8th International conference on Fiber Optics in Access Networks (FOAN2019) was held 2-4 September on Swissotel, Sarajevo.
More than 60 talks were delivered by the most top professionals in the Telecoms field, including people from Industry, Academy, Government and Regulatory Agencies during FOAN2019. The event brought together attendees from all around the world, from southern and eastern Europe, Japan and US, among others.
During the three whole days, the participants were able to share their thoughts and projects, plus enjoy two networking dinners in the beautiful old town of Sarajevo.
Special mention to Edvin Skaljo, who as a chair, together with the rest of the team, made this all possible.
The talks, focused on Fiber Optics in Access Networks, addressed the field from several different perspectives: IoT, Big Data, 5G, IP Rights, Data Protection and Smart Cities, etc. Some workshops and student demo sessionswere run in parallel in another room of the venue. Local TV and press came to FOAN2019 and documented the different activities and talks.
Aphaia was invited to deliver a speech and to moderate a Panel Discussion. Our Partner Cristina Contero Almagro offered a talk about Smart Cities and Privacy and alsochaired a Panel Discussion about Smart Cities and Regulation on the Day Three of FOAN2019.
She presented some of the main privacy and security challenges that Smart Cities are currently tackling, like the potential data breach risks and the need of identifying an adequate legitimate basis for the processing.
The guests of the Panel Discussion were Igor Jurcic, head of marketing Business group for VSE/SME; Tarik Hamzic, Vice President of Operations at Ministry of Programming in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Aleksandar Mastilovic, Expert Adviser to the Director General at Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Aljo Mujcic, Professor at University of Tuzla (Bosnia), Faculty of electrical/engineering. They discussed three pillars of the Smart Cities’ Regulation: Smart Cities concept, Smart Cities and Academy and Smart Cities Investment.
FOAN2019 was an enriching experience we are very grateful to have been part of, and we are already looking forward for FOAN2020!
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