Partner spotlight: Ooredoo, Alstom, Siemens, Elster, Bit Stew Systems

Fri, 2015-02-06 06:00 -- SCC Staff

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Ooredoo helps Qatar keep its cool with innovative smart car technology
As part of its ongoing work to transform Qatar into a "smart nation" and launch a host of pioneering, first-of-their kind services, Council Lead Partner Ooredoo is partnering with Q3SMART to offer an innovative smart car technology solution that will enable customers to switch on the air conditioning in their car via their smartphone, at any time and any distance. The service, which sends data over Ooredoo’s 4G+ network, ensures that customers can always return to a cool environment in their car, without wasting unnecessary resources, simply by tapping a button on their phone or using select smartwatches.

Alstom's new system will manage demand response for NV Energy
Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid recently released its latest Demand Response Management System (DRMS) to NV Energy to provide new, advanced functions for the utility’s Demand Response (DR) programs. NV Energy is a large investor-owned utility based in Las Vegas, Nevada that generates, transmits and distributes electric service covering 97% of Nevada, including the Las Vegas Valley. It serves about 1.3 million customers and over 40 million tourists annually, and is a utility industry leader with its DR programs, direct load control technologies, and advanced forecasting and optimization techniques. In fact, POWERGRID recently named NV Energy its Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Project of the Year winner and the utility gave special thanks to Alstom Grid.

ABI ranks Siemens as top traffic management system vendor
The latest smart transportation market report from ABI Research ranks Council Associate Partner Siemens as the No. 1 transportation management system vendor. The report cited the company's competitive portfolio of solutions for traffic monitoring and video surveillance, operations and management centers, modelling and planning, intelligent traffic lights, digital signage and dynamic tolling. "Siemens forms part of a top three of ICT players also including IBM and Cisco, developing traffic management systems as new business development opportunities leveraging their IT, big data, communication and machine vision assets," ABI VP and Practice Director Dominique Bonte said. IBM and Cisco are both Council Lead Partners.

Elster solution tackles mounting volumes of smart grid data
Council Associate Partner Elster has launched a new smart grid software solution designed to collect, process and manage the growing volumes of business and regulatory data that utilities have to manage today. Dubbed Connexo, the software suite integrates operational workflows, business processes and smart grid data from multiple devices and vendors into a single interoperable solution. It supports more than 200 communication protocols, enabling collection and processing of data from the various meter and sensor vendors within the smart grid ecosystem. The product delivers "an adaptive platform that reliably supports the transformation of a continuous inflow of data from an evolving grid into meaningful insights and business decisions," Dimitri Degraeve, global head of Product Management Software and Services, said..

Bit Stew Systems teams to offer utilities robust data management tool
Bit Stew Systems will collaborate with Xtensible Solutions to offer utilities a high-powered information management service. The solution brings together the Grid Director network operations application from Council Associate Partner Bit Stew and the Xtensible's MD3i,  a solution that provides tools and industry standards for resolving the semantic differences that make data difficult to exchange, analyze and understand. "Bit Stew, with its Grid Director application, has an exciting opportunity to help utilities deploy truly innovative solutions for making informed decisions, quickly," said Greg Robinson, general manager of Xtensible. "By working together, Bit Stew extends its core data modeling capabilities helping customers lower their project and lifecycle costs, since less transformation is required for data that is shared among various business functions."

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