Utility Industry Expert, Kathy Nelson, joins Ondas Networks to focus on Industry Relations for Mission Critical Internet of Things (MC-IoT) Markets
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 20, 2018 — Ondas Networks Inc., a leading supplier of private licensed wireless data networks for mission critical industrial markets, today announced the addition of utility industry veteran, Kathy Nelson, to its senior leadership team as the Director of Technical Product Marketing & Industry Relations. Effective immediately, Ms. Nelson will lead Ondas’ industry relations and product marketing efforts across all industrial verticals including electric utilities, oil & gas, transportation and government.
Ms. Nelson brings twenty-five years of experience in the deployment of wireless data and voice communications systems for Great River Energy, one of the nation’s leading wholesale electricity providers. In her former role, Ms. Nelson was responsible for the deployment of advanced Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) systems. Ms. Nelson is a recognized utility industry leader, most recently as the Chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), ending a tenure of nearly ten years on UTC’s Board of Directors, including four years as Chair of the Public Policy Division. Ms. Nelson is also the recipient of the Electric Power Research Industry (EPRI) Technology Transfer Award for her work on Field Area Networks and the UTC’s Meehan Award.
“I am excited to join the Ondas’ leadership team as we accelerate the adoption of our next generation, standards-based Industrial Internet solutions,” said Ms. Nelson. “A key driver for joining the Company was the alignment between Ondas’ mission and my interest in developing solutions that improve the reliability, efficiency and productivity of mission-critical operations run over large field areas. The Ondas management team has devoted its vision and energy to the IEEE standardization process over the last several years which is a critical element to widespread adoption of the Industrial Internet.”
“Ondas is the world leader in IEEE 802.16s, a standard designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the Industrial Internet. It is rare to see a company so dedicated to its mission and I look forward to working with the team to help our customers meet the challenges of deploying smart grid and other machine-to-machine applications,” Ms. Nelson added.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Ms. Nelson join our growing team of wireless industrial experts,” said Stewart Kantor, CEO of Ondas. “The Industrial Internet, which has lagged in comparison to the mobile consumer rollout, is at the foothill of a significant investment cycle. Ondas’ wireless connectivity solutions, which are architected for the unique needs of Industrial networks, will drive that investment. Ms. Nelson is a recognized global leader in smart grid automation and field area networks and has a deep knowledge of the technological needs of our critical infrastructure customers. Her position as an expert advisor and advocate for our customers will be critical as we expand our MC-IoT solutions globally, across critical infrastructure sectors.”