Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force Showcases Demo at ITS World Congress in Detroit

Fred Nader, Chairman Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force;L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive; Elaina Farnsworth, CEO, Mobile Comply / Board Member, Mobile Technology Assn of MI / Member, Oakland County CV Task Force; Mark Boyadjis, Project Leader, IHS / Member, Oakland County CV Task Force

Fred Nader, Chairman Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force; L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive; Elaina Farnsworth, CEO, Mobile Comply / Board Member, Mobile Technology Assn of MI / Member, Oakland County CV Task Force; Mark Boyadjis, Project Leader, IHS / Member, Oakland County CV Task Force

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson joined the Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force on Belle Isle today to demonstrate how connected vehicles can communicate with the infrastructure around them to make it easier to find a parking spot. The demonstration with task force partners HERE (a division of Nokia) and Paxgrid Telemetric Systems showed how cloud technology can be used to determine a vehicle’s location.

“Smart parking technology is just one of the many applications we will see in a countywide connected vehicle ecosystem that will improve safety and convenience for drivers,” Patterson said.

The demonstration was part of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress 2014 in Detroit. Patterson announced the formation of the connected vehicle task force during his State of the County speech last February. Its purpose is to create the first countywide connected vehicle ecosystem.

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Federal Highway Administration hosts workshop to receive input on “Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Guidance”

FHALogoThe Federal Highway Administration is hosting a free stakeholder workshop on September 12, 2014, after the ITS World Congress, to obtain stakeholder input on a draft of its Connected Vehicle Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance and deployment coalition planning.  To finalize work on the Guidance and assure that it is relevant and applicable, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) seeks comment from a broad stakeholder community.

The FHWA Guidance is aimed at supporting successful implementation and operations of connected vehicle technologies, particularly as the deployment of V2I technologies will be voluntary and is not specifically coupled with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed rulemaking for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications.  The primary target audience for this meeting is State and local Departments of Transportation, transit operators, other operating agencies, and infrastructure owners who are starting to plan for the deployment and use of connected vehicle technologies in their area.

A second and critical objective of this meeting is to discuss objectives related to forming a deployment coalition to support implementation.  The coalition is envisioned as an important, enabling mechanism for providing a unified approach to representing and addressing stakeholder needs in Connected Vehicle deployment. This coalition can also provide a forum to offer assistance in deploying V2I systems; and allow for broad dissemination of tools, reference materials, and other technical assistance.  Our workshop will allow for input on how to design and execute such a coalition; and provide an opportunity to define roles and responsibilities.

While this free workshop is specifically focused for an audience that has been following connected vehicle research and has been formulating plans for implementation, it is open to all stakeholders in the connected vehicle community, including academia, national associations, private sector partners, and the general public. It is a follow-on to a World Congress panel presentation session (AM13-FHWA Infrastructure Deployment Guidance, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014: 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM in Cobo Hall) but will offer opportunity for greater interaction and discussion.

The Connected Vehicle V2I Deployment Guidance workshop will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014, from 9:30 am (ET) to 14:30 PM (ET) in the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI, room 310A.  Remote participation will be available via web conference.

Meeting information and registration is at this link:  www.itsa.org/fhwaworkshop.

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Funding-strapped feds search for someone to run the ‘Internet of cars’

Gabe Nelson, Automotive News
DOT SEAL-BLUE 286SAN FRANCISCO — In the 1960s, when researchers at the Pentagon wanted to create the computer network that laid the groundwork for today’s Internet, they secured money from Congress and began building it on their own, shifting it to the private sector over the course of decades.

Those days are gone. While federal officials and researchers today envision a so-called Internet of cars that would make driving safer by linking vehicles through a wireless network, they have all but ruled out funding, building or running it themselves.

“Due to the current fiscal environment,” the U.S. Department of Transportation wrote in an Aug. 18 report, “it does not seem plausible.”

That leaves a big cloud of uncertainty over the future of vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V, communications technology, which a consortium including Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volks-wagen has been working to refine over the past decade.

DOT officials have endorsed V2V as a huge leap forward in auto safety, but they are looking for someone else to manage the network, which they expect will cost about $60 million annually to maintain. And right now, it’s unclear even to high-ranking DOT officials and industry leaders who that someone will be.

While its Aug. 18 report identified several types of entities — including automakers, telecommunications companies, security companies and industry groups — that might be interested in running the network, DOT noted that “private entities have not committed to doing so.” The agency is expected to put out a formal request for proposals in the coming months.

For automakers, cooperating on building and managing a wireless network might seem like a prime opportunity to make driving safer and more efficient. With the network up and running as envisioned, cars and trucks on U.S. roads would be equipped with more than $300 in wireless communication equipment allowing them to broadcast a status report to other vehicles 10 times per second.

“I am here,” this status report would say, as described in the DOT report. “This is how fast I’m going, and so on. You can trust me.” Researchers spent years developing a security protocol to make sure status reports cannot be faked or used by hackers to access a vehicle’s onboard computers.

DOT projects that two features enabled by this technology — one to make left turns safer and another to warn drivers that a vehicle is about to run a red light — could prevent half a million crashes annually and save more than 1,000 lives.

But automakers may need more incentive to justify investing in a massive technology project. Cost is but one issue; running the network could also expose them to legal liability if something goes wrong and a car crashes, said Mark Johnson, a Washington lawyer at Squire Sanders who has worked on the issue since the 1990s.

“Other than the safety benefits from this technology, it’s not clear at this point what benefits the car companies would see from taking on this role,” Johnson said. “They believe in this technology. We’ve had a sea change over the last two years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they want to be the administrator of a nationwide system, or are the most capable candidate to do it.”

Car companies and suppliers would use data from the wireless signals to design safety features for risky driving situations such as left turns, passing and intersections. If a crash seems imminent, the vehicle will warn the driver through flashing lights, vibrations, alarms or symbols in the instrument cluster.

The government finds itself in essentially the same position. David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said V2V communications could be the biggest revolution on U.S. roads since the interstate highway system was created in the 1950s. Beyond preventing accidents, he said, it could ease traffic jams and save fuel by keeping drivers from idling in traffic.

Funding is a hurdle, but so are deep doubts about a federal agency’s ability to manage such a project. Running the network would be fiendishly complicated, requiring the government to constantly remain one step ahead of hackers and potential privacy breaches, said Thilo Koslowski, a connected-car analyst at Gartner Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif.

Recent struggles with the federal Health Care.gov website have also made government agencies wary of committing to a high-stakes Internet project.

“I don’t think the government wants to take on the burden of ensuring the high reliability of this network,” Koslowski said.

Though the main goal of the network is to prevent crashes, linking cars could also have commercial uses. The data it generates from millions of cars whizzing down the road might turn out to be incredibly valuable to a technology company such as Google, with its mapping business and its interest in self-driving vehicles.

If the auto industry doesn’t run the network, a company in Google’s position could be willing to spend $60 million per year to run it, Koslowski said. “For Google,” he said, “that’s lunch money.”

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Wireless Test Equipment Survey Results Infographic


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Results from a study of readers conducted by Wireless Design & Development Magazine.

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The State of the Developer Nation report

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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.
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.

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.


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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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.

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

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