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Ooredoo CEO highlights need to bring women to mobile
In a speech in Africa, Ooredoo Group CEO Nasser Marafih stressed the importance of giving women access to mobile phones and services – and also the challenges. A Council Lead Partner, Ooredoo is a leading telecommunications provider in North Africa and the Middle East. "We cannot go and develop countries and the sector we are in by excluding 50% of the population," Marafih said, according to Mobile World Live. Ooredoo has experienced multiple challenges in trying to increase the penetration of women using mobile services: affordability, content, cultural barriers, and education and literacy. But it is also finding success by, among other things, increasing the number of women it employs at point of sale and in call centers and in developing apps for women.
Alphinat releases V6 of its SmartGuide for smart cities
Council Associate Partner Alphinat's SmartGuide® is a one-stop web, mobile and cloud solution development platform that enables cities to easily deliver e-services with personalized, real time data exchange. A great deal of effort has gone into making the newest version of SmartGuide available to an even greater range of citizen developers and business users, according to the company. The result is a complete overhaul of the Designer interfaces, including countless improvements that, as one commenter on an Alphinat blog post remarked: "Look like very slick updates to an already great productivity tool." Alphinat offers free trials of SmartGuide.
Halifax selects Silver Spring Networks to deliver a smart street light network
The capital city of Nova Scotia, Canada is the latest to announce plans to deploy an intelligent street lighting solution from Council Associate Partner Silver Spring Networks. "We all want to live in safe, healthy communities. That includes well-lit streets, roads and public spaces," said Angus Doyle, project manager for the street light conversion project and Utilities Coordination Manager with the Halifax Regional Municipality. "Silver Spring’s adaptive lighting platform offers real-time monitoring of our street lights, which eliminates the need for residents to phone in outages and allows us to better manage maintenance and replace burnt out lights much sooner. It also opens doors for future smart city applications in Halifax, anything from water and electric meter readings to advertising panels and traffic counters."
ABB's compact substations "hide" in densely populated Singapore
Modest in geographical size but an economic powerhouse, Singapore is one of the most densely populated metropolises in the world. Its annual electricity consumption is estimated at around 43 billion kilowatt hours and that's forecast to rise over 3% per year over the next five years. A major challenge for SP PowerGrid is to find space for electrical substations needed to meet that increased demand. That's why SP PowerGrid turned to Council Associate Partner ABB and its compact 66-kilovolt GIS technology. The ABB technology enables a footprint reduction of up to 70% in the space occupied by a substation compared to conventional air-insulated switchgear installations. ABB will construct six new turnkey substations for Singapore, including one underground, using the compact GIS technology.
Siemens wins light rail contracts in Denver and the Twin Cities
Council Associate partner Siemens will build 29 additional light rail vehicles (LRV) for Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) and five for Metro Transit, which serves the Twin Cities region. All of the LRVs will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California. "Our partnerships with Denver and the Twin Cities are great examples to show how riders and the local economy in regions can benefit from a light rail system," said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division.
And some kudos worth a mention…
- Council Lead Partner Allied Telesis, a leading provider of networking infrastructure and flexible, interoperable network solutions, was recently recognized by Gartner as a Niche Player for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure.
- For the second year in a row, Lead Partner Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, was named a leader in independent analyst firm Verdantix's 2015 Green Quadrant® Building Energy Management Software report.
- Alex Clark, Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder of Bit Stew Systems, a Council Associate Partner, was recently selected as a Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 winner, highlighting the achievements of 40 of Vancouver, British Columbia's top executives and professionals.
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