In this session, we’ll first hear from NTT Data about the challenges of large-scale IoT transformations. Then Orange will walk us through the end of 2G & 3G, and how to ensure a smooth transition. Telenet Business will give us insight into the various influences impacting the IoT landscape. And AVR will wrap us up with the real-life case of smart machines transforming the agricultural sector.

Agenda

13:30

(in English) Welcome and introduction

Marieke Laeremans, Project Manager, Beltug

13:40

(in English) IoT as a game-changer for digital business transformation and sustainability

Whether for water distribution maximising efficiency at Compagnie Intercommunale Liégeoise des Eaux (CILE), or aiming for excellence in quality management at UCB, large-scale IoT deployment ensured the collection of data from more than 250,000 devices in a 4000 square km area. What challenges were encountered, and what can be said about the shifting boundaries between IT and OT? What role did the evolution of the IoT technology itself play? And what can you take home for your future IoT projects?

Kristof Schraepen, Director New Ventures & Innovation, and Frederic Jourdain, Senior IoT expert, NTT Data

14:00

Short Q&A: Your questions, your experience

14:10

(in English) Connecting Tomorrow: exploring the future of IoT technology and the transition from 2G and 3G

At the end of 2024, 3G technology will be phased out in Belgium. And based on the current plans, we will have moved away from 2G technology, in 2029 – making room for (at least) 5G. However, billions of IoT devices currently rely on 3G and 2G, giving manufacturers an affordable means to keep their devices connected globally. Join us in learning about integrating new, advanced and more efficient connectivity. We’ll delve into the future of IoT technology, and insights to help you transition smoothly.

Michael Peeters, Director of Innovation, and Peter Raeymaekers, Products & Services Manager M2M/IoT, Orange

14:30

Short Q&A: Your questions, your experience

14:40

Depending on the energy in the webinar, a 20 minute break

15:00

(in English) IoT in the 5G era – let’s NOT talk about speed!

In the 5G era, high speed, dedicated bandwidth and low latency usually take centre stage. These capabilities enable the maturing 5G technology to unlock a first wave of appealing new applications: think teleoperated waterway vessels, autonomous drones for inspections, or transportation robots in logistic distribution centres. Building further on the discussion about the 3G and 2G network’s sunset, join us in unpacking other evolutions influencing the IoT landscape, such as:

  • the explosive upscaling of cellular connections, wearables, (semi)autonomous vehicles or sensors in manufacturing and agriculture
  • the preparation for low-power, wide-area network radio technologies standards, NB-IoT and LTE-M
  • the RedCap standard within the 5G family, designed for IoT

Bram De Valck, IoT & 5G Business Lead, Telenet Business

15:20

Short Q&A: Your questions, your experience

15:30

(in English) User story: Digital agriculture – how IT forms agriculture’s future

From soil cultivators to planters and harvesters, AVR builds the machinery to cultivate our potatoes. IoT technology has a key role to play in transforming the agricultural sector, and equipment manufacturers are at the forefront of this digital revolution. Let’s uncover how smart machines and advanced sensors can improve the productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of agricultural activities.

Koen Uyttenhove, Innovation Advisor, AVR

16:00

Your questions, your experience

16:30

Wrap up & end

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