Engineering the future of communications 2016

This was the 8th Annual Parliamentary Meeting of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Communications Policy Panel sponsored by Lord Broers FRS FMedSci FREng and chaired by Professor Will Stewart, FREng, CEng FIET.

With continuous innovation within communications technology, people are becoming increasingly connected both to each other and their environment and it is important that policy is able to keep up with these developments. We reviewed two of the fastest moving fields within communications:

  • Firstly, how Smart Homes and the Internet of Things are transforming people’s lives. With the potential for Smart homes to soon be managing people’s homes and lives, we considered the role that connectivity and the internet will play in this, as well as new policies that might be needed to ensure safety and security.
  • Secondly, the influence of pervasive communication and monitoring technologies, not just on people’s private lives but also on their work lives and practices. With over 5 million CCTV cameras installed around the UK and technologies that allow home working on the rise - we started to explore the effects this is having on people’s lives and how policy may need to adapt to these changes.

This event was held by the IET Communications Policy Panel which provides guidance to policy-makers and Government. The Panel draws on the experience of some of the most knowledgeable and respected engineers in the field of communications from industry, academia and the public sector.

Panel members and delegates shared and discussed views on each of the key topics.