Partner spotlight: Bechtel, IBM, Cisco, Alstom Grid, Ooredoo, GE, Cubic Transportation

Fri, 2015-05-01 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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Construction innovator Bechtel wins OK to use drones on U.S. projects
Bechtel has been granted permission for commercial use of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The permission allows Bechtel to operate UAS technology, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, on projects in the U.S. "The use of UASs is crucial to continued innovation in engineering and construction," said Mike Lewis, Bechtel’s manager of construction. "We teamed with Skycatch to explore innovative ways of integrating drones into our execution systems, particularly on the megaprojects Bechtel is building around the world. This technology helps improve safety and quality of project delivery by providing real-time data and analysis to project teams so they can act in a timely manner." Bechtel is a Council Lead Partner.

Border cities take note: IBM's Watson tapped for border protection in Australia
The idea is to use Watson's cognitive ability to find relevant information in unstructured data – for instance news feeds and government reports. Randall Brugeaud of Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection said in a ZDNet report that Watson may be able to dig up useful data without overloading analysts. "We are hoping that Watson will allow us to more effectively manage the information overload problem by detecting signals in the very noisy world of unstructured, open-source data," he said. "Being able to rapidly expose connections between otherwise isolated threads will allow us to become more effective in our mission." IBM is a Council Lead Partner.

Kansas City will work with Cisco to realize its smart city vision
The Kansas City Council recently voted to finalize a contract with Cisco to put its plan for a connected city into motion. According to Computerworld, the project will include free Wi-Fi, video sensors, smart lighting and interactive information kiosks – much of it along the path of the city's downtown streetcar line now under construction. The partnership has been in the works for some time now, with Cisco envisioning a single technology platform that could enable multiple apps. Sprint is also reportedly interested in working on the project.  Cisco is a Council Lead Partner.

Alstom Grid opens green manufacturing and R&D facility in Italy
The new plant – designed to be green, sustainable, efficient and innovative – will focus on research, development, production and testing of bushings for both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) applications. Bushings are used around the world for power transformers, gas insulated switchgear (GIS), generators as well as in AC/DC yards up to 1100 kV. The new facility in Sesto San Giovanni near Milan, includes one of the largest test laboratories in Europe and is Alstom’s worldwide technical competence center for bushings. This state-of-the-art facility is certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Alstom Grid is a Council Lead Partner.

And congratulations to these Council Lead Partners…

  • Ooredoo won the "TMT Innovation Award" during the TMT Mena Awards 2015 held recently in Dubai for its innovative partnership with Rocket Internet, a Germany-based incubator for online companies.

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