ENERGISE at the second Wrocław Economic Policy Symposium on Competitiveness: Open Innovation, Energy and the Internet of Things

After contributing to the first Symposium earlier on this year, ENERGISE was invited again to talk about the “Internet of Things in Energy: Challenges and Opportunities for European Industries and Societies”.

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The massive deployment of connected devices throughout society will dramatically change the realms of communication, energy supply, and transport, related business models, and – last but not least – our personal lives. The European energy industry will be among the first to be fully digitalized. The implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the opportunities and threats it poses to incumbents, new players and prosumers will therefore be particularly pronounced in the realm of energy.

As ENERGISE is a European research project for the European commission, it is highly focusing in enabling dialogues between universities and industries. Talking about the design of future infrastructures with students, is talking mainly about their future. Throughout this presentation and interactive discussions, the students of the University of Wroclaw could extend their knowledge on IoT in the context of energy systems and learn what challenges they will be confronted with.

After a theoretical and conceptual introduction, this presentation provided an overview of the changing conditions for the Internet of Things in the energy sector. Fundamental challenges faced by energy and telecommunication companies, such as the security of critical infrastructures, cybersecurity or the maintenance of operation in crisis, were highlighted. Moreover, different European perspectives to energy and communication infrastructure were examined. A Q&A at the end of the presentation gave the opportunity to clarify any point on this behalf.

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