By @SimonCocking, great interview with Debbie Power, IoT Solutions Sales Manager for Vodafone Ireland, who will be speaking on the IoT panel “‘The future of IoT in 2027’” at Dublin City University Alpha Innovation Campus, on May 30th. Learn more by coming to the DCU / ITN IoT event on May 30th, last few tickets available here.

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1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I am IoT Solutions Sales Manager for Vodafone Group Enterprise concentrating on IoT in the Irish marketplace. I focus on IoT connectivity & solutions for organisations spanning smart cities, health and security. I work with companies of all sizes from start-ups through to multinationals.

At Vodafone Ireland we are focusing on leading edge communications technologies. My role involves educating our customers on Vodafone IoT offerings like Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) a standard based technology of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology. LPWA describes a category of wireless communication technologies designed to support IoT deployments. NB-IoT is a new standard connecting internet of things projects

I also work with our customers to develop new and bespoke IoT solutions which often encourages customers to develop new business models ultimately assisting them in making a return on investment. In 2016, 63% of customers saw a significant return on their IOT investment.

How was the last 12 months, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

The last 12 months have been really exciting as the IoT space is very interesting and energised. There’s a huge appetite from businesses to learn about how IoT solutions can help transform and grow their businesses and more and more of our customers are approaching us for help.

Vodafone is the leading provider of connectivity and has been named as a “Leader” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed IoT Services Worldwide for the third consecutive year. We have seen a huge increase and interest for the first time from the SME start-up community, all of whom require connectivity on a global scale.

What are your plans for the future?

There is so much opportunity in the IoT space. There is potential to delve into the different components of the vast IoT ecosystem. My role is ever expanding and changing which I love. Every day brings new challenges and new learnings. This year Ireland will launch our NBIOT network commercially and we are working on some very exciting smart city projects.

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What will you be talking about at this event?

The panel discussion I will be taking part in is ‘The future of IoT in 2027’. I will be focusing on the possibilities and benefits that IoT solutions will bring to our customers and citizens into the future. I will also be talking about the future development of smart cities and the uses of new technology such as NB-IOT and the role that 5G will play. 

What inspired you to attend it?

This event is a great platform for knowledge sharing – to listen and to learn from both the audience and fellow panellists. Vodafone is a leading provider of innovative technologies and we are in a position to enable start-ups, SME’s and larger organisations to grow. Vodafone have a significant role to play in supporting these companies to deliver solutions to the citizens of Ireland and across the globe.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

Irish Tech News of course!

The benefit of being part of a global company is that there is a wealth of information available to us. We have an IoT global communication’s channel so there is a constant stream of information with the latest news. There is also a global forum for sharing knowledge, asking questions and seeking information. Technology is constantly changing so it’s important to keep up to date.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

People can contact me directly on [email protected] .

You can also log onto our global blog http://www.vodafone.com/business/about-us, which is a great source to bring you up to speed on our leading edge communications solutions helping you to work smarter.

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