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IoT and Edge Computing II: The Far Edge

December 7, 2020 - December 8, 2020

The recordings of the Workshop are now available for both days.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring key European stakeholders together to:

  • Share views on the emerging needs and opportunities for European Edge IoT
  • Learn from key voices in industry and public sectors
  • Identify next steps to move forward


This webinar continues and deepens the discussions on IoT and Edge Computing that were kickstarted during the webinar IoT and Edge Computing: Future Trends of 11 September 2020 organised by the Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action NGIoT, DG Connect, European Commission and AIoTI. The event is co-hosted with Artemis.

The speakers acknowledged during this first webinar that the current paradigm shift from Cloud to Edge brings huge opportunities for Europe. Europe is strong in industrial applications, in sensors, in cyber physical systems and can, by this paradigm shift, regain competences and market share, reinforcing its place between the US and China. Key is that Europe maintains autonomy in sectors it is leading and master the value chain, especially the digital part. Europe also needs to adopt advances in emerging technologies to IoT, as such putting a focus on the convergence of technologies, such as AI, Distributed Ledger, Digital Twins, microprocessors and IoT. This Webinar IoT and Edge Computing II. The Far Edge: long term visions and short /midterm actions invites the industry and the public sector to reflect on the main priorities for the coming decade and to engage in discussions about the initiatives and instruments Europe needs in order to move forward at speed.

The online workshop will evolve over two half days:

The first half-day will address the Far-Edge paradigm shift. Topics, such as open distributed edge computing architectures, mesh computing topologies, swarm computing and neural computing at chip-level etc. will be addressed. The second half-day will discuss concrete actions, partnerships and instruments that can unleash the potential of the Cloud-Edge paradigm shift for Europe.

NGIoT Report: IoT and Edge Computing: Future Directions for Europe.  Download the report here

European Commission Event report: Building an ecosystem where IoT, edge and cloud converge towards a computing continuum. Download the report here

The NGIoT Strategic Roadmap sets the future course for IoT in Europe. It is based on broad community input including companies, public sector, researchers and NGOs. It is intended as a basis for dialogue towards the selection of priorities in the IoT domain. Access the Draft Roadmap here and contribute your expert opinion on one of the most important digital technological advancements of our era.

The Strategic Research Agenda for Electronic Components & Systems 2020 White Paper may also be of interest and is available here.

ARTEMIS white paper “From Internet of Things to System of Systemsis available here.

AIOTI White Paper: https://aioti.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/IoT-and-Edge-Computing-Published.pdf

Join Zoom Meeting 7 and 8 December (same link for both days)


 DAY 1: 7 December 9:30-12:30 CET

Long-term vision: Concepts, paradigms and orchestrating the complexity at device and system level

Hosted by NGIoT with ARTEMIS-IA, AIOTI and European Commission, DG Connect

Moderator: Monique Calisti, CEO Martel Innovate, EU-IoT and NGIoT

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and Key takeaways first webinar IoT and Edge Computing: Future Directions for Europe, Next Generation IoT (NGIoT)

9:45 – 10:05 Setting the scene:

Key Findings from Artemis White paper: ”From the Internet of Things to System of Systems”. Paolo Azzoni, EuroTech (Presentation available here PDF)

IoT and Sustainability. Koen De Bosschere, Ghent University (Presentation available here PDF)

10:05 – 10:35 Session 1: Far-Edge for IoT: Orchestrating the complexity

10:35 – 11:00 Discussion and Q&A

11:00 – 11:45 Session 2: IoT and Edge computing: Intelligence moving to the Edge

11:45 – 12:15 Discussion and future directions

 12:15 – 12:30 Closing Remarks

  • EC, NGIoT, Artemis


DAY 2: 8 December 9:30-12:30 CET

Realising the potential of the seismic shift on the deep edge of IoT: Short- and mid-term actions

Hosted by NGIoT with Eclipse Foundation, AIOTI and European Commission, DG Connect

Moderator: Natalie Samovich, AIOTI

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and setting the scene

9:45 – 10:15   The view from the community

  • Boris Maurer, Digital Transformation Lead, Accenture/TM Forum
  • Paulo Calçada, CEO, Porto Digital.

10:15 – 11:00 Session 1, Far edge applications: Investment priorities and partnership mobilisation

11:00-11:15 Discussion

11.15-12.15 Session 2, Industry to work in partnerships with possible industrial associations

12:15 – 12:30 Closing Remarks

  • EC, Eclipse Foundation, NGIoT


NGIoT Report Takeaways


  1. Europe should build on its strengths: sensors, applications and systems, maintain autonomy in these sectors and master the value chain (especially the digital part).
  2. Edge computing is a key technology for IoT and 5G/6G to support applications with more stringent requirements, zero-latency, higher capacity and massive connected devices.
  3. Convergence of technologies is key, as between AI and IoT.
  4. The move to more intelligent devices needs to be supported; learning capabilities should be integrated in the devices. AI and Machine Learning are Key Enabling Technologies in this respect.
  5. The orchestration of the complexity is crucial; Future research challenges should cover open distributed Edge computing architectures.
  6. The EU needs to adopt a human-centric and inclusive approach to IoT. The Edge should be explored from Europe’s strength of diversity and as an opportunity to develop IoT in an inclusive manner, including socially, urban/rural and enterprise/SME.
  7. Data security and confidentiality can partially be addressed by keeping the local data at local level (Edge) and by ensuring data sovereignty.
  8. Europe should focus on standards and interoperability, strive for independence in standards and protocols, as well as harmonisation across Member States.
  9. Avoid fragmentation: Edge computing is currently being tackled by multiple fora and standardization bodies from different perspectives and an effort to find technical synergies and convergence should be done to avoid fragmentation. Collaboration across verticals, sectors (public-private) and borders is also key
  10. Future communication services should offer higher reliability and flexibility in an autonomous way in a changing environment, and connectivity will have to involve even higher data intensity for AI based network management, besides the data for AI execution at the Edge.
  11. Expected future evolution of Edge computing: Swarm computing, brings a lot of potential combining connectivity and Edge computing together with multi-Cloud computing based in a collaborative environment.
  12. Edge computing, i.e. the de-localisation of Cloud resources, may bring new business opportunities for (small) localised players and help the raise of new business models.

Future Research and Innovation Priorities identified by the IoT community

  1. Open distributed Edge computing architectures.
  2. Wireless communication and networking.
  3.  Edge computing for IoT.
  4. Built in end-to-end distributed security, trust and privacy elements.
  5. Tactile Internet & AI to control objects remotely.
  6. Intelligence methods to optimize the offload process in operations to the proper level of the computing continuum.
  7. How to increase the embedded intelligence of the devices?
  8. Contextual management and reactive adaptation.
  9. Active and adaptive security within the IoT lifecycle and mobility and transition of the devices.
  10. ML techniques as key for a more effective detection and mitigation of security and privacy attacks.


December 7, 2020
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