Member spotlight 12.10.14: Cubic Transportation Systems, Enel, Alstom Grid, IBM, Microsoft and more

Tue, 2014-12-09 15:08 -- Liz Enbysk

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Cubic Transportation Systems wins innovative product award
Among the winners in CONNECT's annual Most Innovative New Product Awards is Council Lead Partner Cubic Transportation Systems. The company, which specializes in payment and information solutions and related services for intelligent travel, won in the Communications and IT category for its NextBus fleet management application -- a mobile gateway for connecting passengers and public transit managers to provide real-time travel and operations information. CONNECT is a program that provides innovative technology in the San Diego County region.

Enel takes sustainable tourism to Spain
Endesa, the largest electric utility in Spain and a subsidiary of Council Lead Partner Enel, is offering an integrated service that measures energy consumption and will save the Spanish luxury hotel chain Paradores de Turismo de España more than €15 million in six years. The hotel chain manages a number of buildings of historical and artistic interest like the Alarcón castle, the Alcazar in Avila and the former convent Santo Estevo in Nogueira de Ramuín. The energy management solutions offered by Endesa will help streamline the use of electricity, water, gas and other fuels at the 94 Paradors properties.

Dept. of Commerce taps Alstom Grid VP
The U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary appointed Dr. Lawrence Jones, VP, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid, to its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. In this role Jones will represent Council Lead Partner Alstom and smart grid technology companies while working with committee members to provide recommendations and advice on the development and implementation of programs and policies to improve the competiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Jones is the author of Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids released earlier this year.

IDC flags IBM as a cloud leader for government
Council Lead Partner IBM was named a leader by the IDC MarketScape: U.S. Government Private Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 2014 Vendor Assessment. The report suggests IBM provides the right mix of private, public and hybrid cloud capabilities that are ideal for federal agencies with unique requirements compared to the private sector.  The IDC report also calls out IBM’s Bluemix Platform as a Service as a game changer. "The federal government has three priorities when it comes to cloud -- security, flexibility and innovation," said Anne Altman, General Manager, U.S. Federal and Government Industries at IBM. “Flexibility means a hybrid model with more security, control and ability to balance on-premise, private and public applications. Innovation is what we are offering with our Bluemix platform that allows a broad ecosystem of independent software developers and partners to create apps for citizens, and gives agencies a powerful platform to deliver new services.” 

FedScoop honors Microsoft public sector exec
Curt Kolcun, vice president of U.S. public sector for Council Lead Partner Microsoft, was named to the FedScoop 50. He was a winner in the industry award category which recognizes private sector leaders driving change in government information technology with unique solutions.

CH2M HILL unveils next-gen flood modeling software
The next generation of CH2M HILL’s flood modeling software, which has over 13,000 users worldwide, will be released as part of an integrated Flood Modeller Suite in early 2015. The company, a Council Associate Partner, unveiled the new solution at its recent Flood Management Conference in London. The suite brings together updated versions of all of CH2M HILL’s existing flood software products into one complete package and includes: Flood Modeler Pro, Flood Viewer, Flood Alert and Flood Portal.

DNV GL provides a distributed energy storage roadmap
Council Associate Partner DNV GL - Energy surveyed electric utilities, storage vendors and other stakeholders of the electric grid for their views on the optimal use of Distributed Energy Storage (DES) and the principal barriers that prevent widespread deployment of that technology on the grid. As a result, according to a Windpower Engineering article, report authors determined that future government-funded DES projects should focus on demonstrating command and control technologies that will permit the owners and operators of DES systems to optimize the value of the multiple applications that those systems can provide to the grid. The article also stated: "Demonstrating the maximization of the economic value of DES storage systems (or their value to the grid, whether or not capable of monetization due to regulatory restrictions) is the most important function that future, government-funded DES demonstration projects can serve."