Member spotlight 10.22.14: GE, Cisco, IBM, GRID20/20, OSIsoft, Siemens

Wed, 2014-10-22 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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GE turbines helping provide uninterrupted power in Iraq
Council Lead Partner GE signed a contract to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq. GE will provide four gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to support the government’s goal of strengthening the electricity infrastructure in the Kurdistan region.

Cisco, GE tackle industry skills gap
With a projected skills gap of two million trained engineers that will need specialized training over the coming decade to help realize the value of the Internet of Things (IoT), a new consortium was announced at last week's Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago, hosted by Cisco. The Industry Talent Consortium, which includes Council Lead Partners Cisco and GE, will work together to address the skills gap. According to Cisco, recent college and university graduates lack the skills to fill new jobs due to curriculum gaps in new areas like analytics, IOT and cyber crime.

IBM powers NYC's new digital hub
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently unveiled Digital.NYC, a first-of-its-kind online platform that will serve as a centralized hub for the city’s tech ecosystem, providing information and resources to help turn ideas into businesses, deliver valuable tools for digital startups, and connect New Yorkers to opportunities in the tech space. Digital.NYC is powered by SoftLayer Cloud and Bluemix from Council Lead Partner IBM, allowing developers to rapidly create and manage cloud applications.

GRID20/20 wins demo grant from Ontario Ministry of Energy
GRID20/20 received a grant agreement totaling nearly $1.7 million dollars via the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund to run a demonstration project that will include two Ontario-based utilities. GRID20/20 will install its Distribution Transformer Monitoring (DTM) intra-grid sensors throughout target areas of the utilities’ distribution grids to demonstrate a series of real-time, advanced grid intelligence benefits associated with its patented devices and proprietary software offerings. Alan Snook, President of Council Associate Partner GRID20/20, commented, “At a time when traditional one-way power distribution is becoming antiquated, infrastructure is aging, and power delivery expectations are escalating, we are confident that GRID20/20 will meaningfully assist in the ongoing smart grid revolution while adding economic benefits to the Ontario market.”

OSIsoft pact promotes greater operational insight in real-time
Council Associate Partner OSIsoft, the producer of software data infrastructures for real-time operational intelligence, and ETAP, provider of comprehensive enterprise software solutions for electrical power systems, announced a strategic partnership that will enable customers to gain greater operational insights in real-time. With this partnership, ETAP will offer the OSIsoft PI System with the ETAP Real-Time power management solution for continuous monitoring, predictive simulation, optimization, automation and control of electrical power systems for utilities, smart cities, process industries, mission critical facilities, micro-grids, government operations and more.

New Siemens mass notification system gets message out quickly
A new, fully integrated multi-modal communication system from Council Associate Partner Siemens can be used in a single building or across a large campus for communicating a series of emergency and non-emergency messages. Combining varied message delivery methods, from visual warnings to audible alerts, the Desigo Mass Notification creates a multi-layered communication approach and increases the likelihood of recipients responding appropriately and effectively to life safety events.


Submitted by Brian May on
IBM servers( are definitely leading throughout the middles east. One of their big base is in saudi arabia.