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IT brings “the first lady of wireless” to its 25th anniversary


on 03-10-2017

... Arlene Harris, “the first lady of wireless” will be at the conference “IT 25 anos”, to be held this coming October 12 during Techdays in Aveiro. With a career of more than 40 years dedicated to wireless communications, Arlene Harris is a pioneer researcher in innovations such as the first prepaid mobile phone service.

Recognized internationally for the application of technology in solving real problems, Arlene Harris joins her husband Martin Cooper, considered “the father of mobile phones”, Upkar Dhaliwal, entrepreneur and consultant in the area of wireless communications, and Paolo Villoresi from the University of Padua, an expert in quantum communications, to discuss the past and the future of telecommunications.

The "first lady of wireless" had her first contact with the industry at the age of five, helping operators to connect calls on a switchboard at Industrial Communications Systems (ICS), her family´s company. She began her professional career at the age of 12, moving from being a helper to an operator. Arlene's career stood out for having created the Jitterbug - a mobile phone with an easy-to-use interface, especially dedicated to the elderly and developed in a partnership with Samsung - which garnered awards such as the "10 Bright Ideas" from the New York Times or "Top 100 Products " from Reader's Digest. She was also a pioneer in innovations such as the first prepaid mobile phone services, the installation of public telephones in remote locations or the development of pagers for patients waiting for organ transplantation.

Arlene Harris was the first woman to be distinguished in the Wireless Hall of Fame and was considered by Fierce Wireless as one of the best wireless innovators of all time.