A Great Week for the Internet of Things


In the first week of December 2015 we concluded another successful Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF). More than two-thousand industry professionals gathered in Dubai for the 3rd annual event to showcase, discuss, and advance the world of IoT. Cisco hosted the event, which was supported by a group of incredible companies with mind boggling experience, focus and innovation in the IoT. Global powerhouses like Intel, Rockwell Automation, General Electric, Du, 3M, IBM, Schneider Electric, Etisalat, Panduit, and Siemens spent three full days with established innovators, software companies and integrators, as well as with entrepreneurial startups that will change the face of the IoT forever.

Common themes that surfaced throughout the three days included the impact of digital transformation on businesses and industries and the focus on delivering business outcomes; securing digital infrastructure and the end-to-end integrated security of the Internet of Things; the use of data and advanced analytics to enable, differentiate, and define and redefine business models; a call for smart master integrators that can deliver unprecedented customer value by bringing together world class technologies, platforms and software; and the focus on investing in innovative technologies and value-added applications that will have demonstrable impact on prosperity, productivity and customer experiences.

To this end, Cisco announced the three finalists of its Innovation Grand Challenge during the closing proceeding at the IoT World Forum…

More than three-thousand submissions were received for Cisco’s Innovation Grand Challenge this year. All were competing for one of three prizes, which would go to the most innovative technologies defining the IoT and demonstrating excellence in digital transformation of business and industry.

The top honour was bestowed upon CyberFlow Analytics (San Diego, USA) who integrates advanced analytics, intelligence and visualization (anomalytics) to monitor the security of networks at low-infrastructure costs in smart cities and enterprises. Green City Solutions (Dresden, Germany) who serves as an IoT-linked sustainable billboard that both generates revenue and cleans the air in smart cities through a unique filtering system that doesn’t produce any costly waste received second place; and Canada’s own Eigen Innovations (Fredericton, Canada) whose platform leverages cloud-based “deep learning,” connected vision analytics and applications to solve complex problems on the plant floor of high-speed manufacturing operations came in third. More on the Innovation Grand Challenge can be found in this blog post from Cisco Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs Alex Goryachev.

For more interesting points of view on the IoT World Forum, please read these blog posts from Cisco Chairman John Chambers [a Defining Moment for IoT and Digitization] and Cisco VP of Corporate Technology and Innovation Maciej Kranz [Our Innovation Ecosystem Shines Brilliantly at IoTWF in Dubai].

But the great week for the IoT didn’t end there…

The IoT is predicated on smart objects being connected to a hyper converged, sustainable and secure digital infrastructure. Without these connected things it would still be called … the Internet.

Connecting smart objects that were previously unconnected, silo’ed and often proprietary is particularly prevalent in the industrial sector, and it is catching up fast in the digital age.

The day after the IoT World Forum in Dubai, we witnessed an exciting new alliance between Cisco and Philips Lighting come to life. The two companies will digitally transform the indoor lighting industry by connecting and innovating office lighting. Philips announced its connected IP-based lighting technology that is Powered-over-Ethernet and optimized for Cisco’s secure networks. In this new and innovative architecture, each light point sends and receives data, allowing managers to track occupancy patterns, changes in temperature and more, while employees can personalize the lighting in their workspaces. All of that leads to increased productivity and wellness.

In addition to the joint solution and the corresponding global go-to-market strategy, Cisco also boasts one of the first implementations of the Philips Connected Lighting solution. Cisco Canada’s headquarters in Toronto has become a production showcase, where the lighting system offers maximum visibility and better control, and allows Cisco to reduce energy consumption in our office spaces. It was this solution, and several other connected innovations, that earned our office the most “innovative workspace” award by CoreNet Canada.

To learn more, check out the Philips announcement and their case study on the Cisco Canada office in Toronto. Also, for more details visit the press announcement of the new IoT relationship from the Cisco website.


About Rick Huijbregts

Rick Huijbregts is Vice President of Industry Transformation where he is responsible for Cisco Canada’s IoE strategy and industry business development. The members of his team are industry subject matter experts and each engage in the transformation of their respective industries (healthcare, oil and gas, financial services, education, real estate, and industrial sector). Huijbregts is also General Manager for Cisco Canada’s Smart + Connected Communities practice, including Smart + Connected Real Estate. Huijbregts holds construction and architecture degrees from Tilburg Polytechnic University and Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctorate from Harvard University. Huijbregts is currently a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education where he teaches classes on Smart Buildings and Smart Cities. He also serves on several boards of Canadian academic institutions and not-for-profits. Rick Huijbregts est vice-président de la transformation sectorielle dont les responsabilités comptent la stratégie de l’internet multidimensionnel et le développement commercial du secteur industriel de Cisco Canada. Les membres de son équipe sont tous des experts dans différents domaines et œuvrent à la transformation de leurs secteurs d’activité respectifs (santé, énergie, services financiers, enseignement, immobilier et industrie). Huijbregts est également directeur général du segment des communautés intelligentes et connectées, dont le volet immotique des immeubles intelligents et connectés de Cisco Canada. M. Huijbregts est titulaire de diplômes en construction et architecture de l’université Tilburg Polytechnic et de l’université Delft aux Pays-Bas ainsi que d’un doctorat de l’université Harvard. Il est actuellement professeur de Harvard à la faculté d’études supérieures pour les cadres en aménagement urbain où il donne des cours sur la gestion intelligente des immeubles et des villes. Il siège également à plusieurs conseils d’administration d’universités et d’organismes à but non lucratif.
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