TIOTA Challenge Program EU, February-March 2019

I’m going to Europe to facilitate TIOTA Challenge Program across Europe. My primary focus will be Germany. On February 14-15, I’ll attend the MOBI Alliance meeting at BMW HQ in Munich. I’ll stay in the city over the weekend so welcome meeting ideas as well as hikes and tours. The MOBI Alliance is advancing its Grand Challenge for automotive mobility and we’ll have a chance to connect with many TIOTA members there. The sister alliances are very much aligned in the automotive space.

I plan to go to Stuttgart and visit the Bosch facilities there, hosting the iPace Jaguar car used in the Mobility challenge, and meet with folks there on February 19th. If you are in the Stuttgart area, let’s plan on meeting there.

On February 23-24th, I’ll help run the T-Labs Hackathon on Residential Charging. The iPace will be available in Barcelona for the hackathon along with the ALEN Linux gateway device and the engineers working on it. We’ll have a learning session in the morning of Saturday February 23rd taught by Peter Busch, the head of the TIOTA Mobility Working Group who is in charge of the iPace.

The Mobile World Congress will follow the Hackathon, and our results will be presented there. Deutsche Telekom, the major organizer of the MWC, is also the parent of T-Labs and core organizer of the hackathon and member of the TIOTA. DT is very much focused on connectivity for the customer journey alongside mobility and infrastructure for all IoT devices. T-Labs had also developed hashstax.eu, an enterprise blockchain management solution, that we’ll get a chance to use at the hackathon.

The Face to Face meeting of the TIOTA will follow on Match 1st in Barcelona. We will do the Challenge Program update then.

Simultaneously, on February 11 we launch the next TIOTA Challenge — the Construction Challenge. It will involve all kinds of work emerging in interconnections at the construction sites, including

— the IoT sensors permeating the building as they are being built from the ground up
— the site inventory, track and trace of the equipment and the machinery
— smart workers — using AR headsets or exoskeletons, communicating with the buildings and the machinery to optimize performance and avoid accidents

The original drivers of the Construction challenge are some of the best known global companies in design, mapping, building, insurance, etc. We will hold the first Ideation workshop on March 4th in Berlin and will encourage interested parties beyond the original companies to apply for invitation on the TIOTA site.