When building something special, it is necessary to put first things first.
In 2003 we formed Device Solutions with an earnest intent to employ people first and make a profit second, walking away from the corporate world after repeatedly laying off hardworking engineers. The company began operations in Chris' barn in Hillsborough, North Carolina and in 2004 moved to the First Flight Venture center. In 2010 we expanded into our current space in Morrisville and in early 2022, we acquired Raptor Wireless Labs, strengthening RF skills and adding antenna design to our capabilities.
Raptor Labs was founded by industry veterans whose core strengths were in product design for wireless products. The collective histories of the team spanned most cellular handset manufacturers, cellular modem manufacturers, and more. From Wifi to Cellular, Bluetooth to GPS, Wearables to IoT, and more, Raptor Labs was able to complete projects for years for large companies across the world.
Since the early days, Device Solutions has evolved into a team of forty plus, with three main areas of focus:
Embedded engineering and product development - experts at bringing imagination into reality, delivering great products on time
Testing and certification of products for major network providers
Cellio, our customizable Internet of Things reference design
The path was not always smooth. In 2009, when the recession impacted Device Solutions, Bob, Chris, and Keith took 50% pay cuts and reduced the workweek and salaries to 80%. But, in a company that is more concerned about the people than profit, employees shrugged off the decrease and worked full weeks anyway.
Innovating Since 2003
Since our founding, Device Solutions has designed and developed many products that impact daily life. Examples include - four generations of wearable ECGs, pill dispensers, a variety of asset trackers and container monitors, a telemetry system for firefighters, a headset system for hospitality workers, a Chromebook charging station for laptops, and a wristband to aid children with ADHD.
Still, it is vital for us to contribute to a higher ideal. In addition to providing flexible employment to hard working individuals, Device Solutions has supported Citizen Schools, Congressman Price's STEM initiatives, the 4K for Cancer, Me Fine, (formerly Striving for More), Hillsborough Youth Little League, Troop 461, solar power for African villages, and the Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Device Solutions actively participates in the Senior Design program and the ASSIST ERC at NCSU, mentoring students and often hiring them as interns.
From the untenable experience of laying people off, we have forged a better way and built a company focused on keeping the main thing the main thing.
Meet Our Team
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Chris Lamb, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Device Solutions, has decades of experience in commercial product development, mobile devices and applications. Chris drives the company forward, focusing on business development and ensuring our core beliefs stay at the forefront - providing clear benefits to the customer, an inclusive, positive corporate culture of growth, and expansion into new technologies.
Chris pushes Device Solutions to provide unique end to end solutions for their customers which ensure technical, regulatory and commercial success. Through broad technical relationships with partners, including cloud, application, and mechanical development services as well as with the NSF ASSIST center at North Carolina State University, he is able to identify unique solutions and form key partnerships. He is recognized worldwide as an authority on advanced mobile devices, certifications, protocols, and messaging. Chris has managed the product acceptance testing of mobile phones for Ericsson and Sony Ericsson, and maintains strong relationships with vendor managers at major North American operators. Chris is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds an MSEE from North Carolina State University and 14 patents. He has served his community as a little league baseball coach and board member, volunteering with schools, Troop 461, Energicity Corp, and Our Human Planet.
Partner & Chief Financial Officer
With 20 years of experience in embedded software development, Keith Anderson serves as both CFO and project lead on a number of Device Solution’s initiatives. He personally holds 11 patents in the cellular industry. Prior to Device Solutions, Keith worked at Ericsson and Sony Ericsson building cell phones for a variety of standards.
He has constructed firmware, device drivers, protocol stacks, and applications for embedded devices. Keith’s work has ranged from architecture to in-the-field debugging with infrastructure providers and cellular operators. He is widely recognized as an expert in cellular phone protocols. A graduate of Clemson University, Keith holds both a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering. He serves his community as deacon at Restoration Church.
Partner & Chief Operational Officer
Will has been in the product development business for 30 years, before merging with Device Solutions in 2022, he founded and lead Raptor Wireless Labs for 5 years. Will started Raptor after working at several well known brands including Motorola, Molex, and Sony Ericsson.
Will has been involved in all aspects of product design, but antenna design and optimization is one of his strengths and passions. For most of Will’s career he has enjoyed direct engagement with customers large and small in their product development pursuits. Will graduated with a BSEE, and MSEE from Ohio State University. He currently holds 21 patents.
Co-Founder & Advisor
Bob Witter is happily retired from Device Solutions and enjoying his time camping, hiking, woodworking and tackling major home improvement projects. Bob led Device Solutions for 18 years and made sure we built a company with strong values, solid business principles, and an excellent reputation. Bob is recognized as an authority in both the design and development of cellular phone software and applications, as well as cellular phone product acceptance processes. He holds several patents for mobile device algorithms.
Prior to the creation of Device Solutions, Bob held senior management positions in design and development, systems engineering, product management and global technical account management with major cellular phone manufacturers including GE, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, and Oki Telecom. He has extensive experience in working with cellular operators to gain commercial product acceptance. Bob has a passion for helping kids succeed. In addition to providing free mathematics tutoring, he is the past Vice President of the Board of Directors of Striving for More, a non-profit organization funding psychosocial care for kids with cancer. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Company where he serves the community as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder.
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Morrisville, NC 27560
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