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Stephanie  Atkinson

Stephanie Atkinson

Founder & CEO of Compass Intelligence


For 20+ years, Stephanie Atkinson, has provided strategic insights, key trends, market intelligence, industry modeling/forecasting, and advisory services for technology companies, enterprise executives, and government leaders across the globe. She is the founder and CEO of Compass Intelligence, a leading tech advisory and market research firm based in Texas. Her knowledge base and expertise are centered around telecom, IT, mobile, emerging technology, and various high-tech topics. She is well known for simplifying complex topics, while educating and engaging executives, leaders, and managers who seek contextual information to help grow business, companies, and strategic initiatives.  Read More >

Mrs. Atkinson was recently recognized as one of the top 100 thought leaders and influencers to follow in 2020 by Thinkers360 and was listed as the #2 top thought leader and influencers in the Internet of Things. She has also been listed on the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts by  Today's Wireless World and the 50 Most Influential Women in Internet of Things by IoTi. She is an author and contributor to CIO.com, hosts webinars as an influencer for IDG Tech, and has been quoted in numerous trade publications including CNN Money,Wall Street Journal,USA Today, and CEO Magazine. She is a speaker or moderator at tech events including IoT World, CES, MWC Americas, and others.

Mrs. Atkinson serves as an executive/board advisor for Silverwood Partners, nGage Events, and Texas A&M Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department. Prior to launching Compass Intelligence, Ms. Atkinson held positions at Frost & Sullivan, In-Stat/MDR, Texlink Communications, and Alcatel USA. Ms. Atkinson holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  She also volunteers for the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University and Heritage School in Fredericksburg, TX. She resides in Bandera, Texas, the 'Cowboy Capital of the World,' with her husband and 2 sons. Read Less ^

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Smart Cities: What’s In It For My Company & Industry?

“Learning the Impact of Digital Communities Across the Ecosystem” Read More >

U.S. cities and municipalities are embracing smart city technology and initiatives, and many varying phases of implementing and adopting from small to large scale smart city projects and initiatives. More advanced cities are developing committees, departments, and budgets allocated to smart city projects. Cities continue to evaluate ways to leverage resources across departments and key city services to develop, manage, and implement scalable and cross-functional initiatives that can grow with the city as it seeks to become more sustainable, innovative, open, advanced, efficient, and service oriented.

A smart city embraces and implements high-tech solutions (Internet of Things, Sensors, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Automation) and sustainable practices, fosters innovation, maintains an open/interactive forum with community, shares real-time information, provides flexible citizen and community services, and leverages advanced emerging technology to solve problems, reduce expenses, save lives, reduce congestion, reduce pollution, improve safety, and advance energy and infrastructure resources. Explore the below topics to learn, engage, and understand your opportunity in this vast growing market. Read Less ^

  • Smart Cities – A smart city is open, high-tech, eco-friendly, responsive, and innovative serving citizens and the community with optimized services.
  • Landscape & Opportunities – How can my company contribute to this growth?
  • What municipal services, initiatives are included?  e.g. Intelligent Traffic Management; Sustainability Goals, Smart Lighting; Asset Tracking, Waste Management, City Services, Public Safety, etc.
  • What is the path to getting involved?  How does it work?
  • Budgeting and Planning – Understanding typical budget and planning processes
  • Public/ Private Partnerships – Explore how governments are working with non-profits and for profit companies to execute
  • Who in my organization should lead the charge?

5G & Edge Computing: Driving Your Company’s Future Success & How to Best Prepare

There are two notable driving forces expected to bring significant change to the way businesses operate, interface with customers, and provide optimal products and services to customers. First, we are at the emergence of 5G realization as networks are being upgraded and new devices enter into the market. Secondly, edge computing is taking over the past discussions of the cloud as the answer to bring analytics and insights in a real-time and automated manner. Read More >

5G brings the dawn of a new era where we connect machines, objects, people, cars, and more. The 5G infrastructure market brings new opportunities and potential applications that we have yet to unveil, and the industry is bracing for speeds that bring mass IoT to fruition, low latency critical communications that is ultra-reliable, and enhanced mobile broadband. Fixed wireless also becomes more of a reality across the nation, as 5G brings speeds that are expected to directly compete with cable and other high-speed Internet services.

Edge computing is an explosive topic for enterprise transformation, as we push intelligence to network end-points and devices as opposed to pushing data to the core/centralized cloud or to a remote server/datacenter. Chipset technologies have advanced where data analytics and decisions are being made at the equipment or device for critical decision making, business process improvement, and important action enablement. Edge computing combined with Internet of Things, brings simplification and new possibilities for immediate and real-time decision making for things like fleet management, asset tracking, supply chain management, advance manufacturing, building management, autonomous systems, and improvements to government operations. Explore these topics and more below: Read Less ^

  • How is 5G impacting my industry or my company?
  • How do I best prepare to leverage these state of the art technologies?
  • How will cloud storage and services evolve to edge computing and analytics? How does this impact businesses today and tomorrow?
  • Exploring Big Data intelligence processing and analytics to impact business operations and processes
  • Top 5G technologies and Devices that Can be Leveraged for Business Improvement and Efficiencies
  • Top Use Cases in Your relative Industry
  • Applying 5G and Edge to my business or company

Automation & IoT in Patient Care and Medical Practice

As healthcare organizations and hospitals across the globe embrace automation, many are looking at machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and solutions to support in day-to-day operations, asset management, logistics, and even patient care. At a larger scope, large hospitals and HCOs are bogged down with locating, identifying, and delivering key assets including medical equipment, health carts, medical supplies, instruments, and other patient care tools. The most important assets can be tracked as well including patients and pharmaceuticals, as well as medical staff. As medical care moves further away from a brick-and-mortar facility and we embrace remote care (online and digitally), the need to identify, track, and secure important assets will continue to become a vital part of the health care system. Read More >

Some of the core trends impacting automation in the healthcare industry include:

  • Elderly and Chronic Disease Remote Care & Management
  • Remote Doctor Visits and Diagnosis
  • Mobile Tools for Self or Patient Administering
  • Sensor Systems to track medical assets, medical staff, and inventory
  • Robotic surgical technology and solutions
  • Clinician & Point-of-Care Automation
  • Connected Medical Carts

A number of growing and emerging technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, robotics (RPA), machine learning, and machine vision will all contribute to the automation and improved efficiencies of patient care, surgical procedures, and disease management. To be prepared for the future of healthcare and the transformation the industry is experiencing, the entire ecosystem of care givers and providers will need to be prepared to embrace these technologies and learn about how they will impact overall health care across the globe. Read Less ^