IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things
15-18 April 2019 – Limerick, Ireland

TOP5-Green Technologies – Environment, Sustainability and the Circular Economy

Track Description

The engineering community of researchers, and innovators around the world are actively working on developing and applying solutions to the wide number of global environmental and sustainability problems that we face in the 21st century and beyond.

The World Forum provides us with an opportunity through an open forum to come together with a range of end users, academics, industry and the public sector to examine how the interconnection of objects via the Internet of Things is already playing a role in tackling these problems and to explore what future role it could or should play specifically in the environment, sustainability and circular economy spheres.

In tackling climate change, the development, adoption and deployment of large scale wind turbines, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal farms around the world are converting the wind and solar energy into electrical energy and displacing conventional electrical generation.  The variability of these intermittent sources requires applying numerous IoT solutions to enable real-time responses in both the supply and demand of electricity to meet the current and projected load of electric grids while at the same time providing the grid customers highly reliable energy. This need will only grow as the penetration rate of renewable sources increase and our grids move from a relatively small number of synchronous generators to a relatively large number of asynchronous generators.

In addressing resource efficiency, the linear economy where we take, use and dispose of materials, many of which are now considered to be critical due to their economic importance and supply risk is forcing us to re-think how our business models operate. The circular economy, which aims to slow, close and narrow resource loops, is emerging as a natural response to this predicament and the Internet of Things can and will play a role in managing resource flow throughout the life cycle of the products we use in daily life. In providing location and usage data it can enable greater adoption of leasing or pay per use business models. Life consumption monitoring can help to optimise service cycles and prolong product lifetimes. Through auto-identification it can increase the reuse and recovery rates of products at end of life and promote greater recycling efficiency.

These are only some of examples of the tremendous impact that the Internet of Things can bring to the challenges facing the environment, sustainability and circular economy in the coming years. This track will contain a high calibre set of presentations from industry and academia to introduce the ground breaking work that they are conducting. Each session will also include a panel discussion to enable a full participation between the audience and our invited experts.

Track Co-Chairs

Fawzi Behmann,

Fawzi Behmann

Colin Fitzpatrick, University of Limerick

Colin Fitzpatrick

Track Speakers

Paul Dekker

Paul DekkerPaul Dekker is an Amsterdam University economist with a corporate as well as an entrepreneurial background. He held executive and supervisory positions in various logistic services companies in Europe and Asia. As an entrepreneur, he pioneered the introduction of modular wastewater treatment systems in developing markets. Paul is keen on developments in the circular economy and matters related to the societal impact of technology and the energy transition.

At present Paul is involved in various start- and scale-ups introducing Products-as-a-Service, inevitably enabled by IoT technology. Within the ecosystem of The Hague Tech he fulfills the role of acceleration manager of two World Startup Factory protégés, focusing on the control of sensors within smart cities and setting up an investment platform for solar panels respectively.

For Homie Pay-Per-Use Paul fulfills the role of director partnerships, creating an impact group of like-minded partners, co-makers and influencers around the company. Homie wishes the global white goods sector to migrate towards a circular business system. Therefore, as a first step, a Pay-Pay-Use service model has been successfully test-marketed and is now being upscaled in the Netherlands.

Talk Title: How Can IoT and Circular Business Model Innovation Lead to a Sustainable and Attractive Value Proposition?

Homie is a spin-off from TU Delft, pursuing a ‘Pay-Per-Use business model’ as to create a circular and sustainable business. It is now in the phase of scaling up this model. Starting with washing machines Homie’s offering aims to steer its customers towards sustainable water and energy consumption, to stimulate shared use of appliances and to encourage a circular model in which products/materials are reused, repaired and recycled. The model also challenges OEM’s to make Total Costs of Ownership over the lifetime of appliances a prime parameter. This talk discusses the circular business model pursued, the role of IoT, some early ‘business experiments’ and evidence on the positive environmental impact of the Pay-Per-Use business model.

Paddy Finn

Dr. Paddy Finn established Electricity Exchange DAC with his business partner, Duncan O’Toole and began trading in the Irish electricity market in 2014. Born in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Paddy studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Limerick and holds a Ph.D. in renewable energy.

Paddy is responsible for the strategic direction of Electricity Exchange, including the company’s research and development activities, as well as the day to day running of the business. He is a prominent thought leader in the Smart Grid technology industry and works closely with relevant regulatory bodies as an elected industry representative.

