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UK power giant first to go live with innovative GE technology
UK Power Networks -- the United Kingdom's largest power distribution company -- is the first to implement Council Lead Partner GE Digital Energy's latest release of its Automated Power Restoration System (APRS) on a live system. It will deploy the technology across its high-voltage networks in London, the Southeast and East Anglia throughout this year. GE’s APRS helps distribution companies improve their operational performance and asset utilization capabilities by leveraging big data to drive operational efficiency. Essentially, this forward-thinking technology is a key component that helps transition electrical system management from the standard "break-and-fix" theory to more of a "predict-and-prevent" model.
Cubic's mobile transit app a big hit in Frankfurt
Council Lead Partner Cubic Transportation Systems hit a milestone when its customer Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH (RMV), one of Europe’s largest transport associations, announced it sold five million tickets through its Cubic-developed mobile ticketing app. "The RMV mobile ticket is designed to enable an easy and fast way to buy a transit ticket," said RMV Managing Director Knut Ringat. "With a few clicks you can buy a ticket whether you are on the train platform or on your way to the bus stop. Customers no longer have to deal with long waiting times and searching for change. Frequent journeys can be stored in the app as favorites, further speeding up ticketing."
Seattle Business zooms in on Itron
In an interview with Itron CEO Philip Mezey, the magazine highlighted the company's shift in focus "from making money from meters to providing information and services based on the capabilities of those smart meters." It also noted Council Lead Partner Itron's work with companies like Microsoft and Cisco on smart city initiatives. Treva Lind wrote: "As smart meters connect to citywide computer systems, Mezey sees cities taking advantage of the capabilities to gather and analyze data in ways that allow them to operate water and energy systems, manage traffic lights and handle other support services more efficiently."
IBM teams on Vodaphone Connected City initiative
London-based telecommunications provider Vodaphone announced a new initiative to provide intelligent services to cities in Spain. Council Lead Partner IBM will provide hardware, software and services to help improve the efficiency of Spanish cities and address important municipal issues from mobility and education to security and emergency management. "The agreement with Vodafone will allow us to jointly create new innovations for cities that allow them to break through the complexity of managing city services and enhance their economic competitiveness," said Antonio Pires, Smarter Cities leader for IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece & Israel.
CH2M HILL collects awards for environmental excellence
Council Associate Partner CH2M HILL is collecting three awards from the Environmental Business Journal and Climate Change Business Journal as part of the publications’ annual Business Achievement Awards program. The awards recognize exceptional business performance in the environmental industry in categories such as revenue growth, acquisitions, innovative project designs, new practice areas, new technology development, social contributions, industry leadership and more. The awards will be presented by Environmental Business International at the annual Environmental Industry Summit.
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