This is a discussion with Luke Schneider, the former CTO of Zipcar, on the future of transportation, and how IoT will be playing into that universe.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with some introduction about Silvercar as well as yourself.
Luke Schneider: I’m the CEO of Silvercar. Silvercar is about three years old now. We were founded in 2012 with a pretty straightforward mission. The mission statement was to change the way the world hits the road. We are, in the way customers experience us, an airport car rental company. We are not traditional or conventional in any way in that the concept was born of one too many frustrations at the airline car rental counter. You just never seem to know what you’re going to get. There are very long lines and inconsistencies in the process. There are redundancies and a constant upsell of everything from GPS devices to different kinds of cars. >>>
Internet of Things has actually been around for a while, especially in the industrial automation space. Kepware Technologies has been catering to the needs of that industry for 20 years. Let’s discuss why things are accelerating now and where the gaps are.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to yourself as well as Kepware.
Tony Paine: I’m the CEO of Kepware Technologies. Kepware is a software company focused on communications software for the industrial automation market. We’ve been around since 1995. We started Kepware in order to fulfil the need in the market for a low-cost human machine interface product for the industrial space. Such a product would allow you to visualize what’s going on within a plant. When we started the company, standards to exchange information between applications from different vendors >>>
Spain, as you know, is in a terrible economic mess. Entrepreneurs like Alicia are vital to the country’s economic future. She has built a steady, cutting edge technology company with 60+ people from Zaragoza. Impressive!
Sramana Mitra: Tell us about your beginning. Where were you born? Where did you grow up and in what kind of background?
Alicia Asin: I was born in Zaragoza, Spain. I went to the University of Zaragoza. This is where I met David Gascon my co-founder. We founded Libelium. We’ve been always tied to the same location. In fact, starting a new business gave us the motivation of staying in our city. It was like a rebel act of saying, “It has to be possible to be high tech in a city like ours.”
The Internet of Things (IoT) trend is significant, and will blossom over the rest of the decade. Imagine, however, with so many connected devices, how the security issue becomes critical! Let’s explore with Coby Sella.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with introducing our audience to yourself as well as to Sansa Security.
Coby Sella: I have been the Managing CEO for Sansa Security for the last four years. Sansa Security is a security-oriented company focused on IoT. We see ourselves as solving deep security problems in a smarter way.
Sramana Mitra: When you say focused on security in the IoT world, tell us more about specifically what the security issues and what kind of challenges the IoT world is facing vis-a-vis security? What part of that are you solving?
Enterprise Internet of Things is getting a lot of hype these days. I sat down with Danny Yu, CEO of DainTree, a company that is actually selling an energy management solution for controlling the energy usage at commercial facilities. Very interesting window into a segment of the industry that is likely to create a couple of very large companies.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with a bit of context for our audience. Tell us about you and the company.
Danny Yu: DainTree is a provider of smart building control and energy management solutions. What we bring to our industry is the simplification of building energy management, which allows for tremendous energy and operational cost reduction and simplification of how enterprises run their business.