Electricity Exchange has doubled in size year on year and will begin exporting its technologies in 2018. Paddy and Duncan pride themselves on pushing boundaries every day and whilst ensuring that their growing company remains an exceptionally happy and motivating workplace.

Paddy lives on the shores of Lough Derg in Ballina, Co. Tipperary, with his wife, Deborah. He is a qualified scuba diving instructor and when he’s not working, he volunteers with the University of Limerick Sub Aqua Club and Killaloe/Ballina Search & Recovery Unit.

Fiona Edwards Murphy

Fiona Edwards MurphyDr Fiona Edwards Murphy is the CEO and co- founder of ApisProtect Limited. She completed her PhD in October 2017 with the School of Engineering, and the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork in the area of Internet of Things applications for honey bee health.

Fiona is a 2013 graduate of the Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BE) Honours at UCC. She was recently awarded the Women Mean Business Sodexo Newcomer of the Year Award 2018.

Founded by preeminent researchers in the use of sensors in beehives, ApisProtect provides real-time hive monitoring powered by satellite-enabled sensors that are retrofitted to existing beehives. Dr. Edwards Murphy’s work on the topic of hive monitoring has received many national and international awards from the Irish Research Council, The IEEE, IBM, The Irish Laboratory Awards, Google, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Visit

Eamon Hynes

Dr. Eamon Hynes serves as Head of Product Management of Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems Ltd. Prior to joining AMCS, Dr. Hynes spent 20 years in the Electronics Industry where he held wide variety of Product Development, Engineering Management and Project Leadership roles in the United States, Ireland, Japan and Taiwan. Dr. Hynes holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin along with an MS and PhD in Electronics and Sensor Technology, from University College Cork. Dr. Hynes is an inventor on 14 granted patents in the USA and Europe.

Alex Joseph

Alex Joseph

Alex Joseph, in his current role is the Program Director for Engineering at IoT Business Unit, with IBM India Labs; and is now leading the Development Team of IoT Building Insights solution suite, which offers an analytic capability that helps gain an understanding by capturing relevant data, analyzing that same, and providing insights which provides a layer of intelligence by applying sophisticated algorithms to predict conditions for future. Alex has extensive experience in areas of Smarter Analytics and IoT, and

had earlier led product development in Smarter Cities, Asset Analytics and IoT for Manufacturing.

An Engineer at heart, he holds an MS in Software Systems and an MBA in International Business. Alex’s past experiences include working as development and offering manager for IBM WebSphere Telecom, as Senior Project Manager for SaaS Social Commerce engineering team at Infosys Technologies, Project Manager for BFSI Release Team at ING Bank, and in different capacities for TXSeries distributed transaction management product team, one of the flagship transaction management offering from IBM.

Track Title: Sustainable Cities through IoT, AI, Energy Analytics and Management

Sustainable Cities and Villages have to be designed with much resilience in planning, to ensure zero tolerance to disruption. This in turn put huge ask on transformation of current Energy Management practices. Energy being limited, and at the same time for being the corner stone of any sustainable living space, will need to be treasured for optimal usage. While greener energy is the solution for building sustainability, the most critical requirement on technology innovation is to provide ways to Manage and Optimize the Energy Usage. IBM’s IoT & AI based answers to this problem is by providing descriptive, predictive and prescriptive insights for any Building. Energy efficiency comes not only with having sensors, smart apparatus and systems but also essentially by implementing deep AI modules to identify key operational indicators on usage and wastage, which can eventually lead to optimization and forecasting capabilities. This approach fits into any building (from a supermarket store in a Village to a big multi-brand shopping mall in a City), to point out energy consumption anomalies using predictive and prescriptive models; to identify the localizing behavior and outliers; to aggregate the same for a causal effect to a wider region; and also in considering external influencers like weather; to help determine quick responses. This also extends to a unique way of quantifying the impact of various exogenous variables and visualizes it via transfer functions, for e.g., it can capture the impact of time of day on energy consumption respectively for each day type. Similarly, impact of other model features like temperature, dew-point, humidity, sun radiation, year day etc.

