IoT WebTalk: Leveraging C-V2X and the Power of Partnership to Create Safer Roads

IoT WebTalk: Leveraging C-V2X and the Power of Partnership to Create Safer Roads

Start: Monday 28 September 2020 15:30

End: Monday 28 September 2020 16:30

Venue: Online

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At the end of September 2020, a U.S. based partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), American Tower, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, Traffic Technology Services, and Audi will complete the roll out of C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) technology on the Virginia Smart Road Test Bed at VTTI for trials and fine tuning, before deploying on Northern Virginia roadways.

The pilot programme highlights how cellular technology, and C-V2X in particular, can improve public safety and driving efficiency. C-V2X is an enhanced 3GPP LTE standard with a sustainable roadmap to 5G that describes a set of technologies enabling communication messages between vehicles, roadside infrastructure and vulnerable road users.

The C-V2X pilot deployment centres around two essential new use cases: i) providing warning of road works and; ii) providing low latency near real-time status of traffic signals. In this IoT WebTalk, the project partners are coming together to discuss their pilot, the aim to improve public safety, and the significance of their cross-ecosystem partnership – and how it could become a blueprint for future deployments to bring societal benefits to market faster.

Join this interactive online session to discover:

  • Objective and scope of the C-V2X pilot programme
  • The societal benefits, including improved safety, driving efficiency and convenience
  • Why forging partnerships across the value chain is fundamental to success
  • The need for new and scalable business models
  • How short-range and long-range communication modes of C-V2X complement each other


Ed Knapp

CTO, American Tower Corporation

Ed Knapp is the corporate CTO for American Tower. He is responsible for leading the company’s global innovation program, technology investments and strategy.

Prior to joining American Tower in 2017, as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, Ed Knapp was responsible for their New Jersey Corporate Research Center from which he managed a diverse engineering team with researchers and product engineering staff across India, Israel and the US. Mr. Knapp has more than 38 years of communications technology experience with over 30 years invested in the development of the global wireless industry from 1G to 5G, including CxO leadership roles in 3 start-ups.

At Qualcomm, Ed established the FSMTM small cell product line and managed advanced R&D projects including mmW 5G, mobile & vehicular device to device (V2X) technology, localization technology as well as various licensed and unlicensed spectrum applications. Ed joined Qualcomm with the acquisition of OFDMA leading start-up Flarion Technologies in 2006. Before joining Flarion, Knapp was the chief technology officer of PacketVideo Corporation, a pioneer in delivering end to end multimedia software for streaming of MPEG4 video to mobile devices. Prior to PacketVideo, Knapp co-founded and served as the senior vice president of engineering and chief technology officer of the MVNO operator NextWave Telecom, Inc. Mr. Knapp also served as the executive director of technical services for Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile (Verizon Wireless) where he was responsible for design, buildout and operation of the New York Metro area 1G and 2G cellular system.

He received a master’s of business administration from Columbia University, his master’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU) in New York, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stony Brook University. Ed currently has 5 granted US patents and 1 pending application.

External Boards and Advisory Roles:

  • Center for Automotive Research – CAR (Board Member)
  • AST SpaceMobile
  • Rutgers University Industry Advisory Board – ECE

Anupam Malhotra (pom)

Director for Connected Vehicles and Data, Audi of America

Anupam Malhotra (pom) is Director for Connected Vehicles and Data at Audi of America. He is responsible for the business and operational growth of Audi’s connected services offerings and the development of the company’s digitalization and data portfolio for connected cars. Pom has built Audi’s leadership in the connected vehicle space with the introduction of several technology-forward industry-firsts in Infotainment, Telematics, V2X, and EV services that elevate the experience customers expect from a premium brand. He also leads the development of innovative revenue models leveraging Audi’s connected car strengths and plays a key role in guiding the strategic direction of the company towards automated vehicles. Pom joined Audi in 2010 from General Motors where he was the head of location based services for the company’s OnStar brand and helped expand the company into global markets. In his more than 25 years in the automotive industry, Pom has focused his efforts at the intersection of business and technology and continues to work on realizing Audi’s vision of the future of mobility.

