Partner spotlight: Microsoft, Allied Telesis, Enel, Schneider, Silver Spring, Clevest

Wed, 2015-07-29 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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Microsoft joins U.S. corporate heavyweights in climate change pledge
Council Lead Partner Microsoft was one of 13 U.S. companies on Monday that helped launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, part of the Obama Administration's effort to get support from private companies to help slow climate change. The companies – which also included Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, PepsiCo, UPS and Walmart – pledged $140 billion to the initiative to reduce carbon emissions.

Allied Telesis highlighted for its expertise in smart hospitals
In a Financial Express article on the push by Indian healthcare providers to enhance efficiency and optimize outcomes with smart hospitals, Council Lead Partner Allied Telesis was featured as a provider of healthcare networking infrastructure. Subhasish Gupta, Country Manager – India & SAARC at Allied Telesis, was quoted:  "The healthcare industry is increasingly reliant on technology for the delivery of services to patients which has led to an increasing amount of intelligence within hospitals. The network has become a critical factor in the landscape of patient care," he added. "Quality care and affordable healthcare services can only be delivered profitably by utilizing digital technology connected by a secure and reliable IP network."

Enel brings a world first online in Tuscany
Enel Green Power – the renewable energy division of Council Lead Partner Enel -- brought the world’s first biomass plant used to heat geothermal steam online at the Cornia 2 power plant in Castelnuovo Val di Cecina in Tuscany. The new plant is technologically innovative because it has close to zero impact on the environment, enhances an existing industrial plant and maintains the total renewability of both the resource and the cycle, combining two renewable resources in a system with potential for future international development. “The integration of different technologies is a major step forward for the future of renewable energy,” said Enel Green Power CEO Francesco Venturini. The company invested more than 15 million euros in the project.

Schneider wins energy storage contract for solar plants on Corsica
A consortium of Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric and Saft won two projects from Langa Group for the installation of energy storage systems for two solar power plants on the French island of Corsica. "Energy storage systems are required for continued growth of renewable energies: they will allow to integrate energy production into the distribution grid in an optimized way," said Hervé Guérin, founder and CEO of Langa Group. "We were convinced by the solution proposed by Schneider Electric and Saft, two French leaders in their markets. Their expertise in solar energy and energy storage, their competitive offer, along with their local presence have been key in our choice."

Silver Spring Networks tapped for smart grid and smart water program in New Braunfels
New Braunfels Utilities, a municipally owned utility that delivers electricity, water, and wastewater services for more than 60,000 residents of fast-growing New Braunfels, Texas, has selected Council Associate Partner Silver Spring Networks to deploy its multi-application network across the city for a comprehensive Dynamic Metering Infrastructure program supporting both electricity and water services. "NBU is expanding rapidly and we wanted to deploy a scalable network platform that allows us to deliver benefits today, while also establishing a foundation for new concepts for our community and customers in the future," explained Trino Pedraza, NBU Systems Technology Manager. "We deliver a range of energy and water services to customers, so a platform that combines high performance with reliability, cost-effectiveness, and support for multiple applications was crucial in our selection."

Clevest wins IMPACT award from Microsoft
Council Associate Partner Clevest was recognized for its next-generation Mobile Workforce Management solution and cloud offering. With its Application Innovation Developer IMPACT Award, Council Lead Partner Microsoft salutes trailblazers in the mobile first, cloud first world. "Innovation has been the key to our success in the utility industry, combined with a high level of customer collaboration that can be difficult to attain," said Peter Millar, Clevest VP of Product Marketing.  “Our workforce automation solution greatly enhances our utility customers’ operations and meter services departments to make sound planning and organizational decisions related to the deployment and maintenance of the utilities’ assets. When installed on the mobile workers’ tablets or laptops mounted in trucks, it provides an intuitive and user-friendly interface with digital maps, enabling workers to be more productive and efficient.”

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