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Partner spotlight: Microsoft, CRG, Bechtel, B&V, CH2M, Hutchison Kinrot, Intel, SSN

Submitted by scc staff on May 15, 2015

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Civic Resource Group joins Microsoft CityNext 
Associate SCC Partner Civic Resource Group International (CRG) is partnering with the Microsoft CityNext initiative, the technology giant’s effort to help cities use cloud services and big data to cut costs and improve services. With Civic Resource Group, Council Lead Partner Microsoft gains CRG’s expertise in providing digital solutions for governments and the broad public sector. "Our partnering on Microsoft CityNext bolsters our commitment to champion new ‘smart cities’ across the globe," said Gregory G. Curtin, CRG’s founder and CEO. "Microsoft’s cloud-based solutions help make our CivicConnect platform and applications real transformation agents for any city aspiring to become a smart or digital city." Microsoft has enlisted a number of companies to help implement CityNext projects, including SCC Lead Partner Itron and Associate Partner OSIsoft.

Bechtel, CH2M and Black & Veatch ranked as top design firms
The latest Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms report lists a trio of SCC partners among the top-ranking companies. In the report’s overall rankings, Associate Partners CH2M came in as number four and Black & Veatch at number 16. Lead Partner Bechtel was at number eight. The Top 500 Design Firms list, published annually in April, ranks the 500 largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue.

CNN highlights Hutchison Kinrot portfolio companies' water solutions
In a piece titled "California's drought is Asia's nightmare," Mark L. Clifford writes: "Asia is an increasingly water-stressed region. If the technology and cultural capital of America cannot manage its water, what hope is there for Asia?" Later he mentions Li Ka-shing, one of Asia's richest businessmen who a couple of years ago bought into water-tech incubator Hutchinson Kinrot, a Council Associate Partner. Two of Hutchinson Kinrot portfolio companies – Aquarius Spectrum and Hydrospin – are highlighted in the article as companies with solutions to the water crisis. Aquarius Spectrum, for example, uses sensors and algorithms to help utilities detect water leaks, which reduces water loss and makes repairs more efficient.

Intel and Fujitsu partner on Internet of Things platform for public sector
By combining Fujitsu's cutting-edge technology with the Intel IoT Platform, the companies plan to offer high-value Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Initially they are targeting solutions for the public sector, as well as manufacturing and retail. As a first step in this collaboration, Fujitsu and Council Associate Partner Intel have initiated a proof of business (POB) at Shimane Fujitsu with the aim of expanding the scope of visibility into the manufacturing facility's operations and reducing indirect overhead costs through data collection and analysis.

2015 IoT Evolution Product of the Year award goes to Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks' Gen5 / "Milli 5" networking platform won the award from TMC and Crossfire Media. "Milli 5" is a postage-stamp sized communications module that sensor manufacturers can embed in their devices to provide economic, battery-powered connectivity and edge intelligence for a new class of IoT applications. "We are at the intersection of several complementary and coinciding forces -- ubiquitous secure connectivity, increasing device capability, and powerful analytics," said Raj Vaswani, Chief Technology Officer, Silver Spring Networks, a Council Associate Partner. "This tectonic collision is bringing billions of never-before connected devices online, and unlocking real-time data streams, edge intelligence and new applications that could profoundly change the world in which we live."

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