Jim Misener

Senior Director, Product Management and Global C-V2X Ecosystem Lead , Qualcomm

Jim Misener is Senior Director, Product Management and the Global C-V2X Ecosystem Lead for Qualcomm. He develops and executes Qualcomm’s C-V2X deployment strategy across all global regions and works with roadside and automotive stakeholders, enabling software/hardware stack suppliers and internal teams to accomplish broad C-V2X deployment. Previously at Qualcomm, Jim led the automotive standards team and C-V2X was a major emphasis as well.

In addition to his roles at Qualcomm, Jim serves as a 5GAA board member, ITS California board member, the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee Chair and is active in TRB, which involves serving as an ITS Committee member, Vehicle-Highway Automation committee member and Automated Vehicle Symposium Enabling Technologies session organizer. Jim also serves as an Advisory Council member to the Carnegie Melon University/University of Pennsylvania/Ohio State National University Transportation Center, Mobility 21 and on the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Board of Governors.

Jim was an early pioneer in vehicle-highway automation and vehicle safety communication at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley, starting in the mid-90s. He has served as the PATH Executive Director, Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, and an independent consultant with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups, the automotive industry and Federal and State government agencies. Jim holds BS and MS degrees from UCLA and USC.

Cathy McGhee

Director, Virginia Transportation Research Council, VDOT

Cathy McGhee serves as the Director of the Office of Transportation Research and Innovation for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Director of the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) – an office within the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Her career has been dedicated to finding innovative solutions to transportation issues.

McGhee has more than 25 years of experience in traffic engineering and system operations, intelligent transportation systems, and data and performance measurement.

She has led VDOT’s research program on connected and automated vehicles and worked with university partners to develop, test, and deploy equipment and applications within the Virginia Connected and Automated Corridors to continue the mission of delivering safe and efficient mobility.

Prior to her dual-director roles, McGhee was VTRC’s associate director for safety, operations and traffic engineering, responsible for research projects that focus on enhancing the operation of Virginia’s highway infrastructure.

McGhee received her bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and master’s degree and from the University of Virginia, both in civil engineering.
She has held a professional engineer’s license in Virginia since 2004.

McGhee currently serves as the chair for the Transportation Research Board Committee on Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations (ACP10), and as a stakeholder for the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Dr Shane Rooney

Senior Technical Director, GSMA

Shane Rooney is a Senior Technical Director at the GSMA, leading activities in IoT and bringing together strategies and synergies across industry verticals and wider IoT ecosystems. Shane had previously led the GSMA’s initiative in developing mobile solutions in Smart Cities and collaborating with cities like Barcelona, Dubai and Shanghai. His team has developed a wider range of Smart City Indicators, Case Studies and Business Cases demonstrating the importance of mobile technology. His team also have developed enablers in IoT Security and embedded SIM. He has led the launch of the Cellular LPWA Networks Technology (LTE-M and NB-IoT) initiative globally and is now promoting Cellular V2X technology. Previously he has been a Group Vice President with Etisalat, developing solutions for Energy, Security and Transport IoT solutions for Middle East, Africa and Asia. Before that he has worked with other Mobile Operators, Vodafone, Hutchison and 3 UK as well as launching and divesting of his own M2M company. Shane pioneered early telematics and connected car solutions for Ford Motor Company in the USA and Europe. He has extensive Global experience. He holds a PhD in Communications Systems specialising in Location Based Services and studied Business Marketing at IMD Switzerland.



Time Content Speaker
5 min Welcome and Introduction Shane Rooney, Executive Director IoT Networks, GSMA
20 min Presentations: C-V2X and the Power of Partnership Anupam Malhotra, Director for Connected Vehicles and Data, Audi of America


Jim Misener, Senior Director, Product Management and Global C-V2X Ecosystem Lead, Qualcomm


Ed Knapp, CTO, American Tower Corporation


Cathy McGhee, Director, Virginia Transportation Research Council, VDOT
20 min Interactive Panel Discussion with all Speakers Moderator: Dr Shane Rooney, Executive Director IoT Networks, GSMA
15 min Live Audience Q&A with all Speakers


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