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Dr. Peter Zencke
Executive Board Member
Dr. Gerd Wolfram
Managing Director
MGI Metro Group
Dr. Hannu Kauppinen
Chief Research Strategist
Nokia Research
Prof. Haruhisa Ichikawa
University of Electro-
Communications Tokyo

Thursday, March 27, 11:00-11:45
Peter Zencke: The Business Value of the Internet of Things
With increased computing intelligence and connectivity capabilities, discrete everyday objects in the real world become Smart Items. These Smart Items can sense, communicate and interact with information systems and other Smart Items, thus becoming active participants in information processes. In his keynote Peter Zencke will talk about this emerging world of Smart Items commonly named the Internet of Things and its value proposition for business. Furthermore, he will speak about business applications and enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture as key enablers to unlock the potential of the Internet of Things.
Thursday, March 27, 11:45-12:30
Gerd Wolfram: Driving the future with RFID - Advanced Retailing at METRO Group
In his keynote, Dr. Gerd Wolfram will provide a sneak preview into the future of retailing. Within its Advanced Retailing initiative METRO Group addresses a broad range of different technologies to enhance collaboration and efficiency - internally and externally. Based of RFID as a key technology, METRO Group has developed a comprehensive approach to utilising advanced connectivity solutions to connect its merchandize and inventory management systems. The presentation will cover the vision that guides the deployment of technologies like RFID at METRO Group and offer an overview of the business realities of enhanced supply chain collaboration, real-time localization and intelligent inventory management systems in modern retailing. Taking the broad theoretical concept of the "Internet of Things" as an intellectual starting point, the keynote features firsthand insights into the business challenge of making scientific ideas relevant under commercial requirements.
Friday, March 28, 09:00-09:45
Hannu Kauppinen: Scaling Innovation in a Fused Physical and Digital World
As devices, objects and physical locations offer increasingly more information about ourselves and the world around us, we face new challenges relating to organizing and scaling that information as well as developing the databases and infrastructures needed for managing that information.We also need to build new awareness about how to intersect these challenges within the most valuable and relevant benefits while also allowing for the best opportunities to build business growth and ensure secure solutions. These challenges offer new opportunities to both drive and scale innovation, in order to extend solutions towards some of the driving issues of our time, such as energy efficiency, universal access and sustainable lifestyles.
Friday, March 28, 09:45-10:30
Haruhisa Ichikawa: Appliance Defined Ubiquitous Network; Network Infrastructure for Real World Sensing
Small wireless appliances such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and sensors are expected to be widely used for real world sensing, which will enable innovative value creation. However, the wireless systems for those appliances tend to be part of the solutions. It will be difficult to reduce the solution costs and to use the solutions ubiquitously by standardizing the wireless systems. In this talk, I will introduce the appliance defined ubiquitous network (ADUN) to contribute to the cost reduction of the solution system constructions and operations using the drastically enhanced network capacity to share the resources such as antennas and human operators between the solutions. The network capacity will have expanded 100 to 1,000 times in 10 years if the current growth rate is maintained. For supporting broad range of wireless systems and dependable security / privacy control, the architectural principles of ADUN are different from those of the Internet and the ADUN will be a post-IP network when the major traffic comes from small RFID and sensors rather than PCs and the like.