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2019 Speakers


Santeri Kangas Santeri Kangas, Chief Technology Officer, CUJO AI

Santeri has 26 years of experience in cybersecurity and cloud computing, and a commendable track record in building award-winning security software products for network operators. Kangas has worked to successfully set up, lead and optimize multinational cybersecurity organizations, including as a CTO at F-Secure, CTO of vulnerability research and management company Secunia, Chief Architect at Flexera, and as a CTO of Identity & Access Management Company Omada. 
Santeri led F-Secure Security Laboratories enabling it to become one of the leading Anti-Malware Laboratory in the world. He had a central role in building F-Secure’s global R&D organization. 
Santeri has led professional service organization and cloud production operations delivering personal cloud and internet security as a SaaS solution for over 220 operators including world’s largest tier-one operators such as AT&T, Orange, América Móvil, Telefónica, SingTel, and BT. 
Santeri leads the overall CUJO AI technology team including global development teams, technology operations, and ISP integrations.

Charlie Kindel Charlie Kindel, Chief Product and Technology Officer, SnapAV
Twitter ID: @Control4

Charlie Kindel has extensive and proven connected home experience, with a focus on creating world-class consumer and developer products, platform technologies, and partner ecosystems. Previously, Charlie spent five years at Amazon, where he created, led, and grew the Alexa Smart Home division. For over 20 years Charlie has led the connected home industry with innovative product development and thought-leadership, frequently presenting at events and trade shows including CES, CONNECTIONS, SXSW, CEDIA, AWS re:Invent, and the Smart Kitchen Summit. Prior to Amazon, Charlie founded two tech startups in the Seattle area and from 1990 to 2011 he helped create some of Microsoft's most loved consumer and developer products. He drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7, as well as Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, and Windows Home Server.

Thomas Rockmann Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Consumer IoT, Deutsche Telekom AG
Twitter ID: @deutschetelekom

Thomas Rockmann is Vice President Consumer IoT and Co-Lead of the Group-wide smart home project. Thomas is responsible for all aspects of the Consumer IoT and Connected Home business. He has been instrumental in growing the business and delivering the Telekom smart home solution with international key partners across Europe. Thomas held various senior leadership roles within Deutsche Telekom Group. He served as Vice President of Business Portfolio Strategy T-Home where he built up an integrated product portfolio for the business. Before that, Thomas managed product innovation projects for consumer, business and wholesale customers as Vice President for the market leadership team. He was also in charge of the consumer segment strategy, planning and group IP migration program for all consumer and business customers in Germany. He built up the new category smart home for the German market, based on the open platform Qivicon. Prior to Deutsche Telekom, Thomas spent three years at Deutsche Bank AG in various IT development and quality management roles. Thomas holds a diploma in Geophysics from Münster University. He is an entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in innovation, product development, strategy and new business development. Thomas has a deep understanding of the development of customer centric technology-enabled services to scale the business.

Patrice Slupowski Patrice Slupowski, SVP Digital Innovation, Orange
Twitter ID: @orange

Patrice Slupowski is Vice-President Digital Innovation running the open-innovation corporate product marketing team of Orange, in charge of several projects around APIs, Internet of Things, mobile applications & mobile OS, personal data aggregation, privacy or emerging technologies (AI, VR). Patrice Slupowski is a marketing expert in IoT, social networks, connected TV, wellness & personal data and mobile multimedia services. He founded a start-up called Waptoo in 1999, one of the first companies to believe in the opportunities around mobile data, creating WAP and mobile services and proposing some automated mobile testing software, for companies and telcos, which has been acquired by Lagardere Group. Patrice has been involved in digital space from the very first minute, and is permanently connected from 1990. Patrice is a graduate in Information Science and Technology from Paris-Dauphine University.


