December 3-5, 2024 | AUSTIN, TX

TechConnect, a division of ATI



Workshop: The Smartest Street in America

Monday September 26th, 2022, 1-5pm EST (Additional Registration Fee Required)

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Infrastructure is at the heart of every society, and there is no more important piece of collective infrastructure than our streets. Learn how the Smartest Street in America came to fruition. AECOM, the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, designs and engineers the physical layer through collaborative design, taking into the needs and wants of all stakeholders, both now, and in the future. How Nokia is delivering the device layer with critical networks through technology leadership and trusted partnerships. And how Strategy of Things bring science, breakthrough strategies and disruptive innovations to help government and business organizations solve complex problems in new ways. We then bring is all together – how do you "get it done", and make your community, vibrant, forward thinking, and innovative.   


Schedule (EST)
1:00pm – 1:30pm Introductions
AECOM | Jeff Whitman | Senior Broadband Solutions Consultant
AECOM | Eric Bathras | Associate Vice President, Connected Communities & Broadband
Nokia | Mike Allison | Vice President of Sales, Head of Government and Cities
Strategy of Things | Renil Paramel | Co-founder & CEO
1:30pm – 2:15pm The Broadband Stack
Enabling Connected Community Initiatives | Eric Bathras
The Broadband Stack is the combination of physical infrastructures and technologies that public and private sector service providers use to connect to devices, locations, end-users and communities to improve quality of life, strengthen equity, enhance public safety and advance economic development initiatives. The interdependence and building blocks of a robust broadband infrastructure is the foundation of connected community initiatives.
2:15PM – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 3:15pm The Device Layer
Connect Your City to its Future | Mike Allison
Smart cities offer the promise of greener, prosperous, more livable communities for all of their citizens. Many cities who are in the midst of their smart city transformation, are realizing that to capture the full benefits of their initiatives, a new and more cohesive approach is needed.

Robust, proven technologies like 5G, Industrial IOT and machine learning allow for the creation of intelligent and integrated city plat-forms that can provide a foundation for true city innovation. With the Nokia Bell Labs Future X architecture for Smart cities, communities can benefit from a high-performance network foundation and robust city-grade platforms to bring together the intelligence within their smart city applications and services to fuel the continued economic and social growth of their city.

Our solutions help you create greener, more innovative, thriving communities that benefit all of the citizens, visitors and enterprises who call your city "home."

2:30pm – 3:15pm The Innovation Layer
Smart City Innovation Labs and Smart Corridors | Renil Paramel
Emerging technologies and next generation digital innovations are providing unique opportunities for cities to improve both operational effectiveness, increase responsiveness and improve citizen services. In response, some cities and counties have created innovation labs to apply and test these innovations to solve their most pressing and challenging problems. These labs provide cities with a means to bring the city and community together, identify problems, co-create solutions, and to pilot those solutions in a low cost, low risk and rapid manner. Over the past five years, Strategy of Things has been working with cities and counties developing smart city strategies and launching innovation labs. We will share case study and structure of a smart city innovation lab. We will provide a success story of how the pilots in the innovation lab led to the funding, design and deployment of a smart corridor in an under served community in Silicon Valley.
3:15pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm Panel Discussion – Questions and Answers
Moderator | Jeff Whitman | AECOM
Eric Bathras | AECOM
Jim Conner | Nokia
Renil Paramel | Strategy of Things

About the Instructors

Eric Bathras
Associate Vice President, Connected Communities and Broadband Leader

Eric has been in the broadband industry for just over 29 years covering public and private service provider and broadband networks that include long haul, middle mile and last mile design and construction. He was recently networkMaryland™'s Director of Network Operations where he was responsible for the successful operation of a 24x7x365 wide area network, managed LAN, managed WLAN and Maryland Department of Information Technology's (DoIT) critical data center infrastructure. Eric also led one of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) largest and most successful Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants nationwide. It was comprised of designing and building +1000 fiber route miles and connecting +1000 community anchor institutions (CAIs), which spanned all twenty-four of Maryland's counties. His technical expertise includes stakeholder consultation, program and project management, training staff in best practices, master planning and design and implementation of complex public and private sector broadband and connected community projects and programs. He specializes in leading cross-functional teams to bring about sound planning, design and project delivery across a wide range of broadband and connected community initiatives. As broadband networks have influenced the way public and private sector organizations deliver services, applications and data to devices, customers and citizens, Eric focuses on applying a collaborative master plan and design to implement proactive solutions that can achieve operational excellence and a lasting impact to all users of a broadband network.

Jeffrey Whitman
Senior Broadband Consultant

Jeff is a Senior Broadband Consultant with AECOM. He has been helping find answers to questions in both the technology and financial sectors for 25 years. After starting his career in the automotive industry, he worked in various fields, including the financial sector, until he found his home with technology. As the owner of his own consulting business, he has helped all types of businesses, government entities, P-20 institutions and individuals with their long-term technological and infrastructure success. As a Network Solutions Advisor with a turn-key infrastructure firm, he was involved in all phases of outside plant telecommunication infrastructure consultation and deployment. Jeff is seen as a leader in the wireless and fiber optic infrastructure industry.

Renil Paramel
CEO and Co-Founder, Strategy of Things

Renil Paramel, CEO and co-founder of Strategy of Things, is a smart city and innovation practitioner, strategist and thought leader. Renil helps cities, communities and businesses become smarter, more responsive and resilient through innovation, science and strategy. His recent smart cities work includes the development and operationalization of a smart region strategy for a county; the creation, launch and operationalization of a county innovation lab; connected streetlight strategy for a regional utility company; and design and construction of a smart corridor in Silicon Valley. Renil is actively involved with the NIST GCTC wireless, smart buildings and smart regions superclusters; a former mentor to the US Department of Energy's IMPEL program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab pairing laboratory scientists with industry entrepreneurs; and the Telecom Industry Association Smart Buildings working group.

Renil brings 25 years of hands on innovation planning, strategy, management and implementation. Prior to Strategy of Things, Renil served a Vice President of Consulting at Gartner. He also was a management consultant at Accenture and Deloitte for several years. Renil holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computers from the University of Mumbai and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mike Allison
Head of Government and Cities, Nokia North America

Mike Allison is Head of Government and Cities for Nokia North America. Mike is responsible for driving Smart Cities, fiber broadband networks and Nokia's eco system of partners. Mike has extensive experience in advanced technologies including community broadband networks, Private wireless networks, 3rd party vendors and financing partners that put the total solution together for smart Cities. Mike has extensive experience with the State and Local Governments, Municipalities, Counties, Smart Grid Communications, education and the Federal Government. Working with cities and government, Mike is dedicated to helping drive adoption, economic development and enablers for communities to enhance public Safety, education, internet access to communities with a major focus on the under served.