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2018 April Dinner Recap E-mail
April GuestsIt’s already here! As we learned from Verizon’s Joseph Howard and Vijay Patel at the April meeting, Atlanta is a test zone for 5G wireless. With so many IoT applications, the need for is increasing and with speeds up to 30 to 50 times faster than 4G, it’s easy to get excited. Other benefits include low latency enabling the technologies needed for autonomous vehicles, for example, to become a reality.

The group learned that 5G is low range, requiring more direct/line of sight connections. Initial implementations are point to point. This will be the biggest challenge for 5G – establishing an infrastructure to enable it.

Another challenge discussed is security. Segregating IoT services to a wireless 5G network provides a security benefit allowing users/companies to keep their networks private while providing high speed, convenient services.
At one point we even played “where’s Waldo?” in relation to all the IoT services provided to us regularly. By 2020, it is predicted 20.4 billion things will be connected globally.
Augmented gaming, LED street lights, gunshot detection, and more are already being tested. Check out this video to see a live test of the 5G network:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw2GT95Vyxc.   AITP Atlanta would like to thank both Joseph and Vijay for their time and sharing Verizon’s exciting innovations around 5G wireless! 

Please join us for our next meeting, held the 3rd Thursday of May – 5/17 – at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.  We will be hosting Ryan Edge, Solutions Engineer with OneTrust who will be leading the conversation on the topic of Security – specifically Data Privacy.  There is so much out there on this topic, but one thing really stands out – specifically for the month of May – GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation.  GDPR was approved by the EU Parliament on April 14th, 2016 and will officially be in place on May 25th, 2018.   This new regulation will have a far-reaching impact, and if your organization isn’t talking about it, I’m sure it will soon! 

Registration for this event will be available shortly on our home page at www.aitpatlanta.org.    If your company is interested in sponsoring one of our events, please reach out to Steven Wright at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  There are several opportunities for sponsorships, from individual meetings, to Gold and Silver options, as well as for our upcoming 2nd Annual Golf tournament being held in August. 

As always, if you like what AITP is doing, please consider membership – it has its rewards!

See you in May! 

Best – Mary Beth

Mary Beth Marchione
AITP Atlanta Board of Directors
Student Chapter Chair
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2018 February Dinner Recap E-mail

Atlanta and the Internet of Things



As a long-time Board Member of AITP Atlanta, I’m always amazed by the content that is discussed at each of our meetings – and our February gathering was no exception!     AITP Atlanta welcomed back Cynthia Curry, Director of IoT Ecosystem Enhancement at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, to bring us all up to speed on the many wonderful things that the Chamber is doing in Atlanta to grow and attract IoT organizations to our city!

Cynthia had so much good news to share that it literally couldn’t be fit into just an hour!  She took us on a very informative tour to the future covering:

  • Healthcare (117B$ by 2020)
  • Transportation (90% of cars will be connected to the internet by 2020)
  • Manufacturing ($70B by 2020)
  • Smart Cities (Smart Lighting to reduce costs and improve safety)

She shared a ton of content with the group, but perhaps one of the most remarkable things we learned is that there are currently an estimated 8.4B connected “things” out there.  This is expected to grow in the next two year to over 50B!

One thing is for sure: Atlanta plans on being a leader when it comes to adopting the myriad of new applications made possible by IoT.  These include Smart Mobility, Intelligent Traffic Signalling and Autonomous Vehicles.  It's going to be a fast train so hop on new while you still can?

A great big thank you to Cynthia for sharing her time once again with us.   She is indeed a great presenter and is certainly on top of how IoT is going to help shape Atlanta into the future!  For more information on what the Metro Atlanta Chamber is doing in this space, go to their Mobility and IOT page.

For our next meeting, held on March 15th, we’ll be discussing Digital Transformation.  While we’ve seen many groups present on this topic, we’ll be enjoying a bit of a different approach.  Armond Honore, a SME in the space, as well as on Cloud Migrations and DevOps, will be treating our attendees to a fictitious “Kick-Off” meeting.  ABC Widget Corporation has decided to move its infrastructure on to the cloud as they’ve heard that that is what they are supposed to do.  In this kick-off meeting, we’ll learn what that really means, and what companies need to think about when (and perhaps if), they should embark on such a journey! 

Hope to see you there!  Registration details will be posted soon.

Frank Raimondo
Board of Directors – Treasurer
AITP Atlanta

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