Gil Adato Gil Adato, Vice President, Digital Health/IoT, Philips

Gil is an alumni of the University of Michigan (MBA), The Technion (BSc EE), and the 8200 Israeli Elite Intelligence Unit, with over 17 years of diverse experience in Business & Technology Innovation in high-tech & healthcare industries in Israel, the US, South Korea & the Netherlands, in both large corporates (Samsung, Philips) and Israeli startups.
As the Vice President and Head of New Business Development & Connected Value Propositions for Digital Health at Philips since 2015, Gil has been creating new business opportunities, business models (B2B2C, B2C), and partner ecosystems, targeting consumers & patients, and enabled inorganically via partnerships, investments & acquisitions, in areas of new technologies, services, and paths to scale. Gil initiated and has been leading strategic initiatives, e.g. Insurers (EU, US, APAC), Artificial Intelligence (various companies), Subscriptions (Zuora), Telehealth (American Well - strategic global partnership & Philips’ largest ever equity investment), and repositioning of businesses into need spaces via partner ecosystems (sleep ecosystem, etc.).
Previously at Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (Seoul, Korea), Gil initiated, conceptualized, validated, and obtained C-level buy-in for a new IoT platform (ARTIK) and new business unit for Samsung Electronics, called Samsung IoT. Previously, at the Chairman's Office at Samsung (Seoul, Korea), Gil led a strategy team that advised Samsung Electronics’ C-level executives (Presidents, CEOs, CSOs, CTOs, etc.) on various business challenges and opportunities, enabled via partnerships, investments & acquisitions.

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance
Twitter ID: @ULE_Alliance

Avi has over 30 years of broad high tech experience, ranging from software development, semiconductor, engineering and business management. Avi joined the ULE Alliance in April 2013 as the Director of Business Development and actively leading the promotion of the ULE technology worldwide. Prior to ULE Alliance, at DSP Group, served as the Corporate Vice President of sales for 8 years. Before joining DSP Group established and managed Winbond subsidiary in Israel for 5 years, developing semiconductor products for speech processing and communication, managing team of 50+ engineers. At National Semiconductor held variety of engineering, engineering management and business management positions; involved in development and management of award winning, innovative projects. Avi holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

Yuval Boger Yuval Boger, CMO, Wi-Charge
Twitter ID: @theChargeGuy

Mr. Boger has served as chief executive, chief marketer and evangelist for technology companies from seed stage to NASDAQ. He led business and product development programs that generated over $200M in revenue. As CEO of Sensics, an VR/AR pioneer, he created business with industry leaders in consumer electronics (Samsung, LG, Microsoft, Apple, Intel), defense and medical. He co-founded an industry standard efforts and served as technical subgroup chair in another. A frequent presenter at conferences, he hosts a popular blog and podcast on wireless power, interviewing CEOs and other industry leaders. As CEO of Oblicore (NASDAQ:CA), an enterprise software company, Mr. Boger generated triple-digit growth. Customers included Visa, Lufthansa, ING, British Telecom and more. Mr. Boger served on the executive team of Radcom (NASDAQ:RDCM) from a early stages through an IPO. He also co-founded two companies: Unwired Express (enterprise software) and Talia Technology (medical devices) Mr. Boger holds an MBA from the Kellogg school at Northwestern University and a M.Sc. in Physics from Tel-Aviv University. He is also a TALPIOT graduate and laureate of the Israel Defense Award.

Cornel Ciocirlan Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA & VP Product Management, Commscope

Cornel joined ARRIS in 2000 and has been nominated CTO EMEA at ARRIS following the acquisition of Motorola Home by ARRIS. In this role he is responsible for the technology direction in EMEA regions with focus on the Transition to all IP, Connecting to the Cloud and End-To-End Multiscreen. Cornel previously worked as VP Sales Engineering EMEA, leading a team of highly skilled systems engineers who analyzed customer needs and provided solutions and consultancy for network design and configuration to service providers across EMEA.

Prior to joining ARRIS, between 1997 and 2000, Cornel was Technical Director at Romania Data Systems and in this role was responsible for the engineering and build up of the Romania Data Systems network, the largest Internet Service Provider in Romania. Cornel has studied Mathematics & Computer Science at Bucharest University in Romania.

Aurelien Couderc Aurelien Couderc, International Business Development Manager - Smart Home & Utilities, Allianz Partners

Aurélien is responsible for Allianz Partners’ Smart Home Program and has been working for Allianz Partners for 5 years. He is in charge of developing home assistance services, leveraging smart home devices and digital assets, across the 76 countries where Allianz Partners is present. Previously, he worked for the consulting firm Bearing Point, specializing in marketing strategies for smart home, smart building and smart city solutions for various actors including telecom operators & utility companies amongst others. He holds an Engineering degree from CentraleSupélec Paris and a Master of Science from the Imperial College of London.

