Denise McKenzie

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Keynote Presentation:
Sensors, Dark Data & the Internet of Babies

Denise McKenzie, Executive Director, Communications & Outreach, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. What is happening in the world of IoT standards?
  2. Geospatial in Smart/Future Cities
  3. The new SensorThings API standard
  4. Where OGC standards fit in the IoT standards stack
  5. How to get involved in the work that is happening

Target Audience

A mix of people from developers to policy and strategic business.

Presentation Overview

For the past few years we have heard amazing predictions on the benefits the Internet of Things (IoT) will bring. But just how likely is this to happen? In order to ever reach its potential the IoT community needs to have consensus on how it it is going to communicate information in the IoT. The obvious solution is standards. But it is not a simple one. Increasingly there are articles appearing with the headlines such as “The Standards Wars of IoT”. These highlight the fierce competition in the marketplace as companies market their “all-encompassing” solutions for everyone’s IoT problems. This can be further confusing when you start reading about IoT in the context of Smart/Future Cities or Sustainable Development. So what does this mean for our geospatial community? And what are the standards being developed for location data in the IoT that are going to help you? OGC along with a number of it’s standards alliance partners are working to provide solutions and that will help to ensure location data can be communicated openly and easily in the new world of connected everything (even babies).


Denise is the Executive Director, Communications and Outreach for the international open standards organisation the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). In this role she is responsible for the planning and execution of marketing, communications and education programs to raise awareness and increase application of open geospatial and location standards by technology providers and users worldwide. Denise also represents the OGC at the United Nations Global Geographic Information Management (UNGGIM) committee. Prior to her role with OGC, she worked for over 12 years with the Victorian Government (Australia) in areas of strategic policy, collaboration and innovation. She currently lives in the United Kingdom with her family, though at times her children have thought she lives on the space station.