About IPSO



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Jeff Fedders


Jeff Fedders is Chief Strategist of Standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) Group Strategy and Technology Office at Intel. In his role, he oversees the IoT standards environment and leads the development of the Intel strategies and directs the standards participation for SDOs and SIGs.
Jeff is the Intel‘s board representative for the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and directs the technology, testbed, and marketing contributions. He also is the chair of the Transportation Grand Challenge, a national/international public-private partnership IoT initiative developing architecture frameworks and business models and co-chairs the Standards Harmonization Collaboration Group.


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Pete St. Pierre

Pete St. Pierre is a member of the Product Management team responsible for the Internet of Things at Oracle. He has 25 years of experience in Software Engineering, Product Development and Internet technologies. Mr. St Pierre has spent the last 7 years developing network protocols, system architectures and IoT solutions at Oracle. As a technology lead for Sun Microsystems, he was a founding board member of the IPSO Alliance. During his tenure with the IPSO Board of Directors, he served at various times as Secretary, Vice President and finally President of the Alliance until stepping away at the end of his last term in May 2013.
Mr. St. Pierre possesses a deep understanding of the technologies associated with the Internet of Things and an appreciation for the business challenges of deploying real-world interoperable solutions. Throughout his professional career he has been involved in technology development, working with standards setting organizations along the way.


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Christian Légaré

Christian Légaré is executive vice-president and CTO of Micrium, a leading provider of embedded software, including the uC/OS real time kernel. Prior to Micrium, Mr. Légaré was in charge of an IP (Internet Protocol) certification program at the International Institute of Telecom (IIT) in Montreal, Canada. Throughout his 22 years in the telecom industry, he has served as an executive in large scale organizations as well as start-ups, mainly in the engineering and R&D fields. Mr. Légaré also currently serves as vice president of the IPSO Alliance Board of Directors, where he provides guidance on the embedded systems industry to the IPSO Alliance to advance the mutual goals of making IoT a reality. Mr. Légaré holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec, Canada.


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Nick Ashworth


Mr. Ashworth has a distinguished track record of over 20 years in product development and leadership in industries including HVAC, appliances, commercial lighting, and smart grid. During this time, he has participated in connected product development involving IP, ZigBee, ISA-100, WirelessHART, and a variety of proprietary wireless communication protocols. Mr. Ashworth holds 15 patents for inventions involving the application of smart technologies for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. At Eaton, he is responsible for technology and engineering within the Energy Automation Solutions business which provides enterprise software, communication infrastructure and end-point devices for monitoring and controlling assets on the electrical grid. Nick Ashworth was the chairperson for the inaugural IPSO CHALLENGE in 2013, which broadened IPSO from promoting and educating to sponsorship of the development of the Internet of Things. Elected to Chairman of the IPSO Alliance in 2013, Mr. Ashworth brings to the Alliance a wealth of engineering leadership experience ranging from NASA to Cyberexe, Invensys, Nivis, and now Eaton.


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Jan Holler


Mr. Höller is a Principal Researcher at Ericsson Research where he has the responsibility to define and drive technology strategies and to contribute to the company strategies in the area of M2M and Internet of Things, and where he is a strong advocate for Ericsson’s vision of “50 Billion connected Devices”. He was an early promoter of Internet of Things and M2M at Ericsson and significantly contributed to Ericsson’s portfolio and standardization strategies. Jan has also served as a Board Member of WISENET, Vinnova Centre of Excellence for Wireless Sensor Networks at Uppsala University in Sweden. Mr. Höller’s expertise spans IoT, M2M, context-aware services, ubiquitous computing and mobile and pervasive networking, as well as standardization, business innovation, partnering and ecosystem creation and is matched by his belief in the use of IP and the Web in all connected devices. He was recently featured in a Wired Magazine article titled “When the World becomes the Web” and is a co-author of the new book, From Machine-to-Machine to the Internet of Things – Introduction to a New Age of Intelligence. Mr. Höller currently serves as Secretary of the IPSO Alliance Board of Directors, where he provides guidance on the telecommunications industry and its partnership with the IPSO Alliance to advance mutual goals of “Building a Smarter World through the Internet of Things”.


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Geoff Mulligan


Mr. Mulligan is a consultant, developer and lecturer on the IoT, Privacy and Security and is the US representative to the ISO Smart and Sustainable Cities project. In 2013 and 2014 while serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on the Cyber-Physical Systems project for the White House with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) he co-created the SmartAmerica Challenge. Mr. Mulligan is the Founder and President of Proto6, a technology consulting company focused on the Internet of Things, RF Sensors, IPv6, IP networks and open systems. He is notable for developing the Embedded Internet and creating the 6LoWPAN protocol and was a founder of the Zigbee Alliance.
He helped build the first commercial firewall product and was instrumental in the design of the IPv6 protocol. Geoff holds over 15 patents in network security and electronic mail and is often called to serve as an expert witness on patent litigation and has testified before Congress on Electronic Commerce and Computer Security. He authored the security book "Removing the Spam" in 1999. Mr. Mulligan received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Denver after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy.


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Fabien Castanier


Fabien Castanier has been working in the semiconductor industry in both Europe and the US for nearly 20 years. His focus has mostly been in the areas of networking protocols and applications for embedded systems. Fabien has been a long standing proponent of the use of IP and related standards in constrained environments, and as R&D manager at ST he has been involved in several projects in which these technologies have been deployed in wireless sensor networks. Fabien has been serving on the IPSO Alliance’s technical committees, advising on the Marketing Council, speaking regularly on behalf of the IPSO Alliance at M2M/IoT industry events, and serving as a judge at the 2014 and 2015 editions of the IPSO Challenge.