Partner spotlight: Black & Veatch, AT&T, IBM, Siemens, Alstom

Wed, 2016-01-20 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Short takes from Council partners …

2 desalination wins in Asia for Black & Veatch
Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch won two major desalination contracts in Asia. It will play key roles in upcoming projects in Hong Kong and Sinagpore. Both projects are central to their respective cities’ water resiliency plans and will break new ground in design and energy use. Black & Veatch will help engineer the first stage of a new Hong Kong plant, which will ultimately meet about 5% of that city’s water demand. In Singapore, it will provide consulting services for that city’s fourth desalination plant.

AT&T helps FCC reach the cloud
Council Lead Partner AT&T will help the U.S. Federal Communications Commission transform the way it does business using cloud services. AT&T will help the agency use the cloud to link a number of offices and data centers and let the FCC change network and Internet needs on demand with a service that meets federal security standards.

IBM to manage Bank Tech India’s ATM infrastructure
Council Lead Partner IBM was selected to manage, monitor and maintain the automated teller machine (ATM) infrastructure for Bank Tech India. The bank already operates 3,000 India1-branded ATMs and through the partnership with IBM, will be able to deploy another 4,000. Some 60% of India's rural population does not have access to any formal banking and financial services. Improving financial inclusion is a key initiative for the country.

New high-speed rail line hits milestone in Florida
Brightline, a new higher-speed rail system under construction in Florida, hit a milestone with the beginning of vertical construction of the West Palm Beach maintenance and service facility. Council Associate Partner Siemens is the manufacturer and full maintenance and service provider for the trainsets, which will be able to travel up to 125 mph with limited noise and other emissions. The maintenance facility will result in the creation of 110 full-time highly-skilled jobs.

Alstom helps develop new high-speed French train
Council Lead Partner Alstom was selected to be part of a joint venture to develop a new high-speed train for France. Alstom and Ademe, a government agency which funds sustainability projects, will work with three French ministries on the project. The goal of the venture is to develop a new train that is capable of carrying up to 750 passengers while cutting maintenance costs and energy consumption by 35%.