Date and Time
Date(s) - February 8, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Categories Internet of Things

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Node-RED diagram

Node-RED is a simple visual tool that makes it easy to wire together events and devices for the Internet of Things.

Following its move to the JS Foundation in October 2016, Node-RED continues to gather momentum. Co-creators Nick O’Leary and Dave Conway-Jones will talk about and demonstrate some of the new features that make it even quicker to create and debug flows. They’ll also discuss where they see the project heading in 2017, what features they have planned, and the overall direction for Node-RED.

Nick and Dave will be joined by Rodger Lea and Mike Blackstock from Sense Tecnic Systems (STS). A founding member of the JS Foundation, STS has created a cloud-hosted service called “FRED” — Front End for Node-RED. FRED makes it easy to install, manage, and maintain Node-RED. It helps you handle updates, test and curate nodes, and scale up Node-RED deployments to meet customer needs. Rodger and Lea will discuss how FRED works and the benefits to their customers.


  • Nick O’Leary, IBM Emerging Technologies: Nick is an Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM where he gets to do interesting things with interesting technologies and also play with toys.
    With a background in pervasive messaging, he is a contributor to the Eclipse Paho project and sits on the OASIS MQTT Technical Committee. He is co-creator of Node-RED, an open source tool for wiring the Internet of Things.
  • Dave Conway-Jones, IBM Open Technologies: Dave has been working as a Senior Inventor in the IBM Emerging Technology Services team in the UK for over 10 years, building customer prototypes for wireless and sensor solutions that use technologies such as ZigBee, RFid, Embedded Linux, Node.js, Java, Bluetooth, Wireless LAN, LoRa and 3G/GPRS. Most recently he has been working on several vehicle, wireless sensor and telemetry-based projects, in the areas of mesh networking and low power data collection. His current favorite project – Node-RED – was created in response to the ever decreasing project cycle times, and ever increasing number of devices and integration points.
  • Rodger Lea, CEO, Sense Tecnic Systems: Dr. Lea has over 25 years of experience spanning academia, large corporations, and startups. For the last 10 years, he has started or helped start four new companies while managing an active research program (University of British Columbia, Canada, and Lancaster University, UK) into distributed and ubiquitous computing. Prior to his being involved with startups, Dr. Lea spent over 15 years in industrial research, most recently as Vice President and Director of Sony’s Distributed System Laboratory, located in Silicon Valley, CA, USA.
  • Mike Blackstock, CTO, Sense Tecnic Systems: Mike is a veteran technology leader specializing in systems software for pervasive computing and the Internet of Things. He is also a technology advisor to INETCO Systems, a leading supplier of payment transaction monitoring software. Previously he was co-founder and CTO of Colligo Networks, Inc., and the Vice President of Research and Development for Infowave Software, Inc. In 1994, he was hailed as one of the top “40 under 40” young entrepreneurs in British Columbia, Canada.  Michael holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Computer Science from UBC.

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