Connected Devices SIG

On 14th April at Microsoft Research Cambridge, CW (Cambridge Wireless) delegates gathered to hear from 7 speakers, each with different angles on the future of Connected Devices. As with all our Special Interest Group (SIG) planning meetings, the narrative is guided by our SIG champions. For Connected Devices this responsibility is with:

In December 2015 (planning meetings start at least 6 months prior to an event) Nick noted that Ericsson had just downgraded their numbers for cellular connected devices to around 1 billion in 2010, from their original figure of around 20 billion. It makes sense then that the next Connected Devices SIG event would have comment from an analyst and the format of the day would lend itself well to a day of 2 halves. The opening half would start with LPWAN companies explaining how they’ll fill the extra billions, and the second half where we try to get examples of current deployments at scale to talk about the reality as opposed to the hype. The name of the SIG event was coined ‘The Brutal Reality of the Future of Connected Devices’.

Fast forward to 14th April and  the meeting was oversubscribed, with almost 100 delegates attending.  Based on their feedback and conversations it was another successful SIG event.

All presentations from the meeting can be viewed on our resources page here  and a few example presentation slides are below for reference. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in sponsoring our future SIG events or if you’d like to be informed of up-coming events, register to for our updates here.


View of the Microsoft Research auditorium from the back. Patrick Mitchell of Mayflower Complete Lighting Control presenting at the front