Ian Aaron, CEO, Ubicquia
Ian Aaron is the CEO of Ubicquia® which offers municipalities, utilities and mobile operators a cost-effective and expandable platform for deploying smart city, broadband and small cell services. The Ubi suite of product lines include UbiCell™, UbiHub™ and UbiMetro™ which are NEMA socket-compliant and compatible with more than 360 million streetlights globally, as well as UbiGrid™, which provides advanced utility monitoring and grid stability for a large class of utility devices from the substation to the meter. Ubicquia’s smart city platforms simply plug into existing streetlights to provide critical services, including advanced light control and video AI to optimize traffic management and enhance public safety. Ubicquia’s communication platforms deliver public WiFi, private LTE and small cell solutions that plug into a streetlight photocell socket, install in minutes and are barely seen from street level. Ubicquia’s smart grid platforms are designed to help utilities harden their utility pole and distribution transformer networks while delivering valuable real-time data for monitoring critical infrastructure.
Aaron is a 20-year digital technology and media executive with a broad base of C-Level operational and strategic experience at the intersection of media, telecom and technology across the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Aaron previously served as CEO and President of public and private companies including President of Gemstar TV Guide (NASDAQ: GMST), CEO of TVN Entertainment and President of SoftNet Systems (NASDAQ: SOFN). Aaron’s operating expertise includes building and managing global engineering and sales teams, major restructurings, turnarounds, startups and leading more than $1 billion of public and private financings.
Aaron began his career in R&D and Product Development at GTE residing both domestically and in Japan. Aaron has advised private equity and venture capital- backed firms in the areas of mobile, telecom and video infrastructure, digital mapping and application development. Aaron has served as director and chairman of various telecom, media and technology companies globally including Eagleview-Pictometry, SoftNet, TVN, Netgame and VDIO. He is a frequent speaker at telecom, CATV, mobile, digital media and investment banking conferences.
Aaron graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Communications. He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL.