Oakland County Launches Connected Vehicle Task Force, Includes MTAM Board Member

Connected Vehicle and Connected Infrastructure initiatives based upon the use of mobile/wireless technologies will be greatly impacting the national and global economy over the next few years. MTAM is proud to say that many Michigan companies from around the state are involved in a multitude of programs tied to these Connected Vehicle (V2V) and Connected Infrastructure (V2X) technologies.

On February 12, 2014 in his State of the County address, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made certain that Oakland County will be front-and-center on the global stage related to these efforts. And we at the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan are proud to say that one of our Board Members, Elaina Farnsworth of Mobile Comply, has been appointed to the task force to make this happen. Please see the official news release from Oakland County below.
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OaklandCountyLogo-PressReleasePontiac, Mich., Feb. 12, 2014 – County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed three outstanding Oakland County business leaders to a task force that will make recommendations on how to deploy the world’s first county-wide connected car vehicle system. He announced this ambitious initiative during his 20th State of the County speech Wednesday evening at Centerpoint Marriott in Pontiac.

Fred Nader, founder and president of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc. will chair the task force. Joining him on the committee will be Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply, and Paul Haelterman, vice president and managing director of IHS Automotive Advisory Services. They will collect information from connected vehicle stakeholders and industry leaders and experts in order to develop an implementation plan to present to Patterson’s office.

The committee will hold its first meeting this month.

“This task force of industry experts, in mobile, manufacturing and automotive will be meeting with automakers, tier one suppliers and other stakeholders to design how we can best train people to operate and deploy a connected vehicle system throughout Oakland County,” Patterson said.

A connected car will be able to transmit data about the vehicle and its location to other cars and to road infrastructure. These transmissions, known as “heartbeats,” will be able to send location data that will dramatically reduce auto accidents as well as assisting emergency responders during an accident or crisis.

“I will be placing Oakland County on the global map as the first county in the world to initiate a countywide connected car ecosystem,” Patterson said. “This initiative demonstrates our bold thinking and the potential for job growth is staggering.”

There is a push on now to further develop connected car infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Transportation has jumped in with financial support through grants and is pushing for the deployment of research and development “test zones.” One such test zone is in Ann Arbor. There are also private companies engaged in the same effort to develop this new technology.
“I strongly feel we have the opportunity here in Oakland County to build upon the research which has been done so far and deploy the technology in a countywide connected car ecosystem,” Patterson said.
Patterson names three to connected car task force

For more information about being involved with developing the world’s first county-wide connected car ecosystem, contact connectedcar@oakgov.com.

About Fred Nader
Nader is the founder and President of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kenmar Corporation. His daily responsibilities include economic evaluation of new technology, strategic planning and team leadership for developing and implementing new technology in the automotive sector. He has been involved in developing and implementing connected car technology since 1999.

About Elaina Farnsworth
Farnsworth is a leader in the mobile industry and a member of the Brooks Patterson Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2013. In her role as CEO of Mobile Comply, she coaches executives and their teams on mobile proficiency, certifications and strategies. Elaina and her team develop curriculum focusing on mobility training for industry specific implementations in automotive, municipalities and healthcare. She and her team recently published Mobility+ for the IT Professional, a comprehensive text book supporting the world’s first CompTIA Mobility+ Certification. She serves on the board of directors of the Mobile Technology Trade Association of Michigan and the advisory board for Oakland University INCubator (OUINC). In April 2012, Elaina was appointed director of global communications of the International Connected Vehicle Trade Association.

About Paul Haelterman
Haelterman is the managing director of IHS Automotive’s Global Consulting practice. His team performs focused and custom analysis within the global automotive marketplace for vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and governmental agencies. He has more than 39 years of experience in the global automotive business. Haelterman has been leading the global automotive consulting team at IHS for the past 13 years, focusing on key trends driving the global automotive market including infotainment, telematics, active safety, advanced powertrains and interiors.

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Don’t miss the latest Developer Economics report!

DNAappsOur friends at VisionMobile have just published the latest Developer Economics report – the de-facto research in app development. The report features in-depth analysis and insights into the key issues in the app economy, including platform prioritization, going beyond tablets, trending revenue models, and making the right choices in developer tools. You can download the full report for free at http://www.visionmobile.com/DE1Q14GoMoMichigan

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Don’t Get Left Behind – Now’s the Time to Switch to a Mobile Payments Solution

From time-to-time MTAM will feature articles from Michigan-based mobile technology firms who can provide interesting insights or educational information about the use of mobile /wireless technologies. We encourage your review of these articles and hope you will gain value from the information provided. Today’s featured article is from Troy-based, North American Bancard, provider of the PayAnywhere mobile payments solution.
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by Brooke Tajer, North American Bancard

Pay Anywhere logoIn a day and age when technology is constantly evolving, it’s important, as a small business owner, to stay on top of things. That’s why you should be considering a mobile payments solution.

