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Accelerating M2M Solutions to Market

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is bringing rapid and significant change to a wide variety of industries and to our everyday lives. There are billions of electronic devices that are well-suited to take advantage of M2M technology.  These devices have broad applications that include; fleet management, security surveillance cameras, handheld medical devices, smart home appliances and meters, asset and people tracking, traffic systems, and many other innovative usages.   M2M technology will bring many benefits, including: greater productivity, energy conservation, remote access, cost efficiency, personal security, and enhanced healthcare and fitness.

Harbor Research reports that the annual number of cellular M2M connections will grow to 161 million globally by the end of 2011, and is projected to reach 390 million by 2014.  While the promise of M2M is substantial, there are numerous challenges in development of M2M solutions.  The newly formed M2M SIG invites you to hear from and interact with an outstanding panel of industry leaders in the M2M and connected devices space as they discuss the impediments and solutions for accelerating M2M solutions to market.

Evan Jones
VP, M2M System Engineering, 
Sierra Wireless

Evan is the Vice President of System Engineering of the M2M Business Unit at Sierra Wireless and brings more than 24 years of experience in engineering and wireless systems.  After several years leading the engineering team in the company’s Carlsbad office, he now manages the global technical team driving the adoption and integration of Sierra Wireless embedded solutions into M2M customer products.  Prior to joining Sierra Wireless, he was CDMA System Sector Manager at Philips Semiconductors (formerly VLSI Technology). There, he started the CDMA engineering program, defining product requirements and architecture, and built a team of over 100 engineers. Before joining Philips, he contributed heavily towards the development of Motorola’s large-scale digital trunking radio systems and base station products and directed a 50-person engineering operation.  He holds an MSEE specializing in DSP from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BSEE with an emphasis in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University.

John Elliott

John leads global product and offer development for Accenture Mobility.  John has more than 20 years of industry experience including extensive product management leadership experience at Verizon, Openwave, and Qualcomm.  At Qualcomm John led an emerging products team within Qualcomm’s chipset division where he was responsible for business development and product management for several products and projects including OFDM (FLO), Near-Field Communications, Machine-to-Machine, and high-speed peripheral connectivity. Prior to Qualcomm, he worked at 724 Solutions, where he was vice president of product management, Openwave, where he led product management for the carrier applications group, and Verizon, where he was a director of product management.  John’s track record of delivery across mobile embedded software, applications, infrastructure, and services when combined with his experience as an operator, integrator, and vendor make him well suited to lead global product and offer development for Accenture Mobility. John holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and he is based in San Diego.

Mark Wells
Procon Inc. (formerly DriveOK)

Mark Wells, a wireless telecom executive and entrepreneur, has a 25+ year history in the business, having worked with every part of the industry’s value chain. Mark has most recently founded several successful wireless businesses.  In earlier stages of his career, some with Fortune 500 companies, Mark has been responsible for management of technology development, operations, marketing and sales, and finance at various stages of his career. He currently serves as Corporate CTO & President of Procon’s Commercial Fleet Division. He has also served as COO of Pacific DataVision, President & CEO of Zucotto Wireless, and VP/General Manager at DSP Communications as well as holding positions at IBM, Nokia and Novatel Wireless.

Mike Sapien
Principal Analyst, 

Mike Sapien is based in southern California and is responsible for Ovum’s US Enterprise practice. His role focuses on North American and global enterprise telecoms markets.Mike leads Ovum’s research & advisory services on enterprise network services and managed solutions in North America, with a major emphasis on Tier-1 carriers and providers. He leads the design, development and implementation of Ovum’s enterprise research, and works directly with clients to help them understand and execute recommended strategies. Mike is a regular contributor to Ovum’s enterprise research and provides analyses of industry, vendor and product trends. Mike has worked in the telecoms and Internet services industry for 25 years, during which time he has focused on new and emerging services for the US enterprise market. His experience covers some of the largest US carriers, and he has provided consultation for many notable competitive providers (CLECs) in the US. This has involved the development, introduction and marketing of voice services (Centrex), ISDN, DSL and ‘converged’ bundles to US enterprise customers. Mike has interviewed with, and been quoted by, many of the leading industry publications on new telecoms, Internet trends and emerging managed services in the US enterprise market. He was also one of the first authors to publish work on ISDN applications for IT groups (Mastering ISDN by Sybex – 1997).

Evan Jones, VP, M2M System Engineering, Sierra Wireless
Daniel Obodovski, Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
Yukon Palmer, Founder, FieldLogix
Steve Pazol, CEO, nPhase
Tracy Rees, President & CEO, Intrinsyc
Mark Wells, CTO & Division President, Procon Inc.
Neeraj S. Bhavani, Founder, President & CEO, TAGNOS

March 17th 2011

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends


3580 Carmel Mountain Road #300
San Diego CA 92130

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