Partner spotlight: Read up on wins for Itron, Bechtel, Cubic, Ooredoo, Bit Stew

Fri, 2015-06-12 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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Itron's game-changing OpenWay Riva scores wins
Itron’s OpenWay Riva™ distributed intelligence platform was honored for exceptional innovation with this year’s Smart Grid Product of the Year Award from, a smart grid technology website sponsored by TMC and Crossfire Media. Itron's distributed analytics platform changes the game by providing innovative, practical and cost-effective solutions to key operational and business challenges that, to this point, have not been easily solvable from both a technology and cost perspective. Just recently, Salzburg AG, the energy supplier for 260,000 customers in the province of Salzburg, Austria, expanded its smart grid contract with Council Lead Partner Itron to upgrade to the OpenWay Riva solution. It will be the first pilot of OpenWay Riva technology in Europe.

Bechtel working with Google on Nashville's ultra-fast Internet roll out
The project will involve digging and stringing thousands of miles of fiber optic cable across the city, according to a story in The Tennessean. Council Lead Partner Bechtel will do the construction work, which involves building 18 fiber huts and attaching fiber to more than 100,000 utility poles. Google expects the project, which will ultimately deliver ultra-fast, gigabit Internet to Nashville, to employ hundreds of workers. Projects that involve digging are nothing new to Bechtel, which recently completed a massive tunneling effort for London's Crossrail project.

Cubic and Chicago Transit Authority take ITS honors for innovation
Council Lead Partner Cubic Transportation Systems and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) were awarded the Best New Innovative Practice-Partnership Deployment for Ventra, their joint contactless bankcard payment system. The award was given by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America at its annual meeting in Pittsburgh. "The Ventra system is not only advanced next-generation technology, but it is based on a new public-private partnership model that can be replicated for other transportation payment system implementations," said Matt Cole, executive vice president and deputy, strategy and business development, for Cubic. "With this partnership model, public agencies can future proof their system to help ensure it delivers on their promise of providing efficient and convenient public transportation to their customers."

Ooredoo a triple winner in Asia Communications Awards
Council Lead Partner Ooredoo, a leading international communications company with headquarters in Doha, Qatar, was honored as Emerging Market Initiative winner for its ideabox start-up accelerator at the recent 2015 Asia Communications Awards event held in Singapore this month. Meanwhile, Ooredoo Myanmar unit won The Connected Asia Award for its MayMay healthcare app for pregnant women. Indonesia telecom provider Indosat, also a member of the Ooredoo Group, won the Social Contribution award for its INSPERA program that focuses on improving the lives of women through ICT. Last month Indosat won the first-ever Best Mobile Payment Service Award at the Telecom Asia Awards 2015 in Jakarta.

Bit Stew Systems partnership helps utilities in Asia and Australia
In a partnership with DB Results, Council Associate Partner Bit Stew Systems will help improve utility operations in smart metering and smart grid operations in Australia and Asia. "We’re thrilled to partner with DB Results to leverage their long-standing expertise in the Australian and Asian utility markets to help more organizations unlock the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things," said Harry Kestin, Regional Sales Director, APAC at Bit Stew. "Together, Bit Stew and DB Results can help industrial organizations leverage data-driven automation to increase operational awareness, improve efficiencies and discover new business opportunities that increase revenue." Canada-based Bit Stew also recently announced a partnership with World Wide Technology to help joint customers harness data to improve and automate their operations.

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