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Huawei and China Telecom to bring Shenzhen, China gigaband connectivity
In an initiative to boost economic and social development, Council Associate Partner Huawei and China Telecom will work together to provide 1,000 Mb/s connectivity to Shenzhen, China. The project will involve installation of next-generation optical line terminals and passive optical networks. Shenzhen is the first Chinese city to propose a "Gigaband City," and the five-year project will provide connectivity to homes and communities throughout the city. The network also will support the services the city expects to deliver on its way to becoming a smart city.
IDC urges collaboration between car makers and city leaders on smart cities
A new PlanScape from Council Associate Partner IDC encourages city leaders and car manufacturers to collaborate on integrating connected cars in ways that enhance urban mobility and contribute to smart cities solutions. It offers guidance for IT and non-IT leaders in automotive manufacturing and state and local governments can work to enhance urban mobility, reduce pollution, improve transportation safety, reduce congestion, add new services and more.
Panasonic in talks to buy Nissan's interest in EV battery company
Council Associate Partner Panasonic and others are talking with Nissan about the possibility of buying the car maker's 51% controlling interest of Automotive Energy Supply Corporation. The company, jointly owned by Nissan and NEC, manufactures lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Details are scarce. While the talks were reported by the Nikkei Asian Review, they haven't been confirmed by Nissan, NEC or Panasonic.
Telit, Tech Mahindra combine expertise for end-to-end IoT solutions
Council Associate Partner Telit and Tech Mahindra are working together to create new, complete IoT solutions as an avenue to expand their business opportunities in a variety of markets and industries. The companies will bring together products and services from Telit and system integration end-to-end enterprise solution expertise from Tech Mahindra. The two companies have already been working together on projects for companies ranging from small to global.
Black & Veatch selected for South Africa's first waste-to-energy facility
A South African renewable energy producer has chosen Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch to provide technical support for a waste-to-energy (WTE) biogas plant that will, when completed, provide enough clean-burning natural gas to provide power for more than 10,000 homes. Black & Veatch will be responsible for front-end engineering and design, procurement, construction and operation and maintenance. An added benefit is the plant is expected to reduce landfill waste volume by 90% in an area with limited landfill availability.