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Living in the Internet of Things

Realising the socioeconomic benefits of an interconnected world

1 - 2 May 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place

CPD 14 hours

Chairman's welcome

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Prof David De Roure
University of Oxford

"I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the second Living in the Internet of Things conference which will be held in London in May 2019.

Building on the success of our inaugural conference in 2018, Living in the Internet of Things is distinctive in bringing communities together: social and technical, academia and industry, domain verticals and crosscutting themes. We are already living in a world of interconnected devices, and as the "Second Digital Revolution” proceeds apace we see exciting opportunities and new challenges. Living in the Internet of Things brings these communities together to generate the essential insights and critical conversations that we need to ensure society can benefit from the power of IoT while remaining safe, secure and resilient.

For the second year the conference is organised in collaboration with PETRAS, the UK Internet of Things Research Hub, exploring critical issues under the themes of privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security and providing a meeting place for a range of projects and initiatives in the IoT space. This enables us to showcase solutions and to pay special attention to experiences, from healthcare, home, transport, cities and manufacturing to policy, governance and standards, as the industrial and academic communities come together to establish best practices and anticipate future needs.

I very much look forward to seeing you in London."


About the event

The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Addressing cybersecurity of the Internet of Things this conference was organised in collaboration with the PETRAS Research Hub, a consortium of nine leading UK universities working together to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security launched as part of the Government’s £32m investment in IoT.

The conference provided insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices (the IoT) while remaining safe, secure and resilient.

The event programme incorporated keynote plenary talks, interactive panel discussions, technical paper presentations, poster displays and industry exhibition.

The potential disruptive and transformational effect of the Internet of Things means that it will inevitably have impact across sectors.


Petras (logo) What is PETRAS?

The PETRAS IoT Hub, is led by UCL and includes:

The work of the PETRAS Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things Research Hub is therefore aligned along five research themes, listed here, that by their nature will transect across several sectors and application areas.


Living in the IoT event will focus on these areas

Adoption and acceptability

As the Internet of Things develop, systems must be designed that are socially and culturally acceptable.

However simply evaluating how particular technology attributes affect an individual’s perception of the technology does not allow developers and users to consider the context of the future world.

In assessing how a technology may be received we must consider both current real world settings as well as future IoT worlds that contain potential differing legal, contractual, corporate and governmental frameworks.

Harnessing economic value

With unmatched scales of data being produced from the Internet of Things, the economic models of data are expected to change.

Rather than value lying with the owner of the data sources, long-term value of the data will require it to become a tradable commodity.

Value will also be harnessed by understanding how complex IoT–systems can increase efficiency. For example, using an IoT system to increase the overall throughput of a transport network.

Here potential conflicts between increasing efficiency and ensuring security and privacy of individual participants must be understood.

The human interaction with the system will also need to be understood, how can the system responsibly influence behaviour and increase efficiency of the transport network.

Privacy and trust

The Internet of Things is creating an unprecedented amount of data. This raises key privacy, trust and ethical issues.

In the design of IoT we must identify these issues and resolve or mitigate for them rather than allowing them to be exposed at a later date. For example, traditional notions of consent to share data may be challenged; while one person may be willing to share data on health or DNA sequencing this could have unconsidered consequences for close relatives.

Further to this, with generation of data in many aspects of our life, such as smart energy meters, how can we be sure that the recipients of the data are trustworthy or ethical, and will allowing access to our data be beneficial?

Safety and security

Across the wide array of IoT systems from small implantable sensors in healthcare - to city-wide sensing infrastructure - safety and security challenges arise from four different sources.

The fusion of cyber, physical and human elements means that the Internet of Things must consider a holistic approach to security. Scale provides an array of challenges, at the city-wide level key management becomes increasingly difficult, with sensors as small as 1mm cubed integrating security is difficult.

Device lifetime in some cases can be decades, with an ever adapting Iota ecosystem service need to be managed and updated. Potential compromises to a system must also be considered, enabling the ability for resilient continued operation.

Standards, governance and policy

Balancing the significant opportunities offered by the Internet of Things with its unique challenges to privacy and security is a key concern for governments.

In the UK, this leads to questions about where responsibility and liability for the cybersecurity of IoT devices and systems is situated and what the government can or should do to ensure that innovation is fostered while maintaining appropriate security.

In order to do so, we must investigate potential regulatory and standardisation gaps between IoT application areas, device certification schemes, and information and network security policies.

However, achieving “security by default” in IoT requires assessment of wider policy instruments, such as incentive schemes for responsible innovation, new information sharing models and new insurance market mechanisms.

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IET Technical Professional Networks

The IET has a new TPN dedicated to the Internet of Things.

The TPN provides a forum for developers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), spreading awareness and developing partnerships.

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