Matthieu de Broca Matthieu de Broca, International Business Development Director, Overkiz, a subsidiary of the Somfy Group

Matthieu de Broca is heading international Business Development of Overkiz company. He previously occupied positions on Asia Business Development and Strategic Alliance for a semiconductor technology startup after being Manager in a Business Consulting firm BearingPoint (Innovation practice) and leading various program management projects in the telecommunication industry landscape. Graduated from HEC business school, NTU (Singapore) and ISEP Engineering school (France)

Tom Gaffney Tom Gaffney, Principal Consultant , F-Secure
Twitter ID: @gaffto

Tom has been at F-Secure for 10 years in a number of technical and customer journey related roles. He currently leads the pre-sales community focusing on Communication Service Providers and is instrumental in evangelizing F-Secure's current Connected Home Security development. Prior to F-Secure, Tom worked in the Communication Service Provider industry for a decade, largely in product development roles.

Arsham Hatambeiki Arsham Hatambeiki, Senior Vice President, Product & Technology, Universal Electronics Inc.
Twitter ID: @arsham11

Arsham Hatambeiki serves as Senior Vice President, Product & Technology at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), where he is responsible for developing and overseeing corporate technology and product development, including IoT category for the Smart Home market and strategic services such as nevo.ai virtual assistant platform, and QuickSet Cloud™ powering more than half a billion smart devices globally. 
Hatambeiki joined UEI in 2004 as a lead system architect for home connectivity, where he developed an ecosystem of premium home control products across connectivity frameworks.
In 2008, he became Director of Advanced Technology, responsible for innovation in advanced communication and technologies. During this time, Hatambeiki played a critical role developing numerous award winning products (including 2017 Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy® Award for work on Contextual Voice Navigation Technologies) and involved in industry alliances shaping the future of smart home, and serves on the board of Internet Society – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. 
Hatambeiki holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, and research background in areas of data communication networks and security, artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms.

Håkan Ludvigson Håkan Ludvigson, CEO, Eliq
Twitter ID: @getEliq

Hakan Ludvigson is the CEO and one of the founders of Eliq, an enterprise SaaS provider of customer engagement and energy insights software to the utilities industry. Eliq today provides 15 utilities globally with its SaaS platform delivering home energy insights and management tools as well as mobile apps and energy service portals that enable customers to benefit from smart metering by better understanding and managing their energy usage. The company is based between Gothenburg, Sweden and London, UK and serves utilities across 6 nations and 2 continents to date.

Mark Lufkin Mark Lufkin, CCO, Wondrwall
Twitter ID: @mrflufkin

Mark is responsible for the sales and marketing for Wondrwall Home Automation and Energy solutions globally bringing 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and general management in the ICT and consumer electronics sector to the role, with the last 20 having been in senior management and executive roles for Sony, Lenovo, Promethean and lastly Managing Director Europe for ViewSonic. He has a passion for innovation and the application of technology to better people's lives with a current focus on homes and residential properties.

Mario Moura Mario Moura, Managing Director EMEA, Resideo

Materials Engineer by training and MBA holder from IMD in Switzerland, he has worked in the Automotive, Aerospace, Safety and Connected Home industries in major multinational companies like Volkswagen, Embraer, Rio Tinto Alcan and Honeywell where he worked for the last 7 years. Now part of Resideo (publicly traded company & Honeywell Connected Homes spin off) since November 2018, he is based in Rolle, Switzerland and has been appointed as the Managing Director in the EMEA region. He was previously the Marketing Leader for the Honeywell Life Safety Business in EMEA for 3 ½  years and also the Connected Homes Vice President & General Manager for 3 years in both global and EMEA capacities.

Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Health & Wellness, Strategic Sales, Alarm.com

Lainie Muller is a 15-year veteran of the technology industry and an emerging voice on Smart Solutions for Aging in Place and Connected Caregiving.

Lainie is Director of Wellness at Alarm.com, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ALRM)and the nation’s leading cloud-based platform for the smart home. The Wellness solution leverages Smart Home technology to support Aging in Place and independent living for older adults and those living with disabilities. Wellness, an integrated element of Alarm.com’s comprehensive ecosystem of home management technology, is currently in use in residential homes, senior living communities, schools and in remote caregiving programs funded by Medicare and Medicaid.  The product has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Kiplingers, CNN, NPR and TechCrunch.

