About Us

Tesla Controls was founded in 2008 to bring the Internet of Things to reality. We originally started in the energy management space and later broadened our focus as we saw more opportunities for remote sensing and control. We work on a wide variety of projects, from consumer electronics to large control and monitoring systems. Our clients range from small startups to Fortune 500 corporations. A few of our clients include:
Safety 1st
United States Navy
Ideal Industries
Texas Instruments
Life Technologies
Anaren Microwave
Tesla Controls has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and San Diego Business Journal.

Management Team
Derek Smith, CEO
Derek is an experienced entrepreneur and innovator, previously founding Awarepoint Corporation, the leading provider of Real Time Location Systems in healthcare. Derek also has extensive experience with wireless mesh networks and how to securely deploy them across large enterprises. He has consulted on wireless system design for the U.S. Navy, Texas Instruments, and a $2B vendor of children’s products. Derek has been awarded over 15 patents on wireless technology and products with several more in process. Derek has a B.A. in Theater and a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from UC San Diego and an MBA from SDSU.