Partner Spotlight: News for Transdev, CH2M, Panasonic, IBM and more

Thu, 2017-03-09 08:00 -- Doug Peeples

Scroll down for quick news takes from Smart Cities Council partners.

Transdev joins driverless car project
Council Associate Partner Transdev has signed on with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop an advanced driverless mobility system intended to optimize public and on-demand transportation systems. Initial R&D will focus on field tests in Paris-Saclay with Renault ZOEs and Transdev's on-demand dispatch, supervisory and routing platform.

CH2M picked for Singapore water reclamation plant
Council Lead Partner CH2M has been selected by PUB, Singapore's national water agency, to provide the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant, a key element of the agency's Deep Tunnel Sewerage System Phase 2 project. CH2M has worked with PUB since the mid-1990s when the reclamation plant concept was first developed. It is expected to be completed in 2025.

Panasonic technology on display at Orlando City Stadium
Council Associate Partner Panasonic's experience in sports, entertainment and retail technologies was showcased during this week's opening of the Orlando City Stadium. The company built and installed the stadium's main LED video display. The display measures 60 feet by 33 feet and gives fans the opportunity to see instant replays and interviews in real-time.

ZTE wins award for its enhanced wireless broadband
At the GTI Summit 2017, Council Lead Partner ZTE won the Innovation Solution and Application Award for its enhanced wireless broadband solution and its deployment. GTI works to build a TDD and 5G global industrial platform. ZTE has won awards from GTI for the past four years.

MIcrosoft opens new support center for EMEA
Council Lead Partner Microsoft has opened a major support center in Jordan to assist its clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Customer Service and Support Hub is the fourth center Microsoft has opened to serve the EMEA region. As the company's Jordan Country Manager Hussein Malhas put it, the new hub is not so much a call center as it is a qualified service team.

IBM partners with Vermont utility on intelligent energy solutions
Council Lead Partner IBM and Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) are collaborating on developing smart energy products via their Utopus Insights joint venture. The plan is to develop industry-tested and dependable software that leverages Big Data and analytics in the renewable energy market. The expectation is that Utopus will provide an energy analytics platform to be used with cloud SaaS and IoT solutions to enhance system reliability and performance.

Doug Peeples is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in technology and energy. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.