News release

Date: 31st January 2013

The 5th Future of Wireless International Conference contemplates 50 billion connected devices

Cambridge Wireless conference leads debate on the Internet of Things with keynote speakers from O2/Telefonica , Microsoft, Accenture, Qualcomm, MediaTek, ARM, Vodafone, PwC, Transport for London and more…

Cambridge, UK: 30 January 2013: The 5th Future of Wireless International Conference in July will explore the important strategic questions posed by the Internet of Things (IoT), look at the benefits and pitfalls and try to distinguish reality from hyperbole. An impressive line-up of speakers will present their views on moving to a future where 50 billion everyday objects could be connected and how this might change our society, business and personal lives. These include Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2/Telefonica UK; Prof Christopher Bishop, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research; Warren East, CEO of ARM; Stuart Orr, Managing Director, Communications Industry, Accenture; Bill McFarland, Vice President, Technology for Qualcomm Atheros; Kevin Jou, CTO at MediaTek; and Rolf Meakin, PWC.

Organised by Cambridge Wireless - the not-for-profit industry forum with a network of nearly 400 members involved in the development and application of wireless technologies – The 5th Future of Wireless International Conference takes place on 1st & 2nd of July at The Møller Centre in Cambridge. Over 300 delegates from around the world will hear expert industry analysis and gain a unique insight into how we will interact with an augmented physical world and the impact it will have on services, infrastructure and devices; as well as who will be the key players in a new connected world. The Cambridge Debate, chaired by Peter Day, Business Correspondent at the BBC, will pose the view that: ‘This house believes that mobile network operators will not be winners in the Internet of Things.’ Speaking for the motion will be James Collier, CEO of Neul, who will be challenged by Alex Sinclair, CTO at GSMA.

“Just 30 years since the launch of digital cellular, over 6 billion people now have a mobile phone; yet, we are on the threshold of a far bigger global shift in the use of wireless technology by being able to give any number of physical objects an online digital presence,” says David Cleevely, Chairman of Cambridge Wireless, who was awarded a CBE for services to technology and innovation in the 2013 New Year Honours List. “Businesses, governments and individuals will need to understand the likely impact and what new opportunities this will this create. Is it too early to have an IoT strategy? Or do you risk being too late? The Future of Wireless Conference this year will help answer these questions and play a part in shaping future strategies.”

In addition to the keynote sessions with world-renowned speakers, the Conference will offer hands-on workshops, facilitated brainstorms and panels, alongside established plenary sessions and exhibition zones. An Innovation Hothouse will showcase the winners of the 2012 Discovering Start-Ups competition for next generation wireless companies.

Other speakers at the conference include: John Cunliffe, CTO Ericsson Western & Central Europe; Steve Townsend, Group CIO, Transport for London; Frank Mackel, UK Managing Director, Rohde & Schwarz; Moray Rumney, Lead Technologist, Agilent Technologies; Dr Chris Marshall, Head of Visionary Programmes, u-blox AG; Trevor Gill, Chief Scientist, Vodafone Group; Paul Green, Technology & Marketing Director, Arkessa; Robin Heydon, Global Standards, Cambridge Silicon Radio; Nello Cristianini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Bristol; Andy Bovingdon, VP Product Marketing, Bango; Robin Duke-Woolley, Beecham Research; Dr Ekta Sood, Clinical Director, Hildago; Rob Barnes, Senior Director, Oracle; Stephen Deadman, Head of Legal Privacy, Vodafone.

For the 5th Future of Wireless International Conference, Cambridge Wireless is partnering with UK Trade and Investment and ICT Knowledge Transfer Network, while sponsors include Accenture, Qualcomm, MediaTek, PwC, Rohde & Schwarz, TTP, Microlease, Cambridge Consultants, S-Tech Insurance, Arkessa, IC Group, u-blox AG, Jaltek Group and Broadcom.

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About Cambridge Wireless

Cambridge Wireless is a leading industry forum and vibrant community with a rapidly expanding network of companies actively involved in the development and application of wireless technologies. In addition to high level networking dinners and events, a strong educational programme and business development activities, Cambridge Wireless runs the annual Future of Wireless International Conference along with the prestigious Discovering Start-Ups programme and competition to support emerging, innovative wireless companies. Over 15 Special Interest Groups focused on specific technologies and market sectors, also provide opportunities for members to meet, form partnerships to exploit new commercial opportunities, and share knowledge and information about the latest industry trends and hot topics.

Cambridge Wireless has partnerships with other leading industry clusters and organisations around the world to extend its international reach and to keep members up to date with the latest global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit

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