Partner spotlight: Ooredoo, Itron, Veolia, CH2M, Clevest, Elster, Intel, ABB

Fri, 2015-07-17 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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Qatar Airways migrates systems to Ooredoo Data Center
The national airline is moving both its primary and backup data to Council Lead Partner Ooredoo’s cloud-hosting platform. The state-of-the-art Ooredoo Data Center was launched recently in partnership with Microsoft. It offers a host of features including advanced cyber security, customer relationship management and file-sharing applications -- all on Ooredoo’s network. Headquartered in Doha, Qatar's capital, Ooredoo is the country's leading communications company.

Itron Total Solar launches
Council Lead Partner Itron introduced a solar package that combines production measurement, asset monitoring, sensing applications and forecasting in a managed services offering for solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. "Today Itron monitors nearly 100,000 solar installations across the U.S., representing over 500 megawatts of clean energy capacity," said Bruce Douglas, Itron SVP and GM of software and service. Itron Total Solar, he said, offers clients greater flexibility and convenience. The offering is part of Itron Total Services, which just entered the European market with German smart grid contracts.  

Veolia's partnership with NYC helps stabilize rates
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently received approval for a FY 2016 rate increase of 2.97% -- the lowest increase in 15 years -- due in part to a Peer Performance Solutions partnership between DEP and Veolia North America.  Since the beginning of the program, called Operational Excellence, DEP and Council Associate Partner Veolia have implemented more than 80 initiatives in water and wastewater treatment, metering and procurement that are resulting in an annual recurring cash benefit of $98 million. “Water and wastewater employees are often the quiet heroes in a community, delivering public services that are vital to the community, economy, public health and the environment," said William J. DiCroce, president and COO of Veolia North America’s Municipal & Commercial Business.  “We’re very proud to be part of this ongoing partnership and to supplement DEP’s many programs to ensure excellent, cost-effective services."

CH2M has role in iconic Saudi airport project
The new terminal at Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah Al-Munawarah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opened recently, with help from Council Associate Partner CH2M, which served as the project's Independent Engineer. With 156,940 square meters of terminal space on three floors, 16 aircraft stands served by passenger boarding bridges and 20 remote apron stands, the project also includes a widened and extended runway, a new rescue and firefighting building and  a mosque for 1000 worshippers. Joe Stratford, CH2M’s Project Director, said: “This iconic infrastructure project will facilitate increasing growth in passenger numbers and aircraft movements through provision of world-class modern airport airfield, passenger terminal and landside infrastructure. We are proud to have had the opportunity to play a significant role in the successful and timely delivery of these new facilities.”

Clevest continues momentum with new financing round
Mobile workforce automation software provider Clevest Solutions – a Council Associate Partner – announced it raised growth equity financing led by Accel-KKR, with Vancouver City Savings Credit Union also participating. Clevest says the infusion of capital comes at a time of good business momentum.  The company recently released a new version of its flagship Mobile Workforce Management product, and has achieved widespread customer adoption of its latest product releases. "Securing equity funding from Accel-KKR, a leading Silicon Valley based private equity firm, is strong affirmation of the growth prospects and market leadership for Clevest," noted Thomas Ligocki, President and CEO. "Accel-KKR has a track record of backing market leaders with deep vertical expertise and enterprise technology solutions," said Greg Williams, Managing Director, Accel-KKR. “We see significant opportunities for growth based on Clevest’s innovative utility-specific software solutions.”

Elster wins AMI projects from Mexico to Saskatoon
Comisión Federal de Electricidad de México’s (CFE) will deploy Elster Solutions'  EnergyAxis® Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution -- part of two new phases of the utility's country-wide smart grid project. One phase encompasses deployment of several thousand meters in 11 rural communities in the state of Chihuahua; the second new project is focused on monitoring and remote reading of commercial and industrial meters. Council Associate Partner Elster will also be deploying its AMI solution in Saskatoon, Canada to automate meter data collection. "Concerns over smart meter safety have been in the forefront of our planning," said Kevin Hudson, Metering & Sustainable Electricity Manager for Saskatoon. "Elster’s excellent safety record and success in recent Underwriters Laboratories testing help clear the way for the City Council to issue unanimous approval to proceed with this project."

Intel tapped to help boost Spain's digital economy
An agreement between Council Associate Partner Intel and Spain's industry ministry has them working together on business-focused digital transformation projects, open innovation, smart cities and digital training, according to a report. Spain has entered similar public-private partnership agreements with other companies, including Council Lead Partner Cisco.

ABB technology will integrate French offshore wind parks
won the contract, worth around $25 million, from the electrical transmission system operator RTE France to supply transformer products and services to create safe, reliable grid connections for ongoing offshore wind power projects that will help boost France’s renewable energy supply. Council Associate Partner ABB said its specialty transformers help maximize reliability and efficiency in vital grid connections. The energy produced from the wind parks would represent 3.5& of the country’s national energy consumption, while the overall goal is for 23% of France’s energy to come from a mix of renewable energy sources by 2020.

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