AAAE/Nokia Webinar

US Airports 4.0 - Unlocking Airport Digitalization, Cost Reductions and Monetization Via Connectivity


July 29, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. ET | Virtual

Airports across the US have experienced a severe economic impact because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. But help has arrived in the form of ten billion dollars in relief funding from the US federal government. This funding provides a powerful incentive for US airports to invest in digital transformation or Airport 4.0 - Technology that will help achieve operational excellence, reduce costs and provide the best and safest possible travel experience. 


This webinar is free to AAAE members and $65 for non-members.

Questions? Contact Natalie Fleet



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Phil Boness

Director of Intelligent Infrastructure
Boston, MA

Mr. Boness has 25 years of experience in the management, design, planning and construction of telecommunications networks. Phil is responsible for growth and strategies and project development and is currently leading and shaping Jacobs’s Intelligent Infrastructure Initiative. Jacobs Intelligent Infrastructure group develops connectivity solutions to facilitate Smart Cities and Connected Places. Phil has a deep knowledge of public, private and commercial wireless and fiber optic network architecture. Phil has worked with Cities and municipalities to develop design standards for the deployment of shared wireless infrastructure.


Mark Brant

Head of Logistics Business Development
Nokia of America Corporation
Murray Hill, NJ

Mark Brant leads the business development efforts for private wireless within Nokia Enterprise for the North American market with a focus on the Transportation and Logistics sectors. He is responsible for the identification of new business opportunities, application of Nokia’s vast technology portfolio and evangelizing the advent of Private LTE/5G technology. In his previous role with FedEx, he served as the Chief Engineer in wireless systems development helping propel FedEx to the forefront of innovation using wireless technologies to solve business problems. In the course of a 20+ year career he observed and maneuvered FedEx through an ever changing landscape of wireless technologies from the early adoption of emerging 802.11 standards through all generations of GSM, Bluetooth, Zigbee and private wireless. Before joining FedEx in 1998, Mark served as a senior engineer responsible for wireless communications systems with Memphis Light Gas & Water, the country’s largest three service public utility. Mark designed and deployed the first generation of digital multi-site simulcast Land Mobile Radio with voice and data capability for the Utility’s county wide operations. Mark Brant is a native of Memphis, TN and has a BSEE from Christian Brothers University with a focus on wireless communications. Mark enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.


Mr. Niren Choudhury, C.M., ACE

Head of Aviation, North America
Nokia of America Corporation
New Providence, NJ

Niren Choudhury is heading Business Development functions for Aviation, Ports and Transportation of North America in Nokia Corporation. His area of interest in Airport domain includes the Modernization of Airports using advanced communication technologies, IOT and Cybersecurity. Niren has been invited to speak on various International Aviation Conferences on the subjects of (a) Non-Aviation Revenue through constant connectivity in every touch points (b) Passenger loyalty and (c) Operational efficiencies using state of the art communication applications and technologies. He is also a member of many airport committees and has created a vast industry network consists of Consultants, Operators, EPCs, Partners and Civil Aviation Authorities. Prior to his airport assignment, he was the CTO for Middle East Region in Alcatel-Lucent located in Dubai, Cairo and Istanbul. He has been with AT&T, Lucent, Lucent-Philips JV, Alcatel –Lucent, Nokia for 30+ years in various capacities after joining AT&T Bell Labs. He headed Lucent Reliability Program. Served as Senior Director for Design & Engineering in China & Asia Pacific region located in Shanghai and Qingdao. Niren also served five years in India in design and installation of Transmission Line Network prior to emigrating to US for his master’s degree in electrical engineering. He has completed his Ph.D course work from Rutgers University. Niren’s expertise includes wide ranges of Telecom Products, Solutions and Applications in aviation and transportation industry.


Mr. Carter B. Morris

Executive Vice President, AAAE Services
Alexandria, VA

Carter Morris is Executive Vice President, AAAE Services, at the American Association of Airport Executives. Carter leads the association’s operations, services and solutions including, finance, information services, the Transportation Security Clearinghouse and Training and Technology Services. Carter helped develop and shape numerous initiatives within the industry including the nation’s first domestic known traveler program as well as the formation the AAAE Transportation Security Clearinghouse which facilitates the background vetting for aviation workers nationwide. He played key roles in several cooperative initiatives between government and the aviation industry since 2001, including supporting Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta’s aviation industry Rapid Response Team in the weeks following 9/11 and most recently as Chairman of the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee. Carter previously oversaw AAAE’s Transportation Security Policy and Regulatory Affairs efforts focusing on all aspects of federal regulatory issues facing airports, including security, environmental, economic, and safety issues. Before joining AAAE, Carter worked in the White House and in public affairs for the General Services Administration. He holds a degree in public affairs from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Annapolis, Maryland.


Mr. Gregg Perez, PE

Senior Communications Engineer Mobility and Technology
Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.
North Brunswick, NJ

Gregg has more than 16 years of professional experience leading and supporting teams providing analysis, design, integration, deployment and testing of various wireless communications systems for Public Safety, Transportation and Commercial clients including but not limited to; Land Mobile Radio, iDAS/oDAS and Wifi-6 deployments. He is responsible for developing analyses, technical designs, cost estimates, project schedules, technical/operational requirements, RFP’s and performing needs assessments, field surveys and system/site acceptance testing. He holds a dual Computer/Electrical Engineering degree from the Syracuse University and is a licensed Electrical PE in multiple states.