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The Internet of Public Safety Things: Use Cases

4th December 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm GMT

County South C089, 09:30-15:30

The Internet of Things has the potential to enable more agile, dynamic, and accountable public protection and disaster response (PPDR). Sensors networks, RFID, mobile IoT networks, service architectures, and big data analytics can support richer real time and dynamic awareness of environments, mobile and static resources, and new capacities for mapping, tracking, interrogating, and mobilising objects, information, and resources. This fits the demands of PPDR in practice.

However, ethical and legal issues, privacy, trust, reliability, acceptability, security are challenges for an Internet of Public Safety Things. The purpose of this workshop is to develop ‘use cases’ – concrete descriptions of where and how the Internet of Things could be useful for PPDR with practitioners, in dialogue with technology and network developers, standardisation professionals, policy-makers.

The workshop aims to collaboratively map rhythms of PPDR work, data needs and data flows, practices of sense-making, collaboration, and communication in PPDR and explore innovative responses to ethical, legal, and social opportunities and challenges with attention to three questions:

  • How is data about all manner of things currently collected, accessed, kept, shared and repurposed by the actors involved in PPDR and in collaboration amongst them?
  • How would capacities for risk assessment, preparedness, response, and recovery transform with more dynamic and fine-grained data and incorporation, privacy preserving techniques, support for trust, accountability, security?
  • What are benefits and obstacles in current and speculative use of public safety things in terms of privacy, trust and interoperability?

It will be a creative, interactive workshop. We will showcase available technologies, and use your expertise and experience to discuss current challenges in your work, both in terms of process and technology, as well as the potential and challenges of IoT to support better PPDR in practice.

The Workshop is hosted by the isITethical research group, who develop guidance for responsible innovation in PPDR, in collaboration with the Public Safety Communications Europe Network (PSCE).

We would be delighted to welcome you. Please register here to secure a place. Participation is free. A limited number of travel bursaries are available. Please contact isitethical@lancaster.ac.uk

Preliminary Programme

09:00 – 09:30 >           Welcome, Registration and Coffee

09:30 – 10:00 >           Introductions

10:00 – 11:00 >           Mapping Data Flows

11:00 – 11:30 >           IoPST Possibilities

11:30 – 12:30 >           Use Case Ideas Collaboratory

12:30 – 13:30 >           Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:15 >           Narrating and Visualising Use Cases

14:15 – 15:00 >           Is IT ethical? – Ethics through Design

15:00 – 15:30 >           Showcasing Use Cases and Next Steps

15:30               >           Coffee

Travel and Accommodation Information is available here.

Mark Bartlett

Mark Bartlett

Lancaster City Council, Civil Contingencies Officer


Monika Büscher

Monika Büscher

Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research

Monika’s research focuses on the digital dimension of social practices of mobility and multi-agency disaster risk management drives responsible innovation in a range of projects, e.g.  CaTalyST(Citizens Transforming Society), BRIDGE(Bridging resources and agencies in large-scale emergency management), SecInCoRe(Secure Dynamic Cloud for Information, Communication and Resource Interoperability based on Pan-European Disaster Inventory). She initiated the community platform www.isITethical.eu. She received an honorary doctorate from Roskilde University, Denmark for her work on participatory design. She edits the book series Changing Mobilities (Routledge) with Peter Adey. Website

Catherine Easton

Catherine Easton

Reader in Law

Dr Easton’s research interests focus upon internet governance, domain name regulation, intellectual property, access to technology and human/computer interaction. Dr Easton also carries out research on teaching law with technology.

Malé Luján Escalante

Malé Luján Escalante

International Lecturer and Designer, Imagination, Lancaster University

Malé Lujan Escalante (PI), ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, Expert Knowledge Exchange and cultural studies of technologies via creative methods in the health and emergency response domains, Ethics through Design Lead of the isITethical Service and Community Platform.

Joe Lindley

Joe Lindley

PETRAS Research Fellow

Research Fellow in the PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University– produces design fiction artefacts that relate to all kinds of domains (e.g. Internet of Things, HCI, artificial intelligence, empathy, crypto currency). Personal Website.

Mona Mustapha

Mona Mustapha

Technical specialist, GSMA’s IoT Programme

Mona is a technical specialist within the GSMA’s IoT Programme, involved in the Mobile IoT initiative, Identity and Access Management (IAM) and IoT security projects. As part of her activities in GSMA, Mona is actively promoting GSMA’s message through the GSMA IoT Security Guidelines and Assessments. In particular, Mona worked on IoT aspects related to industrial applications and also highlighted the link between cellular low power wide area (LPWA) technologies and 5G.

Prior to joining GSMA, Mona worked with mobile network operators and global enterprise customers to develop their IoT solutions. Mona was also an active contributor in standardisation bodies such as ETSI and 3GPP, where she chaired the Service Requirements group (3GPP SA1) for 3 years. During her time in standards, Mona covered a diverse range of topics including M2M and public safety mission critical communications.

Paris Selinas

Paris Selinas



4th December 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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