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City of Atlanta Chief Information Officer to Participate in 2017 IoT Symposium

CIO Samir Saini delivers keynote on the importance of strategic partnerships in adopting technology innovations


ATLANTA – June 28, 2017 - Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) today announced that City of Atlanta Chief Information Officer (CIO) Samir Saini will be one of the keynote speakers at the annual IoT Symposium on August 31, 2017 at the Renaissance Waverly.

CIO Saini has 20 years of Information Technology leadership experience, and has managed budgets upwards of $50M and a staff of 250. As CIO, Saini is responsible for information technology services for 25 City of Atlanta departments, including Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“I am pleased to participate in the 2017 IoT Symposium,” said CIO Samir Saini. “It is an opportunity to show how the City of Atlanta is committed to being a smart-city model for the country and our commitment to furthering the digital transformation that will improve citizen services and increase government efficiency.”

Samir’s experience expands across a variety of industries which includes work with the General Electric Company, MGM Resorts International and the Atlanta Housing Authority. Through the years, Samir has established a proven track record in partnering with various business leaders to adopt technology innovations that improve service delivery, grow revenue, improve productivity and mitigate cyber security risks.

In Fall 2017, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Tech, Atlanta will launch the North Avenue Corridor Pilot Project. This IoT initiative will allow the City to leverage the vast amount of data generated by devices mounted on infrastructure such as street light poles, waste receptacles and city-owned vehicles.  The corridor runs between the Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods of Atlanta and includes Georgia Tech, a key public transit station, large concentrations of residential and retail business, and the Atlanta Beltline greenway. After gathering information from various sensors, and other IoT devices, the City will turn the data into visually rich Power BI dashboards, which by leveraging an understanding of historical patterns and their implications, can be used to reveal “predictive” insights and foster proactive decisions.

“IoT is transforming nearly everything we do in business and in life as smart devices and technologies rapidly continue to connect us,” said TAG President and CEO Larry Williams.

The 2017 IoT Symposium is expected to bring together approximately 600 attendees, with a focus on executive leadership. The symposium will also offer a diverse mix of engaging keynote speakers, innovation talks, high-caliber roundtables, deep-dive breakouts, networking opportunities, a VIP Reception and an all-delegate closing presentation.

For more information about the IoT Symposium and how to register for the event, visit:



About Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 35,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. 

For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit


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