In 2010, Lainie joined BeClose, a privately funded start-up company, as the Director of Partnership Sales. In 2015, BeClose was “spun-in” to Alarm.com, an early-stage strategic investor of the company. The BeClose product is now available as Alarm.com Wellness.

Prior to BeClose, Lainie served as National Sales Manager, Major Accounts Unit (MAU) at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post company, where she led a top revenue producing team driving Healthcare, Consumer Electronics and Retail sales.

Lainie has been an active Board Member for the National Capitol Area Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association since 2012. She holds a BS in Business and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Lainie lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and two teenage boys.

Arjen Noorbergen Arjen Noorbergen, Founder and CEO, Olisto
Twitter ID: @arjennoorbergen

Arjen is an entrepreneur. With a team of 15 people he is now building Olisto: a reliable webservice that connects smart devices, digital services and your favourite apps and have them work together, following your rules. Arjen started Olisto after he successfully exited Quby, a company that he co-founded. Quby is the developer of the Toon Smart Thermostat for Eneco. With close to half a million units sold, Toon has become Europe’s leading smart home platform. Before becoming an entrepreneur in 2004, Arjen has been climbing corporate ranks with various international telecom companies, pioneering development of Internet services. Prior to that, Arjen graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Delft University of Technology.

Steve Oetegenn Steve Oetegenn, President & COO, Verimatrix
Twitter ID: @Verimatrix

Steve Oetegenn joined Verimatrix in 2004 as the Senior Vice President of Global Operations. In this role, he was responsible for defining and implementing the company's go to market strategy and operational success factors. In 2005 he was named Executive Vice President, global sales and in 2008, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Steve has a wide range of experience in international business, having launched numerous high tech products to the global marketplace. Steve has specialized in Digital Security and Anti-Piracy since 1998, working with Government agencies, Global Banks, Fortune 500 companies and Major Hollywood studios. Prior to joining Verimatrix, he was COO of MediaSec Technologies LLC, a pioneer and leader in the field of digital watermarking, COO of Argus Systems Group, a leading provider of Internet server security software. Mr. Oetegenn is a featured speaker at global digital security conferences.

Hans Overgaard Hans Overgaard, Managing Partner, Danalock

Larry Poon Larry Poon, Co-founder and COO, IMONT Technologies Limited

Larry is Co-founder and COO of Imont, a company that develops software for IoT device integration using a "cloudless" technology. He is responsible for the general day-to-day operations of the company, as well as providing strategic directions to help grow the company. Larry has over 30 years of marketing and operational leadership experience with technology companies in Europe and North America, including Canonical, ABB and Nortel. Please contact Larry at larry@imont.io

David Rimmer David Rimmer, Director Business Development - Europe, Alarm.com

David Rimmer is the Director of New Business Development for Alarm.com in Europe. Alarm.com is currently operating in over 40 countries globally, and is building new partnership and installer/dealer networks across Europe. David has worked in the smart home and security industry for almost 20 years, with hardware manufacturers and early market disrupter smart-home SaaS platform providers. Prior to joining Alarm.com, David worked with serial Entrepreneur Christopher Curry to found the Critical Data Ltd. (now Canary Care) business, providing a Wellness and Telecare product and service solutions.

Niall Robinson Niall Robinson, VP Business Development, Plume
Twitter ID: @plume

Niall has extensive experience of the telecoms sector having worked in senior commercial roles with industry heavyweights such MCI Worldcom, Nortel and Adva. With an early career focus on delivering high-speed data solutions to major service providers, Niall’s role at Plume sees him working with ISPs to shape the next generation of Smart Home Services, enriched by AI and delivered from the cloud. Niall holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Science degree from the University College of London.

Nick Rutter Nick Rutter, Chief Product Officer, FireAngel Safety Technology Group PLC
Twitter ID: @fireangelsafety

Nick Rutter is a Founder and Chief Product Officer at FireAngel Safety Technology. Since 2001 FireAngel has created numerous safety industry firsts and in the process produced over 50 million products protecting in excess of 15 million properties. Nick is passionate about utilising FireAngel IoT and data analytics innovations to achieve our vision of making society safer through the application of leading technology, connectivity and partnerships.

