MTAM again supporting the Vision Mobile mobile developer survey; spend 10 minutes and win great prizes!

155x300Developing mobile or IoT apps? Spend 10-minutes of your time to take the new Developer Economics survey, have your say – and win some cool prizes!

VisionMobile has just launched their latest Developer Economics survey and is tracking developer trends across platforms, app revenues and dev tools – as well as investigating the emerging IoT market. The key findings from the survey will become available in the form of a free research report in February. Aside from contributing to the research, respondents to the survey will also get a chance to win some great prizes, including an iPhone 6, an Oculus Rift DevKit, and a Samsung Gear Smartwatch! You can take the survey here:

What are the latest trends in app development you’re seeing? Which platform is the best for monetising your apps? Which is the right revenue model for your apps? Do you think IoT is here to stay or just a fad? Take the survey and contribute to this research!

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Understanding the Past, Present and Future of the Internet of Things

We found an infographic that provides excellent information on the Past, Present and Future of the ‘Internet of Things’. For those of you that are not yet understanding the potential opportunities to be achieved from mobile/wireless ‘machine-to-machine’ technologies and the ways our lives and businesses will change, this infographic will help provide some clarity.

For those who need more of a traditional definition, refer to this link.

Hailey Lynne McKeefry, EBN
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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:

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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 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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CVTA Future of the Connected Vehicle Summit, 9/11/14


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Wireless Test Equipment Survey Results Infographic


Wireless Test Equipment Survey Results Infographic

Wireless Test Equipment Survey Results Infographic

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

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The State of the Developer Nation report

Developer Economics IllustrationVisionMobile has published the latest Developer Economics report, based on a survey of 10,000+ app developers. The 7th edition Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation Q3 2014 research report investigates the latest trends and discusses platforms, languages, consumer vs. enterprise revenues, as well as developer tools and segments. The report is available for free download at

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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

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

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