IoT – Context and Challenges

We are pleased to welcome Bob Crooks MBE to talk about ‘IoT – Context and Challenges’. This will be at a meeting on Monday 3rd April, from 6.10pm in MP-0.11 (Physics A) in the Physical Sciences building. There will be refreshments available from 5.30pm in the foyer outside the lecture room.

The event is free and open to everyone.


The BCS Green IT Specialist Group is taking forward an initiative to raise awareness of the Internet of Things and the issues this new technology raises. Last year we developed a demonstrator for the IoT using simple and cheap technologies including sensors and Arduino and Raspberry PI processors, typically available through retail outlets such as Maplin. We have now worked with a small team at Leeds Beckett University to produce a 45 min video of that demonstrator and to explore the wider context and challenges presented by the IoT. I will provide some background on IoT, run the video and then lead a discussion about IoT its impacts, opportunities and challenges.


Bob obtained his Masters from the London School of Economics in 1981. Since then, he has been involved in all aspects of the IT profession including project management, software development, systems analysis and design, and training. Has also successfully led the procurement and implementation of fishing vessel tracking and reporting systems for the UK Fisheries Departments as well as a Commission technical working party that created the European standards for position reporting of fishing vessels.

He is currently working for the UK’s Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where he is the lead for Sustainable and Innovative use of ICT. In this role he has taken forward a programme of work with suppliers to reduce the department’s ICT footprint including initiatives on:

  • Footprint reporting
  • Print management
  • Server room energy efficiency measures
  • Use of ICT tools to help Defra achieve its Greening Government Commitment targets, including implementing audio, web and video conferencing.

Bob chairs the British Computer Society’s (BCS) Green ICT Specialist Group which promotes Green ICT practices across its membership of some 1,400 ICT professionals. He is a member of the Association of Project Managers (APM) as well as a BCS Chartered ICT professional. He is also a recognised by the European Commission as a national expert on Sustainable ICT being a member of the current EMAS ICT sector working group.