The Impact of IoT on Society

On this episode of the IoT For All Podcast, Vodafone Enterprise’ Net of Points Director, Erik Brenneis, joins Ryan Chacon to debate developments, challenges, and the impression of IoT. They begin the podcast by discussing Vodafone and its place throughout the commerce. Erik then dives deeper into one in all many use circumstances, stopping forest fires and the best way IoT makes it attainable. Erik and Ryan then focus on developments in IoT and the best way they impression society sooner than getting proper right into a high-level dialog spherical IoT for firms.

Erik leads the Net of Points for Vodafone Enterprise, the place he’s answerable for its progress, enterprise method, and merchandise and effectivity at a worldwide stage, along with Vodafone Automotive. Since changing into a member of Vodafone in October 2009, Erik has helped to drive success throughout the IoT market, foremost its enchancment from the early ranges through to nearly 100 million associated devices and counting. Sooner than Vodafone, Erik held senior positions at various organizations, along with Siemens and Cinterion Wi-fi Modules. Erik has a grasp’s diploma in electrical engineering from the Faculty of Karlsruhe in Germany and a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise analysis.

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About Vodafone Enterprise

Vodafone Enterprise is part of the Vodafone Group, which help firms of every dimension embrace constructive change through digital communications utilized sciences. They work with the world’s largest multinational companies, fast-growing enterprises, Authorities teams, formidable start-ups, and small firms worldwide. They’ll current suppliers globally, regionally, and domestically – cell, fixed, unified communications, Net of Points (IoT), and cloud and security – connecting the people, places, and points that matter to firms – wherever they’re.

Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:

(01:19) Introduction to Erik

(02:13) Vodafone’s place throughout the IoT market

(03:43) IoT use circumstances of Vodafone

(06:34) How IoT can forestall forest fires

(07:26) Traits in IoT

(10:49) Have an effect on of IoT on Society

(12:56) Challenges companies face in IoT

(14:45) Working with companies to know IoT

(17:15) Advice for companies getting into into IoT


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– [Ryan] Hiya, all people and welcome to a distinct episode of the IoT For All Podcast. I’m your host, Ryan Chacon. And on at the moment’s episode, we now have Erik Brenneis, the Net of Points Director at Vodafone Enterprise. Erik leads the Net of Points enterprise over there at Vodafone the place he’s answerable for its progress, enterprise method and merchandise, and effectivity at a worldwide stage, along with Vodafone automotive. For these of you who is also unfamiliar additional with the Vodafone Enterprise side of points. Is a part of the overall Vodafone Group. They’re serving to enterprise of every dimension embrace constructive change through digital communication utilized sciences. And we converse a lot about quite a lot of fascinating points that we converse a lot in regards to the IoT developments for 2022 and previous the impression IoT is having on society, all the best way through which from mobility to sustainability. And one are a very powerful challenges being confronted correct now throughout the IoT space. So quite a lot of good dialog, a ton of price on this episode. So I truly hope you benefit from it. Nonetheless sooner than we get into this episode, if any of you available on the market wish to enter the fast rising and worthwhile IoT market, nevertheless don’t know the place to start, strive our sponsor, Leverege. Leverege’s IoT choices enchancment platform, offers each little factor you need to create turnkey IoT merchandise that you’d have the ability to white label and resell beneath your particular person mannequin. To check additional, go to, that’s And with out extra ado, please benefit from this episode of the IoT For All Podcast. Welcome Erik to the IoT For All Podcast. Thanks for being proper right here this week.

– [Erik] Thanks a lot, Ryan. I’m snug to be proper right here.

– [Ryan] Yeah, utterly. Wanting forward to this dialog. I’d prefer it whenever you would possibly merely kick off the chat with only a few background particulars about your self, one thing you assume may be associated or fascinating for viewers to get a approach of who they’re listening to.

– [Erik] Thanks, Ryan. I’m Erik. I lead Vodafone’s IoT enterprise, net of points. I’ve been doing that for pretty a while with a quick interruption after I led one different part of Vodafone. So I joined Vodafone in 2009, and I’ve personally labored throughout the net of points commerce for longer than the title exists. So once more after I joined about 20 years previously it was referred to as M2M, machine to machine. And I did a few totally different jobs in Siemens and one other companies throughout the IoT space.

– [Ryan] Unbelievable. And after we’re talking about Vodafone, it’s clearly a very well-known agency. Talk about the best way you all play throughout the IoT space, type of what your place is whole and what you ship to the market.

– [Erik] Yeah, utterly. So at Vodafone, it’s our mission to really be a part of as many devices and machines and IoT merchandise as attainable on the earth. We’re presently the worldwide market chief with better than 140 million IoT connections. And so we provide IoT connectivity. We actually have a choices enterprise, we’re pretty strong in automotive the place we now have an private agency referred to as Vodafone Automotive, doing associated car suppliers. And we moreover current cell personal networks for manufacturing web sites, harbors, and associated places.

