Trends, products and advances


Investment firm acquires tech company

Grand Rapids-based investment company Century Technology Group announced the acquisition of Mutually Human.

Advisory group launches resource to protect small businesses from cyberthreats

Small and midsize Michigan businesses combating growing cybersecurity threats have a new ally.

Analysis: Grand Rapids among worst-paying cities for IT administrators

IT administrators in the Grand Rapids area are among the worst paid in the country, according to a recent study.

Hunting app unveils new feature

Michigan hunters have new technology on their side this deer season.

Local startups find new funding avenue

Grand Rapids is a hotbed for startups, so it wasn’t a surprise when Michigan State University affiliate Conquer Accelerator chose five Grand Rapids-based startups that represent various industries to invest in.

Michigan rolls out statewide coronavirus exposure app

LANSING — Michigan on Monday launched the statewide rollout of a voluntary, free coronavirus app that notifies users if they have potentially been in close contact with infected people.

Grand Apps founders sell to employees

Chris Ake, co-founder of Grand Apps, announced the sale of the company to employees Tyler Kutt and Brandon Ross.

Program seeks to shrink digital divide facing older people

DETROIT — Low-income senior citizens in southeastern Michigan are receiving electronic tablets, digital training and tech-enabled health care services through a collaboration between the city of Detroit, businesses and nonprofits.

Company introduces ‘mobile’ Wi-Fi for students

A Grand Rapids company is offering school districts the option of providing Wi-Fi to their students in the unlikeliest of places.

Kent County Health Department launches digital COVID-19 survey tool

In response to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases, the Kent County Health Department is implementing a new technology tool to meet the increased demand for investigations.

Grand Rapids-based telehealth network goes live

Agile Virtual Care, which offers virtual physical therapy services, is now live and accepting patients.

Priority Health launches virtual-first coverage options

Priority Health announced the launch of MyPriority Telehealth PCP plans effective Jan. 1.

Feyen Zylstra appoints VP of people and culture

Grand Rapids-based industrial technology and electrical firm Feyen Zylstra hired Maureen Walsh as vice president of people and culture.

Michigan Software Labs ranks among ‘Best Small Workplaces’ in U.S.

Fortune and Great Place to Work have included Michigan Software Labs on the 2020 ranking of the “100 Best Small Workplaces” in the country.

Pro-Vision unveils new body-worn camera

Pro-Vision Video Systems of Byron Center announced the release of its new Bodycam 4 body-worn camera.

Entrepreneurs launch digital advertising firm

Digital Kairoi, a digital advertising firm focused on providing value to brands and agencies in West Michigan, is now open in Grand Rapids.

Virtual kits accommodate local and foreign students

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Students in West Michigan and overseas collectively are able to learn at the same pace at Western Michigan Christian School (WMCS) with help from a local IT company.

App launched in Michigan to alert people exposed to virus

LANSING — The state health department and Michigan State University on Thursday launched a voluntary smartphone app to notify people if they have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, a step toward potentially taking the technology statewide.

Metro Health introduces AR spinal surgery platform

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health now is offering spine surgery using the Augmedics xvision Spine System.

Priority Health to offer incentives for tracking SDoH data

Priority Health announced its plans to pilot new incentives for providers who screen patients and submit information on social determinants of health.

Robotic transporters roll into Spectrum hospitals

Spectrum Health significantly expanded its fleet of service robots since introducing the first two to Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals in 2007.

Firm introduces CDC-approved temporary shelters

With wildfires raging on America’s west coast and hurricanes to the east, 2020 has shaped up to be a uniquely rough year for natural disasters, COVID-19 notwithstanding.

Data security tops business concerns

One in three business leaders said data security is a top concern, with 21% citing secure authentication and payment authorization as must-have features of their treasury management platform, according to a new survey by Citizens Commercial Banking.

GRCC partnership to provide more Wi-Fi access

Grand Rapids Community College is partnering with Kent District Library to provide increased Wi-Fi access to its students at all of the library’s 19 branches.

Comcast upgrades rest of West Michigan network with gigabit internet

Comcast announced its gigabit internet service is now available to residential and business customers in Fremont, Laketown Township, Muskegon, Saugatuck and South Haven.