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Mercedes-Benz and Daimler tops in innovation
A study by the Center of Automotive Management and the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) consultancy revealed Council Lead Partner Mercedes-Benz, a division of the Daimler Group, to be the most innovative premium automotive brand with the most world firsts. Mercedes-Benz also received the "Most Innovative Brand of the Last Decade" prize announced at the recent Automotive INNOVATIONS Awards 2015 in Frankfurt. Daimler won the "Most Innovative Group" title in the alternative drives category thanks to the introduction of the S 500 e and C 350 e plug-in hybrids as well as the all-electric-powered B-Class Electric Drive.
New GE service improves wind farm efficiency
The new Wind Collector Optimization Service from GE’s Digital Energy business uses grid intelligence to help utilities, developers and contractors better plan the layout of their wind farm by providing an in-depth look at possible collector cable configurations and the benefits and drawbacks of each. With this information, Council Lead Partner GE says system design can be optimized to reduce start-up costs and improve operational efficiency. An optimal collector system design can help minimize electrical losses, cable and trenching costs and substation configuration costs.
Alstom will lead smart grid pilot in India
Alstom T&D India will lead a smart grid pilot project by Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL). It will be located at the Kala Amb industrial area of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India and will serve over 1,500 consumers. This will be the second out of 14 projects under the Indian Ministry of Power’s flagship “Smart Grid Pilot” program. The Kala Amb smart grid pilot will serve as a proof of concept to further strengthen the information technology system in place and to make the distribution grid cost-effective, responsive and better engineered for reliability and self-healing operations. Alstom, a Council Lead Partner, will design, develop and implement an integrated set of smart grid applications targeting power quality issues, managing peak demand, power outages and limiting violations at distribution network nodes.
Ooredoo pledges support for World Bank's 2020 financial access goal
Council Lead Partner Ooredoo, a leading communications provider, has committed to providing 17 million people with mobile financial services by 2020, according to a qatarisblooming.com report. The commitment supports the World Bank's efforts to promote financial inclusion and universal financial access by 2020. "Ooredoo supports the development of human growth across our footprint, and mobile connectivity plays a critical role in helping to achieve financial access for all," said Ooredoo Group CEO Dr. Nasser Marafih. "Building a strong mobile money ecosystem is an important part of this."
UST Global signs $30M deal with Madhya Pradesh government; will hire 15,000
As part of the seven-year deal with the Madhya Pradesh government to digitize its 377 urban local bodies, UST Global will help them provide electronic bill payments, online services for citizens and other e-government programs. Overall, Council Associate Partner UST Global will support the state’s projects in water, electricity, public health and transportation outlined in the Chief Minister’s infrastructure development manifesto. "We are delighted to partner with the state of Madhya Pradesh to build a robust framework for good governance, accelerated economic growth and inclusive social development," said CEO Sajan Pillai. UST Global also announced plans to hire 15,000 people in India. Under the company's ‘Impact India’ program, UST Global will train and hire 10,000 differently-abled individuals across the country over three years. This is apart from the 5,000 people that it plans to hire for expansion during the same period.
Neptune Technology featured as thought leader on WaterWorld
Brian Macy, General Manager of the Indio Water Authority serving parts of the California desert, talks about how metering technology from Neptune Technology Group is helping his utility make every drop count. He appears in a thought leader video featured on the WaterWorld site. Also featured is a white paper from Council Associate Partner Neptune that explores how, by taking advantage of the capabilities of today’s AMR (automatic meter reading) and AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) systems, water utilities can better manage data, optimize operations and resources, connect all departments simultaneously as a smart water network, and protect existing asset investments while expanding for the future.
Saudi Telecom partners with Oracle to stay at the forefront
Council Associate Partner Saudi Telecom – which aims to remain at the forefront of the competitive telecommunication industry – announced an agreement with Oracle, also a Council Associate Partner, to update its work systems and technical infrastructure with Oracle’s Cloud Platform as a Service, Cloud Software as a Service and Hyperion financial planning suite. “As the Kingdom’s largest and leading telecommunications operator, we are conscious of the need to respond quickly to our customers’ needs, and to bring to market new competitive offerings,” said Eng. Nasser al Nasser, STC’s SVP for Technology and Operation.
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