Finding my dream "connected" home
So I'm thinking of moving house, Yes, I know that doesn't sound like a matter for DataTalk. But hear me out. What I'm wondering is, do I need to think about whether the place I move into is future-proofed in terms of the way technology and data are being integrated into the fabric of our homes? And – by extension – is this something that estate agents, the construction, building, and refurbishment industries, and even local government need to look at more closely? I've lived in early 20th century buildings where there weren't enough plug sockets to connect television, VCR and so on without recourse to a potentially- inflammatory daisy chain of adapters. I’ve lived in flats where the phone line wouldn't allow bandwidth for broadband, and the cable company wouldn’t even consider bothering to lay down an optical fibre. I’ve tried to “work from home” in digs where there wasn’t even GPRS, let alone a reliable 3G mobile signal. And I’m not talking about rural England here. I’m talking city life. So, when I finally move into my “forever home”, I want to make sure I’m not going to spend the rest of my life bewailing the fact that – for me – the Internet of Things is more like the Internet of Nothing-But-Trouble. I’ve divided my “need to have” and “nice to have” lists into two categories; fabric and location. In terms of fabric I want to make sure that my new place has plenty of hidden space for cabling. Yes, I know wifi is king right now, but with concerns about data security and hacking becoming more and more pertinent, I want to know that if the future means hardwired connections then I won’t have to spend my life tripping over – or wallpapering over – cables. And I want the rooms to be a shape which the hidden cameras and sensors which make my sentient home work can cope with…no blind spots please, no unreachable spaces. And, on that topic, I want my robots to be able to move around safely. Do I need durable, even floors and a minimum of stairs. Do I need wide doorways, sliding doors? And if wifi does remain a big thing then I’ll want to make sure I don’t have to share my network bandwidth with the street, so I’ll want outer walls with data insulation. But I don’t want to block my 3G signal…. In terms of location I want to be able to get all that optic fibre, 5G cellular coverage and so on. And I want my home internet of things to be able to work with the outside internet of things while I’m not there. So I need to learn more about the layout of the surrounding area too. Do I need to live near a telephone exchange? Do I need to think about where self-driving cars will be able to operate? Drone landing areas? Perhaps most of all, I need to think about what to do if the Internet of Things “goes down”. Do I need the back-up infrastructure of the past, such as old-school timers and switches for my heating, or will I opt for clean walls and rely on my mobile apps? Is the future one where future is overlaid onto past, or one where the past is stripped away to make room for the future? I wonder if today’s housebuilders and town planners are asking the same questions of themselves, as they get ready to greenlight and build my dream home. I hope so, because otherwise I foresee a whole lot of unhappy families spending a fortune on making their homes fit-for-purpose in the same way I recall seeing friends shelling out a fortune to rewire their homes in the past when the electricity man realised their circuits were outdated and unsafe, colleagues returning their fancy new smartphones when they discovered they weren’t very smart when they took them home to the phone-mast desert, and so on. My gut feeling is that – metaphorically - I want to keep my old chimney and fireplace, even if I’ve decided to have modern electric heaters fitted. Then I know I can always light a fire in the grate if the clock on the central heating packs up. I think a dual-layer system is the way to go. But I’m not an expert and I haven’t got a research grant to investigate. Maybe I need to look for more data...
An interesting point. I suggest that this is an issue to be considered with the next draft of the building regulations
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PUBLIC SECTOR CLOUD CONFERENCE 6th December 2017
PUBLIC SECTOR CLOUD CONFERENCE 6th December 2017 Location: University of Salford Funded places are being offered to members of the Data Science Foundation, contact email@example.com for further information on funded places The Public Sector Cloud conference will take place at the University of Salford on the 6th December. The event will bring together leading experts of IoT and Digital Infrastructure. Speakers will share their views on the development of cloud based systems within government and education, the constant pressure for councils to migrate to a 'Cloud First' initiative is a broad concern, however as integrated systems and legacy operations have been in place for so long, the transition will certainly take time and money to achieve. With added cost, cloud transition seems a time away as budget pressures are an overwhelming concern, made worse by the constant scrutiny of the media spotlight. We will be offering a case study on the day of success stories experienced by local councils and public institutes. The overall day will be directed to ensure that our delegates are made aware of the obstacles and challenges ahead, ensuring they see a discernible path to updating their systems gradually and progressively. An example of speakers and themes: Liam Maxwell, UK National Technology Adviser, HM Government Promoting and supporting digital industry in the UK and internationally; The future of public sector services and migrating to cloud based service. James Stewart - Former Director of Technical Architecture of UK Government Digital Service Why cloud remains a key part of any “Digital by Default” agenda New cloud developments – 4 years on Christopher Wroath - Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland Cloud as part of the new Health & Social Care Delivery plan Cloud first – NES Journey Event Page: http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/public-sector-cloud
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MACHINA Summit.AI, The future belongs to those who evolve
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Public Sector Internet of Things conference 28th September
Public Sector Internet of Things conference 28th September 2017 The University of Salford are hosting the Public Sector Internet of Things conference on the 28th September, the event will take place on the university campus. Thanks to the university we are able to bring complimentary places to public sector professionals, with Private sector benefitting from a part funded rate. The IOT conference will offer a full day of experience driven discussions surrounding the innovation of internal operations, from local government and healthcare, all the way to education and emergency services. Although almost 30% of organisations claim their cyber risk is high, far too many others underestimate the threat to their systems. In reality, all government agencies hold some type of valuable or sensitive material, whether it’s citizen records, financial information or procurement data. The conference will address the following themes and more: How can we develop standards for IoT use in Government and agree on best practice? How smart technology interventions are evaluated and support transformation strategy Ensure the public sector is at the forefront of using IoT technology for better results How will the £32 million investment in IoT help shape Government services? Presented by speakers such as: Ian Jones - Solutions Architect for Smart Cities, IoT and business transformation strategies Understanding the value to be gained from smart technology in government Identifying the key drivers for IoT in relation to smart technology in cities THINKlab - University of Salford Exploring current trends in the Internet of Things & Emerging Devices What can be gathered from the recent trends in IoT and data Looking to the future of IoT and the government’s push to bring the public sector up to speed with the latest advancements To register for the event please contact the event team at D.Leonard@one-cpd.co.uk, referencing the subject line ‘Gov IoT’. The event page can be found here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/the-iot-summit
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