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Expert in Wireless Product Development

Expert ID: 730698 Canada

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Expert has 30 years of experience in wireless systems design and product research and development. His designs have covered a wide range of wireless applications including satellite, cellular packet data, rural telephony, microwave radio, aeronautical, and others. Expert brings a wide range of practical experience having hands-on and management experience with wireless telecommunication systems, modem, RF, analog, digital, embedded firmware and mechanical design technologies.

His experience is largely in ground-up design where user and technical requirements are translated from paper into working products. Design of such systems has sometimes required radio propagation testing to determine the propagation environment and usually required the development of radio link budgets in order to determine the appropriate modulation, access techniques, error control, RF power, receiver performance, antenna requirements and other key technical parameters.

Expert also has extensive experience in creating system requirements and design specifications having written several for the systems he has led the creation of, as well as for other clients.


Expert was part of the team of consultants that designed a digital upgrade to a commercial air-to-ground communication system that was deployed on 1500 aircraft. In addition to leading the system specification team he was the project manager for the development for an experimental modem, which advanced the state of the art in aeronautical mobile communications achieving high spectral efficiency.Expert consulted to a wireless bypass access provider in the creation of engineering guidelines for operation in the 40 GHz radio band. The work items to create these guidelines included link budget analysis, interference analysis, test lab creation and scenario evaluations.Expert consulted in a business development capacity in the industrial communications area. His proposals landed consulting work for his client from a branch of the US government and a large oil company.Expert was part of the management team for an international technology transfer project. His duties included design and management responsibility for all hardware components of a VSAT system, including modem, RF, baseband, interfacility communications, and microwave. He also provided system design training to a team of 50 engineers.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: BASc Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of British Columbia
Year: 1975 Degree: DiplT Subject: Electronics Institution: British Columbia Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Consulting on wireless system design and implementation, technology development, education and business case development.
Years: 2009 to 2011 Employer: Nebula Manufacturing Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for developing new business opportunities for a fiber optics telecommunications company.
Years: 2003 to 2008 Employer: Argon Security Technologies Title: VP Research and Development Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for all aspects of technology development in a wireless video surveillance company including specification, system design, detailed design, project management and release to production.
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: PMC-Sierra Inc Title: Director Wireless Development Department: Responsibilities: Day-to-day management and budget responsibility for a department of up to 60 people designing semiconductors for the wireless industry.
Years: 1997 to 2001 Employer: PMC-Sierra Inc Title: Director Product Research Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for a range of items related to the long term technical health and product road map of the organization including: product research, standards, intellectual property protection.
Years: 1997 to 1997 Employer: HN Telecom Title: Senior Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Wireless system analysis for a service provider.
Years: 1994 to 1996 Employer: MPR Teltech Title: Development Manager, Rural Radio Department: Responsibilities: Project management and technical prime for the development of a wireless rural communications system. Preparation and review of technical specifications, preparation of development schedules for the 19 person team. Product material costs estimates. Support of marketing efforts through paper preparation and technical position papers
Years: 1992 to 1994 Employer: MPR Teltech Title: Section Manager, Modem Development Department: Responsibilities: Manage a team of 6 to 8 specialists developing custom modems for use in satellite and terrestrial radio systems.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2002 to 2008 Agency: Anmore Municipal Government Role: Councillor Description: ExpertVishloff was twice elected as a Municipal Councillor in the Village of Anmore, one of the fastest growing small communities in British Columbia and part of the Metro Vancouver area. He did not seek a third term.

Responsibilities:
• Policy development in all areas. Council operates on a consensus basis wherever possible so development of polices requires negotiation, compromise and brain storming in a team oriented environment.
•Committee chair, co-chair or liaison for Environment, Emergency Preparedness, Building, Art Council, Advisory Planning Commission, Protective Service.
• Work with senior levels of government for support of important projects.

Accomplishments:
He met or exceeded all promises made including success on difficult files involving:

•Official Community Plan updates.
•Zoning Bylaw updates.
•Reconstruction of the major road through Anmore.
•Rezoning of a manufactured home park, with both the residents and the owners supporting the changes.
•A tree protection bylaw.
•A new Emergency Plan.
•Planning for a new Community Center and Day Care facility.
Years: 1973 to 1978 Agency: BC Institute of Technology Role: Technologist Description: Responsible for the development of electronic lab equipment and its maintenance. Taught night school courses in digital electronics.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Agency: Telecommunications Research Labs Role: Board Member Description: ExpertVishloff was a board member of TR Labs, which is Canada’s largest information and computer technology research consortium in Canada. It is funded by four governments with significant financial contributions from industry and academia. He sat on the Finance and Audit Committee of this $12M organization. As a board member he provided support and guidance to management as the organization transitioned from an academic orientation to a an industrial focused one.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Agency: Telecommunications Research Labs Role: Board Member Description: Expert was a board member of TR Labs, which is Canada’s largest information and computer technology research consortium in Canada. It is funded by four governments with significant financial contributions from industry and academia.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE Senior Member
Licenses / Certifications
P.Eng.
IEEE WCP (Wireless Communications Professional)
Professional Appointments
Twice appointed to the Telecommunications Research Labs (TR Labs), Canada's largest ICT research consortium.

Past member of:
UBC ECE Advisory Committee,
BCIT Technology Centre Advisory Board, and Micronet Coordinating Committee
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert, L., "Service Threats and Opportunities for Public packet Radio Networks", Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sep. 1989

Expert, L., Callendar, M., and Winter, A., "Wireless Telecommunications Technologies for Rural Applications", IEEE International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications, Aug. 1994.

Expert, L., Dunford, W.G., "A Wireless Communication System for the Control of a Distributed Generation and Storage Electrical System", PEDAC 04, Irvine, March 2004

US Patent 7,546,624 "Systems and Methods for Wireless Digital Video Monitoring"

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
None
Training / Seminars
ExpertVishloff currently deliver seminars in wireless technology on a regular and ongoing basis. These are delivered either in person or live via the Internet. Topics include LTE, Introduction to Wireless, Current Industry Practice and a 20 hour course covering seven key areas required for practitioners looking to acquire the IEEE Wireless Communication Professional (WCP) designation.

Recent conference talks and seminars include:
- Lightning Fast Teleprotection, UTC Region 4, Oct. 2011
- Fiber-Optic Smart Grid Backhaul, UTC Canada, Sep. 2011
- Introduction to Passive Optical Networking, Commtech, May 2011
- Lightning Fast Teleprotection, UTC 2011, May 2011
- Leverage the Capacity Of Existing Optical Fiber Networks, UTC Canada, Oct. 2010
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has experience managing a standards group and attending standards meetings and seeks such opportunities to help companies in this important area. Standards development requires patience, technical depth and an ability to build alliances. The skills developed during his six years as an elected part-time municipal councilor have honed his skills in dealing with bureaucracy, which is always present in standards bodies.

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