Ted Alben

Principal Consulting Engineer & Subject Matter Expert

Ted Alben is the Principal of Relevant-IT with expertise in The Internet of Things, Innovation, Networking and both Physical Security & Cyber Security. Well versed in networking, telecommunications, mobility (wireless) and the management applications, Alben's been engaged in numerous Smart City and IoT Innovation opportunities for both Public and Private Sector.

Over his career, Alben has achieved competencies as a CTO/CIO and senior Network Engineer/Designer, with over twenty years of experience, both here and abroad.

Most recently in an executive consulting capacity, Alben built and led the IoT Practice for one of the world's largest Systems Integrators, Dimension Data, providing insights and innovative solutions to The Fortune 100 including manufacturing, energy and petrochemical, healthcare, retail, and the enterprise markets.

Career highlights include pre-2008 Olympic Games network design and security networking initiatives for antiterrorism and Chinese Homeland Security including emergency operations center design consultation in Beijing, anticrime technology development for Colombian Government, and domestic security for metropolitan centers in the UK and British Isles, including Trinidad.

Notable is Alben’s Security information network design, including CCTV, persistent surveillance, access, and threat detection for six of the top ten US ports and airports for Maritime Domain awareness and Aviation. These systems include advanced biometrics, intelligent video, and WMD sensors.

Senior Consulting Engineer & Subject Matter Expert

Bob James

Senior IT Infrastructure Consultant, Business Analyst

Mister James' extensive understanding of executive business issues, aligns strategic and functional requirements with design-engineering and program/project management realities in the areas of Business Continuity Planning & Testing, Structured Communication Cable Systems, Critical Facilities (Data Centers and Server Rooms), Physical Security Systems, IPT and PBX Voice Technology Environments, PSTN and Private Networks, as well as Technology Re-locations.

Of particular merit are his talents in creating needs assessments and feasibility studies; strategic plans; feasibility and ROI/VOI analyses; inter-dependencies studies; migration strategy plans; conceptual/detailed designs; procurement documentation (RFI/RFP/RFB); business process re-engineering and documentation.

His exposure to various governmental and private industries has been broad, with just a few of the entities benefitting from his experience including:

  • AT&T
  • Mirage Resorts
  • City of Los Angeles
  • Santa Monica College
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Nuveen Investments
Senior IT Infrastructure Consultant, Business Analyst

Jerzy Kichner

Senior Risk Management & Compliance Expert

Captain Kichner has extensive experience in engineering, safety, security, and environmental response. He provides risk analysis and assessment, emergency planning and response, and regulatory compliance to commercial marine transportation and support sectors as well as to the U.S. Government. He is very active supporting developers in the permitting of LNG and LHG Terminals and transportation on the Gulf, West and East Coasts including the use of LNG as a fuel in the marine industry. He has extensive experience and a long successful track record of moving energy developers through the USCG and FERC permitting process and negotiating with the local response community and agencies in moving projects through the FERC requirements. His experience extends to marine operations of LNG and LHG carriers.

He has over 28 years of Coast Guard experience in port & commercial vessel safety, environmental response and security having served in Marine Safety Offices along the East and Gulf Coasts, as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the US Coast Guard Academy, Staff Engineer at the CG HQ Bulk Hazardous Materials Branch, Commanding Officer of the Gulf Strike Team responding to national and international environmental emergencies, as Executive Officer of the National Strike Force Coordination Center directing the operation and national policy of the Coast Guard’s elite Strike Force and as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection & Federal On-Scene Coordinator with total accountability for a commercially diverse region and one of the largest geographic areas of responsibility in the USCG.

Kichner has an incomparable track record in successfully conducting waterway suitability assessments and developing regulatory required emergency plans and operations manuals for the LNG/LHG industry as well as regulatory compliance for other terminals handling Hazardous Materials and oil products He currently serves as advisor for safety, security, assessment and planning, and regulatory compliance issues for a large companies in developing LNG fueling capabilities to support marine transportation on the Gulf and East Coasts. He is involved in the development of terminals using floating gas processing and storage platforms for both LNG and LPG export and transportation along the Inland Rivers, Gulf and West Coasts for foreign export.

Senior Risk Management & Compliance Expert

Christopher Robinson

Senior Networking Consultant, Business Analyst

Christopher Robinson is a leading subject matter expert with over 30 years of IOT experience in manufacturing, transportation, distribution, retail and healthcare. Robinson has also served as an executive at Cisco, Digital Equipment, Compaq/HP, Oracle , Honeywell, and other top firms, generating revenue in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

Robinson has deep, practical experience in Industrial networking, wireless, data analytics, scanning technologies, mobile computing, data center and storage solutions.

Select client engagements where he led very successful outcomes for distinct clientele include:

  • GE Lighting Statistical Process Control Systems
  • GE Engines NC networks
  • TCPL Pipeline Monitoring and Maintenance
  • Sears Line Haul Preventive Maintenance/Asset Tracking/Location
  • Griffith Labs/Weston Foods Environmental Control
  • Lakeridge Hospital RAD Imaging/Asset Tracking
  • GM Process Control Systems
Senior Networking Consultant, Business Analyst

Steve Rogers

Senior Network Engineer, Consultant, Chief Solution Architect

Steve Rogers has over twenty years of unique expertise in planning and implementing turnkey design-build information technology solutions. This includes corporate, enterprise, and federal government initiatives. He is accomplished in Homeland Security & Maritime Domain Awareness solutions including Anti-Terrorist/Force Protection requirements, that integrate state-of-the-art systems, equipment and command-&-control features.

Steve's networking skills extend to LAN/WAN, Wireless, and complex low voltage systems. His analytic experience extends to leading a full range of vulnerability assessments including technology planning & design services to evaluate potential threats to networks, buildings, facilities and installations, define technology needs, and design layered defensive systems that ensure force protection, personnel safety, building integrity, and equipment and records protection.

Senior Network Engineer, Consultant, Chief Solution Architect