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Ed Hightower is a successful technologist, executive, sales engineer, public speaker and business development manager with over 25 years experience and expertise in the wireless, wireless data, machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) domains.
He is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) Subject Matter Expert (SME) and knowledgeable of various LPWAN technologies such as "Weightless W/N/P", LoRa, Sigfox, cellulars NB-IoT, Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA), etc.
Ed has volunteered for technical organizations and councils throughout his career including Tech Titans (the technology association for North Texas, formerly the Metroplex Technology Business Council) and IEEE. He has a BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. More can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edhightower
Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next fiveyears. Billions of remote devices/sensors will be connected to the IoT. How will all they do so reliably and cost effectively?
Hightower will briefly describe the history of machine-to-machine communications and how it has evolved into the Internet of Things (IoT). He will then focus on wireless connectivity which will play a significant part in connecting these billions of devices to the computer/control systems in the backend. He will go into more depth and detail about theWeightless-P (W-P)protocol which was ratified in late 2016 as an openroyalty-free Low Power Wide Area Network(LPWAN) standard. W-P is the result of 10+ years of research at Ofcom (UKs FCC) and the Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG www.weightless.org). Hardware in the form of base stations, radio modules for end devices and starter/dev kits began shipping in August 2017 thanks to Ubiik (www.ubiik.com). Hightower will display the starter kit he recently received and describe the W-P feature set and the architecture of a typical W-P solution.