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The Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things

October 10, 2013

The M2M SIG Presents…

Is the Internet of Things ready to take off or is it still a lot of hype? Is M2M break-through finally going to happen this year? Actually M2M has been taking off all around the globe and in multiple different markets for quite some time—it just might not be as evident to the naked eye. Look in the right places and you will see the IOT & M2M already at work, changing the way we do business, play, and live each and every day. As made evident by the growing revenues, successful exits and a number of new startups – we are entering the stage of rapid M2M growth. Join our panel discussion with several co-chairs of the M2M SIG discussing the state of the IOT and M2M and exciting new opportunities. Moderated by Daniel Kellmereit and Daniel Obodovski, who recently wrote a book together on the subject, called “The Silent Intelligence – the Internet of Things”.

Steve Pazol

VP and 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. 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 ( 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. Prior to running the nPhase joint venture, Steve was vice president and general manager for Qualcomm’s Global Smart Services group, the business unit that provided the basis for the nPhase joint venture. During his tenure at Qualcomm, Steve also served as vice president of sales and as vice president of Worldwide OEM Channel Business for Qualcomm Enterprise Services.  Steve is a seasoned entrepreneur and CEO with a 20+ year track record of successful startups in technology and emerging markets, including M2M, enterprise software and wireless technologies. In 2003 Steve started the original nPhase in Chicago, and served as CEO until Qualcomm acquired nPhase in 2006. In 2005, Steve founded Skychain LLC, a joint venture between nPhase and Air Products and Chemicals which focused on automated supply chain replenishment in the chemical industry. Steve was CEO of Skychain until 2006 when nPhase was acquired by Qualcomm. Prior to founding nPhase, Steve spent 15 years providing IT consulting and systems implementation services as President of Professional Consulting Services (PCS) which he started in 1988. He also cofounded Mehta & Pazol Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd. in Pune, India in 1992. Prior to founding PCS, Steve worked for Burroughs Corporation and Unisys Corporation in their consulting groups in Detroit and Chicago. Steve has been active with a number of civic organizations and is currently on the board of the San Diego chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Steve has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Dermot O’Shea
Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director, Taoglas Group, President, Taoglas USA
Dermot O’Shea is co-founder and joint managing director of Taoglas Group Holdings Limited, which is headquartered in Ireland. Having founded Taoglas with Ronan Quinlan in Taiwan in 2004, the pair run and owns the multinational together. Taoglas design and manufacture base station, external and embedded antennas as well as providing RF design services and assistance. Dermot is also President of Taoglas USA and manages all USA operations from their San Diego facility. All facilities are fully equipped design centers and test labs. Prior to founding Taoglas, Dermot worked for over ten years in the global electronics industry for Network International, IFS and ABX Logistics. He is a highly regarded source in the M2M and IOT hardware arena, particularly on antenna and RF subject matters. Dermot is an expert in M2M, he provides high-level counsel on device noise debugging, testing services, device certification and approval management. Dermot has a Bachelor of Science Degree from University College Dublin and postgraduate diplomas from Dublin Business School (Business), Griffith College Dublin (Computing) and Waterford Institute of Technology (Enterprise Development).

Dean Fledderjohn
CEO and Managing Director of M2M, Connected Machine Communications, LLC
Building on over 2 decades of intense participation and leadership in the wireless data/M2M industry, Dean launched Connected Machine Communications in 2009 as a fully independent consultancy, serving all parts of the M2M value chain through product and business planning services. He is a frequent speaker and evangelist, a twice recognized M2M industry pioneer, and is driven daily by his strong commitment to customer service and the ever growing ever changing creativity of the M2M marketplace. Before founding Connected Machine Communications, Dean was the general manager of the M2M business segment at Kyocera Wireless Corp., held business and data product management positions at QUALCOMM Inc, and sales and business management positions with Solectek Corporation.


Daniel Obodovski
Diosys Technologies, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DND Ventures LLC

With nearly 20 years of experience in the wireless and high-tech sectors, Daniel Obodovski’s passion is helping companies go to market with connected devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies. He has worked with some of the top people in the industry to realize the vision of the Internet of Things. Most recently, Daniel was Director of Business Development at Qualcomm, where he led the commercial launch of multiple M2M products and businesses. Prior to that, Daniel was Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Motorola Germany. In 2011 Daniel co-founded, and currently co-chairs, M2M SIG at CommNexus San Diego. Daniel holds an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, as well as a Master’s degree from the Moscow State Lomonosov University.Daniel Kellmereit
Detecon Inc. – Deutsche Telekom Group

With more than a decade of experience in the high-tech sector, Daniel Kellmereit, has assisted large global companies to develop business strategies, shape markets, adopt emerging technologies, design strategic alliances, and launch new products and services. He has also worked with early-stage companies to build compelling products, grow their businesses, and raise capital. In his current position as CEO of Detecon, Inc., he is responsible for the North American and Latin American regions. Previously, Daniel led the San Francisco office of Detecon and the Strategy & Innovation group in the U.S. He works with clients in the telecom, Internet, hardware, software, and services industries, as well as investors. Prior to joining Detecon, Daniel was co-founder and CTO of a software as a service (SaaS) company, building complex software products for the supply chain industry. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Evan Jones, VP, M2M System Engineering, Sierra Wireless
Daniel Obodovski, Founder, Diosys Technologies, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DND Ventures LLC
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 of Operations, Arynga
Steve Hudson, Chief Development Officer, Omnilink
Dermot O’Shea, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director, Taoglas Group, President, Taoglas USA
Steven T. Chinowsky, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Thursday, October 10th 2013

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

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