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Cisco partners on Asia's first IoT innovation hub: Networking giant Cisco announced a strategic engagement with Electronics City Industries Association to develop Asia’s first end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub in Bangalore, India. As part of the initiative, Cisco – a Council Lead Partner -- will help provide the network infrastructure and expertise for testing and production of electronic product prototypes for an IoT-enabled smart city environment. Through this ‘living lab,' start-ups and other electronic city companies can build solutions for city infrastructure management, including smart parking, smart CCTV surveillance, smart street lighting, smart water management/leak detection and community messaging. The project is part of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities concept that places technology at the heart of economic development and better quality of life in modern cities. The focus is on using the network to deploy digitally enabled transportation, healthcare, education, utilities, energy grid and real estate in cities.
IBM breakthrough helps public health officials improve food safety: Council Lead Partner IBM revealed a first-of-a-kind system designed to help food retailers, distributors and public health officials predict the most likely contaminated food sources and accelerate the investigation of food-borne disease outbreaks. IBM researchers say using novel algorithms, visualization, and statistical techniques, the tool can use information on the date and location of billions of supermarket food items sold each week to quickly identify with high probability a set of potentially “guilty” products within as few as 10 outbreak case reports. The research was published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Computational Biology together with collaborators from Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.
OSIsoft wins Microsoft BI award: Council Associate Partner OSIsoft won the 2014 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Business Intelligence. OSIsoft was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Microsoft is a Council Lead Partner. “With the evolution of distributed operations and sensor-based data, we are embracing new technology from Microsoft such as Power BI for Office 365 and the Azure cloud platform to empower our customers to gain real-time efficiency, safety and quality insights," said Martin Otterson, SVP of Sales, Marketing and Industry at OSIsoft.
DNV GL-Energy launches GRIDSTOR project: DNV GL-Energy – a Council Associate Partner – launched a joint industry project to develop a recommended practice to drive the safe and secure implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems forward and to accelerate the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. To accommodate the growth of sustainable energy, grid-connected energy storage balances the peaks and troughs of variable renewable energy sources, and is becoming a vital element in the design of electrical networks. The company says the GRIDSTOR initiative was spurred by the realization that the energy industry lacked a comprehensive framework covering all elements relevant for grid-connected energy storage systems.
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