The Monitoring Association (TMA) announced that Wayne Thorsen, managing director of hardware business development for Google will deliver the keynote address at its upcoming 2020 virtual Annual Meeting at 11:10 a.m. on Oct. 27.

“This has been a year like no other where we are reminded of how essential our service is to the homes and businesses of this country and of this world,” said Don Young, president of TMA. “Two of those benefits will be the continued development of standards as referenced in our latest edition of TMA’s Dispatch and exploring how machine learning and artificial intelligence could play key roles in that effort. We are fortunate to have Wayne Thorsen from Google as our keynote speaker this year who will share his thoughts on how he sees this technology advancing and accelerating in the months and years ahead. He will provide some insight on how Google views the opportunities in our industry going forward.”

In his current position, Thorsen leads the global business development teams that manage partnerships for a portfolio of Google products and services, including: Google Home; Nest; Chromecast; Google WiFi; Google Pixel; Google ATAP (Advanced Technology And Projects); and, Google Daydream (Augmented Reality and Google Lens). Prior to joining Google in May 2018, Thorsen served as senior vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for San Francisco-based So-Fi. He also previously led the Corporate Development team at Viacom, where he was responsible for leading M&A and strategic partnerships across the international media company.

Set for Oct. 27-29, TMA’s 2020 Annual Meeting is open to all security industry professionals, regardless of TMA membership. Sessions will focus on topics such as creating new business revenue sources, cyber security and M&A trends. In all, a series of eight education sessions will be delivered virtually over the course of the three-day event. Speakers are industry thought leaders, respected entrepreneurs and business experts. In addition to the educational program, daily networking and social events will also be featured, as well as a virtual trade show. 

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