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CBT, a unique design-thinking and integration-engineering company, is one of the few companies with real-world experience delivering IoT solutions in production and at scale. Join this session with CBT’s CEO, Founder & CTO, Kelly Ireland, and CBT Enterprise Account Executive, Meghan Petersen, to learn how CBT built the Refinery of the Future (RotF) at Texmark Chemicals. Current RotF solutions in production include Connected Worker, Video as a Sensor, Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance, Worker Health and Safety, and Asset Integrity.


Kelly founded CBT in 2001 as a value-added reseller (VAR) but has since revolutionized the business through significant investments in CBT’s in-house engineering expertise, data science practice, and expansive partner ecosystem. Today, CBT is an unparalleled design-thinking and integration-engineering company known in the industry as a Domain Expert Integrator. CBT’s unique expertise bridges the gap between Operational Technologies and Information Technologies (OT and IT) to accelerate smart operations for customers in manufacturing, utilities, oil and gas, construction, healthcare, and more.

CBT has a proven track record of taking customers from ideas to execution in production environments. Examples include the Refinery of the Future at Texmark Chemicals where CBT optimizes maintenance procedures, improves worker efficiency, and enhances worker safety; an augmented reality “X-ray vision” solution for Barton Malow that enables workers to visualize underground infrastructure and avoid dangerous construction accidents; and a Connected Worker solution for Xcel Energy that mitigates their skilled labor shortage by maximizing existing subject matter experts and expediting training through wearables and other remote technologies.

Kelly’s leadership has also led to a myriad of accolades, including the 2021 PTC Partner Network Award for Best Ecosystem Project, the 2020 Triple Crown Award from CRN, nine consecutive Boeing Performance Excellence Awards, five consecutive CRN IoT Innovators awards, and the 2020 Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50 FastestGrowing Women-Owned/Led Companies. Kelly has also achieved numerous personal awards, including CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel and Power 60 Solution Providers.

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