Partner Spotlight: News from IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, K2 Geospatial, Veolia and more

Wed, 2016-05-04 06:00 -- SCC Staff


IBM, Cisco and Microsoft ranked as the top three smart city suppliers by Navigant Research
Council Lead Partners IBM, Cisco and Microsoft were named the top three smart city suppliers in the recent Navigant Research Leaderboard Report. These smart city suppliers are rated on 10 criteria: vision, go-to-market strategy, partners, product strategy, geographic reach, market presence, sales & marketing, product performance & features, product integration, and staying power. Navigant assessed a total of 16 smart city vendors and selected 10 top performers. Lead Partner SAS Institute and Associate Partners Siemens and Huawei also were listed in the top 10 list.

Black & Veatch wins Edison Award for microgrid system
Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch’s microgrid, a system of distributed generation technologies aimed at boosting resilience and the use of renewable energy sources, has been selected for a prestigious Gold Edison Award . The company’s microgrid system generates electricity through a combination of natural gas, solar energy, geothermal and battery storage at the company’s World Headquarters in Overland Park. Black & Veatch also has partnered with FirstElement Fuel on the first hyderogen fueling station network in the U.S. The two companies are working to bring hydrogen fueling stations to consumers in California. FirstElement Fuel selected Black & Veatch to engineer, permit and construct 19 hydrogen refueling stations across California.

K2 Geospatial's JMap powers new Canadian Rail Portal
Council Associate Partner K2 Geospatial, a geospatial software company and the editor of JMap, has announced the creation of the Canadian Rail Portal. Initiated by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), the portal was built using JMap, K2 Geospatial’s map-based integration platform. It provides the members of the RAC with a critical and strategic tool.

Ooredoo signs agreement to expand mobile broadband network
Council Lead Partner Ooredoo Qatar has signed a three-year agreement with Nokia to upgrade and expand its mobile broadband network throughout the country. According to the terms of the agreement Nokia will deploy its 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE-A radio and core network technologies and services expertise to allow Ooredoo to expand its Supernet network in the country. Ooredoo Qatar has been using Nokia’s LTE-A carrier aggregation technology to provide speeds of up to 375Mbps in Doha.

Veolia's first Oman waste management contract
Oman Environmental Services Holding Company, be'ah, has awarded Council Associate Partner Veolia's subsidiary Veolia Middle East and its Omani partner Al Ramooz National LLC a contract for waste management in Oman. The seven-year contract will focus on providing the services across the Governorates of Al-Dhahirah and Al Buraimi, restructure the municipal waste collection services and improve public awareness of waste management. The contract will include collection, transportation, and landfilling for the North West region of Oman for municipal waste and will benefit more than 250,000 inhabitants. Veolia will be the technical leader of the contract and will operate two landfills.