IoTopia Task Force

The IoTopia Task Force is co-chaired by Sebastian Hans from Oracle and Russ Gyurek from Cisco. All GlobalPlatform members are eligible to participate in this group.

The IoTopia Task Force identifies, defines and evaluates the business and technical requirements of existing and emerging secure services to best support IoT products in an increasingly connected world.


The IoT Task Force works to:

  • Gather industry intelligence to understand business requirements from the following sectors and consumer/industrial products:
    • Smartphone and tablets
    • Wearables
    • Gaming
    • Automobile external information exchange (infotainment etc.)
    • Automobile critical systems, internal ECUs (Electronic Control Units)
    • Products in smart homes.
    • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
    • Industrial controls / proximity security
    • Power distribution and management, smart grids
    • Health and medical equipment
    • Manufacturing equipment, smart factory
  • Promote the use of GlobalPlatform technology and specifications within relevant markets.
  • Promote GlobalPlatform’s IoT initiatives IoTopia and Security Evaluation Standard for IoT Platforms (SESIP) within relevant markets.
  • Collaborate with industry partners including the Car Connectivity Consortium, ETSI, GSMA, IoT Connectivity Alliance (ICA), Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), NFC Forum, NIST, Open Mobile Alliance, oneM2M, SIMalliance , and Trusted Platform Consortium.

Current Priorities

  • Development of white papers on IoT security, development / deployment and certification.
  • Drive forward GlobalPlatform secure component technologies for IoT.
  • Contribute to secure device on boarding deployment across markets.
  • Continue to create liaisons with industrial organizations.
  • Publish Wearable BLE protocol.
  • Develop Secure Channel optimized for IoT device.
  • Support GlobalPlatform’s IoTopia initiative by conducting first review of NIST white paper draft on secure device onboarding.
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Sebastian Hans

IoTopia Task Force Co-Chair


Mr. Hans currently serves as Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, previously Sun Microsystems Inc., where he is responsible for all smart card standardization activities with a strong focus on SIM and UICC technology. While at Sun Microsystems Inc, Mr. Hans has also headed up business development within the telecommunications market and has driven advanced pilot projects for the deployment of Java Card in the banking, insurance and mobile communication markets. Mr. Hans represents Sun Microsystems Inc. in ETSI SCP, 3GPP, OMA and is the Vice Chair of ETSI SCP TEC.

Mr. Hans serves as GlobalPlatform Board Director and Co-Chair of the IoTopia Task Force.

Russ Gyurek

IoTopia Task Force Co-Chair


Russell Gyurek is the Chair of GlobalPlatform’s IoTopia Task Force and the Director, IoT-CTO and Industries in Cisco IoT CTO Group. He has over 25 years of networking related technology experience, the majority in leadership positions.  Russ’ range of expertise includes IoT/connectivity of things, analytics and big data, cloud, optical networking technologies, broadband architectures and related technical policy, strategic partnerships and emerging market development.  He has held various leadership roles in creating strategy and direction in these areas.

In Russ’ current role he is responsible for technology leadership, market development, future looking university research engagements, partner due diligence and enablement related to IoT and IoT security baselines and policy.  The CTO group evaluates future trends, emerging standards, technologies, and architectures that drive and influence Cisco’s market portfolio relating to IoT. He also works closely with the vertical solutions organization – turning strategy into real world IoT deployments, including IIoT, connected transportation and connected communities.  For the past year he has been leading an industry wide effort focused on the security and scale-ability of “things”.  This effort is now in productization and development with the various players in the IoT eco-system which has led to the creation of an industry consortia called IoTopia. In addition, Russ is a value-of-the-infrastructure advisor to customers, helping to create new business models and use cases to leverage network data for cloud and real time event processing.

Russ engaged in numerous sponsored research work at various universities during his 20 year career at Cisco.   In industry related work, he holds a board seats on University of Washington IoT Board, and the NCSU ECE strategic advisory board, Georgia Tech’s CDAIT board, RTCC board, the CleanTech Corridor board and represents Cisco on RIOT (regional IoT organization).  In these board roles he has collaborated with multi-stakeholders to create new programs for IoT and data science/analysis.  Russ has held board roles in the past on the FTTH Council and the OCF (Open Connectivity Foundation).  He is a participating member on Global Platform- leading the technical committee for IoTopia, 5GAA, and 5G ACIA.  He has given numerous keynotes at conferences and research workshops on IoT and related topics.  Russ has played key roles in IEEE standards development and ratification including 802.3.  Russ holds an appointed position on the FCC-TAC (Technical Advisory Council) where he has chaired Working Groups on the “sunset of the PSTN”, “network resiliency”, “IoT”, Next Generation Internet and “Next Generation Policy and Regulations”.  He is currently the working group Chairman for the 5G/IoT FCC working group team.  He was just reappointed to another 2-year term on the FCC TAC in May of 2019.  Russ has led and participated on numerous technical policy teams in the past 10 years.  These include the state of California, West Virginia, and the country of Lebanon.  Prior to Cisco, Russ held senior technical and leadership roles at BellSouth (AT&T), in the networking part of the business.

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