Prashanth Shetty Prashanth Shetty, Chief Marketing Officer, Ayla Networks
Twitter ID: @aylanetworks

Prashanth Shetty is CMO of Ayla Networks, the leading software platform for developing and launching IoT-ready products among consumer devices. He is responsible for market awareness, demand creation, partner and product marketing. Prior to Ayla, Prashanth held various marketing executive roles at Guardian Analytics, CA Technologies, EMC and SAP. Prashanth graduated from Stanford University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Razvan Todor Razvan Todor, Director, Connected Home Security, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @razvantodor

Gabriel Wetzel Gabriel Wetzel, CEO, Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH

Gabriel Wetzel is CEO of the Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. His focus topics are product management, engineering and sales. Bosch Smart Home offers solutions that adapt to people’s lives making them safer, more efficient and easier. 
Most recently, Gabriel Wetzel has been vice president of Bosch Software Innovations GmbH and has led its Internet of Things and Smart City business unit. His team focused on end-to-end IoT solutions for large-volume applications, such as remote monitoring, field data acquisition, and analytics for consumers and professionals.
With over 15 years in management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH, Gabriel has gained in-depth experience in initiating and development of business for innovative solutions, for example in the area of sustainable mobility solutions and energy management.
He holds degrees in technical cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart and the Ecole Centrale Paris. Born in France, he lives in Germany for over 20 years.

Stefan Witkamp Stefan Witkamp, Founder and Commercial Director, Athom, creators of Homey

Rafi Zauer Rafi Zauer, Head of Marketing, Essence
Twitter ID: @Essence_grp

Rafi Zauer is Head of Essence's Marketing, overseeing the company's global positioning and brand, product marketing, market strategy and supporting Essence customers with go to market services. Rafi has 15 years of experience in market and business analysis, defining technology companies' market vision and executing business strategies. Prior to this, Rafi held various positions in strategic marketing in a leading international security electronics company and has also managed to be part of the renewable energy revolution, developing distribution channels and investments in Solar Photovoltaic plants around the world.


Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Residential Security, Smart Home Products and Services, Smart Home Strategies, Voice Technology Devices and Platforms

Dina leads Parks Associates residential security research and is a member of the connected home team. She has authored numerous reports covering topics such as home security market trends and competitive landscape, voice assistant technologies, smart home strategies, and technology solutions for seniors. She leads custom research projects on connected home topics and is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

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Kevin Meagher Kevin Meagher, European Associate, Parks Associates

Kevin is a Research Advisor for Parks Associates and also the MD of EAS Consulting, a boutique consultancy focused on the IoT and Smart home markets.
Meagher was formerly the SVP BD at ROC Connect and VP & GM of Lowe’s Smart Home initiative, Iris. At Lowe’s, one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers, he led the deployment of their smart home products and services through all their retail stores in the US. Kevin was also founder and CEO of Intamac Systems, a UK company offering a Cloud platform deploying smart home solutions to the mass consumer market.
Meagher has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT. He has deployed smart home solutions with major service providers, utilities, retailers, and security companies around the world. He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d’Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has 3 patents. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force. 
Meagher is a Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics and holds an MBA. Kevin is currently supporting Parks Associates as an Advisor for custom research advisory services.

Chris O'Dell Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @COatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Chris O’Dell joined Park Associates following a six-year career in journalism. He supports the marketing, sales, and research teams by curating press releases, articles, blog posts, social media, and web content, and other forms of written communication.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Chris also served as a marketing assistant for a sales and marketing company in the senior living industry and did freelance writing for various publications, including The Dallas Morning News. Chris graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR, in 2010 with a BA in broadcast journalism and a concentration on print journalism, where he served as the sports editor for The Bison, an award-winning student publication.

Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Elizabeth leads the marketing team and supports the research and operations teams. Elizabeth manages and directs the integrated strategic communications plan for Parks Associates, including advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns for research and events hosted by Parks Associates. Elizabeth is the key organizer for all of Parks Associates' events, including CONNECTIONS™. She also supports Parks Associates' Business Development Team with prospective client searches, overall support, and maintenance of Parks Associates' databases.

Elizabeth joined Parks Associates on a full-time basis in 1998 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology.

Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected home technologies and services, IoT data privacy and security, home networking, insurtech, connected health, housing innovation, home energy management

Brad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies.. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a M.Div. and a D.Min. with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural collaboration.

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Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @PatriceatParks
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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