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Mississippi Technology Alliance announces president/CEO

In a press release issued Tuesday, January 12th, the Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) Board of Directors Chair Jan Farrington announced that Tony Jeff has been selected as the organization’s new president and CEO. “The Board of Directors is confident in Tony’s ability to lead MTA, the state’s only organization focused solely on innovation-based economic development,” said Farrington. “We are impressed ...

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Venture Technologies

In the early 1980s, Norman Katool, CPA, and Gerard Gibert were providing information technology (IT) consulting and auditing services to clients of a Jackson CPA firm when they began to be intrigued by the microcomputer phenomenon that was transforming businesses as well as governments. They wanted to become involved, but how? Taking a leap into the unknown, Gibert responded to ...

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Auto metering a new wave from SmartSynch

System allows utility to remotely collect meter data rather than the monthly checks made by meter readers Southern Pine Electric Power Association (SPEPA) is the first utility in Mississippi to use the technology of another Mississippi company that provides automatic metering infrastructure, or AMI, to utilities across the nation. For its commercial and industrial accounts, SPEPA will use SmartSynch’s SmartMeter ...

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Hankins’ career began inauspiciously

Cellular South’s COO says company’s story is ‘really compelling’ Kevin Hankins was pursuing an engineering degree in the 1980s when he received a telephone call one afternoon. A representative from Motorola was on the line and asked if Hankins had ever heard of cellular technology. “I told him, ‘Why, no. I haven’t,” Hankins said. That was the beginning of Hankins’ ...

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Getting 3G to a rural state

Cellular South adds 324 new cell sites to ‘bridge the digital divide’ in sprawling Mississippi With the addition of 324 new cell sites in Mississippi this year, Cellular South is “bridging the digital divide” in this rural state. “If the question is whether residents need 3G coverage or connectivity, the answer is they need both,” said Dave Miller, public relations ...

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New technology could help job seekers

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) are hoping that new technology will help the state’s job seekers find employment a lot faster without leaving the comfort of their homes. MDES announced the introduction of the WINGS online reporting system at a Wednesday afternoon news conference at the Jackson Workforce Investment Network (WIN) job center in conjunction with ...

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Ablitech gets ‘seed’ money for company

RIDGELAND AND HATTIESBURG — Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) president and CEO Dr. Randy Goldsmith announced that the Mississippi Seed Fund has invested $100,000 in Ablitech Inc. of Hattiesburg. “Ablitech’s experienced management team and strong relationships with university researchers position the company for rapid growth,” said Goldsmith. “This investment will help the company ramp up product development and the critical research ...

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Utilities pursuing stimulus funding

  Last April, Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke detailed plans by the Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to distribute more than $3.3 billion in smart grid technology development grants and an additional $615 million for smart grid storage, monitoring and technology viability. The DOE’s Office of Electricity ...

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Between phones and laptops

Netbooks becoming more and more popular with people on the move   The mobile technology world has had two major developments the past decade and a half: the laptop in the early 1990s and e-mail-capable smartphones around the turn of the century. The newest shot of innovation combines those two into a 10-inch device that has all the capability of ...

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Android technology could overtake iPhone

Cellular South re-creating the wheel in cell phone technology, plans ongoing for the fall   The mobile phone industry, to use an analogy, is in the same situation personal computers were in before operating systems became standardized. Simply put, there is no umbrella platform like Windows that all wireless devices employ. That’s all about to change. Android technology aims to ...

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