Partner spotlight: Daimler, GE, Ooredoo, Microsoft, ABB, K2 Geospatial

Wed, 2015-10-28 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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Study cites Daimler as a leader in autonomous vehicle development
Fully autonomous vehicles that don't require a human at the wheel are likely more than a decade away from production, suggests a new report from Navigant Research. But the incremental systems that will be the foundation for the technology are emerging today -- and among the OEMs leading the way is Council Lead Partner Daimler, according to Navigant researchers. The report -- Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Autonomous Vehicle OEMs -- examines the strategy and execution of 18 global vehicle manufacturers that are involved in the emerging autonomous vehicle market, naming Daimler as a market leader in terms of strategy and execution.

Ooredoo pledges to democratize data in Myanmar
Council Lead Partner Ooredoo intends to provide free Internet service to Myanmar universities, clinics and libraries, according to a story in the Myanmar Times. The goal is to engage students with access to international information and benefit the public. The telecom operator used to target a more affluent crowd, but new Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Rene Meza said the telecom has shifted its strategy to include everyone. "Now the strategy is clear," Meza said. "We want to be a mass market player. We want to be a 3G network not only for the classes, but also for the masses. We’re going to drive low-cost devices in the market in order to offset the entry cost between a 2G phone and a 3G phone."

GE will help Xcel Energy replace thousands of streetlights with LEDs
The Minneapolis-based utility, which serves electric customers in eight states, recently announced plans to replace 100,000 streetlights across Minnesota with energy-efficient LED bulbs. It's part of a $100 million upgrade throughout Xcel's territory that will eventually involve up to 350,000 streetlight replacements, according to the Minneapolis StarTribune. Due to declining LED prices, Xcel anticipates savings of 3.6% to 6.6% -- or $3,000 to $5,000 per month -- for a modest-sized city. The cost of installing the new lights should be offset by lower energy and maintenance costs. LED streetlights require 40% to 60% less electricity than sodium lighting, Xcel says. After soliciting bids, Xcel selected Council Lead Partner GE, among others, to supply units for its massive five-year LED upgrade.

Microsoft and ABB team on next-gen EV charging
Microsoft and ABB joined forces to develop an electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging services platform that combines Council Associate Partner ABB’s leading EV charging stations with Council Lead Partner Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services. The collaboration will also take advantage of machine learning and predictive analytic capabilities to drive future innovations, the companies said. "Platform performance and stability are critical differentiators for the successful operation of a modern, data-dependent EV charging station. By partnering with Microsoft, ABB will be able to offer best-in-class operations as well as innovative advanced services -- what we call the Internet of Things, Services and People," said Pekka Tiitinen, president of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion Division. "This partnership gives us the solutions, scalability and global agility to support expanding demand for EV charging infrastructure in the world’s major automotive markets.”

K2 Geospatial partnership intends to revolutionize project management
Council Associate Partner K2 Geospatial announced a strategic partnership with SIRIUS Software to leverage their knowledge, technologies and creativity for a new project management approach. "The merging of K2 Geospatial solutions with SIRIUS project management products is a major technological breakthrough for the success of infrastructure projects, construction and engineering within which the integration of geospatial data is now essential," said Jacques Charron, President and CEO of K2 Geospatial. SIRIUS Group President Benoit Godbou noted the agreement will revolutionize the world of project management – providing customers with a visual tool to help in planning and decision making.

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