MTAM launches audio broadcast to showcase Michigan’s mobile/wireless technologies

Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) has launched a weekly podcast to explore all things mobile/wireless-related taking place in Michigan and to promote them internationally

podcast1DETROIT, MI – The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) has recently launched a weekly audio broadcast, Michigan Mobile Musings (, hosted on BlogTalkRadio. The interview-format show will be produced and hosted by MTAM Ambassadors, Melissa Birnie and Lisa Kosak of Grand Rapids, and will feature guests from around the state. Segments are currently 30 minutes in length, but are planned to expand to 60 minutes in the future.

As the state’s trade association representing mobile/wireless technologies, those who provide them, and those who use them, MTAM regularly seeks new ways to promote the efforts of its members, as well as to showcase companies throughout the state – in every industry – that are utilizing these technologies to improve the way we conduct business and live our lives.

The purpose of the show is to:

  • Provide a platform to educate MTAM’s statewide, national and international audience about companies in Michigan doing exciting work in the mobile/wireless space
  • Increase awareness about Michigan firms – in all industries – using these technologies to increase their productivity and profitability so they are seen as leaders in their respective fields
  • Provide education about the diverse technologies and the complete mobile/wireless eco-system
  • Promote mobile/wireless-related events, particularly those taking place in Michigan, or national/international events that will feature Michigan companies
  • Educate about current and future career opportunities available – in every industry – because of these technologies
  • Showcase Michigan-based mobile/wireless technologies educational resources that are among the leaders in the nation

Weekly segments of the show will explore the diverse types of mobile/wireless technologies; how they’re being utilized in every industry including automotive, government, healthcare, manufacturing and many others; along with companies who are providing services from apps to infrastructure to hardware and more. Additional topics will include: upcoming events, industry trends, careers, education/training available and much more!

Most in Michigan – and outside the state – have little or no awareness of the national and global leadership role that the state plays in many sectors of the mobile/wireless industry says MTAM’s Executive Director, Linda Daichendt. “Michigan is already a global leader in the Connected Vehicle space, we’re making tremendous advances in the mHealth space, and strong growth in the area of ‘Internet of Things’ is enabling Michigan firms to make significant impact in many other industries as well. It’s MTAM’s job to increase awareness of the exciting work being done here, as well as to showcase the way these technologies are creating jobs and having substantial positive impact on the state’s economy. The work Melissa and Lisa are doing with this show will greatly contribute to MTAM’s ability to put Michigan firms in the spotlight,” says Daichendt.

Listeners can access the show on the BTR site at, or they may access the episodes via a ‘player’ on the ‘Mobile in Michigan’ page of the MTAM website at will also be able to add the ‘player’ to their own websites to promote their appearance on the show.

Those interested in appearing as guests on the show should contact MTAM at

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Michigan’s U.S. Representative, Candice Miller, Introduces V2I Safety Technology Bill

U.S. Representative Candice Miller (R-MI) on Thursday introduced H.R. 910, the “Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act,” which provides States with flexibility to invest in Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication technologies from select programs within the Federal-aid Highway Program. ITS America supported her efforts and worked with her staff to expand the eligibility provided for V2I technology in the legislation. ITS America Interim President and CEO Thomas E. Kern commended Representative Miller for the bill, saying “Major automakers and technology providers are moving rapidly toward deployment of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology to prevent crashes. This critical legislation will provide states with the flexibility to invest in V2I safety technologies that wirelessly connect vehicles with the transportation network to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities, manage transportation systems more efficiently, and improve mobility for the public.” Representative Miller is a member of the House T&I Committee and joined us at the ITS World Congress in Detroit this past fall where she spoke at the Legislative Breakfast. More information is available in the news release, which also includes quotes from Michigan DOT Director Kirk Steudle, who chairs the ITS America Board of Directors, and ITS America members Ford and General Motors.