Oluwatobi Oyinlola

Oluwatobi OyinlolaOluwatobi Oyinlola is an Experience Embedded Systems Engineer, Inventor, IoT Evangelist. He is currently implementing Pay-As-You-Cook technology to promote use of affordable LPG in Africa, Intel Awarded him as “Intel Software Innovator” representing Africa in various spotlights of innovative solutions. A passionate member of IoT Europe where he was featured representing Africa on World IoT day explaining how he uses IoT to solve some critical Africa Challenges. Oluwatobi also represented Africa in a competition organized by Hackaday in San Francisco, USA where he built a Lightning Sensor which automatically check for Thunder strike and can be logged remotely.

Recently he has been working in the avionics sector with rLoop Incorporated (a company sharing the dream of realizing the fifth mode of transportation initiated by Elon Musk, i.e. the Hyperloop) applying some of his experience in Robotics. Oluwatobi was recognized as one of the Most Influential Young Nigerians Award.

Talk Title: Pay-As-You-Cook Technology for LPG Accessibility

The African population are still using charcoal and firewood to cook due to high cost of LPG, how about it if we make them pay as they cook? Yes LPG adoption has traditionally been difficult for customers who live in regions lacking modern energy infrastructure where cash flow is constrained. Because of this, most households make small, daily purchases of wood or charcoal for cooking. Through our SIM/GPS enabled Smart Meter, families can use their phones to pre-pay for gas as needed using mobile money, that is the power of Internet of Things. This transaction activates the valve to supply the purchased amount of gas, thus allowing customers to pay-as-you-cook with clean LPG with the flexibility of an incremental purchase. This compliments household earnings volatility common among low-income households, especially those who work in the informal sector. Constant monitoring of the data received by our team allows us to schedule the delivery of a new cylinder before the customer ever runs out, assuring a consistent supply of quality LPG gas.

Liam Relihan

Liam is the CEO and CTO of ResourceKraft, an Ireland-based provider of energy monitoring and management technology that has been an IoT leader in the energy space for over 10 years. He has worked in a series of senior roles with multinationals and startups. He has extensive experience in the development of complex technology projects, the management of intellectual property and international outsourcing. He continues to personally develop hardware and software products and his current interests include IoT security, fog computing and grid protection using networks of low-cost, secure, reliable devices. Liam has a MSc in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick.

Marlos Silva

Marlos SilvaMarlos Silva graduated in Business Administration at University of Pernambuco (Brazil) and holds a M.Sc. in Accounting and Auditory at University of Aveiro (Portugal). Following a career in the financial sector in Brazil he accumulates 14 years of experience in innovation management in Portugal and USA, serving in management and leadership positions throughout government agencies, universities, private companies and clusters. He nowadays leads the Granted Projects Department at Sonae, leading the team who manages incentives and grants while engaging the group subholdings into collaborative projects in the fields of R&D and Innovation, Sustainability and Human Resources.

Talk Title: R&D and Technology Enablers for Circular Economy

The EU is facing increasing resources constraints impacting its competitiveness and its citizens’ quality of life. The constant drive towards resource efficient economy, supported by the European Commission’s ambitious Circular Economy Package has focused on eco-innovation, promoting business competitiveness and offering consumers more durable and higher value products. Despite the successful adoption of CE models by communities across Europe, the overall landscape remains fragmented and impact is relatively low. Consequently, the focus now shifts to creating practical solutions based on CE services with credentials to be proved in a marketplace approach, strategically selected as it is possibly the key driver for its materialization, being the connective point of data and materials flows, with committed players capable of influencing the manufacturing sector and local authorities thus enhanced logistics.

Patrick Wiedemann

Patrick WiedemannPatrick Wiedemann is holding the position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Reverse Logistics Group (RLG) since 1st January 2012. He counts responsible for the entire Group and its global subsidiaries, while being CEO both of Reverse Logistics GmbH and CCR Logistics Systems AG. The industrial engineering graduate joined RLG as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in June 2010. Within his time at RLG he has formed the Group into its present structure as a global player and innovative solution provider for reverse processes along the whole product lifecycle. Prior to his engagement at RLG, he was CFO at Data Modul AG for nearly 10 years, holding responsibility for all Finance, Controlling and Administrative related activities with additional responsibility for the international business. Before this he was active for 5 years with the Hilti Group at their subsidiaries in Germany, Lichtenstein and China, where he held various management positions in Finance and Controlling.