Ericsson D-15 IoT Studio

Ericsson D-15 IoT Studio is where the Internet of Things come to life at Ericsson in Silicon Valley. It combines the latest 5G connectivity, IoT hardware, software and analytics, lab space, plus business and technical experts to co-create compelling solutions that move the needle. In addition to being a place for events and meetups, it’s also the perfect space for developers and startups to come to work on the next big thing in IoT.

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How it works

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1. Dare creatively

Embracing a start-up approach, our team of seasoned IoT product managers, business modeling pros, engineers, and designers work with you to accelerate ideas from concept to minimum viable product (MVP).

2. Design jointly

Together with our team experts, you can refine challenges in user-centric workshops designed to understand the needs of your end user. Rapid prototyping drives development, leveraging lo-fi sketches and cardboard mock-ups to create early-stage models.

3. Deliver completely

After extensive testing and user-driven iteration, we work collectively within our ecosystem, to develop the commercial possibilities of the MVP and build strategies on how to bring it to market.

How IoT can revolutionize your industry

IoT technology is reshaping industry potential. Smarter machines, lightning-speed wireless operations with reliable, secure infrastructure and access to real time information that can transform the way your company operates. Come and be inspired – learn how you can advance your industry together with us at D-15 IoT Studio.

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Meet the team

Daniel Elizalde

Daniel Elizalde

Vice President, Head of IoT for North America

Daniel Elizalde heads the Ericsson IoT studio in Silicon Valley. He has over 18 years of experience managing the lifecycle of IoT products in many industries, including manufacturing, automotive and renewable energy.

Before joining Ericsson, Daniel worked as an IoT product coach helping Executives and Product Leaders develop a successful IoT product strategy.

Daniel has trained over 1,200 professionals around the world on his approach to IoT strategy and he teaches IoT strategy and product management at Stanford University.

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Kushala Silva

Head of Development

Kushala Silva leads the technology division of IoT studio for Ericsson. In this capacity, Kushala is responsible for delivering next generation IoT, AI capabilities leveraging Ericsson’s 5G & 3GPP technologies. Kushala also works closely with telecommunications carriers and the Silicon Valley startup community to build sustainable IoT Solutions. He was previously an adjunct professor of Project and Program Management at the University of Cincinnati.

He has a track record of leading teams working with technology and innovation, more specifically towards the IoT, Edge and AI space, at companies such as VMWare, Procter & Gamble and Coca Cola. Providing his thought-leadership and digital innovation expertise, he has led numerous successful innovations, among those are IoT capability for Coca-Cola globally and a commercial innovation for P&G, “Raising an Olympian”, for the London Olympics 2012 campaign.

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Liia Sarjakoski

Head of IoT Ecosystem

Liia Sarjakoski is an experienced innovation and partnerships leader who is passionate about guiding enterprises on their digital transformation journeys, and unleashing the power of diverse ecosystems for doing so.

Liia first started working on IoT technologies at Nokia while building and launching a set of Industrial IoT solutions for transportation, energy and public sector, utilizing technology stacks like IoT, 5G and AI. Earlier career includes launching a location insights service which responsibly utilizes massive-scale telecom data, launching and running technology scouting partner programs for an innovation center, and helping to establish new-paradigm product security and privacy practices for the company globally.

Liia holds a Masters in Computer Science from Aalto University where she specialized in internet stechnologies, cybersecurity, and business. Today, she leads IoT Studio’s ecosystem programs at Ericsson, working with the partner ecosystem on customer-centric digital transformation solutions with novel business models.

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Ranjit Damoradan

Business Model Monetization Strategy Manager

Ranjit is a results-driven business leader with over 12 years of experience in the technology industry. At the IoT Studio, he is responsible for developing the monetization strategy and driving business model innovations for IoT solutions developed jointly with partners. Ranjit joins the Studio team from inCode, Ericsson’s internal strategy consulting group, where he advised leading U.S. operators, OEMs, investment trusts, private equity firms on all aspects of technology strategy, including innovation, new product development, go-to-market strategy, M&A, new business launches, and growth.

Ranjit holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, and he also has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India. Prior to joining Ericsson, he worked at IBM for over 8 years across roles spanning business operations, corporate planning, capacity management, and software development.

