Echelon’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) joins the company with a wealth of technical and operational experience in mission-critical spaces, including areas with direct relevance to Echelon’s core expertise and target markets in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
In fact, Sohrab Modi remarked that in many ways, being at Echelon is like going “back to the future” to his years at Novell, where the LAN networking leader faced similar issues with multiple networking protocols. Even the solution is familiar: convergence on IP.
“Echelon has a strong platform in control networking and the IIoT,” he said. “In addition to focusing on specific areas of opportunity such as building automation and lighting, I will be working to establish a robust ecosystem around the protocol-agnostic, open Echelon platform.”
In his first 90 days as CTO, Sohrab will spend time meeting with Echelon customers, partners, and OEMs, listening carefully to their needs and goals. He also plans to work closely with standards bodies. “I want to ensure that Echelon’s expertise is well represented in guiding the future specifications that will promote easy interoperability among all the devices and applications participating in the IIoT,” he said.
Before joining Echelon, Sohrab held Vice President and CTO roles at Sun Microsystems and at Huawei. His technical strategy, planning and management experience spans areas including big data, Internet of Things (IoT), software-defined networking (SDN), smart grid, mobile and cloud operating environments, and high-availability, fault-tolerant cloud systems at a very large scale.