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Panel Discussion – The role of Cellular in IoT and the promise of 5G

Panel Discussion – The role of Cellular in IoT and the promise of 5G


What is Cellular technologies role in IoT today and will 5G become the backbone which powers the future Internet of Things? In this panel, industry experts discuss where Cellular IoT is today and how emerging technologies like licenced LPWA and 5G can accelerate IoT’s growth and potential.

Topic areas to be explored:

  • Why use Cellular compared to unlicensed technologies?
  • Are their specific verticals and use cases Cellular is better suited for?
  • What benefits do the new Cellular LPWA technologies (CAT-M1, NB1) bring?
  • Is Cellular for IoT too expensive or is this an urban myth?
  • Does IoT need 5G and what benefits will it offer?


Steve Douglas – IoT Solutions and Technical Strategy Lead – Spirent Communications

Mac Devine – IBM Fellow & Member of IoT Community Advisory Board
Tamara Dull – Director of Emerging Technologies at SAS Institute
Steve Blackwell – Vice President of Engineering at Vertiv
Kim Bybjerg – Executive Director IoT at Teleena

IoT Slam Virtual Internet of Things Conference Spirent LogoStephen Douglas works for Spirents strategy organization helping to define technical direction, new innovative solutions and market leading disruptive technologies which make a real difference. With close to 20 years’ experience in telecommunications Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies and has worked across the industry with multiple Service Providers, Start-Ups and tier 1 OEM’s helping them drive innovation and transformation. Stephen is an ardent believer in connected technology and strives to challenge, blur and break down the silos which prevent innovation and business success.

Mac Devine has 27 years of experience with networking and virtualization. The first 7 of those years were spent in mainframe software development where he served as chief programmer for several VTAM releases. Mac then moved to mainframe software design where he served as chief designer for several Communications Server releases and lead the design work for Sysplex and SNA over IP networking (aka Enterprise Extender). In 2000, Mac went on temporary assignment for 2 years to assist the new networking alliance teams (IBM/Cisco, IBM/Nortel) in the role of lead solutions architect. Upon conclusion of this temporary assignment, he started the Linux Networking Solutions team within Enterprise Platform Software and served as it’s product director and chief architect. In 2005, Mac started the Enterprise Platform Software Architecture Board and served as it chairman. The ESAB is the System z focus area for the SWGAB and is responsible for the architecture, design and strategy of solutions using IBM middleware on System z. In 2007, Mac started the zCloud Innovation team and served as its chief architect. The zCloud Innovation team provided the architecture, design and development for several in-market experiments leveraging System z as a premier cloud platform. Mac’s innovative zCloud architecture and design resulted in him being named an IBM Master Inventor. In 2008, Mac was appointed as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and became the WebSphere CTO for Cloud Computing. Mac’s innovations in this role resulted in him being appointed as a member of IBM’s prestigious Academy of Technology in July 2009. In 2009, Mac went on temporary assignment for 2 years with the IBM Corporate Strategy team where he served as the CTO for Cloud Partnerships and Client Innovations. During this time, Mac co-authored the Springer’s Handbook of Cloud Computing which is used by many Colleges and Universities. Upon conclusion of this temporary assignment, Mac joined the IBM Global Technology Services team and served as its Director and CTO for the Cloud Portfolio. In this role, Mac lead the technical due diligence for the SoftLayer acquisition and the creation of IBM’s new Cloud Services Division. In 2014, Mac was the Vice President and CTO for the Emerging Technology and Advanced Innovation team within the IBM Cloud Division. The innovations by this team not only lead to new Cloud and IoT services but also the acquisition of the Weather Company, uStream and ClearLeap. In 2016, Mac was appointed as IBM Fellow, IBM’s highest technical honor. Mac currently serves as the Vice President and CTO of Strategic Customer Success for the Watson Cloud Division.

Tamara Dull is the Director of Emerging Technologies for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership team at SAS Institute. Through key industry engagements, provocative articles, and straightforward publications, she delivers a pragmatic perspective on big data, the Internet of Things, open source, privacy, and cybersecurity. Tamara began her high-tech journey long before the internet was born, and has held both technical and management positions for multiple technology vendors and consultancies, including a non-profit. Her latest publication is called “A Non-Geek’s A-to-Z Guide to the Internet of Things.” She is listed in the IoT Institute’s “50 Most Influential Women in IoT,” as well as the “Big Data 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands” and “Top 100 Big Data Experts to Follow in 2016” lists.

Steven Blackwell is the Vice President of Engineering for. He manages a technology and research team focused on data center infrastructure devices and management technologies. His particular areas of interest include device intelligence, system management and control, and remote presence technologies. Steve brings over 30 years of engineering and management experience to the Emerson team, having held design and management positions with Motorola, Adtran, and Centillium prior to joining Avocent in 2003. His development experience includes hardware, firmware, software, and DSP design, and he holds 24 US patents in the fields of data communications and video processing. In previous roles, he participated in data communications standards development, serving in leadership positions in the ITU-T and in FSAN during the development of the foundational DSL standards. Steve is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama (BSEE, 1986), and he holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University (1996).

Kim – Bybjerg is Executive Director IoT at Teleena

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