WINMEC 2006 - Convergence+ : Mobile Enterprise

Wireless Internet for the Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) is pleased to announce its 7th Wireless Internet Data and Enterprise Applications conference, to be held at UCLA on March 7-10, 2005. The main theme of this year's event is "Convergence".  The Mobile Enterprise Forum discusses applications, technologies and lessons learnt from deploying wireless in the enterprise.


Enterprises are adopting wireless and mobile technologies rapidly since they are finding productivity and financial gains when this technology is implemented correctly. While wireless technology is changing rapidly, implementing real-solutions within the enterprise requires systemic thinking. In the context of the enterprise, convergence should result in simplification of usage and implementation. While technologies potentially result in divergence of ideas, thinking about convergence arises from the end-user who focuses on applications, data, functionality, etc., and provides the motivation for convergence. For example WiFi and 3G would eventually need to functionally converge to provide value to an enterprise. Technology and business topics discussed at this forum would include:

- Wireless for the Enterprise CIO
- Wireless Security intra- and extra-enterprise
- IEEE 802.x standards and latest developments
- WiFi hotspot services, roaming, revenue model, billing and technology
- Wireless Sensor Networks and Standards (e.g. Zigbee) for Industrial Automation
- Convergence of services between Cellular, Wi-Fi and Wi-Max Networks
- Emerging Wireless Technologies for enterprise applications
- Hardware - RFID, wCDMA, CDMA2000, 3G, 4G, UWB, ...
- Software - middleware, billing, applications


Current Speakers
Eric Buatois Managing Director Sofinnova Ventures
Chris Couper Pervasive/Wireless Chief Technology Officer IBM
Sumit Deshpande VP, Office of the CTO Computer Associates
Vijay Dhir Dean, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science UCLA
Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA - WINMEC
Shivbir Grewal Partner Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth LLP
Yogesh Gupta CTO Computer Associates
Mohanjit Jolly Director
Fred Kitson Director of Mobile & Media Systems Lab HP
Dean Knuth National Acct. Mgr., Wireless Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Asad Madni President and COO BEI Technologies, Inc.
Bahram Nour-Omid Partner Shelter Capital
Rafail Ostrovsky Professor, CS UCLA
Naser Partovi Managing Director Enterprise Partners Venture Capital
Bernard Perrine GM, Mobile and Embedded Devices Marketing Microsoft Corporation
J. Gerry Purdy Venture Advisor
Principal Analyst
Diamondhead Ventures
MobileTrax LLC
Bart Schachter Founding and Managing Partner Blueprint Ventures
Vamsi Sistla Director of Residential Entertainment Technologies ABI Research
Arunas Slekys VP - Corporate Marketing Hughes Network Systems
Jim Smith, Ph.D General Partner Mohr, Davidow Ventures
Martin Tobias Venture Partner Ignition Partners
Steve Tomlin Partner Avalon Ventures
Thomas Werner SVP Mobile Enterprise Siemens


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