Member spotlight 12.19.14: IBM, Ooredoo, GE, Cisco and more

Fri, 2014-12-19 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

IBM and Apple unveil 10-pack of apps
The two industry giants announced a new partnership last summer to marry Apple's iPad and iPhone with big data and analytics capabilities from Council Lead Partner IBM. The first delivery from that union is a 10-pack of mobile apps that cater to a variety of sectors – government among them. "The three that I've seen were pretty impressive," Van Baker, an analyst at Gartner, told Computerworld. "They're very complex, with some drawing from three, four or more separate data sources."  One of particular interest to cities will be Incident Aware, which IBM says revolutionizes the way police officers gain situational awareness of confusing and potentially dangerous situations by giving it to them ahead of time. Built with safety and security insights, the app helps officers understand the real risks of a situation, know the available backup and determine the most reasonable decision for how to respond.

Ooredoo launching all-you-can-learn Mobile Academy
Qatar's leading communications company Ooredoo, a Council Lead Partner, will launch a cloud-based Mobile Academy with 50 courses designed to enhance skills needed for the country's knowledge-based economy. The company says the goal of the subscription-based service is to unlock the potential of Qatar's next-generation workforce. Unlike traditional classroom learning, the Mobile Academy will enable users to access educational material at any time on any mobile device from any location, and to complete coursework online at their own pace. “By launching Mobile Academy, we’re leveraging Qatar’s strong mobile device take-up to unlock human potential and enhance 21st century skills needed in the interconnected economy," said Waleed Al Sayed, COO at Ooredoo Qatar. "We’re only starting to tap the potential of mobile services to transform daily lives – imagine learning a language with native speakers halfway around the world, or live-streaming business courses on your tablet.”

Another industry first for GE smart meters
Last spring GE's residential smart meters were the first in the industry to achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety certification. Now GE Digital Energy, a Council Lead Partner, announced that its commercial and industrial smart meters have also achieved a UL voluntary safety certification, making them the first meters of this type in the industry to receive this significant mark. "GE is the first meter manufacturer to deliver a smart meter that met our UL certification requirements for all categories of smart meters -- residential, commercial and industrial," said Lisa Salley, VP and GM, energy and power technologies for UL. "Since it is a voluntary standard, the collaboration between GE and UL signals a strong commitment to the safety of smart meters for businesses and industries. Additionally, it raises the bar for the global marketplace."

Cisco, IL&FS collaborate on Digital India vision
Cisco and IL&FS Technologies are jointly pursuing the growing opportunities in the infrastructure sector and smart cities in India. The Digital India program aims to enable broadband in villages, universal phone connectivity, public Internet access points, public Wi-Fi in schools and universities, digital inclusion, electronic delivery of governance and services and job creation. "We have the opportunity to embrace the Internet of Everything and help enable a digital India," said Dinesh Malkani, President, Sales with Cisco India. "By enabling a digitized economy we hope to enable safer streets, smarter homes and healthier and better-educated citizens." Cisco is a Council Lead Partner.

Camgian tapped as one of most promising IoT companies
Council Associate Partner Camgian Microsystems has been named to the 50 Most Promising Internet of Things (IoT) Companies of 2014 by CIO Review. A distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and analysts selected Camgian as one of the top companies providing technologies and services at the forefront of the IoT market.  The magazine recognized Camgian as the number one IoT platform provider for supporting rapidly configurable and innovative solutions in the enterprise sector, in a cost effective manner. "We are honored to be named as one of the IoT industry's most promising companies," said Gary Butler, Camgian chairman and CEO. "With the enterprise sector poised to drive the largest growth in the IoT market, we are very excited about the potential of our Egburt platform for delivering intelligent, connected solutions in the business space."

ABB expands its EV fast-charging station presence in Europe
CLEVER, the leading electric mobility operator in Denmark, will expand its charging network in Europe with 100 ABB multi-standard Terra 53 DC fast charging stations. The chargers will be installed in Denmark and in neighboring countries through partners, including a first collaboration with Öresundskraft in Sweden. The network will continue expanding into other countries with support of the European TEN-T funding program, an EU transportation infrastructure policy implemented in January 2014 to ensure reliable, sustainable passenger and freight transportation within the EU member states. The Terra 53 from Council Associate Partner ABB offers unique connectivity that allows the charging stations to be remotely monitored; an ABB Charger Care service program then provides rapid response to any service or maintenance needs. 

Siemens, Zpryme survey identifies challenges in utility IT/OT convergence
Council Associate Partner Siemens recently partnered with research firm Zpryme to survey 115 electric utility executives about data issues around the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). Traditionally IT and OT have been siloed in utilities, but as pointed out in a Siemens blog post on the survey, utilities are realizing that to reap the full benefits of advanced metering and smart grid systems, IT and OT must work together. The study found that while most see the value of it, the perceived cost remains a major impediment to IT/OT convergence.

ANSSC announces new sponsorship opportunities
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) -- a Council Advisory Board member -- is offering new sponsorship opportunities for the ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC). The ANSSC is a forum for information sharing and coordination on voluntary standards, conformity assessment and related activities for smart and sustainable cities in the United States and abroad. Local governments and others involved in sustainable urban infrastructure planning and development can engage with ANSI, learn about relevant work and articulate their issues and needs in the ANSSC.