EU/US Workshop: Promoting Global IoT Success Stories

Wednesday October 8th 3:30PM

Analysts predict that new Internet of Things (IoT) products and services will grow exponentially in the next years. There are more and more reports giving evidence on the growing importance of the role internet of things will play driving our future smart lives (in transport, energy, health, environment, cities). Additionally, many SMEs and large market stakeholders are working on Internet of things and expected applications as bringing promising booming businesses.

Nevertheless, there are many factors which keep the global market fragmented, and which slow down the expected rapid growth of these new business activities. This workshop aims to explore important topics, which have to be addressed by important actors on the US and the EU side to support a truly global market. The workshop brings together leaders in the IT community with the purpose of initiating a policy framework where industry can express the challenges and limitations they perceive with regard to the current policy. The proposed outcomes of the workshop will be to:

  • Identify few areas of common interest where cooperation can be established at the level of policy,
  • Provide room for policy discussions
  • Research or operational real market-driven projects like open platforms stimulating IoT ecosystems.
Workshop Agenda
3:30-4:00 Keynote

  • US: Dr. Chris Greer, Director of Cyber Physical Systems & Smart Grid Program Office, NIST
4:00-4:40 IoT Research Strategies to Promote Innovation & Ecosystems

  • EU: Philippe Cousin, IERC & CEO, Easy Global Market
  • US: Sanjay Sarma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Co-Founder of Auto-ID Center, MIT
4:40-5:00 Addressing Global Challenges to Enable Market Take-up and IoT Economy

  • EU: Srdjan Krco, IERC AC1, SocioTal, IoT Lab, Citi-sense and Smartie projects
5:00-5:15 Coffee break
5:15-5:45 Spotlighting Market Innovation with Open Platforms

  • EU: Open platform ensuring openness and semantic interoperability:

o   Martin Serrano, National University of Ireland Galway, Open IoT Project

o   Dr Levent Gürgen, CEA-LETI, Butler Project

5:45-6:45 EU & US Success Stories and IoT Business Cases

  • EU: Pedro Marrón, Planet, SMART-ACTION; Martin Serrano & Antonio Jara/HOPU; Srdjan Krco, Nicolae Fontana, ABB
  • US: Florian Michaeles, Siemens US
6:45 -7:00 Discussions, Conclusions and Next Steps for an EU-US IoT Liaison Group

  • Moderated by Pedro Marron

About BILAT USA 2.0:

BILAT USA 2.0 is a project funded by the European Commission under FP7 (GA N° 312081). BILAT USA 2.0 aims at enhancing Science, Technology and Innovation collaboration between the EU and the US.


About the BILAT USA 2.0 co-organizers:

INTRASOFT International is a leading European IT Solutions and services group which has an outstanding record of providing IT solutions to governments, public organizations and private enterprises covering more than 70 countries around the globe. Contact: Babis IPEKTSIDIS at


Diplomacy Matters Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to generating global partnerships, actionable dialogue and purposeful collaboration between governments, academia and business. Contact: Lynn VAN FLEIT at


IERC: The aim of European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things is to address the large potential for IoT-based capabilities in Europe and to coordinate the convergence of ongoing activities. IERC will facilitate the knowledge sharing at the global level and will encourage and exchange best practice and new business models that are emerging in different parts of the world. In this way, measures accompanying research and innovation efforts are considered to assess the impact of the Internet of Things at global and industrial level, as well as at the organizational level.


SMART-ACTION: With the increasing miniaturization of communication devices and the proliferation of technologies such as smart phones or sensor networks, the concept of an Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a reality, especially with their integration into Smart Cities. The interdisciplinary nature of IoT work requires understanding, coordinating, supporting and engaging not only ICT, but also other areas such as biotechnology or nanotechnologies, that provide the right context in which IoT concepts can be embedded to provide solutions that can benefit society at large. SMART-ACTION is a 2 years project (09/2013-09/2015) that will support in addition to IERC (IoT European Research Cluster), the development of IoT strategic research agendas including other sciences and serve as an enabler for the dissemination and further integration of results into future research and industrial developments, while coordinating international efforts. Beyond IoT, interesting project challenge will be to interact with other (non-IoT) scientists and such exchanges will be organised soon.   Contact: Pedro Marron at