Prodea Systems is an IoT services platform that delivers a proven suite of managed IoT services with unprecedented scale, speed, and reliability. We have created an end-to-end solution that is ideal for data-intensive industries that need real-time performance monitoring, data intelligence and predictive analytics. Prodea’s ConnectCloud Platform is specifically designed to enable end-to-end managed IoT services for enterprises, service providers, manufacturers and governments. In addition to a framework that enables managed IoT services, we also provide a suite of ready-to-deploy, revenue generating private-label services.
Prodea is a privately held company formed by the Ansari family with development centers in both Richardson, Texas, and Silicon Valley. The Ansaris are inventors with a history of developing groundbreaking technologies in the telecommunications space. They have helped revolutionize the infrastructure we all use today to communicate over wireless and landline systems. Prodea is the Ansari’s latest endeavor to address the challenges of today’s increasingly complex Internet of Things landscape.
At Prodea, we enable customers to quickly deploy managed IoT services via our carrier-grade IoT services platform across vertical markets—providing a one-stop shop for enterprises, service providers, manufacturers and governments.
“Just as we correctly predicted the evolution of communications networks by building the first globally deployed carrier-grade voice-over-IP platform, so too do we see a shift needed in the IoT industry. The IoT industry today is focused on connecting billions of devices and users, but it must evolve to enable meaningful services that drive business transformation and end-user value. By building the most innovative IoT services platform to deliver managed IoT services, we are poised to accelerate IoT deployments across different industries. We are facilitating the evolution of an ‘Internet of Things’ towards an ‘Internet of Services.’”
Dr. Anousheh Ansari
CEO, Prodea Systems
The Management Team
Prodea is led by its three co-founders who are inspired by the spirit of innovation. The company’s operationally-driven management team has a long history of creating industry-leading products, maintaining service excellence, and delivering unprecedented returns on equity.
The team members are highly regarded through the telecommunications industry and the capital markets.
Anousheh Ansari is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Prodea Systems. As she launched her company on September 18, 2006, she also blasted off for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She also earned a place in history as the first astronaut of Iranian descent, the first Muslim woman, and the fourth private explorer to visit space. This was the accomplishment of a lifelong dream for her.
As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship, she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004. With the success of the X Prize competition, the Ansari family helped launch a new era in private space exploration.
Prior to her space ventures, Anousheh served as Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Chairwoman for telecom technologies, inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing 100% sequentially year-over-year since inception, her company successfully merged with Sonus Networks and she served as General Manager and Vice President of the Softswitch division.
Anousheh is a member of the X Prize Foundation’s Vision Circle, as well as on its Board of Trustees. She is a life member in the Association of Space Explorers and on the advisory board of the Teacher’s in Space project. She has received multiple honors, including the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, DFW International Community Alliance Hall of Fame Award, the Working Woman’s National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Mason University’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, George Washington University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Region. While under her leadership, telecom technologies earned recognition as one of Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing companies and Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 500 technology companies.
Anousheh has served on the boards of not-for-profit organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas and the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center. She currently works to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as ASHOKA, which supports social entrepreneurship around the world, including the Middle East and Central Asia. She runs an annual competition called the “What If?” competition for middle school students to promote free thinking and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.
Anousheh earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.
Amir Ansari is is an inventor and serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience designing and building technologies in the areas of telecommunications, multimedia, health, and privacy. Amir’s years of extensive research and development into the Internet of Things has made him a subject matter expert and has earned him over 25 key patents in the field. He has been shaping the industry through his collaboration with regulatory entities in the areas of health management and consumer privacy, and continues to push the envelope with his robust and massively scalable product designs.
Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Amir served in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer of Sonus Networks, Inc. He was responsible for providing technical guidance and direction in deploying one of the industry’s first multi-service softswitches in carrier networks.
Amir joined Sonus Networks via its acquisition of telecom technologies, inc., where he was a Co-Founder and the Chief Technology Officer. Amir led efforts for architecting, designing and deploying the company’s softswitch, the most robust and scalable product of its type. telecom technologies’ client list consisted of Fortune 500 companies such as WorldCom, Quest Communications, Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, and AT&T.
Amir is actively involved with several non-profit organizations that strive for social development. He serves on the Board of Directors of the X PRIZE foundation and is a member of the X PRIZE Foundation’s Vision Circle and serves on its Board of Trustees. Together with his family, he was a title sponsor for the Ansari X PRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.
