance, and the testing and validation of drone functionality and safety in adverse Canadian weather. And what about that drone-delivered pizza you've been waiting for such a long time – we get into that too. Guest Our guest is Mark Robbins, manager of Venture Projects at Transport...info_outline Episode 27: MQTT – IoT’s Messenger
Connectivity! A key pillar of IoT. But what is the actual messenger using that connectivity? We discuss the critical role of MQTT in IoT solutions as a network-agnostic protocol and messenger among IoT architecture elements, including devices, data services, analytics, and more. Starting with a 101 on what it is and how it works, we delve further into some of its essential attributes, like quality of service and security, and examine how it compares to similar protocols. We also touch on SparkPlug and its relationship with MQTT. Finally, we overview some...info_outline Episode 26: Internet of Things Digital Governance
How can we amplify IoT’s benefits, guard against its pitfalls, level the playing field, and make it more inclusive? Digital Governance! We examine the role and importance of digital governance for the Internet of Things in this era of digital-physical transformation. And - how digital-physical things are the same and different as other digital entities under the digital transformation and governance umbrellas. We also touch on the IoT-related standards released by the Digital Governance Council and how they define and develop their standards. Guest Our guest is...info_outline Episode 25: IoT Security by Design
What is IoT security? It’s consistently the top-ranking IoT concern and hurdle on virtually every IoT survey! Oh – not to mention privacy pitfalls. We discuss why that is and what to do about it - not the least of which is to embed IoT security by design. But – what does that entail from the IoT product providers’ design, development environment, and validation perspectives, and what should adopters expect and do to ensure secure IoT solutions? Our conversation also turns to the vital role of security standards and regulations and their current state....info_outline Episode 24: The Digital-Physical Transformation Imperative
We live in a physical world undergoing rapid digitalization. With that resulting Digital-Physical Transformation, we can no longer afford to think, let alone accept, that the physical world is separate from the digital world. We examine the benefits and pitfalls of the physical’s digital intensification and the knock-on economic, social, human, and governance transformations they drive. Nilufer and Walter also discuss the imperative for bringing the Digital-Physical Transformation under the broader Digital-Transformation big tent and why and how we must elevate our digital...info_outline Episode 23: A glimpse at IoT North Conference
With the IoT North Conference coming up in November, we’re taking the opportunity to expand Canada’s IoT Conversation by getting insights about IoT from some of the visionary voices who will be presenting at the conference. We ask what IoT means to them, what gets them excited about it, what IoT means for Canada and why they are compelled to advance the IoT conversation Guests Our guests are: - Executive Director at - CEO at - CEO at - Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability at - Senior Manager of IoT at - Marketing Manager at Links IoT North Conference ...info_outline Episode 22: 5G and IoT – tied at the hip
Five-Gee – is it yet-another G – just a faster Generation of mobile? We do touch on 5G’s immense speed but delve deeply into how 5G fulfills its greater destiny to connect the real physical world around us – that is, deliver Massive IoT. We discuss the role of 5G in IoT adoption and innovation and the state of 5G deployment. Our conversation encompasses the economic and societal benefits of several use cases involving 5G in IoT, some of the challenges that 5G presents, and how IoT and 5G, tied at the hip, ultimately provide peace of mind. Guest Our guest is Samer...info_outline Episode 21: Advancing Canadian Smart Agriculture through the Internet of Things
Food – we need it and relish it. And agriculture is how we get it. But how do we ensure the quantity, high quality, and environmental sustainability we value? We discuss IoT’s underpinning of Smart Agriculture that answers these needs and values, including in animal, crop, and greenhouse operations. We delve into the types of systems and autonomous equipment employed, several use cases, and the challenges of farm digitalization. Our conversation leads us to CENGN’s role in fostering Canada’s smart agriculture and addressing some of the challenges. We...info_outline Episode 20: Smart Cities and the Internet of Things
Smart Cities – what are they? Of the many things that make a city “smart”, technological or social, the Internet of Things is at its core. We not only delve into IoT’s central role and related technologies like AI and 5G but also dive into the raison d'être of Smart Cities and their drivers and benefits. But – we don’t shy away from pointing out Smart Cities’ challenges and what adopters can do, and where to turn to innovate solutions, build talent, and make a real go of Smart Cities. Guest Our guest is Dr. Rick Huijbregts, Global lead for Smart Cities at...info_outline
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.
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 focus on growing companies and building a thriving entrepreneurial community. The Peak recently recognized her as one of 2022's Emerging Leaders in Canada in Startups and Tech. She is a regional and cross-border economic development mobilizer in Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan.
Tom has a strong background in market development and strategic partnerships, especially in the traffic management and mobility sector. He leads Data and Mobility Science projects at the University of Windsor, bringing together researchers, local stakeholders, industrial partners, and cross-border agencies to build a robust regional Windsor-Essex mobility ecosystem.
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