– [Ryan] And everytime you’re bringing these choices to market, are you all doing this in-house? Is that this one factor you do with a partnership group? Like how does that work?

– [Erik] Yeah, we… I suggest, Vodafone is present in numerous worldwide places all through Europe, Africa, and the world. So we now have very strong teams, technical teams bringing our choices on to prospects. As soon as we promote IoT connectivity, which implies after we help our purchaser be a part of their gadget, we do that with our private technical people. Near our choices, we moreover work with integration companies, typically companions, nevertheless we now have a very strong direct product sales drive and as well as technical teams deployed world huge, who ship our choices.

– [Ryan] Unbelievable. And I’d prefer it whenever you would possibly type of help ship this all full circle for our viewers and focus on some use circumstances or functions of Vodafone and the IoT choices that you just dropped at market and type of labored on.

– [Erik] Yeah, so let me first start with IoT connectivity the place we principally be a part of nearly one thing. There we’ve associated, which was pretty important for the world simply currently, the chilly chains for vaccinations. That was a reasonably good issue. We’ve associated dozens of a whole bunch of 1000’s of cars. We be a part of each type of enterprise devices and as well as shopper merchandise equivalent to e-readers. Then with regards to choices, we now have actually solely within the close to previous launched that we’re going to ship one factor to the market referred to as MyFarmWeb, which is a complete reply for farmers the place they’ll arrange IoT devices of their fields, which measure humidity and totally different essential parts, and which then give solutions about one of the simplest ways to optimally, you perceive, put water on the underside and so forth.

– [Ryan] Correct. That’s great. I’ve had the possibility to talk to a different companies who’ve constructed choices for or cope with the agricultural space in IoT. And it’s a very fascinating space. For many people, we’re not farmers, we don’t understand far more about, in addition to the place to buy our meals and one of the simplest ways to eat it, nevertheless the best way through which it’s made and the best way through which the, you perceive, the crops are prepared, it’s an unimaginable course of that IoT is a perfect utility for.

– [Erik] Fully.

– [Ryan] I had his various to talk with John Deere a couple of 12 months previously, and they also had been talking about their wise tractor and the best way that’s involved with IoT and able to truly enhance the flexibleness to be additional right with planting crops after which yielding additional crops on the end of the day. So that’s most certainly correct up that alley of type of truly serving to switch the agricultural space for farmers a bit extra with the information they’ll accumulate and the precision that they’ll go about sustaining their crops.

– [Erik] Fully. That’s exactly it. So associated farming machines is one huge part of it. One different huge part of IoT choices for farming are sensors, you perceive, which measure each type of points. And likewise last week in the mean time of our congress in Barcelona, we launched at our stand, wise forest, you perceive, the place you may as well forestall illegal deforestation and the place you can also measure the nicely being of the forest. I suggest, there are so many choices. After which bringing collectively all the information in a system like MyFarmWeb merely brings the revenue to the farmers and the authorities.

– [Ryan] The forest utility, would that be succesful to forestall or monitor when forest fires escape or circumstances which may set off additional extraordinarily seemingly for a forest hearth to happen? Is that one factor that maybe you’ve considered or carried out?

– [Erik] Certain. Yeah, yeah, exactly. So the forest conservation system that we constructed, actually locations a superb microphone, hidden on a tree. One utility is to cease illegal deforestation, you perceive, so it might acknowledge when anybody begins showing at night time time moreover. You possibly can even measure totally different essential parts equivalent to humidity and naturally the noise. With the microphones, you can also detect the forest hearth faster than visually. So which will help in that respect as correctly.

– [Ryan] Oh, good. That’s unbelievable. So I needed to type of switch out of this dialog solely a bit and focus on one factor a bit additional extreme stage that I really feel may be good to get your perspective on as you lead, you perceive, the IoT enterprise for Vodafone. And to easily understand type of the best way you see the market in IoT presently and the place you type of see it going. Any key developments, points that our viewers ought to really be looking for. Type of what’s the current state like and the place do you see it type of evolving to from a progress and a sample’s perspective?

