Cybersecurity Europe
Wim de Waele, economist and computer scientist and the CEO of Belgium’s Eggsplore has suggested that the European Commission and local authorities put the user at the centre of IoT development and get rid of the privacy rules they are "so hung up about."
Cybersecurity Europe
Wim de Waele, economist and computer scientist and CEO of Belgium’s Eggsplore, has called for the European Commission and local authorities to put the user at the centre of IoT development and get rid of the privacy rules they are "so hung up about"

At a recent Internet of Things event held in Brussels, key industry figures pointed to a fixation on IoT security hampering innovation in the sector.

Wim de Waele, economist and computer scientist and CEO of Belgium’s Eggsplore, highlighted the need for large-scale pilot projects to experiment with technology.

Mr de Waele said: “ I would encourage the European Commission and local authorities to not only put the user in the middle but get rid of the privacy rules they are so hung up about.”

He stressed that privacy rules are stifling the introduction of new technologies and explained that these rules could be relaxed in controlled environments.

De Waele added: “Organisations where ideas flow freely are the future.

“If organisations adapt, they can be hotbeds of innovation. As a large organisation you have to think about how to build an ecosystem that captures external innovation.”

The CEO of Eggsplore, a financial technology company, noted that there is an opportunity for mass adoption of technology across sectors.

“We have to talk about user-centric, citizen-driven data,” said De Waele, commenting on the interconnectedness between humans, data and IoT.

IoT connectivity and standardisation

Also in attendance at the conference was Huawei’s European head of IoT Karabet Krikorian, who spoke around the lack of standardisation in the IoT market.

Krikorian said that Huawei is developing an IoT platform that includes IoT field integration and is focused on the connection between security and lifecycle management.

“We cannot separate industry from IoT," said  Krikorian.

He also predicted the emergence of new business models in IoT as being very important for fast delivery to market.