Why we got started

Why a certification mark?

We think there are a lot of conversations in the industry right now that need to be crystalised into action and minimum standards which every internet of things company can sign up to and share with their customers. Security, data privacy, and minimum service standards all apply in different ways depending on the application space but we think there are overlaps which we’d like to explore as a community.

We invited the London Internet of Things community to work together collaboratively on framing the mark, is mission and the body which will manage it moving forward.

How we got started?

On June 16th 2017 over 60 participants from across the UK & Europe were invited to look writing a certification mark. We worked over a day, hosted by Alasdair Davies of the London Zoo and collaboratively edited a document (archive) which we consider a first draft.

Fox Williams lawyers Rosie Burbidge and Josey Bright were on site that day and will be helping support the mark as the language around it is finalised.


People present on June 16th 2017 included:

  • Chris Adams (Germany)
  • Boris Adryan (Germany)
  • Alasdair Allan (UK)
  • Thomas Amberg (Switzerland)
  • Alessandro Bassi (Italy)
  • Eszter Bircsak (UK)
  • Peter Bihr (Germany)
  • Rosie Burbidge (UK)
  • Lina Castaneda
  • Mark Carney (UK)
  • Rick Chandler (UK)
  • Andrew Chetty (UK)
  • Alasdair Davies (UK)
  • Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (UK)
  • Dries de Roeck (Belgium)
  • Martin Dittus (Germany)
  • Stefan Ferber (Germany)
  • Andrea Gaglione (UK)
  • Alex Gluhak (UK)
  • Janet Gunter (UK)
  • Usman Haque (UK)
  • Chris Holgate (UK)
  • Laura James (UK)
  • Nuno Job (UK)
  • Gerd Kortuem (Netherlands)
  • Max Kruger (Germany)
  • Albrecht Kurze (Germany)
  • Matthew Macdonald-Wallace (UK)
  • Graham Markall (UK)
  • Selena Nemorin (UK)
  • John Nussey (UK)
  • Jen Persson (UK)
  • Safia Qureshi (UK)
  • Peter Robinson (UK)
  • Gérald Santucci (Belgium)
  • Mark Simpkins (UK)
  • Iskander Smit (Netherlands)
  • Andy Stanford-Clark (UK)
  • Gavin Starks (UK)
  • Ling Tan (UK)
  • Rob Van Kranenburg (Belgium)
  • Bon ven Luijt (Netherlands)
  • Gill Wildman (UK)


What’s next?

Our next deadlines are October 15th 2017 to finalise the language for each working group and December 16th 2017 to apply to register the mark.

If you’re interested in supporting this effort, please email Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino or Usman Haque or join our Slack conversation or sign up to our newsletter updates.

We’re based in London, UK.