Future of Internet of Things in Europe


Brussels, The Hotel, Boulevard de Waterloo 38, 1000 Brussels

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This Conference is organized by DEF, Huawei and The Parliament Magazine, in cooperation with AIOTI - the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation



Almost all technology and market forecasts agree that by 2020, for every PC, phone or tablet connected to the internet there will be 5 to 10 other types of devices sold with native internet connectivity.

This sets the stage for the Internet of Things (IoT) as a global system connecting people, data and tens of billions of physical or virtual “things” using interoperable communication protocols.

The success of the IoT is predicated on the parallel and complementary development of cloud technologies, semantic and big data technologies and future networks such as 5G.

This emerging ecosystem enables a deeper meshing of the world of machines into the digital world that can transform global industry yet again.

This conference aims to bring together policy makers, technology experts and industry representatives in view of making concrete recommendations on how to meet specific challenges inherent in emerging policy, technology and application issues. It is planned to have one keynote for each of these three areas followed by breakout sessions and then discussion.



In order to optimize the integration of the IoT policy under development into the European Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, a DSM numbering scheme for “things” is needed which does not conflict or negate particular existing or future numbering schemes managed by the Member States.

Furthermore, for pan European Machine to Machine (M2M) services (such as connected cars) to be offered successfully an innovative combination of DSM numbering and IP addressing (IPv6 based) will be required.

Currently the M2M related standards and technologies landscape is highly fragmented. Collaboration between the IEEE and other standards development organizations is a prerequisite for ensuring the interoperability that can unleash the full benefit of IT. Unavoidably ,when numbered “things” or machines are related to citizens, they become potential personal identifiers or trackers.

To deal with this, the IoT ecosystem will have to be supported by an appropriate regulatory framework that creates a climate of trust where issues like identification, privacy and security are adequately addressed.



  • IoT interoperability and Standards technologies
  • Synergies between IoT and Cloud and 5G technology developments.
  • Building sufficient intelligence into “things” so that they are capable of acquiring and processing contextual information.
  • Technologies for combining new M2M numbering with IPv6
  • Semantic web technologies allowing a Web of Things over the IoT
  • Collaborative multimedia
  • Technologies to ensure security and privacy and help implement corresponding regulatory norms



  • Manufacturing
  • Transport/ connected cars
  • Smart Buildings
  • Energy/utilities
  • Health care
  • Wearables





9.00 – 9.30:            Welcome and Coffee


9.30 - 10.00:           Welcome by the President of DEF, George Metakides
                               IoT EU approach and expectation, Mario Campolargo (Director EC/CNECT)           


10.00 - 10.50         Key notes on the emergence of an IoT Ecosystem


11.15 – 12.15:       Panel session on IoT policy

                              Chair: Thibaut Kleiner (EC/CNECT)


13. 15 – 14.15:      Panel session on IoT Standards

                              Chair: Yun Chao Hu (Director Standardisation and Partnership Strategies, Huawei) 


14.15 - 15.00         Key notes on Trust and Societal Impact



15.30 – 17.00         Panel session on IoT  Applications

                               Chair: Atta Badii (University Reading, UK)

17.00 – 17.15:        Closing remarks

17.15 – 18.30:        Cocktail and networking