Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick.
Today I'm interviewing Hudson Ludvigson, Senior Software Engineer, and ISE's expert in Vehicle Telematics.
Q. How long have you been at ISE and what did you do prior?
Hudson: I started with ISE as a part-time validation and software engineer in March 2006, while attending graduate school at the University of Iowa. I came on in a full-time role in April of 2007 after defending my thesis. Prior to being at ISE, I worked through a contract firm, for CAT electronics in Peoria, IL on their heavy equipment display and instrument clusters. My first job out of college was with a contract engineering firm, Plexus, in Seattle, WA where for three years I focused on implantable heart devices in a tester and developer role.
Q. What do you like most about what you do at ISE?
Hudson: The people - but I think that’s true for most employees here. So beyond the people, I love getting to work in my current role for a major Ag customer. I grew up on a farm so getting to see where the technology has gone in agriculture is fascinating to me.
Q. How have things changed in the vehicle telematics industry and where do you see it going?
Hudson: The explosion of the Big Data space has acted as an accelerator for telematics. Now that people have begun finding value in all the data, the demand for data has increased. As a result, telematics has continued to evolve and grow given that it is part of the infrastructure for providing that data. There are numerous trends in vehicle telematics but certainly some of the more interesting area are connected vehicles and autonomous off-highway vehicles in construction and agriculture.
Q. What does ISE offer in vehicle telematics?
Hudson: Great question, you can find an answer to that on our website. I kid, I kid. ISE is unique in that it can offer anything the customer wants or needs in vehicle telematics; analysis of existing system, gap analysis of a proposed new system, provisioning insight for a growing fleet, custom end-to-end solutions, or we can simply plugin and assist in adding a new feature to an existing telematics system. The depth of telematics experience and knowledge at ISE allows us to do anything in the space, and few if any other service providers can make that claim.
Q. What do you do for fun?
Hudson: I love college football. The variety of conferences, offenses, locations, and the general enjoyment of watching a game in autumn all fall into one of my favorite past times. I also enjoy spending time hanging out and playing with my family and kids. When I get the chance I enjoy visiting the Pacific Northwest to explore some of the many hiking trails while enjoying the amazing views out there. I keep trying to convince Hass that he should let me start an ISE Seattle branch given all the software talent out there, I just haven’t won that battle yet.