Member spotlight 8.22.14: National Grid, IBM, ABB, Oracle

Fri, 2014-08-22 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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National Grid helps small businesses save money and energy: Tiny's Grill in Utica, New York is saving $159 a month on its utility bill at the same time it's reducing its energy usage and environmental impact. It's doing that through Council Lead Partner National Grid's Small Business Services program that is administered by SmartWatt. The program provides energy audits that help small businesses like Tiny's Grill identify energy efficient upgrades. In Tiny's case, lighting upgrades allowed it to reduce energy consumption by 17,194 kWh.

IBM software helps predict highway crashes: The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is using predictive analytics software from Council Lead Partner IBM to determine where and when serious auto accidents are likely to occur. A Times Free Press story says THP plugs all sorts of information into the software – weather patterns, special events, football home game schedules, historic crash data, etc. With the analysis it returns, THP can send troopers to predicted problem spots ahead of time. Known as "Crash Reduction Analyzing Statistical History" or C.R.A.S.H., the program has been in use for six months at THP and been accurate 72% of the time, according to the Times Free Press report.

ABB the leader in smart grid patents: A survey by patent analytics company Relecura took a look at companies in the smart grid space that hold the most patents. As Jeff St. John of GreenTech Media notes, patents are one way to gauge a company's technological value. Council Associate Partner ABB, which provides a range of products and solutions for critical city infrastructure, topped the list with 1,085 patents, followed by Council Lead Partner General Electric in the No. 2 spot with 923. Council members Itron and Siemens were also in the top 10.

Oracle wins F&S Customer Value Leadership honor: Based on its recent analysis of the managed cloud services market, Frost & Sullivan (F&S) this week recognized Council Associate Partner Oracle with its 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. F&S said Oracle's suite of managed cloud services "offers customers a highly secure, reliable, yet dynamic infrastructure." The Oracle cloud is engineered to handle massive transaction details in a highly secure manner. F&S notes that managed cloud customers that move workloads to the Oracle cloud benefit from a highly secure environment that has been certified as compliant by PCI, HIPAA, government, identity management and others.


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