Usman Javaid


Title Internet of Things (IoT) Reality Check: Devices, Networks and Platforms

The ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ is a popular topic of discussion and has a potential to reshape the way we live and work today. On the flip side, like any other industry buzzwords, IoT has gained a lot of attention which takes it to the ‘peak of inflated expectations’ in the hype cycle. In this talk, I will provide a reality check on IoT with real examples where IoT is revolutionising the industries. We will also discuss what it takes to transform a ‘thing’ to become a ‘smart thing’ with brief overview of IoT architectural elements such as sensors, devices, networks, platforms and applications enablement. Finally we will discuss the IoT technology challenges and potential research topics.


Dr. Usman Javaid is a Global Technology Director for Internet of Things (IoT) at Vodafone Group leading IoT strategy, technology development and customer delivery across 200+ countries. In his previous roles at Vodafone, Usman led R&D and strategy functions, global field operations and delivered world’s first 4G network in Europe. He also served as Research Scientist with France Telecom R&D leading pioneering European and French research programs. He is named inventor on ten worldwide patents and authored over 20 international publications. Dr. Javaid holds a Master’s degree from University of Paris, a PhD degree from University of Bordeaux, France and also attended executive leadership programs at world’s leading business school. Dr. Javaid is a regular delegate and guest speaker at FIT conference for last 10 years.