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In May 2016, Ayla Networks Co-founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering Adrian Caceres will speak at two IoT conferences—CONNECTIONS in San Francisco on May 24 and ICSSEA in Paris on May 27— about security and testing in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. In talks about privacy and security issues in smart home devices and the importance of IoT quality assurance testing, Caceres calls upon his extensive background in working with connected devices at Ayla and at Amazon’s Lab126 as the technical lead for the Kindle wireless software team.

“As the IoT gains in popularity and maturity, manufacturers will face greater challenges to ensure the security, data privacy and overall quality of their connected products,” said Caceres. “It’s good to see more industry conferences focusing on these issues, and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing discussions.”

Ayla executives Josh Pederson and Mark Wright will speak at the IoT DevCon show in Santa Clara, May 25-26. In addition, Ayla is sponsoring a series of Hands-on Labs during the IoT DevCon show to teach product designers how to create a connected device.

Here are the details on where to find Ayla executives at the shows in May:

CONNECTIONS: The Premier Digital Home Conference by Parks Associates
Panel Title: “IoT and Smart Home Devices: Privacy and Security”
When: Tuesday, May 24, 4:45 p.m.
Where: Grand Peninsula ABC room, Hyatt San Francisco Airport
Who: Adrian Caceres, Co-Founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering, Ayla Networks
Other Panel Members: Moderator is Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates; other panel members are Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems, and Bruce Snell, Cybersecurity and Privacy Director, Intel Security
What: Nearly 50% of U.S. broadband households have concerns about their privacy related to the use of connected devices. If not addressed, these concerns, often stoked by high-profile hacking incidents, could derail growth in the smart home and IoT. This session addresses the importance of tackling privacy concerns as the smart home enters the next stage of development. Panelists examine the biggest vulnerabilities, steps to implement protective solutions, and strategies to communicate these security measures to the consumer, including the role of the media.
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ICSSEA 2016 (International Conference on Software & Systems Engineering and their Applications)
Title: “The Importance of Quality Assurance Testing for the Internet of Things”: SESSION 11 – INTERNET OF THINGS-2
When: Friday, May 27, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: TELECOM ParisTech, 46, Rue Barrault 75013, Paris, France
Who: Adrian Caceres, Co-Founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering, Ayla Networks
What: While connected products can offer tremendous benefits to both end users and manufacturers, adding connectivity to devices is no easy task. Many manufacturers are not prepared to address all of the complexities involved with adding connectivity to their products. Contemporary and agile IoT platforms are complex, scalable and high-performance systems that require a sophisticated QA process. It is essential to implement robust regression testing that covers not only the device but also the interaction with the cloud and mobile apps, to ensure the product is functioning as intended.
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IoT DevCon
Title: “New and Better Products from IoT Analytics”
When: Thursday, May 26, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, Calif.
Who: Josh Pederson, Senior Product Manager, Ayla Networks
What: Know what IoT analytics can do for you so you can set expectations and get the most from your analytics solution. As you develop a connected product, IoT analytics lets you understand fast what’s not working, so you can fix it. In the next phase, when your connected product enters field trials, IoT analytics tells you how your connected product is interacting with the cloud, with mobile apps and with other IoT products. In the final phase, when your connected product hits the market, IoT analytics tells you how customers actually use your product. In addition to adding more sophisticated insights with each phase of your IoT product lifecycle, IoT analytics also creates an important feedback loop. Use it to create new and better products.
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IoT DevCon
Panel Title: “Pulling IoT Solutions Development Out of DIY Thinking”
When: Thursday, May 26, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, Calif.
Who: Mark Wright, Director of Partnerships and Evangelism, Ayla Networks; panel moderator is Paul Teich, Tirias Research; other panelist is Tom Hunt, CEO, WindSpring Inc.
What: Customization is different than building everything from scratch for each new DIY project. You are a market domain expert. How do you approach IoT product development without burying yourself in technology and certification choices that are not your domain expertise? When was the last time you assembled a mission-critical PC yourself? The last time your company wrote its own CRM system? This panel will discuss the pros and cons of IoTifying everyday appliances vertically from scratch vs. leveraging horizontal development partners.
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Hands-on Lab at IoT DevCon
When: Wednesday, May 25: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 26: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bayshore West Conference Room, Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, Calif.
RSVP: Register online. Limited availability.
What: Ayla will host a two free IoT Hands-on Labs for product designers and managers looking to explore how to create a connected device. In these labs, you will connect and see properties in the cloud, add your own custom properties to a product, learn the necessary steps to successfully launch a high volume connected product, understand issues to consider when creating a cloud connected device, and more.

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