At my recent presentation to the 2016 Canadian Utilities Information & Communications Technology Conference in Toronto entitled “Is Your Network Secure or Secured?” I started by explaining to the audience that the purpose of any good security lecture is to scare the audience.
Over the last few years, I have been fascinated to watch how the debate around the Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved. I was particularly interested to see the UK Government, in 2015, allocate £40M towards research into the internet of things to focus on healthcare, social care and smart city.
Today, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. That number is expected to grow to 66% by 2050! In an era with smartphones, smart cars and smart homes, isn’t it about time we start building smarter cities?
This past week, I had a great meeting with Powercom, a company offering Smart Grid and smart metering implementation. Powercom is one of ECI’s partners for smart grid, as we complement each other when we offer smart solutions for operators and utilities around the world. I met with Powercom in ecity, our unique demo facility, addressing the residential and business end-user experience. In ecity, ECI showcases all our platforms and solutions, and demonstrates how they translate into real services and applications to the end user. To this end, we are implementing the whole concept of smart homes and businesses, and Powercom is one of the companies supporting this effort. But what made the meeting “great” is what I learned: