Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80SPRING 2017 | CompTIAWorld 45 Sights Set High – Literally There’s a satellite tracking system sitting on a countertop in his basement where there might otherwise be a couple cans of paint and old yearbooks. David R. Beering, founder of Intelligent Designs and a CompTIA Premier Member serving on the Space Enterprise Executive Council, has been working on it in hopes of finding an even better way to follow satellites over the North Pole. But ever since Beering launched his company six years ago, he has been a one-man operation with an eagle eye on engineering the best and smartest satellite communications systems yet. With 80 projects spanning seven continents, he is helping to broaden the definition of the Internet of Things (IoT), an umbrella term that refers to the family of smart, interconnected devices that touch our lives everyday, most of the time without us even knowing it. According to CompTIA’s Internet of Things Insights and Opportunities report, current estimates project that by 2020, 50.1 billion things will be connected or have some level of intelligence. This modern Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to have massive economic impact, with the McKinsey Global Institute anticipating $11 trillion in global economic value add by 2025. The backbone created by IoT fuels the kind of work Beering does with satellites. “The biggest thing that a satellite brings to the ecosystem is the ability to connect things together irrespective of their physical location,” Beering said calling from his home office just outside of Chicago. His ultimate goal is to place satellites firmly in the IoT world and, as he explained, to “reach assets that are hard to reach otherwise.” Intelligent Designs specializes in system integration and implementation of high-performance communication systems that use satellites and line-of- sight communications components. Much of Beering’s work falls into the IoT category with more recent projects focused on delivering IP data connectivity to airborne, shipboard and mobile users via satellite. It seems like with every project he’s finding new ways of wirelessly connecting smart devices in locations that have posed serious challenges up until now. Armed with degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue and experience working with huge telecom companies like AT&T, Beering has been working closely with clients on a surprisingly diverse range of projects. For the Department of Defense, he’s helped develop solutions to make interoperability a reality in the most remote, challenging destinations on Earth. The most practical use of the technology is that it can connect a ship in the Arctic, for example, with its home base of operations anywhere in the world. The most far-reaching solutions have turned four nuclear weapons into smart devices. He even worked with NASA to launch a high-performance satellite. Beering also helped develop a global satellite network in support of the Joint Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Organization to support troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where he spent a lot of time traveling over the years. As a kid who grew up in the shadow of the Apollo space program, Beering always had his sights set high. So, in 2011, when the opportunity arose to start his own business after spending most of his career in corporate communications environments, he jumped at the chance to push boundaries and to work with partners he’d always dreamed about. Where others might smell fear of the new, he smells opportunity. Want more information? Contact Membership@CompTIA.org.