March 2013 – Board of Directors’ Message

This time around, we offer you an information packed newsletter – there is just so much going on in the Smart Objects space, as well as within IPSO Alliance itself! IPSO has been present at many of the major conferences around the globe, and here you can find the latest information on what is hot in the telecom industry, straight from our members who were present at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Smart Energy Summit in Texas.

Within IPSO, we also have big things happening right now. We have been busy launching IPSO CHALLENGE 2013. The contest gives an opportunity for anybody to show off their innovation skills on the Internet of Things and M2M.  Only a few days remain to submit an entry (the deadline is 5 April for your written entry) with the opportunity to win a trip to the awards ceremony at Sensors Expo in Chicago and win $10,000 – not to mention the honour itself. Please make an effort to spread information about the challenge to your friends and colleagues!

We are also planning the upcoming member meeting in Helsinki on 20 and 21 May. An Interop Event will be hosted during the meeting, which is being planned as a joint activity between the Interop, Smart Energy and Smart Building committees. Holding an Interop is important for us to not only show proof points on the maturity of technologies, but also demonstrate the values of IP in Smart Objects, so we encourage you to get involved.

We are also planning a half day workshop on 22 May, which will be open to the public and will be co-located with the member meeting.

The objective of the workshop  is to interest the companies and organisations in the Nordic countries on the Internet of Things. This will be done jointly with the Finnish and Swedish national technology innovation organizations, Tekes and Vinnova. We hope to attract many companies to the event. Please mark the dates May 20-22 in your calendar, and add the location: Helsinki, Finland – the Land of a Thousand Lakes.

Finally, we continuously have speaker opportunities at various global conferences and events. Do not miss the opportunity to share your thought leadership on Smart Objects and its use cases, while also promoting the Alliance. Speaking opportunities are mailed out on a regular basis, so please stay tuned!

But, to not keep you waiting to dig in to our newsletter, I will stop here. Enjoy!

Jan Höller
IPSO Board of Directors

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