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AT&T Upgrades Wireless Network in Northern Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. has announced upgrades to six cell towers onk its 4G LTE network in Antrim, Kalkaska, Charlevoix and Grand Traverse counties to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

The communities of Alden, Rapid City, Kalkaska, Evangeline Township and Traverse City received the improvements.

The additional capacity upgrades are like adding more lanes to a highway carrying traffic from a customer’s device to the cell tower, resulting in faster speeds and more reliable service.

Locations include:
* Traverse City, at School Road, east of Silver Lake Road
* Rapid City, at Rapid City Road, Northwest
* Evangeline Township, (two sites) east of Boyne City-Charlevoix Road and west of Old Horton Bay Road
* Kalkaska (two sites), north of County Road 612, Darragh Road Northeast, near County Road 612

AT&T says it has invested nearly $1.65 billion in its wireless and wired networks in Michigan between 2013 through 2015, driving a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and performance for residents and business customers.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com.

Monday’s M2 TechCast featuring Inforum, Augmented Reality, Drone Law, And More

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, Aug. 15 internet broadcast of the M2
TechCast will feature Rachele Downs, vice president of entrepreneurial strategies at Inforum, interviewing Christina York, founder and CEO of ALTality, an Ann Arbor-based startup developing augmented reality technology.

Other guests on the show, starting at 3 p.m. Eastern time, are drone law expert Enrico Schaefer of Traverse City; Michael Lomonaco from Open Systems Technologies, a data center and IT services firm with offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit; and Mark Becker of C/D/H, a technology consultant with offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 40 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

DMC Marks Decade On ‘Most Wired’ List; 21 Michigan Hospitals Honored

DETROIT — For the 10th straight year, the Detroit Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospital systems according to the 18th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

The DMC was one of 21 Michigan hospitals included on the list.

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AT&T Boosts Network Speeds In Clare, Grand Traverse, Saginaw Counties

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced an upgrade to bring faster speeds to five cell sites in Clare, Grand Traverse and Saginaw counties.

The upgrades were made to four cell sites in the areas of Frankenmuth and Reese in Saginaw County and Clare in Clare County, as well as a site near Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City.

People using those towers will be using an expanded band of radio frequencies. That means greater speeds and additional capacity.

AT&T says it spent nearly $1.65 billion on upgrades to its wired and wireless networks in Michigan between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015, providing improvements in reliability, coverage, speed and performance.

More at http://about.att.com.

M2 TechCast: Ken Rogers Retiring, Drone Rules, Social Media, CEO Search

ROYAL OAK — On the Monday, June 27 edition of the M2 TechCast, co-hosts Mike Brennan and Matt Roush will offer a wide-ranging look at high-tech news with a Michigan perspective.

The show will include:

* A look at Automation Alley, the 1,000-member manufacturing and technology trade promotion group, with Ken Rogers, who has announced his retirement from the organization he helped found 17 years ago.

* Traverse City attorney Enrico Schaefer on new FAA rules for the operation of commercial drones.

* A look at social media strategies for business from Dale Keipert, CEO of Flint-based 3Sixty Interactive.

* Patrick Anderson, chairman of Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group, talking about his search for a new top executive to run a company that has developed a pioneering software applications that lies at the intersection of decision analytics and artificial intelligence.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years. The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time Mondays at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. Past podcasts are available on demand at http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 40 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

10 Automakers Headlining CAR Seminars In August

ANN ARBOR — Officials at the Center for Automotive Research announced Monday that 18 executives from 10 automakers will join supplier executives and policymakers to discuss critical issues, including impacts of new mobility and autonomy, fuel economy policy, implications for the midterm review and more, at CAR MBS 2016.

The annual Management Briefing Seminars will be held July 31-Aug. 4 at Grand Traverse Resort near Traverse City.

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Healthcare Under Attack — 89% Of Organizations Had Data Breaches

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City security consultants Ponemon Institute released its Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on the Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, showing that once again criminal attacks are the leading causes of data breach in healthcare.

The study, sponosred by Portland, Ore.-based ID Experts, also showed that mistakes — unintentional employee actions, third-party snafus, and stolen computer devices — are cited as the cause of other data breaches.

