Tracy Hopkins formally joins Stream Technologies today as SVP, Low Power Radio Networks (IoT). Previously with Neul, Tracy's appointment underlines Stream's commitment to enabling leading edge wireless technologies for M2M and IoT.
Nigel Chadwick, CEO comments "we are rapidly globalising our IoT-X platform and ecosystem. LPRN technology is predicted to enable data transit for a high proportion of end point sensors and other devices. This wireless layer will be crucial to smart city, smart home and other IoT deployments. As with cellular and satellite, Stream continues to focus on quality of service and Tracy's LPRN technical & commercial know-how complements our existing expertise. Stream's LPRN push will benefit significantly from Tracy's experience and knowledge, ultimately benefiting our enterprise customers as well as MNO's and other partners within the IoT-X ecosystem. In particular this is of value to organisations with plans to roll out IoT solutions utilising LoRa, Orion, Wi-Fi or other LPRN based connectivity layers".
"It is with great pleasure that I join Stream Technologies; I am extremely excited to be able to work with Nigel, Kevin and the Stream team" - states Tracy.
"My experience with the IoT at Neul has illustrated the many challenges yet to be overcome before we can genuinely say that the widely predicted >50bn device 'utopia' is upon us, that IoT networks are seamlessly integrated into our daily life and adding 'real' value. These challenges can include: spectrum, technology, cost, security and of course business models - the large and complex value chain required to deliver an IoT 'end to end' solution offers both challenges and new opportunities.
There is no 'one size fits all', for instance a SMART City deployment will need several physical layer solutions to address all of the applications that collect data from the City. High bandwidth for CCTV, QoS for critical infrastructure and transport, coverage and low power for parking and environmental monitoring, mobility for tracking, are just a few examples. Then of course there is the question of 'how do you manage' all of these connections.
IoT-X offers a very unique Unified Access Connectivity Environment that uniquely addresses these 'challenges' by providing 'connectivity agnostic' enablement. This allows MNO's and Enterprise customers to simply provision and manage application specific end points, across multiple physical layer technologies; cellular, satellite, Wi-Fi and low power radio networks, from a single platform.
As the majority of these > 50Bn connections will use non-cellular physical layer technologies, I am excited to drive the low power radio network element for Stream. Stream's customers will be able to utilize all of the existing as well as new, emerging physical layer technologies to provide a complete IoT offering. IoT-X allows all of the specific application verticals with their unique physical layer requirements to all be provisioned and managed from the same place. The rapidly growing IoT-X ecosystem ensures that Stream's customers also have access to a trusted network of technology providers, already integrated into the IoT-X platform allowing them to build complete end-to-end IoT solutions - from the sensor to the application, adding significant value to their own IoT offerings.
IoT-X is valuable to MNO's seeking an immediate and comprehensive LPRN 'play' in M2M & IoT, as well as Enterprise end customers seeking cost effective and resilient solutions based on this wireless technology - irrespective of type or protocol.
I look forward to 'enabling the IoT', in a very real way with Stream and making a 'dent' in that ubiquitous >50Bn! "