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Titans of Tech in Arkansas: Josh Smith

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Josh Smith, Metova

In 2012, little A4 Solutions of Cabot was a tech startup providing IT services and support to government entities. By the end of the year, owner John Adams had purchased majority interest in mobile app developer Metova of Franklin, Tenn., and little was no longer part of the firm’s makeup.

A4 adopted the Metova name for its commercial enterprises — Metova Federal for its government work — and since has grown to become a national leader in the “internet of things” led by CEO Josh Smith, based in Conway.

The internet of things, IoT for short, refers to the billions of smart devices around the world that connect to the internet through sensors or wifi. These can include smartphones, cars, watches, thermostats…even washing machines and refrigerators and entail capabilities such as unlocking doors with your phone and syncing media across multiple mobile devices.

TechRepublic.com reports that 8.4 billion IoT devices were estimated to be in use in 2017, up 31 percent from the previous year, with IoT-related global spending at $2 trillion. The industry expects the number of IoT devices in use to hit 20.4 billion this year.

Metova, with more than 150 employees spread among Conway, Fayetteville and Tennessee, is an industry leader in helping facilitate this automation transformation. In 2019, Metova won the IoT Partner Enablement Company of the Year Award from IoT Breakthrough for its work in testing and certification of new connected devices and its management and operation of IoT networks and installations.

Plus, the firm was sourced in stories about IoT in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, was named an advanced tech partner in the Amazon Web Services partner network and was nationally recognized for its research that found half of U.S. drivers could stay connected while driving.

READ MORE: The Full List of Arkansas Tech Titans

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