Dr. Antonio Skarmeta is co-founder of ODIN Solutions, a spin-off of the University of Murcia, and is coordinator of several projects at national and international level, such as IoT6, Openlab, GEN6, and Smartie. Dr. Skarmeta will be a Speaker at IOT360, the Second International Summit on the Internet of Things taking place in Rome, on October 26-29. Today he talks to us about the present status of the IoT ecosystem and about the role that the Summit plays in the field.
The first edition of IOT360 Summit was a successful event last year. What can we expect from this second edition?
Hopefully the second edition will go further in the awareness of the relevance of the Internet of Things in different and new areas and applications. It is important to notice how the IoT is smoothly impacting our normal life and is being integrated in many sectors, such as retail, agriculture, energy etc. This is quite exciting as we can see that a fully IoT-connected world is possible and what is necessary to do it, and the IOT360 Summit could create links between different stakeholders.
Monitoring is one of the main aspects within the IoT ecosystem, but some ethical issues (i.e. about privacy) may obstacle the passage to the concretization of a product. What compromises have to be accepted by users and which ones by the specialists?
More than concrete compromises, it is needed to have user-centric solutions on privacy management for granting data access in the IoT ecosystem. It is fundamental to allow the user or systems to have some flexible mechanism to identify what they want to expose or share and to whom. That will facilitate the ethical aspects of monitoring and data provision.
IOT360 is going to assume a leading role in bridging the worlds of Research and Industry. Would you give us your idea of the basis for a fecund cooperation between the mentioned actors?
It is fundamental for the innovation cycle to be improved and, for this purpose, the actions of promoting incubators and mentoring programs are key-factors. Additional activities, such as meetings like IOT360 where research and industry can present their views, provide cross-fertilization between both worlds and synergies for collaboration, bringing new ideas to the industry.