Driving in-building IoT with private networks and edge data centers (EDC)

Session Abstract:

In-building communications are diverse, robust and growing in capabilities. TIA has identified at least 26 different in-building communications networks, each of which has their own best use case. Private networks offer control, security, and use-case specificity. Edge data centers add robust processing at the edge. Imagine the new IoT applications that these two engines can drive forward. Hear this panel of experts discuss how to maximize the opportunities these two technological advances bring to market in your next in-building IoT deployment.


Clarence Reynolds has built a career as an Emmy-winning journalist and broadcast professional. He brings more than two decades of broadcast production, on-air hosting and senior communications experience to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Prior to joining TIA, Clarence worked as a News Anchor at NBC Atlanta and FOX Indianapolis. For TIA, Clarence designs and implements digital event communication strategies to educate stakeholders. He also authors and edits content for a variety of events and narrative programming, including live panels, one- on- one interviews, roundtables, case studies, documentaries, and explanatory videos.

John Sheehan is a Distinguished Engineer in the Azure business at Microsoft. He is responsible for the architecture of the Azure IoT platform and services. Before joining the Azure team, John drove the architecture of the Application Model and Developer Platform for Windows.

Vernon Turner, Executive Analyst at Ecosystm as well as Principal and Chief Strategist at Causeway Connections is a globally recognized expert in the traditional ICT market research. More recently, Mr. Turner extended that capability to include emerging technologies and new business models basing their roots off the Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor-based data. Mr. Turner has a strong CIO-supported background in the technology requirements particularly in the manufacturing, transportation, finance and banking communities. Before becoming a consultant, Mr. Turner spent almost 19 years at IDC where he became its Senior Vice President for multiple industry domains, established IDC’s global IoT program in 2013, as well as:The first person to receive IDC’s Research Fellow title for the Internet of Things, A winner of the Alexander Motsenigos Award for Outstanding Innovation: The Internet of Things. Mr. Turner has been continually ranked in the Global Top 50 IoT influencers by several ranking agencies. In addition, Mr. Turner is a frequent speaker, moderator, author and presenter for leading media outlets.Mr. Turner’s ICT strengths include his ability to articulate a strategic vision for companies who want to engage in technology innovation with business transformation models. His candid and honest advice has helped clients to become more competitive, more efficient and better run entities. In addition, Mr. Turner has a long standing relationship with venture capital companies who continue to employ him as an IoT eco-system subject matter expert. Mr. Turner’s global networking contacts have also enabled IT vendors and end users to form their eco-systems that are both disruptive and innovative. Mr. Turner has degrees in computer studies and business administration. He is also an avid sports fan, having competed in track and field at international levels. Currently, Mr. Turner is an active charity runner in both full and half marathons having just finished eight marathons in a four year period.

Brenda Boehm is a senior executive who has made her career by bringing next generation Networks, Information Systems, Cloud, and Security technologies to the emerging global marketplace. Brenda’s deep industry expertise is based upon her successful leadership roles at both the executive and board levels with various innovation-focused technology companies from entrepreneurial start-ups: Starent Networks, Tango Networks, and Cyphre to Fortune 100 leaders: Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia. This uniquely broad set of experiences and skills have equipped her with the insight to create a market vision that recognizes industry disruption, an ability to harness change for innovation, develop global market reach and ensure the most successful operational best practices. As her passion is with emerging technologies, she has been recently focused on the capabilities of the various opportunities that Internet of Things creates, with the support of edge computing, the required foundational security, and potential blockchain technologies. Brenda Boehm holds a MS from SMU’s School of Engineering in Telecommunications and a Bachelors (BA) in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from the University of Louisiana. She also attended Stanford’s prestigious Graduate School of Business Executive Program, and their Advanced Computer Security Cert. Additionally, Brenda is attending the Carnegie Mellon CISO cert with completion planned for February 2019. In addition to her leadership in the IT / Telecommunications industry, Brenda is active in promoting women in technology, mentoring programs, and STEM initiatives. She feels strongly that it is also critical to support and mentor the next generations in order to support a strong diverse workforce, and consequently, a more successful company with an overall globally healthy economy. She was recognized by Dallas Business Journal as a nominee of Women in Tech for 2015, and serves on advisory panels to promote women in technology.

Damodar Sahu is the Digital Strategist & Partner – Manufacturing Industries at Wipro Limited.He is a Thought Leader in the space of IoT, Industry 4.0, Blockchain, Supply Chain and Aftermarket Services. An eloquent speaker at multiple forums and conferences like CII, NASSCOM, CeBIT, IoT &AI, Blockchain Global Conference etc. & written blogs on various Digital Transformation approaches and technology innovations. A Service Design Consultant and passionate about crafting Digital led business value propositions and have the ability to stitch multi-disciplinary “Integrated” story for customers to realize value. A Digital Advisor to C-level Executives in Manufacturing Industries helping them drive their Digital Disruption / Transformation. Currently Damodar plays the role of Manufacturing Digital Solution Evangelist and advises his clients to accelerate business outcomes with focused value modelling, Digital readiness, and analysis. He drives sales, BD and Market positioning of Manufacturing Innovation & Digital Themes and opens up hunting accounts / business contacts in existing & new accounts in North America. Damodar, with over 21 years chronicle of success with sound academic credentials, graduated with a B. Tech in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering with PGDBM in Operational Management from Amity University, MDP on Leadership in the age of Digital Transformation from IIM – Calcutta and a Research Scholar on Computer Science. Ranked as #1 Social Seller Globally for Wipro – by LinkedIn

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