02 Mar 2020

Find out how an open and pragmatic approach led the creation of a global LoRaWAN network that operates in 151 countries, has over 18,000 gateways and is supported by over 100,000 developers.

In today’s podcast, we are going to discuss one of the technologies that underpins the Internet of Things – Low Power Wide Area Network, or LPWANS for short. And more specifically, we are going to take a look at LoRa – one of the leading LPWAN technologies. 

I’m pleased to be joined by one of the global leaders in the space – Wienke Giezeman – the Co-Founder & CEO of The Things Industries – and the Initiator of The Things Network

01:20 What is The Things Network

05:25 What has led to your impressive growth – to the point where you are now in 151 countries, have a community of over 100,000 developers and have deployed 18,000 LoRaWAN gateways worldwide?

08:10 The Things Network has grown into a global LoRaWAN network – wouldn’t it have been easier to leverage existing mobile networks than trying to build your own? 

  • The “Moving Forward, Looking Backward” paradigm

11:00 What are some of the top LoRa use cases that are driving adoption?

16:40 How creating a collaborative LoRaWAN network led to the creation of The Things Conference – the world’s largest LPWAN conference. 

20:00 What’s next? The Things ________?

25:00 IoT has not lived up to the hype. What has held the industry back from reaching its potential?

28:00 Narrowband IoT, or NB-IoT, has exploded in China, but had sluggish growth elsewhere. What has hindered it’s growth outside of China?

32:55 What’s the best IoT solution you have ever seen?

34:00 Final question – about What is FEBO – and do you still eat there?

  • Spoiler alert – he’s a fan of “bamischijf

Find out more

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13 Mar 2018 2

LPWANs have exploded in Asia - but is the market ready for them? This infographic looks at the Asia Pacific LPWAN deployments as well as the current state of the market, including market awareness, perceived challenges and likeliness to deploy.

02 Nov 2017

Want to know the latest on IoT in Asia? Here you go!

I was recently the conference chair and delivered the opening keynote at the inaugural Internet of Things World Asia event in Singapore (Oct 2017). My keynote content includes the latest global IoT survey results, updates on LPWAN deployments in Asia, and 3 IoT trends to watch.

For those who don’t have time to watch the whole video, here’s the timings for the content:


02:50 State of IoT in Asia

03:50 IoT Buzzwords go mainstream

05:12 Are IoT budgets increasing or decreasing?

05:40 The ecosystem, security and internal challenges companies face in deploying IoT solutions

07:05 Internal collaboration is on the rise

08:10 Intro to the IoT Ecosystem

08:37 IoT vendors: moving towards Solution Selling

09:38 IoT Brand Awareness: which vendors come top of mind

10:45 Which vendors are the “preferred partners” for IoT solution deployment

13:40 LPWANs is Asia (NB-IoT, Sigfox, LoRa)

15:10 The latest of LPWAN deployments in Asia

15:45 Customer concerns relating to LPWANs

16:50 IoT Watch List #1: Elderly Care in Asia

20:14 IoT Watch List #2: LoRa in India

22:15 IoT Watch List #3 The Rise of #PropTech

29 May 2017

My 3 minute fast and furious interview at IoT Asia where I discuss:

1. How can organisations monetise IoT?
2. What is the role of SMEs in driving IoT?
3. What advice would you give to IoT start-ups?
4. Is it possible to secure IoT?
5. What IoT trends can we expect to see in Asia over the coming 1-2 years?

08 May 2017

It was an honour to deliver the opening keynote for the third straight year with Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation, as well as being the Conference Chair for IoT Asia 2017.

A summary of my content can be found below. If you would like to skip to that portion of the presentation, simply click on the on the time to the left of the content.

00:10 The State of IoT in Asia

01:00 Smart City Evolution – Taipei

03:05 Three Types of Collaboration are needed to drive IoT success

03:42 Internal Collaboration – engaging beyond the IT department

04:44 Collaboration Best Practice: Singapore’s Smart Nation

06:50 Vendor Collaboration – collaborating across the IoT Ecosystem

08:52 Data Collaboration – how Under Armour leveraged data to transform the customer experience

10:58 What’s Next for IoT: Top 2 emerging trends to watch in 2017

11:09 The Rise of the IoT OTT (over the top) providers – includes best practice from Demand Logic (Smart Buildings) and Falkonry (AI for Manufacturing)

13:05 The Year of the Low Power WAN (LPWAN)

14:15 Which LPWAN Path should you follow? NB-IoT, LoRa & Sigfox

14:33 What you need to know about NB-IoT, LoRa & Sigfox

16:25 The TOUGH questions we need to ask about NB-IoT, LoRa & Sigfox

17:45 LPWANs are IoT’s Tipping Point

18:08 LPWANs – where supply meets demand

18:40 LPWAN is not guaranteed to succeed – here’s the challenges (including the Race to Zero)

19:15 Now What? The three questions IoT vendors need to ask

19:25 Q1: What Problem am I trying to solve?

19:40 Q2: Who can help me reach my goals?

19:50 Q3: What is our strategic plan to drive your IoT Initiatives?