Episode 20: Smart Cities and the Internet of Things
Release Date: 06/11/2022
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 Accelerating Canadian IoT ventures
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,...info_outline Episode 18: Automobility, Innovation, and the Internet of Things
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...info_outline Episode 17: Managing and assuring the RF spectrum for IoT with AI
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...info_outline Introduction and implications of sidewalk delivery robots
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...info_outline Episode 15: Microelectronics – the heart of the Internet of Things
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...info_outline Episode 14: Innovating Smart Connected Vehicles and Cities
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...info_outline Episode 13: Compilation – what does IoT mean to you?
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...info_outline Episode 12: Cloud Wars – how data owners win
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...info_outline
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.
Our guest is Dr. Rick Huijbregts, Global lead for Smart Cities at Stantec. Rick is an industry veteran with extensive experience at the intersection of real-estate design and technology, including digital transformation such as we’re seeing in smart buildings and smart cities. That includes roles as Cisco’s VP of Digital Transformation and Innovation, Head of Smart Cities and Buildings in Canada at Cisco, and VP of Strategy and Innovation at George Brown College in Toronto. Rick’s career is founded on degrees in construction management, real estate development and management, and a design doctorate in real estate and technology.
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