Using a mobile point-of-sale solution, like Michigan-based PayAnywhere, is not only smart, it’s cost-effective and, in most cases, can result in better business practices. PayAnywhere is one of the premiere mobile solutions on the market.

Mobile payment solutions offer many advantages, with the most obvious being the ability for previously cash only businesses to accept credit card transactions with a pay-as-you-go pricing model.

“It’s historically been cost-prohibitive for many small businesses to accept credit cards due to high upfront equipment costs and monthly account fees, so they would operate in a cash only environment,” Terri Harwood, Chief Operating Officer of North American Bancard and PayAnywhere, said. “The emergence of mobile payment acceptance has removed those cost barriers, allowing all businesses to benefit from card acceptance, and in turn, realize higher sales because when customers shop using credit cards they tend to spend more money than when using cash only.”

So how can the ability to take payments through your phone or tablet help increase your business’s profits and customer satisfaction?

Get paid anytime, anywhere

PayAnywhere gives you the ability to make a sale wherever you are, with all the security and reporting options that were previously only available to brick and mortar storefronts. Whether you’re at your store, a sporting event, farmers market or someone who works on the go – mobile payment solutions like PayAnywhere give you the freedom to do business where you want, when you want.

Mobile point-of-sale systems in general, and PayAnywhere in particular, can replace traditional cash registers and payment devices, and provide more services with a lower total cost of ownership. PayAnywhere makes selling as easy as using a smartphone, and enables both retail, service and hospitality employees to start taking payments without having to spend time on training.

Stay organized

Another perk of mobile payment solutions is the reporting included with the programs. For example, every PayAnywhere account includes access to a cloud-based merchant portal, “PayAnywhere Inside”. Within the portal, business owners can access data about their business, in real time, from any device with an internet connection. This simplifies record keeping, bank reconciliation and cash management. It also tracks customer email addresses, which can than be used to gather information about customer sales, and for marketing purposes by the small business owner.

It’s fast, and secure

Mobile payment solutions really shine at times when your business is busy, like during the holiday season or at a popular event. The ability to move around your store, or space, and immediately help customers improves both checkout wait times, and customer satisfaction.

These mobile point-of-sale programs, including PayAnywhere, allow small businesses to tailor the checkout experience to the customer, wherever that customer happens to be. They also allow you to broaden your customer base by providing options for them to pay however they want.

Here in Michigan, for example, PayAnywhere has enabled Palace Sports & Entertainment to deploy smartphones for card acceptance at all venue parking facilities. The ability to switch from taking cash only, to cash and credit has improved customer satisfaction and business efficiency during peak times.

Finally, solutions like PayAnywhere are safe to use.

PayAnywhere uses point-to-point encryption on all data collected. It’s also a registered payment card industry (PCI) compliant level 1 service provider – this is the highest level of PCI compliance achievable.

How to get started

To get started with PayAnywhere, you simply need a compatible Apple or Android device. Once you have one in hand, you can sign up for an account through our website or the mobile app. The app is available, for free, from the App Store and Google Play.

If you have any questions, PayAnywhere has live customer support that can be reached by phone, or through email and live chat on the PayAnywhere website. The team is highly experienced and local, right here in Michigan.

“PayAnywhere is about improving merchants experiences with their customers, so we took that approach in-house and have created a dedicated staff that is specially trained to help small business owners make the most of the state-of-the-art tools we provide. They are here to not only answer questions, but to educate those new to credit card processing,” Harwood said.

Business owners can also easily add additional users to their PayAnywhere account through the online portal with unique login credentials, allowing multiple people to accept on their behalf.

All of this, coupled with the lowest transaction fee in the industry – just 2.69% per swiped transaction, means small businesses get the latest and greatest technology while increasing their sales.

For more information on PayAnywhere, visit www.payanywhere.com or call 877-387-5640.

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Since 2011, PayAnywhere has been providing small business owners an alternative mobile solution for credit card processing. PayAnywhere’s mobile point of sale (POS) technology combines the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise-grade features with live customer support. From billion dollar enterprises to the local artisans, merchants of all sizes turn to PayAnywhere for highly secure, feature-rich, affordable mobile payments systems that expand and enrich their ability to conduct business.

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App Developers: Take a Survey, Win Great Prizes!

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Take the new Developer Economics 10-minute survey and win prizes! http://dld.bz/cSZad

VisionMobile has launched a new Developer Economics survey. If you’re an app developer, take the survey to have your say and win prizes, including an iPhone, a Galaxy S4, two Nokia Lumia 925 handsets and some cool gadgets.

