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Monday, November 14 • 12:10pm - 1:20pm
The Internet of Things (IoT): where it's heading and what you need to know

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The 'Internet of Things' is increasingly infiltrating every consumer product sector, and is quickly becoming an inextricable part of every consumer’s interaction with products in their everyday life.
This will be a "starter" session on IoT, providing an introduction to the concept and explaining how it's going to be relevant to consumer products in the future. The session will cover the opportunities and challenges IoT presents now and could present (particularly, with reference to consumer protection and product safety), and an outline of what some key global regulators are doing in this space in terms of thought-leadership.  
The session will have broad cross-sector appeal: the aim is to demystify IoT, and explain why it's potentially much more relevant to a broad range of stakeholders. 
All the panellists are involved in product safety and compliance relating to IoT products and/or are involved in development of policy around the IoT in the EU or US.  During the session, the panel will consider the following themes:
 what IoT means now and what its potential is for the future of consumer products; 
 what are the myths around IoT versus the reality;
 how IoT is currently being used by consumers and what consumers are coming to expect from IoT products;  
 why it's relevant to consumer product manufacturers in all industries, not just those involved in technology and innovation;
 why it's relevant to regulators;
 how regulators and legislators (both in the EU and US) are approaching IoT, including looking at the policy consultations that are currently on-going with the Department of Commerce in the US, and with the AIOTI and European Commission in the EU;
 what kinds of product safety and product liability issues flow from the increased penetration of IoT technologies in consumer products and considering whether these issues are unique to IoT; and
 whether there should be a rush to regulate IoT or whether there is a need to proceed with caution

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Rod Freeman

Partner, Product Law Team, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Rod Freeman is an International Products Lawyer. He works alongside the world's leading global companies to help them solve their product-related issues, protect their reputations, defend their products and build more successful businesses. With more than twenty years devoted to international... Read More →

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Scott Kohler

Counsel, Product & Regulatory Affairs, Nest Labs, Inc.
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Robert MacDougall

Head of Enterprise Public Policy, Vodafone
Chair of Working Group 4, The Alliance for Internet of Things InnovationAn initiative of the European Commission Robert MacDougall is Head of Enterprise Public Policy at Vodafone Group, where he leads on all public policy matters relevant to Vodafone’s enterprise activity. Robert... Read More →
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George Borlase, Ph.D, PE

Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Dr. Borlase currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He and his staff are responsible for responsible for managing efforts to identify and mitigate the risk of injury associated... Read More →

Monday November 14, 2016 12:10pm - 1:20pm CET
Charlemagne Building - Gasperi