Since 1986, James Carlson has focused on creating breakthrough technology to enable wireless communication solutions for rural areas worldwide. In 1990, he invented the Optaphone, a point-to-point UHF radio that provided a no-wires means to provide standard telephone service to isolated areas. In a few years, thousands of Optaphones were in service in regions around the world, from the Antarctica to the jungles of Peru. In 1999, he founded Carlson Wireless Technologies with a mission to bring high-speed data as well as voice services to remote and rural areas.
Today, the company provides mission-critical, wireless voice and data products to the public safety industry of fire and police and other government agencies. Now, Carlson Wireless Technologies is once again on the cutting edge, with a software-designed radio that operates in the TV white spaces spectrum.
Mr. Carlson majored in electrical engineering and computer science at Grand Rapids Community College in 1977 and received certification in application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design from Portland State University’s Center for Advanced Technology Education in 1997.