– [Erik] Yeah, so IoT stays to be a significantly rising market, nevertheless it’s not a definite section market anymore desire it was about 10 years previously, correct? There are quite a lot of IoT functions available on the market and on every day foundation we type of use IoT with out typically even being acutely aware of it. Now, what’s going on in the mean time and what has moreover occurred through the COVID pandemic is that principally every purchaser thinks about how can I make my enterprise additional digital? How can I be a part of my devices? A great deal of companies who mustn’t able to ship their service teams to revive their machines all by means of the world all through COVID, which suggests that they want to guarantee they’ll attain and deal with machines remotely. And that has actually truly pushed the market. And at this second, more and more extra prospects are desirous about IoT, not anymore as an revolutionary experience, nevertheless truly as an operational asset, which should work. It should probably be part of essential functions equivalent to autonomous driving or monitoring electrical grid networks of a country. And that’s one huge sample we’re seeing that IoT is definitely turning into an operational asset. The alternative huge sample may be that IoT saves quite a lot of CO2 emissions, you perceive, through saving petrol or making points additional surroundings pleasant mainly. And sustainability generally is a large driver for IoT at this second.

– [Ryan] Fully. And in addition you talked concerning the pandemic, and one issue I’ve found very fascinating is the model new use circumstances and functions of experience which have type of risen to the best of the priority guidelines for many companies because of pandemic. Whether or not or not it’s associated to wise buildings workspaces, the healthcare space mainly, are you seeing any developments spherical these areas that maybe have be… Or I suppose spherical these use circumstances which have turn into additional important of a highlight as a result of pandemic?

– [Erik] Yeah, healthcare circumstances, you perceive, distant affected particular person monitoring, that has turn into additional important. Then moreover through the pandemic and the large funds that governments put available on the market as a method to help their economies. That basically has an enormous cope with sustainability, wise buildings. Buildings is a big area the place there’s quite a lot of funding, wise cities as correctly, moreover accumulating knowledge, making smarter website guests flows. So principally healthcare is one, buildings is one different one and wise commerce and wise cities generally is a large sample we’re seeing at this second.

– [Ryan] Fully. And what about from an impression perspective? Are you seeing… I really feel I already know on the very least a extreme stage the reply to this. Nonetheless what’s the impression that you just’re seeing IoT have on society as a whole? Not merely inside explicit particular person companies, nevertheless everytime you start bringing that out into society a bit additional from mobility to sustainability. You’ve type of talked a couple of bit bit about them, nevertheless at a extreme stage, what’s the impression you’re truly starting to see IoT have now that it maybe didn’t have sooner than?

– [Erik] Yeah. The impression that IoT had… Let me start with initially. Initially IoT was principally additional a experience to verify points additional surroundings pleasant, correct? So that you’ll put an IoT connection into {an electrical} vitality meter, you then didn’t should ship anybody there to study the meter, you would possibly study the meter robotically. Or proper right into a merchandising machine and also you then would solely should drive there if the merchandising machine should be crammed up and in addition you stay away from pointless rides. So it was truly for effectivity initially. Now simply currently, IoT has more and more extra turn into innovation for product companies, the place they arrive to totally new enterprise fashions, because of IoT. So as an example, makers of machines, shopper machines, cleaning machines or one factor, they go to new enterprise fashions equivalent to pay-per-rent. And mainly, IoT actually helps save CO2 emissions in buildings. And in medical, we moreover see all these new functions with distant affected particular person monitoring, as an example. So it’s truly all through your entire board, nevertheless the large aspect is that innovation, new merchandise have turn into additional important as compared with the sooner events the place it was largely about effectivity.

– [Ryan] Yeah, utterly. That makes a ton of sense. And everytime you’re interacting with prospects and talking with companies, and maybe merely often wanting available on the market, what challenges are you seeing companies have with regards to IoT? Whether or not or not it’s… You’ll have the ability to determine type of any stage of the deployment course of or their IoT journey, when you’ll, nevertheless are there any each ranges which have additional challenges or any challenges that maybe stand out to you which of them may be additional prevalent now than maybe that they had been to this point?

– [Erik] Yeah, one huge issue in truth is that an IoT system should be truly secure because of they largely helps essential strategies, vitality, website guests, and so forth. Nonetheless apparently, we do a survey yearly with key prospects, a very powerful survey on the market, and we ask prospects what’s important for them on IoT. And the solutions was that, positive, security is large important, nevertheless it’s actually pretty correctly beneath administration. The most important problem is unquestionably that whenever you introduce IoT, as a corporation, you totally wish to alter your particular person processes as correctly, as the company actually strikes from a product agency to type of a service agency. As soon as extra, let me make the occasion of anybody who sells shopper devices, shopper machines. Beforehand, that was a product enterprise. You notice, you promote the machine after which maybe you need to deal with repairs in in some unspecified time in the future, nevertheless maybe not. And now it’s utterly associated. So that you just study the best way your prospects use it. It’s best to make the most of that as a method to develop larger machines and you can also be in mounted contact alongside along with your purchaser and in addition you get quite a lot of data. Nonetheless you clearly wish to alter all the processes in your group to deal with that.

