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Microsoft to open UK data centers
Council Lead Partner Microsoft announced plans to open data centers in the UK, a move that will open its cloud-based services to government customers there and provide faster service to existing customers. One of the new data centers will be located in London, the other elsewhere in the UK. Both will open next year. The new centers will allow Microsoft to bid on UK computing contracts that involve sensitive government data. Microsoft recently expanded data centers in Ireland and the Netherlands, and announced plans to offer its Azure and Office 365 services in Germany on sites controlled by a third-party, providing extra privacy safeguards.
GE launches new automation and controls system
Council Lead Partner GE has launched its new Automation and Controls solution platform, which is designed to help a range of industries, including power generation. The solution, which controls, automates and optimizes processes, allows customers to better connect machines and data to improve performance. GE says customers have been able to extend uptime, while improving fleet efficiency by 25% and boosting efficiency to save as much as $10 million per year.
Cubic drives New Hampshire toll roads system
Cubic Transportation Systems, a Council Lead Partner, landed a contract to modernize the back-end system that drives New Hampshire’s toll roads. The new system will deliver E-ZPass billing, collection, enforcement and customer service operations including a redesigned website and a new mobile app for drivers. Cubic has already begun work on the new system, which is scheduled to go-live by the end of next year. It will also handle on-going operations and maintenance.
Alstom plays key role in new Cairo Metro line
Council Lead Partner Alstom was selected to play a big role in the next phase of Cairo, Egypt’s Metro Line 3. Alstom will provide the signaling and telecommunications system as well as infrastructure for the line, which is currently under construction. In addition to the signaling equipment, Alstom will provide electromagnetic equipment, including power stations to run the third rail, ventilation system and elevators. The line, scheduled for completion in 2022, adds 15 new stations and is forecast to carry more than 1.5 million passengers daily.
Schneider Electric honored for sustainability
Schneider Electric, a Council Lead Partner, won the Sustainable Development Award at European Utility Week. It won the award for its StruxureWare Demand Side Operation cloud-based platform, which makes it easier to manage one’s electrical usage, both to save money and even out demand. The 72-hour forecast system enables energy managers to optimize their consumption. It can be used even by people who aren’t energy specialists, such as building managers. Its technology was honored for its ability to help users cut their carbon emissions.
Ooredoo named tech innovator
Council Lead Partner Ooredoo was honored as the Telecoms Innovator at the 2015 Qatar Enterprise Agility Awards. Ooredoo was honored for its customer service and network operations and work with entrepreneurs. Ooredoo’s support for new businesses and aspiring young entrepreneurs was highlighted by its new partnership with Qatar Business Incubation Centre. The partnership will launch a state-of-the-art “Digital and Beyond” incubator to encourage the creation of a new range of start-ups and technology-focused businesses, as well as a national contest for new start-up ideas.