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Bogota's urban mobility transformation gets a boost from MasterCard
Recaudo Bogota, Bancolombia and Council Lead Partner MasterCard are introducing electronic payments to promote and facilitate access to Bogotá’s Integrated Public Transit System (SITP). Recaudo Bogota is the city's fare collection and user information concessionaire. With support and technology from MasterCard, Bancolombia is integrating a transit component in its Maestro debit cards for bus riders to use as a means of payment. “This integration initiates the transformation of the country’s public transit system. The implementation of electronic payments will make the transit systems more convenient and efficient, with better entry control, reducing the irregularities that have limited its growth and expansion,” said MasterCard Colombia and Ecuador President Marcela Carrasco.
Ooredoo will offer smart home solutions in Qatar
Council Lead Partner Ooredoo announced it will work with Alfardan Properties to build "smart living homes" in Qatar. Ooredoo is the country's leading telecommunications company and continues to invest in expanding its portfolio of smart services in Qatar. Under the agreement, Alfardan will provide suitable property and Ooredoo will provide technology and connectivity for smart appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, security and the like. "With technology moving forward daily, our lifestyles are rapidly integrating with our smart devices," said Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar. "Smart living development is the future, and we are excited to be able to work on such a truly innovative project with Alfardan Properties.”
Badger Meter teams with Aeris on Santa Fe water project
Council Associate Partner Badger Meter will team with Aeris Communications in bringing an improved water metering solution for the city of Santa Fe. Last December Badger Meter was awarded a contract to replace 34,000 water meters in New Mexico’s capital city as well as install and maintain a new reading system. The new system will replace defective data-transmitting devices that were purchased in 2004. Badger Meter plans to deploy its BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) solution using the Aeris’ machine-to-machine connectivity platform. The managed solution will enable remote meter reading and provide information to help Santa Fe identify potential leaks and other water system issues.
Minnesota electrical co-op goes with Elster AMI system
Cooperative Light & Power (CLP), an electric cooperative serving 6,000 members in northeastern Minnesota, selected an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) solution from Council Associate Partner Elster to replace an obsolete power line carrier-based system. Elster’s EnergyAxis AMI system leverages an RF mesh communication network that addresses the unique needs of rural utilities. “The new technology was chosen to help our cooperative run more efficiently, restore power quicker and provide our member customers with tools to manage their energy bills,” says Steven Wattnem, CLP General Manager. “It will also improve system reliability and save our electric cooperative time and money when it comes to performing a variety of in-the-field services.”
UST Global helps take the trash out of India’s National Games
India’s National Games just celebrated its first waste-free day, thanks, in part, to the efforts of Council Associate Partner UST Global. During the final day of the event, all disposable containers from plastic water bottles to single-use food packaging were banned. The fans were served with ceramic plates, steel glasses and tumblers. Athletes drank water from steel flasks – each flask replacing as many as eight water bottles. UST Global supported the efforts by sending hundreds of employees to help with logistics and educating fans about the importance of green initiatives.
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