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GE creates spin-off to give cities and utilities more profitable energy solutions
Council Lead Partner GE announced earlier this week it is creating a first-of-its-kind energy company called Current to integrate its LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses with its industrial strength Predix platform. "Current combines GE’s products and services in energy efficiency, solar, storage and onsite power with our digital and analytical capabilities to provide customers -- hospitals, universities, retail stores and cities -- with more profitable energy solutions," said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE. “The creation of a new company within GE reinforces our commitment to take energy to the next level, focusing on custom outcomes for our commercial and industrial customers, municipalities and utility partners, and delivering a platform that can be upgraded as technology advancements are made."
Cubic tapped to drive intelligent transport across Scotland
Transport Scotland selected Council Lead Partner Cubic Transportation Systems to deliver a single integrated service of critical Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure across Scotland’s trunk road network. Under the new contract, Cubic and IBI Group will support the future and current needs of Transport Scotland to enhance their ability to efficiently manage the trunk roads that are crucial to Scotland’s economy. Cubic delivered the core traffic management system for Transport Scotland in the mid-90s, and has maintained and developed it consistent with technology advances. “We are extremely proud to continue this great partnership with Transport Scotland and look forward to working together to deliver a safe, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable transport system for the benefit of Scotland’s travelers,” said Chris Bax, managing director of Cubic ITMS, a subsidiary of Cubic Transportation Systems.
New Civic Resource Group alliance targets transportation solutions
Civic Resource Group International (CRGI), a Council Associate Partner, is joining forces with Urban Systems and Rhythm Engineering to launch a strategic Smart City Alliance – a multi-company collaboration with the goal of designing and delivering a cloud-based, multifunction transportation solution that provides data and decision insights to metropolitan transportation managers, professionals and users. The three organizations are pioneering what they're calling the first complete "Smart City Intelligent Transit Module." The application will include key functional features such as traffic optimization and reporting. "Our collaboration with the Alliance partners further strengthens our collective ability to reach across cities, city employees and citizens to help enhance the overall quality of urban services and the quality of urban life," said Dane Smith, President of CRGI.
Georgia sheriff's office will streamline operations with SunGardPS solution
"We’re looking forward to reaping the benefits of improved workflow and incident response, which will help improve public safety across the county," said Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper. His office will use ONESolution software from Council Associate Partner SunGard Public Sector to streamline public safety communications and centralize operations. "Forsyth County’s Sheriff’s Office joins a growing list of agencies who've migrated to ONESolution, recently," said Kevin Lafeber, VP and General Manager, Public Safety at SunGardPS. "The ability for officers to pull up records on suspects in real time, the ability to centralize dispatch from an easy-to-user computer interface, and the fact that these applications can all communicate and interface with one another, make for an attractive product suite that’s picking up notice among key growing areas like Forsyth County."
Black & Veatch wins USAID work in developing countries
Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch was awarded a five-year contract to participate in a global infrastructure services program by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The award provides for $600 million in combined services to be performed in developing countries to improve the quality of life. The contract focuses on water, environmental, energy and telecom services. Black & Veatch will serve in a prime role for engineering and construction management projects. "Black & Veatch has provided key services to USAID for 56 years and is proud to be a partner in their mission to improve lives around the globe," said Bill Van Dyke, President of Special Projects for B&V. "This contract will spur growth and bring much needed infrastructure to developing nations. The benefits of these projects will be felt for decades to come."
Council partners at work in India…
Read about Council partners working on India's 100 smart cities initiative from our colleagues at the Smart Cities Council India:
- Cisco to develop 'Golden Mile' in Vijayawada
- Microsoft startups offer solutions for Telangana smart cities
- Cisco to act as advisor for Nagpur Smart City
- Siemens to develop smart mobility solutions for GIFT
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