Who are you and how did you become interested in IoT?
I have a background in embedded software programming and a Master of Science in Electronic Design, specifically RF Communication. Since then I have been working worldwide with companies to enable IoT products while I on my personal time have been trying to unlock the organisational and psychological impacts of the ongoing digitalisation.
What do you do at work?
I lead a team of skilled software engineers, focusing on embedded IoT products.
What are the main concepts of the IoT?
There are many, depending on the area being scoped. From an organisational perspective, a true disruption lay ahead when entering the world of IoT. CAPEX goes OPEX due to the continuous development (required for connected devices) which requires new innovative business models. From a technical perspective, there are three main technical components: - Nodes (Sensors, Actuators or static data carriers) - Gateways (Smart phones, proprietary hubs, Telco base stations) - Cloud (Data ingestion, Analytics, Storage, Action).
Why is it interesting?
The possibilities are endless. We have so many different ways of solving challenges and everyday problems with IoT.
What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
1) Everyone is talking about security, only a few does something about it. 2) Return of Investment is one of the main roadblocks - you simply don’t release a product and wait for cash flow. 3) Privacy. Who owns your IoT data?
Your own projects within IoT?
My focus has been more on testing IoT products and focusing on theory and keeping up with the latest reports.
Your other favorite examples of IoT internationally and nationally?
Airthings and Disruptive Technologies.
How do you explain the IoT?
It’s the digitalisation of the physical world. We have internet for people, we also have internet of things.
What do we do uniquely well in Norway from this?
We develop leading edge embedded chipsets enabling IoT. We create unique and disruptive IoT products. We innovative about smart cities.
A favorite IoT quote?
Thomas Edison: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Most important points about IoT from our conversation?
IoT can be explained in an easy manner. However, the implications and organisational impacts are often forgotten. Everything needs to be thought through in detail while being able to execute to keep up with the market. Shortcuts are taken (security), so we as consumers must pay attention.