Amir earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from George Mason University.
Hamid Ansari is Prodea’s President and Co-Founder and brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience building and deploying technology products and services worldwide. His expertise in strategic positioning, and mergers & acquisitions has resulted in several successful business transactions with values ranging from tens of millions to more than a billion dollars.
Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Hamid co-founded telecom technologies, inc., where he managed a professional services organization and oversaw the creation and worldwide deployment of four carrier-class products. Hamid served as the company’s President until its successful merger with Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS) in 2001.
Hamid launched his career at MCI, where he was part of a small group of pioneers in the world of telecommunications divestitures. As part of the advanced engineering group, his contributions led to the development and implementation of new products and services — creating one of the most technically advanced telecommunications networks in the world. Later, Hamid headed the advanced data communications network division of an international consulting company in support of World Bank projects in Africa and the Middle East.
Hamid has completed advanced credits towards a doctorate of communications. He earned a master’s degree in computer science and telecommunications from George Washington University.
Andrew Tauhert brings 20+ years of experience in business development, product marketing, sales support and product development to Prodea Systems.
Prior to joining the company, Andrew held senior-level positions at Nortel in business and engineering across North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. He began his career as a member of the scientific staff and shortly thereafter took on the responsibilities of a development architect, earning multiple promotions to positions of increasing responsibility.
Identified as a top talent at Nortel, Andrew developed in-depth knowledge across a wide variety of networks, technologies and market segments. He partnered with major players in the industry to develop market leading solutions and as such was a key contributor to their success.
Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
Cyril Brignone bring over 15 years of experience in distributed Smart Spaces and the Internet of Things (IoT) to Prodea. Most recently, he was CEO of Arrayent Inc., the leading consumer IoT cloud platform which was acquired by Prodea in July of 2017.
Prior to his role as Arrayent’s CEO, Cyril led the company’s worldwide sales and delivery team, and was responsible for defining the Arrayent ConnectCloud Platform product portfolio.
Before joining Arrayent, Cyril co-founded Vator.tv, an online portal for showcasing emerging startup companies. In 2000, he came to Silicon Valley from France to work at Hewlett Packard Laboratories as a Senior Research Scientist Manager, and later led the HP Smart Environment Research Group. There Cyril initiated and managed research partnerships with partners including SAP, NTT DoCoMo, and the Taiwanese government. This research resulted in the creation of the HP RFID and Sentient Spaces programs.
He holds 23 patents in the field and has acquired an M.S. in Computer Science from Centrale de Lyon in France.
Michael Cooper brings 20 years of experience in end-to-end product lifecycle management to Prodea Systems.
Prior to joining the company, Michael served as a Vice President for Nortel. He was responsible for Core Technologies for Wireless Networks, a multinational organization with over 1,200 headcount. Michael was recognized as top talent within the organization and his breadth of responsibilities included business strategy, product marketing, research & development, and operations. He received multiple corporate awards such as a CEO Quality Award of Excellence, The President’s Award of Excellence, and the President’s Award of Excellence for Innovation, among others. In addition, Michael has had extensive international experience working across five continents during his career and resided in London for a period of time.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tulane University.
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Bringing Together the Best of the Best
Prodea’s Advisory Board is comprised of visionaries who drive innovation and move industries into the future. From technology to media to finance to healthcare to entertainment, these industry leaders have a depth and breadth of
experience that will help Prodea establish partnerships and deliver on its promise of providing the connecting point to the Internet of Things for connectivity between people, data and devices.
Chairman and CEO of Badr Investments
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis M.D.
Chairman & CEO XPrize, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University
Mr. Miguel Forbes
Senior Executive at Forbes Media, LLCn
Mr. Kaveh Khosrowshahi
Partner and Managing Director of Allen & Company
Dr. Richard Merkin
CEO and founder of Heritage Provider Network
Mr. Zod Nazem
Investor and Former CTO of Yahoo
Mr. Hadi Partovi
Co-founder of the education non-profit Code.org
Mr. Marty Pompadur
Global Vice Chairman, Media and Entertainment at Macquarie Capital Partners
Dr. Charles Simonyi
Founder of Intentional Software, former chief architect at Microsoft
Mr. Solomon D. (“Sol”) Trujillo
Global telecommunications, media, and cable industry executive