Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company and the largest employer in Cedar Rapids, will acquire FlightAware, a digital aviation company operating the world’s largest flight tracking and data platform, according to its website. Founded in 2005, FlightAware combines data from air traffic control systems and its own network of ground stations with its own AI models […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2021 InsurTech Days event was held at Curate Event Center in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Business Record attended the first day to hear the growth story of Cowbell Cyber, a member of GIA’s 2019 accelerator program, and presentations from the 12 featured insurtechs. Attendees came from across […]

Representatives from Akur8 and Coherent shared their takeaways from Tuesday’s InsurTech Days events with the Business Record over email. What stood out to you from Tuesday’s panel and company presentations? Are there any specific takeaways for your company? Boriana Trifonova, Akur8: I particularly enjoyed hearing about CowbellCyber’s success story and fast evolution since the GIA! The team’s tenacity […]

The Harkin Institute hosted its annual Summit on Disability Employment on Aug. 19 in Ankeny, where businesses and disability service providers participated in conversations discussing how to ensure people with disabilities are included and valued in companies’ workforces, the resources available and how to translate conversations into action. In past years the summit took place internationally, but […]

Craig Zimmerman will join MetroNet as the west Iowa market leader, overseeing fiber-optic infrastructure and growth and development in areas including Ames, Nevada, Urbandale, Grimes, Johnston, Clive, Ankeny and Mason City. His 20-year career in telecommunications has included roles with Mediacom, Vermillion Group and Iowa Telecom in business marketing, sales, communications training and development. Most […]

Mahaska Communication Group, based in Oskaloosa, announced on Aug. 20 that broadband internet service with speeds up to two gigabits per second will soon be available to Newton residents and businesses. MCG’s residential and business customers will also be eligible for television and telephone services. Construction on the underground network will start in phases in […]

TrustLayer, a graduate of BrokerTech Ventures’ 2020 accelerator program, announced on Aug. 18 it raised $15.1 million in a Series A funding round. The risk management platform is working to automate the insurance verification process for businesses to save time, reduce administrative costs and correct errors in the previously used manual process. Robotic process automation […]

Alacriti, a financial technology company based in New Jersey, will partner with Iowa-based Veridian Credit Union to enable real-time payments over the Clearing House’s RTP network. Alacriti’s cloud-native program, Cosmos Payment Services, supports Fedwire payments as well as real-time transactions. Using Cosmos will help Veridian simplify operations by allowing access to multiple clearing and settlement […]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a formal safety probe Monday into Tesla’s driver assistance system, Autopilot, after identifying 11 crashes involving Tesla cars and first responder scenes since 2018. The NHTSA reported 17 injuries and one death resulting from the crashes. A 2017 NHTSA investigation into Autopilot concluded without any action, but this […]