Partner spotlight: Bechtel, Mercedes-Benz, MasterCard, Enel, Siemens, Enevo

Wed, 2015-04-22 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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Bechtel wins Toronto subway extension project
Bechtel has been awarded a contract to work with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to deliver the Spadina subway extension that will extend the existing subway line across Toronto city's boundary to the rapidly growing York region. The 8.6 kilometer extension will include six new stations and commuter parking. Bechtel will provide program management services as part of an integrated delivery team with the TTC. "We've been working in Canada since 1942 and are delighted to continue contributing to the country's infrastructure," said Walker Kimball, GM – Infrastructure at Bechtel, a Council Lead Partner.

Mercedes-Benz announces cloud-based apps
Taking Internet connectivity to the road, Mercedes-Benz India introduced Mercedes-Benz Apps with COMAND Online – providing convenient access to some of the most popular apps and services on the Internet. Starting with the launch of the new CLS 250 CDI and new E-Class Cabriolet, the apps are available in India with Mercedes-Benz cars equipped with the COMAND Online system. The apps run the gamut from weather forecasts and news feeds to hotel searches and live web radio, among many others. The apps can be accessed via Internet data connectivity through a Bluetooth® tethered smartphone, including Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and Android or Windows-based smartphones. Mercedes-Benz is a Council Lead Partner.

MasterCard sponsors international Smart City App Hack
Council Lead Partner MasterCard says the Smart City App Hack was created to help discover the best digital and mobile solutions for smart cities that meet the needs of citizens and improve overall living conditions. The program focuses on five major themes: urban mobility, energy and emissions, collaborative city, culture and tourism, and retail and shopping. As the lead sponsor of the Retail and Shopping track, MasterCard will award the winning team (who needs to use at least one MasterCard API), an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley in December to compete in the Grand Finale of the MasterCard Masters of Code competition.

Enel begins work on new wind farm in South Africa
The Nojoli wind farm, located in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, will  have a total installed capacity of 88 MW; the energy generated will be sold to South African utility Eskom. Once fully operational the Nojoli farm will be able to generate more than 275 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual consumption needs of around 86,000 South African households. It's one of several recent awards that Council Lead Partner Enel's renewable energy company Enel Green Power has won in South Africa -- including the right to build the 111 MW Gibson Bay wind farm and  four photovoltaic projects for a total of 314 MW.

Siemens introduces first residential Wi-Fi-enabled, cloud-based EV charging station
Council Associate Partner Siemens says its new VersiCharge™ SG gives consumers the ability to monitor and control a charger in real-time via a mobile or web-based app on the cloud. It can also interact with utility programs like demand response directly through the cloud, allowing utilities to better understand electric vehicle (EV) usage and lowering costs for users. Siemens says the technology can result in 45% lower charging costs during off-peak hours compared to traditional electric vehicle chargers. "The VersiCharge SG solves two of the longest-lasting challenges associated with EV ownership -- the uncertainty around the actual power being consumed and the ability to easily control energy consumption," said Barry Powell, head of Siemens Low Voltage & Products. "Consumers can now have flexible charging options that can target either the cheapest energy rates or instant convenience and utility partners can better understand the growing network of EVs and their impact on the power grid."

Enevo tapped for Envision Charlotte waste management initiative
Envision Charlotte – the public-private partnership utilizing Charlotte, N.C.'s Uptown area as a living lab to develop advanced programs in energy, water, waste and air – has tapped Council Associate Partner Enevo's waste management technology. According to Envision Charlotte, Uptown Charlotte survey respondents send about 44 million pounds of waste to the landfill each year. Working with Enevo, the organization will offer near real-time data so property managers can identify and support opportunities for increased recycling and reduced waste to landfills. The company's flagship solution, Enevo ONe, uses wireless sensors to measure and forecast the fill-level of waste containers and generates smart collection plans using the most efficient schedules and routes.

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