2015 Panel Discussion, March 6, 2015

IoT Killers Apps and Roadblocks

The market for Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at astonishing speed and there are plenty of enthusiasm and euphoria in industry about its enormous prospects. This panel discussion attempts to explore business opportunities and challenges in IoT. Internet connected devices are being touted from door knobs to smoke detectors, cars, baby diapers, health monitors, etc. with new products coming to market in rapid successions. As IoT is transforming the business landscape and creating enormous opportunities worldwide, many in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are wondering if the excitement about IoT is short lived as what witnessed in Solar, Nano, Smart Power Grid, etc. or it is different and why? What are the killer apps, challenges, and roadblocks? What does an explosively growing IoT market means to my career? What and where are job opportunities? What area of IoT is the most promising for employment? What areas are ripe for innovations and development of products and services? What pitfalls to avoid? What opportunities to pursue? How can I invest in IoT? The panel will attempt to answer these and other important questions as much as time would allow.



Edy Liongosari  - Accenture Technology Labs
Raj Saksena - Omnitrol Networks
Alakh Verma  - Oracle
Clark T.-C. Nguyen - UC Berkeley


Panel Moderator:

John Blyler  - JB Systems

About Edy Liongosari

Edy Liongosari Edy Liongosari

Edy Liongosari is a Managing Director of Accenture Technology Labs. He leads the Infrastructure and Systems Research Group, which covers the Industrial Internet. His teams are actively working on Smart Grid, Intelligent Cities, Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles and Digital Platform Technologies. Edy has been with Accenture for over 20 years. Prior to his current role, Edy was the head of Accenture R&D Labs in Bangalore, India, where he led a global team of R&D personnel to industrialize Accenture's system development process. He also spent several years in leading research for knowledge modeling and semantic integration of disparate information sources which has been successfully applied in many domains – from drug discovery in pharmaceutical companies to identifying suspects in criminal investigation. Edy and his team have received numerous patents and awards on innovation. A copy of his research work has also been placed into the Smithsonian's permanent research collection. Edy has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Indiana University and is a member of IEEE and ACM. He is also the board member at the Software and Information Industry Association.

Position Statement

The Industrial Internet of Things has been heralded primarily as a way to improve operational efficiency. But in today's environment, companies can also benefit greatly by seeing it as a tool for finding growth in unexpected opportunities. In the future, successful companies will use the Industrial Internet of Things to capture new growth through three approaches: boost revenues by increasing production and creating new hybrid business models, exploit intelligent technologies to fuel innovation, and transform their workforce.

About Raj Saksena

Raj Saksena Raj Saksena

As the founder and CEO of Omnitrol Networks, Mr. Saksena is an established pioneer and leader in IoT industry solutions. Over the past ten years he has led the development and delivery of cloud-based IoT solutions for global market leaders in aerospace & defense, manufacturing, logistics, environmental safety and retail. Omnitrol has pioneered M2M/IoT based real-time operational intelligence, asset and supply-chain traceability, human safety and bio-hazard management solutions. He brings over 25 years of experience in technology and business leadership. Prior to Omnitrol, he was the President of Suntech Data Systems (acquired by a leading IT company). Founder & CEO of Neovin Networks, pioneering voice-activated services for smart-phones. Founder & CTO at Empowertel Networks, a pioneer in VoIP switching systems which was awarded "Best of Show" at Networld + Interop and "Product of the Year" by Communications Solutions. Empowertel was acquired by UT Starcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) and IP Unity. Prior to Empowertel, he was EVP of Business Development at Lara Technology, acquired by Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY). Previously, Mr. Saksena led M&A and strategic initiatives at Nortel, where he also led their Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN) platforms and has held senior management and technical roles at Verizon, Cantel, Lucent/AT&T Bell Labs and Teletrak. Mr. Saksena has a B.E. Electrical Engineering (Hons) and Computer Science from the City College of New York and New York University.

About Clark T.-C. Nguyen

Clark T.-C. Nguyen Clark T.-C. Nguyen

Prof. Clark T.-C. Nguyen received the B. S., M. S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, 1991, and 1994, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sci¬ences. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science up until mid-2006. In 2006, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is presently a Professor and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. His research interests focus upon micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) and include integrated micromechanical signal processors and sensors, merged circuit/microme¬chanical technologies, RF communication architectures, and integrated circuit design and technology. In 2001, Prof. Nguyen founded Discera, Inc., the first com¬pany aimed at commercializing communication products based upon MEMS technology, with an initial focus on the very vibrating micromechanical resonators pioneered by his research in past years. He served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Discera until mid-2002, at which point he joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on an IPA, where he served for three-and-a-half years as the Program Manager for 10 different MEMS-centric programs in the Microsystems Technology Office of DARPA. Prof. Nguyen was the Technical Program Chair of the 2010 IEEE Int. Frequency Control Symposium and a Co-General Chair of the 2011 Combined IEEE Int. Frequency Control Symposium and European Frequency and Time Forum. He is an IEEE Fellow and served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society from 2007 to 2009. From 2008 to 2013, Prof. Nguyen served as the Vice President of Frequency Control for the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society and is presently the President-Elect of the society.

About John Blyler

John Blyler John Blyler

John Blyler is the founder and CEO of JB Systems where he writes, teaches and speaks on technology, science and science fiction. He is an experienced physicist, engineer, journalist, author and professor. Formerly, John was the VP and Chief Content Officer at Extension Media, where he was responsible for all publications in the semiconductor and embedded spaces. John has held senior editorial positions on Penton's Wireless Systems Design and the IEEE I&M magazines. He has co-authored several books on systems engineering, RF design and automotive hardware-software integration for Wiley, Elsevier and SAE, respectively. John has over 23 years of systems engineering hardware-software experience in the electronics industry—including work at the DoD, within the semiconductor private sector, and at software start-up companies. He remains an affiliate professor of graduate-level systems engineering at Portland State University. Mr. Blyler holds a BS in engineering physics from Oregon State University, as well as an MSEE from California State University, Northridge. John plays the piano and holds a black belt in TKD.