2/8/13: Top experts will lead RAIN Summit "Dashboard Discussions" panel

Paul Maloney
February 8, 2013 - 12:10pm

Following this year's Consumer Electronics Show (see our January 8 issue "A flurry of new deals from CES will make Net radio more accessible in the car" here), the hottest topic in Internet radio is the connected automobile. Webcasting is about to cross an incredibly important chasm of connectivity, and establish itself as a major source of consumer audio with the aim of becoming as ubiquitous and easy-to-use as AM/FM in the car. Three of the professionals leading the way will join us for our "Dashboard Discussions" panel at RAIN Summit West in Las Vegas in April.

What should your strategy be for optimizing the automotive opportunity? Here are the experts who will steer you in the right direction:

Hakan Kostepen (pictured right) is Director of Product Planning, Strategy & Innovation at Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. He's part of the leadership behind the company's in-car integration and development of all Panasonic Company technologies and products to optimize the "in-car user experience."

Hakan, who's appearing at a RAIN Summit for the first time, was responsible for "industry first" Jaguar S-Type Voice Recognition Infotainment System.  

Roger Lanctot (left) is Associate Director in the Global Automotive Practice with tech-focused research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics.

Roger has 25 years experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist, and consultant. Roger has conducted and participated in major industry studies, created new research products and services, and advised clients on strategy and competitive issues throughout his career. His experience also includes five years at Telematics Research Group.

Like Roger, Carl Rohling (bottom right) is a RAIN Summit veteran. He's VP/Sales & Business Development with TuneIn Radio.

TuneIn software is integrated into the MINI Connected system, making it the first car to enable drivers to tune to Internet radio via the car's dashboard and steering wheel controls. TuneIn also works with the Dension Internet Radio Stick and Livio's USB/Bluetooth system for in-car connectivity.

Carl's background is in legal and business, with managerial experience in digital media and consumer electronics. He's led business development at digital audio software firms Passalong and Creative.

RAIN Summit West is Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas. The annual full-day Internet radio conference is a co-located education program of the NAB Show. Now in its 12th year, the Summit focuses on the intersection of radio and the Internet. Keynoting the even will be RAB president and CEO Erica Farber (more in RAIN here) and Rhapsody International president Jon Irwin (more here). Register today (then you can get a jump-start on your travel plans!) via the RAIN Summit West page.

Paul Maloney
February 8, 2013 - 11:00am

This year, connected devices will outnumber human beings, says Cisco research. 

And, according to this year's Visual Networking Index report from Cisco, mobile Internet use is expected to surge 66% each year for the next five years.

By 2017, Cisco predicts, as consumer use migrates away from desktop machines towards mobile devices, mobile data will outgrow global land-line data traffic by three times. An average mobile user each month will consume 10 hours of video, 15 hours of music, plus make five video calls and download 15 apps.

The Washtington Post covered this story here.

Paul Maloney
February 8, 2013 - 11:00am

Internet radio tuning service TuneIn has redesigned its website with the idea to "replicate the experience people used to have in a record store." As TechCrunch reports, "the old, text-heavy design that emphasized station names has been replaced with large album cover-like images that indicate what’s currently playing on a given station."

Director of product Kristin George said the new site gives visitors "a better idea of our depth of content." While the earlier design "presented the TuneIn content offering as more of a directory of stations," she said, "we’re hoping this new layout does a better job of showing people just how exciting it is to have the world’s audio at their fingertips." Read more in TechCrunch here.

TuneIn has also announced strategic alliances with four major public broadcast organizations: KQED/San Francisco (the most listened to public radio station in the U.S.), KCRW/Santa Monica, KEXP/Seattle, and American Public Media. APM includes Southern California Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Classical South Florida, and nationally distributed programs. These alliances represent over 100 stations plus podcasts and digital streams of popular programming. As part of these alliances, TuneIn will provide each broadcaster access to analytics through TuneIn Amplifier and the audio service’s ad platform.

RAIN Summits announced today (here) TuneIn VP/Sales & Business Development Carl Rohling will speak at RAIN Summit West as part of the "Dashboard Discussions" panel.