Right Place sets Auto Summit: Grand Rapids’ economic development agency Right Place Inc. will host the 2011 West Michigan Automotive Summit Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Registration is $85 for the event only and $100 for the event and the luncheon to follow. Today’s new automotive platforms are “computers on wheels.” The level of digital content is integrated into every inch of the vehicle. Increasing demands for fuel efficiency and performance are driving the automotive design cycle to a frenzied 2-3 year pace. These and other factors are pushing automotive manufacturers to have design and manufacturing solutions that not only offer superior flexibility, but also meet quality requirements and cost targets. Can your company keep up with the “new” pace of manufacturing and innovation? Are you prepared for the next wave of design innovation … and the next one 24 months after that? The 2011 West Michigan Automotive Summit will give you a glimpse into the future outlook of automotive manufacturing and innovation. Topics will include: A Global Vehicle Production Outlook, by Michael Robinet, IHS Automotive; The Changing Nature of Manufacturing and Engineering Work in the Automotive Industry, by Kristin Dziczek, The Center for Automotive Research; and So Now What?, by Erich Merkle, Ford Motor Co. Visit www.rightplace.org to learn more.

GL-SPIN To Hear About Scrum: The next Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at Bastone Brewery in Royal Oak. GL-SPIN’s new president, Jeff Dalton, will speak on “Scrum+CMMI: Powerful Partners in Product Development.” More at www.gl-spin.org.

IDV Solutions Offers Webinar On How Border Agencies, Microsoft Enhance Security With Visual Fusion : Lansing-based IDV Solutions will present a Webinar on Visual Command Center, the company’s innovative, cost- effective security solution, on Thursday, Oct. 13,  from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. VCC unites data from multiple security devices and data sources into a comprehensive real-time view, enabling security professionals to make decisions and respond more quickly to emergencies. VCC integrates output from devices like cameras, card readers, sensors, and GPS units into a common operating picture with enterprise data, third-party web feeds, floor plans, and more.  All data is visualized in the context of a map, timeline, and analytics. VCC is designed to provide a visual component to the growing field of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM). VCC is built on IDV’s Visual Fusion data visualization software, and integrates deeply with Microsoft’s SharePoint collaboration software. Visual Fusion is used by numerous organizations in both the public and private sectors to give them a consolidated view of all their security data. The Webinar will feature two case studies that highlighting Visual Fusion’s usage in physical security and public safety. Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/318207123.


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