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The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things

By Robert Decher
Discussing all aspects of the Internet of Things from Ottawa, Canada and beyond. Featuring candid interviews with interesting people and companies who are building our connected world.
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Cyber Security - Gary Davis, McAfee

The Internet of Things

Network Performance - John Proctor, CEO, Martello
On today's episode we tackle networks, cybersecurity, and business leadership with the brilliant, John Proctor, CEO of Martello. HQ’d in Kanata Ontario, with offices in Europe and the United States. Martello is a leader in network performance. Martello products include unified communications performance management software, IT systems visualization software, and SD-WAN technology. While we often hear the push for new and faster network installations, but we often overlook the need to make our current networks more efficient. Martello products have been deployed in over 175 countries, supporting over 5,000 networks. Martello is on a rapid growth trajectory due to the superior quality of products and services they provide, and part of their growth strategy is acquisitions.
September 09, 2019
L-SPARK - Leo Lax - Accelerating Business and Technology
On today’s episode we speak with a well known Canadian technology and business leader, Leo Lax, who is currently spearheading L-Spark - a business and technology accelerator in Kanata, Ontario with a national and global reach.  L-Spark has accelerated more than 50 companies to date, and raised 45m$ by the portfolio, and now offers 3 different accelerator programs.  While SaaS remains a large focus for L-Spark, their latest acceleration programs are a vehicle for technological innovation for autonomous vehicles, healthcare, rail, and secure IoT among others. 
August 13, 2019
Cyber Security - Gary Davis, McAfee
Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee. For nearly 10 years, Gary has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction, along with advocating for cybersecurity education. Prior to joining McAfee, Gary held senior management positions for more than 20 years in technology companies. Gary served on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Gary is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. Traveling to Ottawa from the United States, IoT613 was honoured to have Gary speak at the 2019 IoT613 Conference.
May 10, 2019
UX Design for AI and ML - Josh Clark, Big Medium
Global UX design leader based in Brooklyn NY - Josh Clark, the founder of Big Medium. Josh has been designing, writing and speaking about UX for nearly 20 years and is currently focused on design for artificial intelligence, IoT connected devices, machine learning and mobile and responsive web applications.
March 30, 2019
Digital Government - Alex Benay, CIO Government of Canada
Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada. Building the digital government with cloud first, digital policy, api's, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
March 19, 2019
Design Thinking - Nilufer Erdebil, Spring2Innovation
Today on the show we have Nilufer Erdebil, a leading design thinker and CEO of Spring2 Innovation. An innovation consulting and training firm. Nilufer has been leading the charge across Canada with Design Thinking in her workshops and public speaking engagements. A ted talk alumni, you can catch Nilufer at the upcoming IoT613 Conference 2019 at the Canadian Museum of History on May 8 and 9.
February 21, 2019
IoT Product Management - Walter Knitl, Praxiem
Walter Knitl, Principal consultant at Praxiem and Chief Business Development Officer of IoT613. We discuss Walters background in the technology sector, product management and the work involved for businesses to create and deliver great products, IoT and it's societal impacts and the upcoming IoT613 conference.
January 11, 2019
Human Factors and Human-Centered Design - Adam Freed, FactorSafe Solutions
Adam Freed, President of FactorSafe Solutions and Founder and CEO of IoT613. We discuss a bit about Adams background, his world travels, computer human interaction, human factors engineering and of course the upcoming IoT613 Conference being held in May of 2019.
December 17, 2018
Wireless Cybersecurity and Military Wearables - Helen Tang, DRDC, Government of Canada
Dr Helen Tang, Portfolio Manager, Wireless Cybersecurity at Defense Research And Development Canada - Centre for Security Science. In her current role, Helen leads cybersecurity projects for critical infrastructure including connected transportation, military communications and tactical wearables, connected medical devices, smart cities and more. Ms Helen holds a PHD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University and is also an adjunt professor.
June 26, 2018
Ottawa Police Service - Constable Kevin Bradford
