Webinar: Exploring the Hyper-Network and Legal Gateways of E-Mobility

Webinar: Exploring the Hyper-Network and Legal Gateways of E-Mobility

Join us on 12 November 2018 - 8 AM ET / 2 PM CET

About the Webinar

The pace of change in the automotive industry is accelerating. Markets are evolving from manufacturers designing cars as stand-alone products into entirely new forms of mobility services focused on driver experience. This complimentary, one-hour webinar will highlight key technologies for data and service monetization relevant to the automotive sector, as well as the legal aspects associated with electro-mobility as a new form of mobility service.

Mr. Thomas Walz of IBM will provide an overview of key features of NeMo (an EU-funded H2020 Technology and Innovation Project), relevant standards, and the importance of common information models and new standards in the automotive industry. Ms. Monika Menz of Vossius & Partner will then explore the legal aspects involved in the creation of an E-mobility platform. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A segment.


"Hyper-Network for Electromobility" from Thomas Walz

Hyper-Network for electro-mobility is expected to boost the usage of Electrical Vehicles by enabling increased accessibility to vehicle data, charging infrastructure, ICT services, and wider interconnectivity. NeMo will facilitate increased service availability, better planning, and more secure electric grid operation by making backend data and services accessible to the right actors and bringing down digital (interfaces) and physical (location) barriers.

The Hyper-Network of tools, models, and services established through NeMo will allow organizations involved in providing or using electro-mobility services to interact through common interfaces and information models for objects, data, and services. Standards and open source are very important to the automotive industry and play major roles in building this infrastructure for future mobility services.


"Legal Gateways for Innovative E-mobility Platforms" from Monika Menz

Creating an innovative E-mobility platform faces many legal challenges. This part of the webinar will venture into the ICT regulatory framework with a particular focus on Data Protection (both GDPR and specific energy law requirements) and the IT security regulations that come into play. With this in mind, we will inspect the challenges and options for blockchain solutions as well as smart grids relevant in an innovative E-mobility platform. Data access and data ownership in addition to data portability and data protection by design are also legal principles that will play key roles in developing innovative E-mobility platforms.



  • Thomas Walz Bio Picture

    Thomas Walz, Technical Relations Executive, IoT for Auto, Connected Car, E-mobility and Autonomous Transport, IBM


    Thomas Walz currently holds the position of Technical Relations Executive with a special focus on IoT for automotive, Connected Car, E-Mobility, and Autonomous Transport. As a Certified Senior IT Architect, he has a long history in IoT, connected products, and automotive development. Thomas serves on numerous standards development organizations both within Germany (DIN/DKE) and internationally (where he is a nominated expert to ISO committees).


    Thomas has gained much experience as IoT Lead Architect, consultant, and architect on customer engagements in the automotive and cognitive solution space. He holds seven patents, two patents of which are from his previous employment at Bosch.


    Thomas joined IBM in 1984. He previously worked at SEL and Bosch. He received a B.A. in Computer Science from University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe.


  • Monika Menz Bio Picture

    Monika Menz, Lawyer, Vossius & Partner


    Monika Menz was admitted to the bar in 2007 and has been a certified specialist lawyer for information technology law since 2011. She is a Certified Privacy Professional of IAPP (CIPP/E). Before joining Vossius & Partner, Ms. Menz worked for an international law firm and a legal law firm of one of the big accountancy and consultancy firms.


    Ms. Menz has many years of practical experience in advising clients on data protection law, IT security law, innovative digital business models, and software copyright law. Her advice includes set up challenges of regulatory framework, contractual relations, the management, and enforcement on the relevant rights.


    Monika Menz is a lecturer in IT law at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam and a lecturer in Practical Data Governance, Data Security, and Regulatory Compliance at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Ms. Menz regularly gives speeches on data protection law and IT law both in Germany and abroad. She publishes regularly in professional journals. She is also the co-author of the commentary on energy law (“Energiewirtschaftsrecht” Erich Schmidt Verlag) and the co-author of the GDPR Checklists (“DSGVO Checklisten”, C. H. Beck Verlag – in publication).


    Monika Menz studied at the Westfalian Wilhelms University of Münster and the Université René Descartes in Paris and took part in the French program of the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia during her legal clerkship. She is a member of the Berlin Bar Association, the Information Technology Law Working Group of the German Lawyers' Association (DAVIT), the German Society for Law and Information Technology (DGRI), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and the German Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright. (GRUR). She speaks German, English, and French.