MTAM is a non-profit trade association for Michigan’s mobile / wireless (connected) technologies industry and businesses in all industries utilizing those technologies. We are the first state-based mobile/wireless industry trade association in the U.S., and our mission is:
• to facilitate conversation/collaboration between varied sectors of the mobile/wireless eco-system; serve as the bridge to enable diverse organizations to understand each other’s perspectives and needs in order to drive new innovation and opportunities involving these technologies;
• to increase the use of, and demand for, Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally;
• to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies;
• to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy;
• and to help the communities we serve via the use of these technologies.
We are also the statewide producer of Mobile Monday Michigan – a mobile / wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization based in Finland. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000+ members statewide.
The “father of the cellular phone,” Marty Cooper takes us back to 1973 when he and his team of engineers at Motorola developed the DynaTAC, & shares the story of placing the world’s first portable cell phone call to his rival at Bell Laboratories to tell him
The future is full of fantastic promise for m:commerce, but what's it going to take to really ignite this capability. CTIA WIRELESS 2008® educational session moderator Karen Webster talks about the obstacles, challenges, and long-term prospects for success.
CEO for Centennial Communications Corp., Michael Small, and CTIA VP for State and External Affairs, Dane Snowden, discuss relevant hot button issues in the wireless industry and which policies they think will best spur continued growth, innovation and evoluti
In a society where consumers regularly bring their devices across state and national boundaries, we ask Wisconsin State Representative Phil Montgomery what role states should play in regulating modern wireless services.
No matter how many different financial models have been run on spreadsheets, Muni-Wi-Fi has, to my knowledge, never reached even breakeven anywhere—not from city investment, not from selling advertising, and not from any other model that has come and gone.
Does anyone remember Teledesic? Founded in the 1990s by Bill Gates, Craig McCaw, Paul Allen, and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Teledesic was to launch 840 low-earth orbiting satellites (LEOs) and provide data at the then blazing speed of 720 Kbps down and 100 Kbps up from the ground.
...except for some hotels, I have not been asked to pay for a Wi-Fi connection in the past two years. But that is what Audi and T-Mobile apparently expect us to do. At the time of purchase of the car, you can pay an additional $450 and get 30 months of Wi-Fi in your car, fed by T-Mobile’s 4G network.
It should be interesting to put together our session for the Mobile World Congress. We will have access to the GSMA’s Wireless Intelligence group, which has great stats and numbers, and we will be comparing and contrasting them to what is occurring in North America.
The business process started with the network and then events fed into the billing-to-cash process. In that old-fashioned world, the billing process was an excellent audit platform and one of the key revenue assurance tools at an operator’s disposal.
It looks like the shakeout in the IoT network provider space has begun. Recent troubles at companies including Sigfox and Ingenu, and new directions from the likes of Silver Springs Networks and Senet, highlight the growing pains in the space. This doesn’t come as a total surprise—new markets often undergo upheavals as they develop—but it’s certainly worth n […]
Wireless Everywhere, doing business as Wave Wireless, is asking the FCC for an experimental Special Temporary Authorization (STA) so that it can conduct tests in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) band for six months.
Citing it as a major milestone in bringing 5G to commercial reality in Japan, Nokia announced it signed an agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, to supply 5G baseband products for a 5G mobile network destined to be commercially operating by 2020.
From AnnArbor.com “A connected vehicle research center is planned for the former Willow Run GM Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township, officials announced Thursday morning. “A test track for connected vehicles and R&D facility are in the works following the demolition of the 4.6 million square foot plant. “Walbridge Development LLC will buy the majority […]
From WHYY Newsworks “In February 2012 in Chesterfield, N.J., a school bus was T-boned by a speeding dump truck. The crash killed an 11-year-old girl.” “The subsequent investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found plenty of human error. “But in her recent closing remarks on the Chesterfield crash, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman was cle […]
From Philly.com “On Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it “could be at the verge” of a breakthrough in such technology to allow vehicles to communicate with each other and “transform the nation’s surface transportation safety, mobility and environmental performance.” “The NHTSA has just completed a yearlong test in Ann Arbor, M […]
From Detroit Free Press “Honda held demonstrations in Detroit today of experimental safety technology designed to prevent its vehicles from colliding with other vehicles, pedestrians and motorcycles. “Embedded computer chips on vehicles, in motorcycles and in a pedestrian’s cell phone can communicate their respective whereabouts and detect if they are on a c […]
From The Detroit News “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is extending a pilot project in Ann Arbor on connected vehicles by another six months, but said it won’t change its timetable for deciding whether to move forward with the new technology. “The project was initially supposed to last a year when it was kicked … Continue reading » […]
May Mobility, the autonomous vehicle startup based in Ann Arbor, MI, had an action-packed 2017. The company launched in January, completed a stint in the Y Combinator accelerator over the summer, put driverless shuttles on downtown Detroit streets through a small pilot program in October, and raised more than $11 million over the course of […]
Karen DeSalvo has experience working in the public sector, but she’s hardly what you’d call a government bureaucrat. DeSalvo, who is trained as a physician, served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2014 to 2016 under President Barack Obama. During some of the time she headed the ONC, as the office is […]