Constable Kevin Bradford, Ottawa Police Service As all industries are rapidly changing with technological advancements and policing is no different. Law enforcement is constantly exploring new tools including drone technology for investigations and is working to keep up with changing legislations and policies. Of course as tools evolve so does the amount of data and information that is available and takes time to analyze and report. Autonomous vehicles open up a new way of thinking about public safety and more . We had the pleasure to speak with Constable Bradford at the 3rd Annual IoT613 Conference. Constable Bradford is a Fatal Collision Investigator who has been deploying new technologies in accident investigations for the past decade, we spoke about the use of drones, 3d modelling, autonomous vehicles, legislations and more.. We hope you enjoy the show, feel free to engage with us on Twitter using the hashtag #IoT613.
May 14, 2018
Internet Policy - Franca Palazzo, Internet Society Canada
Speaking with Franca Palazzo, Executive Director, Internet Society- Canada Chapter. Franca’s background is diverse with experience in the education, governance, healthcare, legal, financial and retail sectors. Franca’s is currently the CEO of Palazzo Consulting, a Ottawa based company specializing in fundraising, social media, event management and stakeholder outreach. Franca is also leading the Canadian Chapter of the Internet Society and we are very excited to learn more.
May 09, 2018
Industrial and Product Design - Dylan Horvath, Cortex Design
Dylan Horvath, owner of Cortex Design in Toronto, Ontario. Cortex visualizes, designs, and manufactures human-centric healthcare solutions for an expanding roster of international clients. In 2017 Cortex’s work for Cloud DX beat 330 international competitors to win one of the biggest moon-shot healthcare projects ever, the Qualcomm Tricorder “Bold Epic Innovator” XPRIZE..
April 28, 2018
UX Design - Dominira Saul, Akendi
Dominira Saul, Partner and Chief Experience Architect at Akendi. Dominira is also an advisor to IoT613 and we are excited to learn a bit about Dominira's thoughts on all things Human Centered Design, UX, Product Development, Business Strategy and more. My name is Robert Decher, Marketing Director, IoT613. Feel free to engage with us on Twitter using the hashtag #IoT613. Listen on iTunes - … Where are you from, what did you study and how did you come to work with Akendi? Can you tell me more about what Akendi does and who they do it for? Your passion seems to be user centred design, where does the interest in UX come from? As a leader in user centered design, are there certain things you see every day that drive you crazy? You were instructing at Carleton University for a number of years, what was the curriculum you were exploring with students? What stands out as the difference between your business life and teaching? What is your advice for designers who have an interest in learning more about UX methodologies? You have worked on many familiar household items such as the ecobee, what have you been working on lately? How have internet connected devices changed the human experience or UX game? If a company is considering hiring a UX company, what questions should they be asking? How do you approach Usability Testing? Do you have an interest in machine learning and ai? How do you see this technology evolving over the coming years?
April 23, 2018
Cybersecurity - Mark Hearn, IoT Security, Irdeto
Mark Hearn, Strategic Business Development, IoT Security at Irdeto. From product manager to cybersecurity expert, Mark is currently growing the important security solution, Cloakware by Irdeto, A world-class cybersecurity solution for connected automobiles, digital media, smart spaces and IoT devices, keeping tampering and hackers out. Feel free to engage with us on Twitter using the hashtag #IoT613. Listen on iTunes - 0:00 INTRO 1:05 Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to join Irdeto? 3:30 Career development at Cloakware and Irdeto. 4:27 Tell us about Irdeto’s solutions. How do they work? Who are they for? 6:30 Irdeto Customers, Connected Devices and Users 7:12 With the growth of IoT in all industries and sectors, how has Irdeto kept up with the cybersecurity industry as a leader? 9:02 Can you tell us some of the challenges related to Connected Spaces and Connected Transportation? 10:54 Irdeto has 15 offices across the world with head office in the Netherlands. Can you speak about how the Ottawa office contributes to the Irdeto ecosystem? 13:25 Do you find Ottawa has the talent, partners and skills to help Irdeto? 14:23 I understand the Cloakware product learns from cyber attacks and gives clients and industry reports and analysis with plans to implement patches and updates. Can you tell me more about the reverse engineering and AI technology involved? 18:00 How do you see Irdeto evolving over the next decade or so? 19:30 What technologies interest you as an individual? 22:00 Thank you Mark for being a part of IoT613.
April 13, 2018