Erik Varney is managing director of telematics and industrial IoT for Verizon. He has been closely involved in the wireless industry for the last 25+ years, as he first started in the paging industry at the very birth of wireless data solutions. Most recently, Erik has been instrumental in deploying and architecting 4G LTE and 5G broadband and narrow band wireless networks along with their complementary products and services for Verizon Wireless. Erik has extensive application and network support experience in all wireless networking protocols in the WWAN space. He is currently leading the technology group that provides the implementation and expertise for all technical and network implementation technology for both telematics and industrial IoT partners throughout the world. He has personally helped more than a thousand companies integrate Verizon Wireless’s network and technology into their products and services, enabling them to improve their own customers’ satisfaction and drive millions of dollars of new revenue for their core businesses.