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Smart Cities: Can M2M Technologies Make Our Cities Smarter?

June 27, 2012

The M2M SIG Presents…

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Cities are becoming the engine of the future growth. Specifically, according to McKinsey, over the next 15 years, the share of the world GDP in the top 600 cities is supposed to double, share of the world population living in the cities to keep growing, and the per capita GDP in the cities to grow by over 50%. Basically, cities are becoming bigger and wealthier. This has heavy implications on the energy consumption, on city transportation and parking, as well as on public safety and overall city logistics.

Fortunately, thanks to the consistently improving machine-to-machine technologies our cities are becoming smarter as well. Sensors and real time wireless communication allow for better energy management, traffic optimization and building automation

Our panel of experts will discuss the existing solutions, which make cities smarter, plans for the future, technology challenges and ways companies and city governments can address them, not least, based on the example of City of San Diego

Gordon Feller
Director, CISCO Systems, Internet Business Solutions Group

Gordon works with innovative leaders making tough decisions, helping them to ensure that their organizations are more connected and more sustainable. He partners, on a daily basis, with top-tier executives who lead governments (at national, regional and municipal levels); international agencies; NGOs; and for-profit enterprises.  Among his various duties, Gordon helps to lead a variety of Cisco’s key initiatives, with a focus on North America, Asia and EU. In addition, Gordon supports Cisco’s numerous China urban initiatives – in part through his role as the lead executive responsible for Cisco’s City Leader Program, which provides intensive learning programs to Chinese mayors, Communist Party secretaries and national government ministers.Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was CEO of Urban Age, an international institute fostering leadership and innovation within and between cities. Urban Age provides city leaders (for-profit and non-profit) with breakthrough strategic planning, innovative public policies, and strategies for sustainable development – always with a focus on dynamic development (energy, economic, social, ecological, political).  For nearly 30 years Gordon’s advised or led on a wide variety of initiatives and investments, sometimes led by the elected and appointed leaders of cities and states, heads of corporations, NGOs, foundations, national government agencies. His pre-Cisco clients included the national governments of Canada and Germany, Siemens, IBM, Metropolis, Reuters, The World Bank, United Nations and Chevron. Grants made by a long list of philanthropies, including Lincoln Institute and Rockefeller Foundation, have enabled his projects to flourish in numerous countries.
Gordon enables leaders to harness Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in ways that solve complex urban problems. He develops practical and forward-looking solutions that link economics to technology and sustainability.  His work is the basis of a documentary film and other multimedia projects. Gordon has written more than 300 articles for newspapers and magazines including CFO, Financial Times, Planet Earth, Time and Urban Land. Gordon serves as keynote speaker and facilitator for various leadership events including the “Meeting of the Minds” conference – a premiere annual conference which gathers a unique group of senior-level government and private sector leaders. The 2011 program was sponsored by Toyota, Cisco, Deutsche Bank. Philips and ten others. Gordon received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters from Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated cum laude with several honors and several fellowships. He serves on numerous non-profit and for-profit boards, as well as on government commissions and councils.

Eric D. Martinez
Project Engineer, Demand Response, Emerging Technologies Department, SDG&E

Eric Martinez is a Project Engineer at San Diego Gas & Electric specializing in Demand Response (DR) for the Emerging Technologies Department. He manages DR enabling technologies through technical assessments, market behavior studies, scaled field placements, technology development, and business incubation. Currently Eric is working on several projects including DR opportunities in commercial building management systems, energy storage, and showcasing Smart Home demonstrations at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center.  Eric holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.Jacques Chirazi
Program Manager, Clean Tech at City of San Diego
Jacques Chirazi is the Program Manager for San Diego’s Clean Tech Initiative. He is responsible for promoting, fostering and coordinating strategic alliances and collaborations among local, regional, state and federal institutions to develop and execute a clean technology business attraction strategy. His focus is the creation of economic growth and environmental sustainability by developing a clean technology cluster in San Diego. Prior to this position, Jacques was Senior Program Manager at Bainbridge Inc., a strategic management consulting firm which provides consulting services to Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Yahoo, HP, NCR, DuPont de Nemours, United Technologies). He received a Master degree from University of California San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies with an emphasis in International Environmental Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from San Diego State University’s School of Business Administration. Finally, Jacques is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M), Renewable Energy Professional (R.E.P) and LEED-AP.

David Lee
Graduate Researcher, MIT Sensable City Lab

David Lee is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and conducts research at the Senseable City Laboratory. His work focuses on collective problem solving using real-time information systems, and transforming public discourse on critical urban issues with digital technology. He has contributed as programmer and analyst to several lab projects, including Trash Track, MIT Enernet, LiveSingapore, and Forage Tracking, and co-authored subsequent published articles.


Daniel Obodovski
Director of Business Development, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

Most recently, Daniel was responsible for commercializing Qualcomm inGeo™ dedicated location tracking platform. Prior to that, Daniel has been heavily involved in various Qualcomm LBS activities, which included running a national accounts team for the Omnitracs business. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Daniel was Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Motorola Europe, working with European wireless carriers on multiple wireless data applications initiatives. Native of Moscow, Russia, Daniel holds a Master’s Degree in International business from the Moore School of Business / University of South Carolina and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

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

June 27th, 2012

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


12790 El Camino Real

San Diego, CA 92130

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