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Documentary featuring Spectrum Health cardiologist highlights 5G visionaries

An interventional cardiologist at Spectrum Health is profiled in a documentary about 5G uses.

Metro Health joins effort to combat pandemic-era increase in cyberattacks

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health announced it joined a partnership of cybersecurity experts working 24/7 to protect patients and employees from scams and information theft.

Police in a Tesla? Holland goes electric for detectives

HOLLAND — A police department in West Michigan will be solving crimes with a Tesla.

Tech entrepreneurs launch meeting schedule software

Three Grand Rapids technology entrepreneurs this summer launched machine-learning-based meeting schedule software in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Manufacturing Growth Alliance hones priorities

A 1-year-old alliance designed to fill an advocacy and support gap for second-stage manufacturers in Michigan is finding its footing amid the disruption of 2020.

Comprenew expands electronics recycling pickup service

A local technology recycling company added vehicles to its fleet and is now offering its electronics recycling pickup service across the state.

OST grows Minneapolis presence with new partnership

Grand Rapids digital and IT consultant OST announced plans for accelerated business growth in Minneapolis to power a more unified human-centered design and innovation practice, leveraging expert IT strategy and execution.

US agency posts online map to track autonomous vehicle tests

DETROIT — If you've ever seen one of those self-driving vehicles with strange equipment on the roof and wondered where it's going, then there's a website for you.

Health system deploys new robotic surgery equipment

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health became the first health care system in West Michigan to offer the newest generation of minimally invasive robotic surgery in an outpatient setting.

Study: Michigan consumers lose $2.94M to COVID-19 scams

The year isn’t even over yet, and Michigan consumers lost nearly $3 million to COVID-19 fraud, a new study found.

Kellogg’s partners on Minecraft-themed cereal

Kellogg’s and Minecraft are tapping into gamers’ love of building, mining and exploring with a new Minecraft-themed cereal.

Pro-Vision rolls out Touchless IR Thermometer

Byron Center-based Pro-Vision Video Systems released the new Touchless IR Thermometer for simple temperature screening on school buses and before entering buildings to detect potential health hazards and prevent COVID-19 exposure.

Pro-Vision Video Systems partners with Canadian supplier for body-worn camera

Byron Center-based Pro-Vision Video Systems is now the exclusive body-worn camera vendor for Rampart International, a Canadian supplier of operational equipment for law enforcement.

OST announces new vice president of finance and operations

Grand Rapids business and IT consulting firm OST appointed Robin Kleinjans-McKee to vice president of finance and operations.

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

LANSING — The state of Michigan and some private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Hackers breach customer data at Michigan State online store

LANSING — Hackers have breached Michigan State University's online store, gaining access to customer credit card numbers and other personal information, the university said.

Pro-Vision releases enhanced connectivity software

Pro-Vision Video Systems of Byron Center announced the release of its new Enhanced Connectivity Bundle (ECB) software.

Grants to help fund EV fast-charging stations in Michigan

The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) wants to make sure operators of electric vehicles have enough places to plug in.

Startup brings technology to COVID-19 fight

A startup company in Grand Rapids is bringing science and technology together to help businesses and organizations fight against COVID-19.

Corporate wellness firm adapts to COVID-19

Employee wellness consulting firms are among the few business types that have seen a spike in demand instead of sharp declines during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan man indicted in cyberstalking of ex-Mississippi governor

JACKSON, Miss. — A Michigan man accused of making threats against a former Mississippi governor has been indicted by a Mississippi grand jury on a cyberstalking charge.

Grand Circus partners with nonprofit to give students real-time data

Grand Circus and the Great Lakes Observing System announced a partnership to incorporate live environmental data into the coding academy’s training programs.

Acrisure acquires Tulco’s AI insurance business for $400 million

After partnering last year with Tulco, a holding company in the tech industry, to create a new artificial intelligence insurance platform, Acrisure acquired the company’s entire AI insurance practice in a $400 million deal.

Early-stage tech firms receive assistance

Eight Grand Rapids early-stage tech companies received financial assistance from the state’s Tech Startup Stabilization Fund, according to Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Holland Hospital implements thermal sensor technology

Holland Hospital is implementing thermal sensor imaging technology for convenient temperature checks at its main campus entrances.