Much has been discussed about the dangers of mobile technology when drivers use mobile devices for texting and other distracting activities while driving, but significantly less has been discussed about the safety benefits that mobile technology provides in a wide variety of environments. Even less is known – even inside the mobile industry – about the ever-increasing opportunities this rapidly evolving technology is providing to increase safety in ways you may not think about – YET.
To help our members and visitors gain additional understanding of the substantial capabilities mobile technology provides to increase personal, family and business safety, Mobile Monday Detroit will be focusing its September 12th meeting on ‘Safety-related Mobile Technology’.
Our featured speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey Liedel, CIO for GM OnStar. Mr. Liedel will speak to us about GM’s efforts to increase consumer safety thru the use of its OnStar product line, including the recent launch of its’ aftermarket retail product, OnStar FMV, which enables almost anyone to enjoy the benefits of features such as automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation and hands-free calling. Liedel’s presentation will provide the opportunity to see the OnStar FMV unit first-hand and ask questions about its capabilities.
As CIO for GM OnStar, Mr. Liedel is responsible for IT Systems which deliver safety, navigation, telephony, vehicle diagnostics and other value-add services to OnStar subscribers. Prior to OnStar, he was Chief Strategy Officer for General Motors (GM) Information Systems and Services organization (IS&S). Prior to joining GM, Mr. Liedel served as Vice-President of Development at Covisint LLC, and held various IT leadership positions with Ford Motor Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Toledo, and an MBA from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Also speaking at this event will be:
Craig Capece, President/CEO for MIST Innovations, Inc. who will be speaking on MIST Innovations efforts to increase safety with the use of mobile technology via the firm’s flagship product, MISTonDemand, that provides business managers with visual real-time confirmation of their business operations. The benefits of providing video delivered to a smartphone or tablet device will be showcased with actual user case studies.
Jim Hankins, Founder/Developer of SafetyGrid and a Cisco Technical Operations Manager who will focus on the expansion of products in the mobile safety segment of the industry and the transformative drivers causing this expansion, such as: virtualization technologies, availability of wireless data services, advancements in assisted GPS technologies, improved battery life for mobile devices, new delivery models, rapid expansion of B2B web-based API, e-learning, and collaborative technologies.
Mr. Capece previously held senior executive positions at QCR Tech and Altec Lansing Technologies, as well as roles at NEC Electronics, Harris Corporation and National Semiconductor. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both electrical engineering and computer science at the State University of New York Institute of Technology and an MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Prior to Cisco, Mr. Hankins was previously the Enterprise Network Engineer for Borg Warner Automotive where he was responsible for corporate wide WAN / LAN architectures, firewall services, Microsoft server enterprise design functions and network management systems. He is also a Desert Storm veteran of the U.S. army where he was part of the first division to roll out local area networks in the most automated division of the Army at that time.
PLEASE NOTE: Our regular meeting facility is not available for this event, therefore an alternative location has been selected. As a result of this smaller facility, attendance will be limited to 100 attendees. Make your reservation early in order to insure you have a spot. If for any reason you later determine you are unable to attend, please change your status on the reservations list so someone on the waiting list will be able to take over your spot.
As our sponsor for the evening, Cliff Bell’s will be providing light hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks at no charge. A cash bar will also be available for those who prefer beer or mixed drinks.
Cliff Bell’s is located at 2030 Park Avenue in Detroit with hours of operation Tuesday thru Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to midnight. To view the current menus, please visit www.CliffBells.com. For a complete list of upcoming events at Cliff Bell’s, please visit http://CliffBells.com/events.php. You can ‘like’ Cliff Bell’s on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for special promotions and the latest information.
Parking areas near Cliff Bell’s; areas in purple are the nearby parking lots, with parking also available at the Fox Theater and Opera House Parking garages which are within walking distance. There is also some street parking available that should not be in use because the Tigers are scheduled out of town that evening. Those that arrive early enough may find a spot on the street.