The findings indicate that many healthcare organizations and their third parties (business associates or BAs) are negligent in the handling of sensitive patient information. They also lack the budget, people resources, and expertise to manage data breaches caused by employee negligence and evolving cyber threats, including the newest threat cited for 2016: ransomware.

To learn more about the study, visit  http://www2.idexpertscorp.com/ponemon2016 for a free copy.

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New Ponemon Report Confirms IT Outsourcing Trend

TRAVERSE CITY — The IT research organization Ponemon Institute is out with a new survey confirming the trend of IT outsourcing to the cloud.

The survey was sponsored by CyrusOne (Nasdaq: CONE), the Dallas, Texas-based colocation services provider.

More than 600 IT operations, management and security professionals participated in the survey.

Among the reasons to outsource, 70 percent of respondents said their IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly difficult and complex to manage. Another 60 percent said outsourcing services improves companies’ ability to roll out new services quickly, while 55 percent said it’s too costly to operate their own data center.

In addition to being costly to operate, 69 percent of respondents rate the pain of managing data center operations as “severe.”

Respondents predicted that within two years, 52 percent of their business applications would be in the cloud or hosted — up 15 percent from the 37 percent of applications that are in the cloud today.

However, security concerns with the cloud persist — 45 percent of respondents said their in-house data center is less likely to experience a data breach than if they were using a cloud, managed hosting or colocation service. And 67 percent say diminished control over IT resources is the main concern with moving to outsourced services.

The average IT budget for respondents was $94 million. Among respondents, 32 percent of this budget is allocated to outsourced IT services, and this amount is expected to increase to 44 percent of the IT budget in two years.

“This comprehensive research report from Ponemon captures the key factors driving company decisions when seeking to effectively manage their data and IT infrastructure in an increasing digital world,” said Scott Brueggeman, chief marketing officer, CyrusOne. “The research provides valuable insight into the motivation behind the colocation decision-making process.”

As companies wrestle with managing the growing amount of sensitive and confidential data, as well as the potential risks of security breaches, the rationale for colocation and data center outsourcing services becomes compelling.

More about the research at http://www.cyrusone.com/executive-report/ponemon-research-confirms-data-center-outsourcing-trend/.

AT&T Speeds Up Service In Central, Northern Lower Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. said it had added a new cell tower to its 4G LTE network in Mount Pleasant to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

The change will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices. With 4G LTE service, they should see better service when they’re watching videos, posting to social media or texting family and friends.

AT&T also said it had added new 4G LTE service to Thompson’s Harbor State Park in Posen is getting new 4G LTE service, while Grand Traverse State Park in Traverse City received additional capacity, making the cell site stronger in order to handle more traffic, resulting in faster speeds and more reliable service.

The upgrades at the state parks are among a total of six sites within Grand Traverse, Presque Isle, Mecosta and Cheboygan counties.

The improvements were made in the vicinity of the following cities:

* Big Rapids: south of Milton Road, east of North Fourth Avenue
* Cheboygan (two sites): near south Huron and Mill streets and near Old Mackinaw and Nipigon roads
* Garfield Township: Hartman Road, east of US-31
* Posen: Thompson’s Harbor State Park, south of US-23 and east of M-65, near Grand Lake Highway, and along Clinton Creek Road
* Traverse City: Grand Traverse City State Park, along Parsons Road, south of US-31

Over the last 6 years, 2009 to 2014, AT&T invested nearly $140 billion including investments in its wireless and wireline networks and acquisitions of wireless spectrum and operations — more in the United States than any other public company.

Learn About PACE Financing In Traverse City

DETROIT — Northern Lower Peninsula property owners looking to upgrade their buildings for more energy efficiency but concerned about expense should check out a meeting Oct. 13 in Traverse City about PACE financing.

Business owners, architects, engineers, contractors and vendors will be attending a panel discussion on how to overcome financing barriers and achieve an immediate improvement in cash flow through Michigan’s PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) finance program.

Also discussed will be energy efficiency tax credits, incentives, utility choice programs and new energy efficiency technologies.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Northwestern Michigan College’s University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Drive, Traverse City.

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