Also – respondents who complete the survey and opt-in to VisionMobile’s panel can access the Developer Benchmarks, a visualized scorecard of how they compare to other developers in their country or region, across platforms used, revenue models, app categories and more.

The survey results will be available for free download on January 2014.

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What is the State of the Mobile Developer Economy? View the latest global study to find out!

Developer-Economics-Q3-2013 copyState of developer nation: Free 60 page report that tracks the state of mobile ecosystems, developer mindshare, monetisation trends, revenue models and tools, based on a survey of over 6,000 developers. @ www.visionmobile.com/ds13gomobilemichigan

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What is the role of mobile technologies in healthcare? Find out at INNO-VENTION 2013!

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Michigan Tech Firms Seeking Federal Contracts? Now Opportunities More Accessible for Small Firms

America’s small information technology firms are some of the most innovative in the world. They are nimble, creative and can get the job done. And thanks to a new online government platform, it is getting easier for them to address some of the Federal Government’s most pressing IT needs.

It’s a win-win: Small technology companies get easier access to the Federal Government’s nearly $77 billion information technology supply chain, providing a potentially critical revenue stream as they build their operations. And government agencies get to work with innovative small firms with solutions that can help make government agencies more efficient and streamlined.

The catalyst for these connections is an exciting new pilot project called RFP-EZ. And the results we are seeing from this program highlight what is possible when you unleash the power of American entrepreneurs.

RFP-EZ is a new and easy way for companies to learn about and compete for government contracts – in particular, small companies that lack the experience or administrative support generally needed to take full advantage of the Government’s Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the means by which many government contract offerings are presented to the business community. The RFP-EZ platform was developed jointly by Federal innovators working in the SBA and private-sector entrepreneurs serving temporary stints in the Federal Government through the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, launched by the U.S Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer team last year. Sharing their private- and public-sector insights, the team developed RFP-EZ as a simplified platform aimed at opening up the Government marketplace to a wider range of companies and saving taxpayer money.

Applying agile development principles, the Fellows team designed RFP-EZ over a six-month period, publishing the platform’s code openly on GitHub. The team then launched the pilot by posting five relatively simple website development and database contract offerings, four of which were also announced via the standard government portal, FedBizOps. On a per-project basis, bids received through RFP-EZ were consistently lower than those received through FedBizOps—19% to 41% lower, and over 30% lower on average. Bids made through RFP-EZ also showed less overall variation. In addition, during the pilot period, RFP-EZ attracted more than 270 businesses that until now had never approached the world of Federal contracting.

According to Office of Management and Budget’s IT Dashboard, the Federal Government will spend more than $1.4 billion on Web Infrastructure and Web Content Management Systems in FY 2014. Based on 2011 and 2012 results, we can expect about half of these projects to be under the $150,000 “Simplified Acquisition Threshold” that would make them eligible for contracting through RFP-EZ.

As we refine and expand the use of RFP-EZ, we are confident that its success will grow, delivering better value for taxpayers and opening new opportunities for small businesses.

Leveraging feedback we received from entrepreneurs and Federal contracting officers, the next class of Presidential Innovation Fellows will begin work on version 2.0 of RFP-EZ, which will focus on improving the platform, scaling its initial results across the Federal Government, and adding innovative new capabilities. If your business would like to participate, we encourage you to get started by setting up a profile on RFP-EZ today. To all the businesses that submitted proposals through RFP-EZ and everyone who has given us feedback on the project, thank you for helping to bring this new capability to life – and we very much look forward to the path ahead.

Thanks,

Todd

Todd Park
Chief Technology Officer
Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House

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Connected Vehicles, Now and in the Future

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MTAM Expertise included in ‘The Everything Guide to Mobile Apps’

MTAM-squareLinda Daichendt, Executive Director of Mobile Technology Association if Michigan, has contributed to a new gude on mobile development, The Everything Guide To Mobile Apps, being published by F&W Media Inc. The comprehensive guide, which is now available as an eBook through Amazon online book stores, provides brands and businesses with clear direction and critical information to enhance and extend the lifecycle of their mobile app. The Everything Guide To Mobile Apps has brought together the insights of more than 25 mobile professionals, practitioners and pundits to identify market trends, best practices and key lessons learned in developing, distributing and promoting mobile apps.  With mobile app downloads pegged to reach a whopping 81 billion by end-2013 according to eMarketer, the pressure is on companies to tackle the business and technology challenges of making and marketing a winning app.  Learn more HERE.

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Calling all Michigan Mobile Developers!

Are you a mobile developer in Michigan? Want some great exposure for your company and your work? Then make sure to register to get on the Crain’s/MTAM 2013 list of Michigan mobile app developers by scanning the QR code below. Hurry, deadline to join the list is rapidly approaching!

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