A new pilot project between the city of West Des Moines and Microsoft Corp., among other partners, aims to change the way Valley Junction neighborhood residents and businesses access high-speed broadband service. The broadband equity pilot project will provide levels of free community Wi-Fi access to Valley Junction homes, businesses, employees, visitors and students at Hillside […]

Siemens AG and Lempäälän Energia will build a self-sufficient smart grid system in Marjamäki, Finland, Siemens announced on Tuesday morning. Project LEMENE will provide a cost-effective, environmentally friendly and secure energy supply to the community, Siemens said. The project will feature more than 15,000 solar panels, six gas motors and fuel cells. Siemens employs about […]

Gross-Wen Technologies Inc., which commercializes an algal wastewater treatment developed at Iowa State University, accepted a $2 million investment from engineering firm Doerfer Corporation, GWT announced on Wednesday. The company expects to hire up to four more positions with the funds, including a vice president of operations, and sales and operations staff. GWT developed the […]

Buckle up: 2025 is only seven years away. Last week Aaron Proietti, founder of Adaptivity Enterprises and a self-proclaimed futurist, offered EntreFEST conference attendees in Cedar Rapids several thoughtful predictions of what to expect from the world in less than 10 years. “The technologies that I’ve shown here are not inherently good or evil, but […]

Forest City-based Winnebago Industries announced the launch of an all-electric commercial vehicle platform, the Corridor Business Journal reported. Winnebago plans to develop an electric-powered chassis to use on 33- and 38-foot RVs in partnership with Motiv Power Systems Inc. The vehicles are suited for short-range commercial uses, like mobile medical clinics, mobile classrooms and other outreach […]

CenturyLink Inc. has completed a networking communications overhaul for the nonprofit Boys Town National Hotline’s Sioux City office, CenturyLink announced last week. CenturyLink installed a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network to connect 12 Boys Town facilities throughout the U.S. Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000) operates 24/7 and received more than 180,000 calls and online contacts […]

Mediacom Communications reports the company’s discounted broadband service, Connect2Compete, is now providing service to more than 1,000 low-income families with K-12 students, including 256 families in Iowa. The program partners with national nonprofit EveryoneOn to provide affordable, high-speed service to students who qualify for the National School Lunch program. Currently, 62 Iowa communities have eligible […]

TAI Chairwoman Erin Rollenhagen and TAI President Brian Waller tag-team the awards during last week’s Prometheus Awards, presented by the Technology Association of Iowa and LWBJ. Photo contributed by TAI The Technology Association of Iowa and LWBJ have given this year’s Prometheus Awards to a slate of innovative companies and individuals, including venture capital fund […]

When Marc Meyer founded the video security management startup Inteconnex in Cedar Rapids eight years ago, it was expected that the web-based cameras could serve security needs for systems like Mercy Medical Center, or Lincoln, Nebraska’s traffic surveillance needs. Today, Inteconnex’s biggest growth is with universities and k-12 schools in Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, CBS2/FOX […]