– [Ryan] Fully. And one in all many points we’ve noticed is that the tutorial a part of IoT, not merely the experience, nevertheless what it might actually do for a enterprise is a reasonably large hurdle at events for companies to undertake. How do you’re employed with companies or how do you type of make them understand that they need to take into consideration IoT additional of a process-oriented reply, versus merely specializing within the tech, nevertheless truly adapting the enterprise processes on the same time. How is that usually handled and what do you think about that?

– [Erik] Yeah, in order that’s an necessary issue, because of, you perceive, merely connecting one factor with out then making good use of the information, actually doesn’t truly ship quite a lot of benefits. So what we do together with companions is we make clear to prospects what they’ll do. We moreover use examples from totally different industries or from related industries about how totally different companies transform their enterprise model, because of IoT. Nonetheless actually, you perceive, that’s moreover a constructive impression of the pandemic. Most prospects nowadays have a reasonably good thought of what they want to do digitally with IoT. So I would say, we’ve come to some extent the place prospects don’t should be glad anymore that they need to be a part of their devices. The patrons are additional desirous about how, you perceive, how can I make good use of the information previous the primary use? As an example, effectivity, finding out, you perceive, distant maintenance of a machine. They ask us questions like, “Vodafone, I put connectivity into my machine so that I can remotely administration it, nevertheless what additional can I do with this data?” After which we could assist them be a part of this data to totally different functions. And that’s everytime you truly get an net of points and by no means closed strategies.

– [Ryan] Yeah, I really feel it’s important for companies to know merely accessing data they haven’t had sooner than is such a sturdy issue. And I don’t assume… I really feel they maybe at a high-level understand that, nevertheless until they actually get it, it’s additional of a… They type of view it as a pleasing to have, nevertheless as quickly as they’ve it, they’re like, correctly, now what else can I do? I’m sure that, you perceive, that’s rather more extremely efficient than I initially, you perceive, thought it might probably be. And within the occasion that they really put the trouble in and work with a corporation who understands it, it could be a very impactful issue all through all areas of the group. So sooner than we wrap up proper right here, I needed to ask you one last question. And that’s type of merely aimed towards our viewers who’s listening and watching and in quest of suggestion on how companies can larger understand how IoT or why IoT should be part of their enterprise. And I really feel quite a lot of the components we’ve talked about at the moment type of hit on that. Nonetheless merely additional notably focus proper right here for a second, what suggestion do you might need for these companies to help them understand how IoT and even why IoT ought to alter into part of their enterprise? If it’s one factor maybe they’re considering or haven’t even considered. Like why should they be, you perceive, putting this as a priority on their guidelines?

– [Erik] Yep. Successfully, the advice that we on a regular basis give to prospects who actually haven’t had an IoT enterprise however, is to start with a pilot, you perceive, be a part of some devices, measure it, and really moreover define clear requirements from the beginning what they want to get hold of, after which measure progress in the direction of that, so that they’ll truly think about for themselves sooner than they make investments into a very large enterprise, what could be the benefits? Now, we now have moreover through these surveys which we do, actually 85% of all prospects who carried out IoT enterprise say that there are utterly clear, you perceive, measurable constructive impacts on their enterprise. So the overwhelming majority has that. Our suggestion, and we moreover help the consumers with that’s to start small, define exactly clear requirements in the direction of which they think about this, after which switch forward.

– [Ryan] And if our viewers available on the market wishes to review additional, converse extra, ask adjust to up questions, what’s among the best methods that you just advocate they work together with you?

– [Erik] Counting on the nation, we now have, in truth, large product sales forces throughout the Vodafone worldwide places. We’re additionally present in all large economies such as a result of the US and Japan. And on our webpage, you can also contact us. So very snug to keep up a correspondence with anybody who wishes to drive IoT forward. That’s what we do.

– [Ryan] Unbelievable. And for our viewers, one different issue to type of level out to them is, one thing new coming out of Vodafone throughout the coming months that we must always at all times protect a watch mounted out for and be looking for throughout the IoT space?

– [Erik] Yeah. I suggest, we’re regularly bringing out new choices. Mobile personal networks is a very thrilling space the place we’re setting up many new ones of these. And on IoT connectivity, our service is in the mean time worldwide. And we develop that extra, so that we make it even simpler for anybody to connect their devices with Vodafone.

– [Ryan] Unbelievable. Erik, this been a terrific dialog. I truly respect your time type of sharing your knowledge with our viewers, your expertise. The company, Vodafone, is clearly I mentioned very well-known throughout the tech space and the stuff you’re doing throughout the IoT area is fascinating. And I’m very excited to type of maintain watch over each little factor you might need occurring. And I’m sure our viewers is gonna get a ton of price outta this episode. So thanks as soon as extra so much in your time.

– [Erik] Thanks a lot, Ryan, and have a superb day. Thanks for having me.

– [Ryan] You too. Thanks.

– [Erik] Thanks.

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