IoTC Webinar Series: Energy Usage & Utility Innovation


APRIL 17TH, 2019 – 12PM ET / 9AM PT

Cities represent three-quarters of energy consumption and 80% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.

Many companies are bringing innovations to city markets that change the way we use energy. Technology that marries the digital and energy disciplines is becoming widespread, including technology that controls the energy consumption of buildings, temperature and air quality sensors, and more.

This webinar will seek to address the enormous opportunity that internet of things technology has to transform how we utilize, consume, and conserve energy.

Presentation CONTEXT LABS’ Spherical|Analytics:


Share and update from the field where Spherical|Analytics (S|A) is collaborating with a number of stakeholders designing and deploying the next generation of resilient infrastructure and utilities solutions.

  • Anchoring our concept of ‘cyberphysical’ infrastructure
  • Sharpening the importance of climate resilience and its interdependence with cyber resilience
  • The current and emerging role(s) of distributed/ decentralized systems in energy and other utilities
  • View from the risk and finance partner communities
  • Where do we focus NOW?

One of the key themes underpinning stakeholder positions and requirements is the availability of and access to Asset-Class Data (ACD). Asset-Class Data is a term CXL, S|A and its partners use to describe data that has the highest possible pedigree and provenance with respect to its source attestation, veracity and privacy/ traceability protections throughout a multi-stakeholder chain of custody. Having access to data is one thing, being able to trust that data such that it is included in partner’s decision support, risk rating and investment analysis tools is quite another.

Chris will highlight how the approach to Asset-Class Data offers a key to unlocking the potential of resilience in energy, other forms of infrastructure, cities and virtually any community.

Presentation Blackridge Technology: Considerations for End-to-End Trust for Smart Cities and Utilities


Review some of the cybersecurity priorities required for Smart Cities and Utilities Innovations, including:

  • Establishing assured identity to improve our posture in zero trust environments
  • Enhanced monitoring, analytics, and adaptive cyber response
  • Movement to software-defined environments for software defined perimeters (SDP), software defined networks (SDN) and endpoints
  • Securing access to commercial cloud platforms and preventing domain squatting and side channel and trojan attacks

The presentation will provide an overview of some of the considerations for IIoT cybersecurity in applications and use cases being targeted as priorities for achieving objectives consistent with Smart Cities and Utilities innovations. These include use of endpoint identity characteristics and a transport layer architecture that enables non-interactive authentication, the enforcement of rules and policies for segmentation and segregation (including Privileged Access Management), cloaking of endpoints and network assets, and the ability to accomplish these in topology independent environments including SDN and SDP.




During his 27-year career, Chris has participated in the creation, scaling and recapitalization of dozens of early, growth stage and middle market national security, infrastructure and industrial technology companies. One of the key influences in his career is witnessing the power of the intentional application of technology in the hands of some of the world’s highest performing small teams in national security and public safety. Chris is bringing those approaches to a handful of global resilience challenges.

Chris is the Chief Business Officer at Spherical|Analytics (S|A) and CONTEXTLABS (CXL), sister companies bringing trusted digital collaboration platforms to some of the world’s most complex systems and intractable challenges. This work is focused on delivering highly secure, trusted digital solutions for impact investment targeting, real time monitoring/ management, and regulatory and risk reporting. This work is enabling the world’s leading practitioners in renewable energy, environmental regeneration, resilient infrastructure, urban redevelopment, food security, financial inclusion and social equity to accelerate, scale and persist their gains.

Prior to his current role, Chris was the Founder and Managing Director of ImpactLABS, an Internet of Things (IoT) commercialization accelerator focused on conducting field trials and scaling impactful IoT programs in environment, infrastructure, food security, cities and middle market industrial opportunities. ImpactLABS was funded by INEX Advisors, Analog Devices, Dell Technologies, Intel Corporation, Foley+Lardner LLP, General Electric and PTC. ImpactLABS was acquired by Shamrock Ventures III, the parent of CONTEXTLABS and Spherical|Analytics.

It was at ImpactLABS that Chris and his teams deployed their first community ‘Data Bank/ Exchange’ models – in groundwater, agriculture, and a wide range of conservation and social equity domains across a wide of community demographics.



John Walsh is Chief Strategy and Technology Officer of BlackRidge Technology (OTCQB: BRTI), and formerly VP Secure Technology Group at Analog Devices, and President of Sypris Cyber Solutions. John is responsible for working with BlackRidge and customer teams to develop product and channel solutions that meet their needs and the needs of the commercial and government markets.

John has a background in high assurance systems security, security assurance frameworks, IoT/IIoT, secure semiconductors and assured identity, cryptographic key management, systems penetration testing, and the development of trusted architectures using identity as a core element. He holds 11 identity architecture related patents with additional patents pending.

John is a globally recognized leader and contributor in IoT, Smart Cities, identity-based trust models and architectures, trusted identity solutions using hardware roots of trust, securing trust point to point. John is a thought leader in the growing need to develop a broader view in today’s business and technology ecosystems in the environment of connectivity and new and emerging value chains as part of establishing successful global strategies, partnerships, new product / services development and launches.