James Caton has 20 years’ experience in the application of analytics and sensors to improve operations. At IBM he led the Global Center of Competence for Predictive Analytics, launching IBM’s first cloud-based industrial predictive analytics solution. Based on the success of that ‘startup’ effort, he was askedwith leading the Global Center of Competence for Smart Cities, focusing on public safety, water management, and transportation. In 2018, James was recruited to India to lead a new business unit for Larsen & Toubro, a $16B infrastructure and engineering conglomerate. In 3 years he grew the smart cities business to $180M, with a portfolio of over dozen smart cities projects. Today, James helps companies improve the value of their energy, transit, water, safety, and building monitoring solutions thru the application of Artificial Intelligence.
Harry Smeenk has over 30 years of industry experience in wireline, wireless and IP network design, development, deployment and integration. He has led product development, business development, engineering, installation, and field service organizations across the country working in start-up and medium-size wireless construction and deployment companies, as well as larger corporations such as Nortel Networks, Goodman Networks and others. He has provided IoT and next-generation networking and wireless consulting expertise to numerous companies, started and sold 3 wireless construction and maintenance companies, and has held various executive-level leadership positions across the information and communications technology industry. Harry earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill, NC He earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.