Connected Nation - Interview: Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM

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Andy Stanford-Clark is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM's global Internet of Things team. He is an IBM Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and specialises in the Internet of Things, remote telemetry, energy monitoring and management, Smart Metering and Smart Grid technologies. He has a particular interest in home energy monitoring, home automation and driving consumer behaviour change.

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Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM

I'm speaking on a panel of today's events to do with the Internet of Things to bring an element of industrial input to what seems to be a large academic debate, I work for IBM, so I have a lot of involvement with real world projects of the Internet of Things. I think some of the projects that we saw the little vignettes from just now were really interesting. The work on new LEDs and some of the sort of ambient technologies like the Resonant Bits one, particularly interesting, so I’m keen to find out a bit more about those.

I think the combination of research working with industry is absolutely critical to making the UK a connected nation, as there are so many unanswered questions for the Internet of Things and there are a lot of people out there doing real world projects. But still there are so many complicated bits which, at the moment, we kind of evade or gloss over or workaround, but if we find some solutions to some really hard problems that would really put the UK ahead.

I think the key message, as with many of these sort of government funding things, is that the Holy Trinity of government, industry and academia working together as a sort of triple helix to make really cools stuff happen for UK plc. I think the best bit of advice really is don’t assume you can do all of it yourself. One of the things we’re really seeing with the Internet of Things is that has to be an ecosystem of partners, because nobody has all the skills for the end-to-end system. It’s always one person is good at the centres, one person is good at the comms, one person is good at the analytics and that combination of the three together, the instrumented, interconnected, intelligent part of it makes it an IoT project. So be prepared to collaborate.