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Mr. Link is founder and Chief Technology Officer for M2MD Technologies, Inc. a new company focused on securely and efficiently connecting machines to mobile devices. M2MD has developed an M2M connectivity solution for LTE and GSM based devices that allows the device to remain in a very low “always ready” state, while enabling instant incoming connections, and an IoT security technology utilizing the SIM card that minimizes data consumption for the TLS handshake while using industry standard security solutions. Along with the security focus, M2MD has developed a patented telematics enrollment platform and a patented “smart phone as a key” technology.
Previously, Mr. Link was Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Hughes Telematics in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Hughes Telematics from its inception and Verizon Telematics, Inc. (VZT) after Verizon acquired Hughes Telematics in 2012. As CTO, Mr. Link was responsible for the technology foundation of the company and focused on vehicle connectivity, network architecture and strategy for the OEM telematics offerings of the company.
Mr. Link was responsible for specifying the architecture for VZT’s service rollout for Mercedes and Volkswagen vehicles in North America. This architecture is the first full implementation of a system that leverages best-in-class service and content providers while maintaining OEM autonomy. The architecture is designed to support multiple OEMs across several continents with a consistent offering and scalable infrastructure. Hughes Telematics/VZT began offering service to Mercedes vehicles in November 2009, and Volkswagen vehicles in August 2013. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Link led the successful technology rollout of OEM services for Mercedes and Volkswagen in China.
Prior to his involvement in the telematics industry, Mr. Link spent 19 years in various engineering roles developing products and services for the U.S. wireless/cellular industry, leading to over 75 patents and nearly 50 pending patents. Most notable of the developments was the wireless message waiting indicator network (“MWI”), initially serving Bellsouth in the mid-1990’s, and later delivering over a billion MWI notifications per month for AT&T. Other notable systems or services architected and developed by Mr. Link include the first North American USSD based information system, a unified wireless-wireline voice mail service, a point-of-sale system that automatically “programmed” handsets and a call forwarding system that automatically forwards cellular calls to an associated landline.
Along with a colleague from Daimler, Mr. Link conceived the embedded M2M Form Factor (MFF) SIM device that is a cornerstone of the eSIM and the embedded connectivity solutions used by the automobile industry.
Mr. Link resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Susan. Both his daughter and son are engineers, currently working in the telecommunications industry.