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Ooredoo ISP license supports growth of Maldivian economy
Council Lead Partner Ooredoo continues to enhance its data market leadership across its global footprint, with its Ooredoo Maldives operation receiving an Internet Service Provider License from the Communication Authority of the Maldives (CAM) earlier this month after a competitive bidding process. Across its service area Ooredoo is enhancing the range of data services available to customers and investing in infrastructure to support their digital lifestyles and the development of knowledge-based economies. Receiving the ISP License will enable the company to bring positive changes to the quality and affordability of the Internet for the people of the Maldives, explained Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO. "We believe in enabling as many people as possible to use our life-enhancing services, and bringing fixed Internet features such as fibre, cloud-based services and business solutions will support the growth of the Maldivian economy and benefit consumers."
Forbes names Bit Stew Systems one of the Top 100 analytics startups
One of only three Canadian companies named by Forbes to its global ranking of Top 100 Analytics Startups, Burnaby, B.C.-based Bit Stew Systems has shown significant growth and traction within the analytics industry. A Council Associate Partner, Bit Stew is the creator of the market leading platform for Software Defined Operations for the Industrial Internet, and is ranked among the best in providing software solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things. The company credits the unique data integration and intuitive analytics that its MIx Core™ platform can perform as the engine for Bit Stew’s continued accelerated growth.
Siemens partners on low-carbon microgrid for Native American reservation
Blue Lake Rancheria in Northern California and Humboldt State University's Schatz Energy Research Center have partnered with Council Associate Partner Siemens to build a community microgrid to power the 100-acre reservation's government offices, casino, hotel and Red Cross disaster center. The microgrid, funded in part through a $5 million California Energy Commission grant, will be powered by a 0.5 MW solar photovoltaic installation, 950 kWh battery storage system, a biomass fuel cell system and diesel generators. "This project shows the type of leadership and partnership that can advance California's climate and renewable energy goals, help transform our energy system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas. "This collaborative and innovative project will demonstrate how microgrid systems can increase energy resiliency and planning, a Humboldt County priority."
OSIsoft teams with root9B on ICS security
Council Associate Partner OSIsoft, a leader in operational intelligence, is partnering with root9B which provides advanced cybersecurity services and training. The companies will provide government and commercial customers with proactive cyber defense capabilities, threat intelligence and advanced services for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). "We are pleased that root9B is leveraging OSIsoft's technology to provide government agencies and commercial entities with innovative services to combat threats that have evaded standard cyber/IT and physical security through the years," said Paul J. Geraci, OSIsoft Senior Director for Intelligence and National Security Programs. "The enhanced operational intelligence provided by OSIsoft's PI System, along with root9B's knowledge and expertise, will allow government and commercial entities to leverage contextual, real-time operational data that's proven effective and efficient in the majority of our nation's critical infrastructure assets and industrial data centers -- both within the government and private sectors."
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