Sensors Expo & Conference Interview – Jim Chase, Sr. Director of Business Development at Benchmark IoT Solutions

Tradeshow Talks with Benchmark
Jim Chase, Senior Director of Business Development
Booth 1345

Please tell us a bit about Benchmark and why you were at Sensors Expo?

Benchmark is a leading design and manufacturing services solutions provider for industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.  We recently introduced an IoT platform solution targeted for key applications in these markets.  The solution leverages our company’s unique capabilities; including our ability to combine miniaturization, intelligent wireless sensor network management, ruggedized industrial design and wireless communications to accelerate development of cutting-edge IoT sensor interface devices and gateway systems for our customers.

We exhibited at Sensors Expo to promote our IoT platform and design capabilities to the industrial sensor community while expanding our relationships with customers and partners in the industrial sensor space.  In addition, I was invited to participate on a panel called “Platforms to Enable IoT Solutions”.  This was a great opportunity for Benchmark to interact with our peers and share more about best practices within Industrial IoT.

Are you showcasing a particular product or service?

We are showcasing our recently introduced IoT edge platform. Specifically, we focused on how industrial customers can accelerate time-to-market for IoT deployments by building custom solutions optimized for cost and performance based on our IoT edge hardware platforms.

What makes your products unique?

Our IoT edge platforms are specifically targeted to precision indoor asset management and industrial sensor network applications.  We have developed a suite of IP and a proof-of-concept reference design that includes scalable hardware with multiple sensor interfaces and a variety of connectivity options, along with embedded software modules that support device provisioning, security, cloud connectivity and more. The IoT edge platform is designed to be quickly customized to a customer specific set of feature requirements and industrial design needs.  Our prototype demo kit combines a localized sensor network with UWB (ultra-wide band) radio for extremely accurate indoor location sensing in areas where traditional solutions like GPS are unsuitable.

What application areas do your products cover?

Our scalable IoT technology platform is designed to solve problems for a broad set of applications, including:

  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • High Value Asset Tracking and Monitoring
  • Oil and Gas Production and Delivery
  • Healthcare and Connected Medical Devices
  • Smart City Critical Infrastructure
  • First Responder Tracking and Monitoring
  • Cold Chain Management
  • Food and Beverage Processing

What were you hoping to get out of the conference?

Industrial IoT is both nascent and dynamic, so part of the draw to attend was the opportunity to learn about the newest sensor solutions in the marketplace. We like to identify potential sensor partners we can collaborate with to integrate the best-of-breed sensors into our reference platform. Our goal is to help our customers solve their customer’s problems.  Benchmark is committed to being a leader defining “the art of the possible” for industrial IoT solutions.

About Jim Chase

Jim is the Senior Director of Business Development as part of the IoT Solutions team of Benchmark. He works with companies to develop IoT solutions for their existing markets and create new strategies for them to drive revenue growth.

He gave a talk at Sensors Expo & Conference about platforms that enable IoT solutions.

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Zoe Peterkin

Upon graduating from the University of Exeter with a BSc Hons. in Zoology, Zoe worked for a market research company, specialising in project management and data analysis. After a three month career break spent in Australia and New Zealand, she decided to head back to her scientific roots with AZoNetwork. Outside of work, Zoe enjoys going to concerts and festivals as well as trying to fit in as much travelling as possible!

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