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Bryan Halvenstein

Bryan Havenstein

Server Cloud Native Developer

Bryan is new to the IoT world and recently joined the team as a server/cloud native developer. He has been part of Ericsson since 1998, having held many varying roles including software developer, tester, project manager, and architect. He has worked in several locations and units in the US and Sweden and comes to the IoT Studio from the Ericsson Cloud Manager development team, where he worked as platform architect. He has high interest in streamlining build and deployment chains and continuous integration design, implementation and process as well as working toward fully virtualized, cloud-native software, which he is looking forward to applying to Ericsson's IoT products and solutions.

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Douglas Boling

Douglas Boling

IoT Solution Architect

Doug joins Ericsson with 25 years of experience in the IoT space as a consultant, speaker and author. He has worked a number of companies in the IoT space such as Microsoft, Rockwell, HP, FedEx, Agilent and Motorola. His book, "Programming Microsoft Windows CE" was published by Microsoft Press in four editions. Before his work in IoT, Doug was a contributing editor to PC Magazine and Microsoft's MSDN Magazine as well as an engineer at IBM where he worked on everything from personal computer software to combat systems for nuclear submarines. When not working, Doug loves to swim, bike and downhill ski.

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Sampath Santhana

Sampath Santhana

Senior IoT Product Manager

Sampath Santhana is a passionate product and innovation leader, focused on building AI, IoT, Edge, and Cloud-based products & platforms. His special interests include intrapreneurship and customer-centric product development. He joined IoT Studio from Ericsson’s Distributed Cloud group, where was driving Cloud-Native products for 5G building blocks. He has worked for multiple Silicon Valley-based startups as part of Ericsson M&A (Apcera, Cloud Container Orchestration platform & NodePrime, Data Center Automation platform).

Sampath holds a Master’s degree from Carnegie Melon University specialized in Product Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. At the IoT Studio, he is responsible for driving new product ideas for IoT, AIoT solutions collaborating with the enterprise partners.

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Kevin Pei

Kevin Pei

IoT Full Stack Developer

Kevin Pei has 15+ years of development experience within embedded devices, IoT and AI fields. He currently works on the PoC developments of IoT, AI and Computer Vision.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Kevin has worked for Samsung, T-Mobile, AT&T and Lenovo as a Full Stack developer and architect, where he designed and developed PoCs for Industrial IoT – some of them implemented in the real production lines. During his time with Samsung, Kevin recorded a number of patents in Computer Vision, and worked with IoT partners to validate their products and bringing them on-board the IoT ecosystem.

Kevin understands the cellular infrastructure and made several signal analysis and optimization software for RAN when he worked with the country’s largest service providers.

Kevin holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Anna-Maria Moonen

IoT Program Manager

Anna-Maria Moonen is an experienced people- and business- leader with 20 years working at Ericsson. At the IoT Studio, she leads and coordinates our customers, partners and the IoT Studio team as we co-innovate together in the IoT industry transformation journey.

Anna-Maria joins the IoT Studio team from the Digital Services Project Management Organization (PMO) where she previously was the Manager of Project Managers. Her earlier career holds both technical and non-technical roles, starting at Ericsson in Sweden as a designer evolving to tester, team-lead and later project manager. Transitioning to Ericsson US in 2006, the majority of time entails in the Business Support Systems area, where she outlined solutions in BSS & Revenue Assurance as Solution Architect. Later on, she also lead the same team as an Engineer Manager working with end-customers and Ericsson’s engineers.

Anna-Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.

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Joakim Uddenfeldt

Joakim Uddenfeldt

IoT Product Manager

Joakim Uddenfeldt is an experienced product manager who has been working with product development for IoT devices over the past decade. Joakim first started working with product development at Sony Ericsson, where he worked with the development of their gaming centric devices. Within Sony, he later moved on to work with big data analytics for CRM at Sony Network Entertainment. 
Before joining Ericsson, Joakim worked as a project and product manager at a design House called Sigma Connectivity, where he focused on bringing IoT end-to-end constrained products to market. During his time with Sigma Connectivity, he successfully launched and drove the hardware and software development of an IoT smart office solution called SENS, which became a spin off company of Sigma Connectivity. 
Since 2016, Joakim has been focusing most of his work on product development of 3GPP cellular based IoT products and on how to bring NB-IoT and LTE-M devices to the market. Joakim joined D-15 IoT Studio from Ericsson ONE, which is Ericsson’s innovation hub for intrapreneurs and innovators.
Joakim holds a Master’s in industrial engineering and management as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. At D-15 IoT Studio, Joakim is responsible for driving new end-to-end product solutions based on cellular IoT technologies.

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