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November

Mobile Predictions for 2017 & Beyond

It’s that time of the year…at the Wireless Technology Forum…when we make our annual industry predictions. When this organization was formed by Maury Margol & Steve Bachman in 2003, I don’t think they had any idea how big and/or ubiquitous the wireless industry would be today. Which leads me to our next annual tradition, NOT comparing predictions from the previous year to present day.

Let’s start with a few “big” news stories that we predict will be key in the industry going forward.

Self-Driving Tesla Fatality

Sorry to start with a tragedy, but no

09

November

Did You Vote for Smart Cities?

On November 8, 2016, we not only voted for our elected officials, we also voted on referendums that would impact technology deployments to improve our cities.

For example, in the City of Atlanta, we voted on a 0.4% sales tax increase to improve our roadways and 0.5% sales tax increase to improve our public transportation system, MARTA. Voters passed both referendums increasing sales tax by 0.9% and demonstrating the need to reduce congestion and improve multi-modal (car, bike, pedestrian) transportation infrastructure in Atlanta. One key smart city program is $40 million

03

November

Mobility Live Hackathon Recap (from the winning team)

We recently entered the 2016 MOBILITY LIVE HACKBACK sponsored by TAG in partnership with MobilityLIVE, a partnership between GSMA and Metro Atlanta Chamber. This hackathon benefited United Way Atlanta.

Challenge

Currently, the United Way Atlanta Board of Directors consists of 49 community advocates that meet 6 times a year to drive the most important United Way initiatives. They needed a better way to facilitate communication between board members and leadership teams by replacing their current process of printing out an extensive board package for every meeting for 49 board members. The solution would