Can placing a little black box in one’s car to monitor driving behavior transform the insurance industry? This panel will explore how Usage Based Insurance works, who stands to benefit from UBI, early success stories, and who is fighting to be in the driver’s seat.
M2M requires understanding of diverse technologies. Attempting to navigate this space on a startup budget only compounds the challenges. This panel discussion will focus on the M2M eco-system, development of robust and scalable technologies to fit your budget, challenges in deploying your product, and what investors look for in M2M.
VP & EIR, Qualcomm
Steve Pazol is vice president and entrepreneur in residence at Qualcomm, where he looks at new business opportunities and tries to bring just the right level of disruption to others. Most recently, Steve was the president of nPhase, a Verizon Wireless / Qualcomm joint venture, where he directed all aspects of the company’s operations, strategic development and execution. nPhase provides a cloud-based machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless platform across a wide variety of market segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and consumer products. nPhase was successfully sold to Verizon Wireless in 2011. A recognized thought leader and industry expert, Steve has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Chicago Innovation Award, was named one of the original 10 M2M Pioneers by M2M Magazine, and served as moderator of the first M2M web log—M2Mblog (www.M2Mblog.com). He has written numerous articles in technology journals, was on the Advisory Board of M2M Magazine, was the technical editor of the Unicenter Advisor magazine for more than 7 years as well as guest editor of Internet Security Advisor. He is also the technical editor and co-author of Unicenter TNG for Dummies. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Steve has also been a featured speaker and panel member at multiple Wharton School of Business, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Northwestern Business School entrepreneurial classes.
Head of Product Management and Business Development, Sprint M2M Emerging Solutions Organization
Mohamad Nasser is the Head of Product Management and Business Development for the Sprint M2M Emerging Solutions Organization. He has over 23 years of wireless telecommunications management experience in product management, business development and strategy. Prior to Joining Sprint, Mohamad served as the Sr. Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Virgin Mobile, and prior to that he headed the CDMA Product Management at Ericsson for 10 years. Throughout his career Mohamad held various leadership positions in the US and abroad at companies such as Siemens, MCI, GTE and Qualcomm. Mohamad holds patents in EVDO technology.
CEO, M2M Certified
A veteran of the wireless communications industry for 25 years, Kelly started his wireless career working on first generation (AMPS) wireless systems as a Protocol Signaling Software Test Engineer with Nortel’s Wireless Systems Division in 1988. Kelly continued on the digital wireless technology migration path, working extensively on the initial TDMA wireless network architecture/deployment in North America for Bell Mobility Cellular (BMC) in Toronto, Canada during 1991-1993. In 1994 Kelly was recruited as one of the initial R&D team members for Nokia Mobile Phones in Dallas, Texas where he performed early stage TDMA IS-136 (Phase 1) Network Vendor Interoperability Testing (NVIOT) at all the major network infrastructure laboratories (e.g. AT&T Bell Labs, Nortel, Ericsson, Hughes, Etc…) and was instrumental in the commercial delivery of the first TDMA IS-136 Nokia Mobile Phones to AT&T Wireless, Bell South Cellular (BSC) and Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC). In 1997 Kelly was recruited by Kokusai Communication Systems a Start-up in San Diego, California chartered to develop IS-136 Handsets and then returned to Nortel in Los Angeles, California to build out the CDMA/GSM wireless networks for AirTouch Cellular and AT&T Wireless in 1998. In 2000 Kelly founded Unicell Communications, Inc to outsource custom designed cell-site solutions for Nortel to increase radio coverage capacity for its clients. In 2008 Kelly returned to the wireless device technology arena where he led the new M2M business development group for 7 Layers, a leading wireless certification testing laboratory. In 2009 Kelly founded M2M Certified to provide advanced wireless technology services to the Machine-to-Machine communications industry, primarily to assist M2M entrepreneurs with developing new M2M devices that meet global wireless certification standards. Today M2M Certified offers an Eco-System of connected M2M services specializing in advanced wireless design/system integration of any “End-to-End” wireless system architecture and a suite of “Carrier Grade” (SaaS) platforms.Mark Wells
CTO and Division President, Procon Inc.
Mr. Wells is a wireless industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the development and marketing of wireless products, semiconductors, and services. Mr. Wells co-founded DriveOK, which later merged with Procon, and has led the company in its exceptional growth in the GPS vehicle tracking business. Prior to that, he co-founded Zucotto Wireless, raising over $60M in venture capital to develop wireless semiconductors, gaining such customers as Panasonic, Nokia, and Alcatel. Mr. Wells has also held marketing responsibility, while with Nokia Mobile Phones, for more than $10B worth of mobile phone products and has served as Vice-President & General Manager at DSP Communications, as part of the team that sold the company to Intel for $1.6B. He continues to do mentoring to new companies, and has mentored over a dozen startup companies and also consulted to many Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Wells is a graduate in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Founder & President, FieldLogix
Yukon Palmer is the founder and President of FieldLogix, which provides the first green GPS fleet management solution in the US. He started FieldLogix in 2002 and has grown it to an installed base of thousands of vehicles throughout the U.S, Canada, and Mexico. He founded his company with a $3,500 initial investment based on a business plan he wrote in the MBA program at San Diego State University. Yukon is a co-chairman of the Machine to Machine Communications Services Special Interest Group for CommNexus and has been featured in numerous publications and he has appeared as a guest editor for Telematics Weekly. He holds both a Bachelors and MBA degree from San Diego State University. He regularly volunteers at San Diego State University as a mentor for the Lavin entrepreneurship program and participates as a judge for the Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition.
Evan Jones, VP, M2M System Engineering, Sierra Wireless
Daniel Obodovski, Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
Yukon Palmer, Founder, FieldLogix
Steve Pazol, VP & EIR, Qualcomm
Mark Wells, CTO & Division President, Procon Inc.
Neeraj S. Bhavani, Founder, President & CEO, TAGNOS
Magda Remillard, Director, Business Development, FieldLogix
Steve Hudson, Chief Development Officer, Omnilink
October 11, 2012
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