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Latest Developer Economics report now available; learn where you stand in relation to your peers

graphic onlyVisionMobile has published the latest Developer Economics report, based on a survey of 8,000+ app developers. The 9th edition Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation Q1 2015 research report investigates the latest trends and discusses the rise of Swift, developing the Internet of Things, enterprise vs. consumer revenues and global platform Mindshare. The report is available for free download at

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Michigan House Panel Trying Again On Cell Phone Tracking Bill

LANSING – After a bill from last session that would allow law enforcement to obtain location information from wireless carriers without a court order in certain emergency situations failed to reach the full chamber, the House Criminal Justice Committee is again taking up the legislation.

Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth Township), chair of the committee and sponsor of HB 4006 , said during Tuesday’s committee hearing the bill is named the “Kelsey Smith Law” after a Missouri woman was abducted and later found raped and murdered after a wireless carrier provided law enforcement with cell phone information.

When law enforcement officials were looking for Smith, they tried for several days to get the location information, and found her body within an hour after receiving the information.

“Bottom line is what this bill would do is it allows law enforcement, without a warrant or without judicial approval, the ability to ping your cell phone to locate your whereabouts or at least your last known cellular phone transmission,” Heise told the committee. “In an emergency situation, it is not always possible to find a judge to do a search warrant or to issue an order to obtain this type of information.”

Heise said the bill met some opposition from a former member of the committee last term worried about law enforcement abuse. During a hearing about a year ago, Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) questioned what would prevent an abusive spouse from using the police to locate the other spouse who had run away.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail or a fine up to $500 for law enforcement who abuse the system. Heise said this would be on top of how the agency would choose to punish the official.

McBroom is no longer on the committee. The bill received little discussion as the meeting was the first of the session and designated mostly for organizational matters.

Heise said the bill may come up again next week, depending on how receptive committee members are to the legislation.

Rep. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) questioned the cost of the legislation, saying wireless carriers would likely charge for providing the information.

Heise said he expected the costs to be minimal. A House Fiscal Agency analysis said local correctional systems costs might increase and the Department of State Police might see a nominal fiscal impact because the department would be required to obtain contact information for carriers and disseminate that information to local law enforcement agencies.

The bill would also provide immunity to the wireless carriers that comply with the requests from law enforcement.

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Author: Staff Writer
Source: Gongwer News Service
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CES: What was new, hot and exciting? Get insights from those who were there!


CES: What was New, Hot and Exciting? Get Insights From Those Who Were There!

By popular request, Mobile Monday Detroit again offers its annual program of insights from those who attended and/or exhibited at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas

Detroit, MI (January 21, 2015) – Were you unable to attend the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas but are still anxious to learn what all the excitement was about? If so, Mobile Monday Detroit is providing the opportunity to learn about everything you missed during its next event on Monday, January 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the Nextwave Accelerator in Troy, MI.

A panel of representatives from Michigan firms will share insights on their observations of trends, specific firms, new technologies, how what they saw may impact Michigan businesses, and much more! Panel members include:

  • Savita Monroe, SVP of Product Development, Geneva Watch Group
  • Paul Jacobs, VP/General Manager, jacAPPS
  • Mike Vartanian, Sr. Business Development Manager, CSR
  • Kareem Janoudi, Senior Product Manager, Skipstone
  • Scott McCormick, CEO, Connected Vehicle Trade Association
  • Sean Hurwitz, CEO, Pixo Entertainment

The evening’s program will take place at the NextWave America Accelerator in Troy with refreshments provided compliments of event sponsor SilkRoute Global. The event will begin with networking at 6:00 p.m. and presentations starting at 6:30 p.m. NextWave is located at 950 Stephenson Highway, Troy, MI.

Attendance at Mobile Monday Detroit is FREE, but advance registration is required at Free parking is available.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan(MTAM), Mobile Monday Michigan, and SilkRoute Global.


About Mobile Monday Michigan:

Mobile Monday Michigan, a subsidiary of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a mobile / wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 2800 members state-wide. Information about Mobile Monday Michigan can be found at


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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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