Mobile Industry on the Move January 11

— January 11, 2014

In between two giant technology tradeshows — International CES last week and NRF next — the mobile industry is already moving fast in 2014. Here’s some recent personnel, partnership and security news.

StarMobile
StarMobile, Inc., a company that offers a cloud-based solution for enterprise mobility, has named  Addie Bourne executive vice president, sales and marketing, reporting directly to StarMobile President and CEO Todd Fryburger.

Bourne is an accomplished senior executive with 30 years of global sales and marketing experience at established and emerging technology companies. She has led high performance teams focused on enterprise mobility at Kony, SAP and CAS, working with CIOs and line of business executives to develop and execute their mobile strategies. Bourne also previously served in executive roles at Cybercash, Seer Technologies and Legent Corporation.

DMI/Samsung
DMI, a provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services, has formed a strategic alliance with Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) to provide enterprise managed mobility services. Through this collaboration, the companies will equip enterprises with a portfolio of services throughout the deployment of Samsung Mobile smartphones and tablets.

DMI will work closely with Samsung Mobile to deploy Samsung Enterprise Services, a full range of devices and services designed for enterprise clients. This includes programs to support customers through the entire lifecycle of both Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and corporate liable mobile device deployments. DMI will implement and manage certain Samsung security solutions and platforms, including Samsung Knox, for enterprise and government customers.

DMI currently manages more than 500,000 devices worldwide, and has built-in excess of 400 mobile app solutions in the last twelve months for hundreds of commercial and Federal clients.

BlackBerry
BlackBerry is investing in a new security innovation center in the Washington, D.C. area. Building on its technical experience and leadership in mobile security, the new Center will serve as a hub for collaboration with key government customers and other expert partners.

John Chen, Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry addressed key members of Congress and government officials on Monday, January 6 at the CES Government (CESG) show. 

“We are committed to working with government and industry experts to solve some of the biggest challenges we face in securing mobile communication. The Washington, D.C.-based security innovation center will be focused on creating lasting partnerships that will encourage ongoing dialogue aimed at making better products and policy,” said Chen during his speech.

Yahoo
Yahoo announced plans to acquire Aviate to enable simple and intelligent mobile experiences. The Aviate team created a product that changes the way people interact with their Android devices, by making them smarter and more in context with the user’s daily habits.

Aviate auto-categorizes apps on the Android phone and intelligently gathers them into “spaces.” By using signals to understand a person’s context — such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Accelerometer  or Time – Aviate automatically surfaces information at the moment it is useful. So whether a user is just waking up, driving, at work or out for the night, Aviate learns their digital habits and helps anticipate the information and apps they need. Yahoo plans to make the Aviate technology a central part of its Android based experiences in 2014 and beyond and will continue to develop the product.

Smart  City Networks
Smart City Networks announced that the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) have both renewed their contracts with the event technology provider, extending their partnership for quality telecommunications and Internet services for tradeshows and events.

Smart City has overseen the technology and telecommunications services at the VBCC since January 2011, and has been awarded a one-year contract extension. The provider at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the past five year the company has earned a two-year contract extension at the venue, with additional terms extending through Sept. 30, 2019.

To meet the growing demand for Wi-Fi, Smart City customizes its Wi-Fi networks to match the specific needs of each facility. At the VBCC, Wi-Fi services are provided in both the 2.4 and 5.0 gigahertz (GHz) bandwidth throughout the facility, with free Wi-Fi in the Tower Café.  At the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Smart City offers a similarly robust Wi-Fi network in all meeting rooms, exhibit halls and public spaces, with free Wi-Fi available in the main lobby and food court.

Theatro
Richard N. Nottenburg, PhD, has joined Theatro’s Board of Directors. Dr. Nottenburg brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership in technology development and business strategy.

"We are thrilled to have Rich as part of our Board of Directors. Rich brings the unique combination of deep technical expertise on a broad range of subjects and the passion of an entrepreneur,” said Chris Todd, CEO, Theatro. “His knowledge will be invaluable as we build Theatro into the thought leader in the emerging enterprise wearable market.”

Dr. Nottenburg, currently an investor in early stage technology companies including Theatro, previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Sonus Networks, Inc. from June 2008 through October 2010. Formerly an EVP and CTO with Motorola, Inc., he is currently a member of the boards of directors of PMC Sierra , Inc., Verint Systems, Inc., and Aeroflex Corporation.

"I am very excited to be joining the Theatro Board of Directors," he said. "Theatro has an exciting vision for the future of retail operations, great software innovations and a management team who knows how to execute. I look forward to leveraging my experience to help Theatro in their next phase of development.”

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