Partner spotlight: S&C Electric Co., Cisco, Veolia, Cubic, Alstom, Bechtel

Fri, 2015-11-20 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

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S&C Electric Co. named founding sponsor of energy innovation effort
Council Lead Partner S&C Electric Company has been named a founding sponsor of the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal program (PEER) from Green Business Certification. The program is modelled after the LEED green building standards and provides a framework to improve power system performance. The standards enable project teams to assess their current state, develop strategies for improvement, improve the business case and verify the value of system changes.

Cisco updates routers to boost cloud performance
Cisco, a Council Lead Partner, has updated its network operating system and expanded its router line. It says the upgrades will boost the performance of cloud applications and help users reduce their operational costs. Among other things, the operating system updates allow for large-scale automation and provide fine-grained visibility and control.

Veolia wins deal to operate biomass power plants in Japan
Council Associate Partner Veolia has won a deal to operate two biomass power plants in northern Japan, part of an effort to boost the use of renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. The plants will produce about 100GWh of electricity annually, enough to power 22,000 households. Fuel to fire the plants will come from neighboring forestry industries. It says the plants will avoid the emissions of more than 40,000 metric tons of CO2.

Australia extends Cubic Transportation Systems contract
Cubic Transportation Systems, a Council Lead Partner, will continue to operate the go card smart card system now used by 1.2 million rail, light rail, bus and ferry customers in the Australian state of Queensland. The company’s current contract with TransLink was due to expire next September, but it was awarded a three-year extension to continue the work to 2019. Cubic launched the smart card system there in 2003.

Alstom delivers Melbourne’s new trains early
Council Lead Parnter Alstom says it has delivered eight new trains for Melbourne, Australia’s suburban network ahead of schedule. The latest delivery brings the network’s fleet up to 82 trains. Earlier this year, it won an order from the transit agency for an additional five trains, which are scheduled to be in service by the end of next year.

Bechtel partnership to improve job-site performance and safety
Council Lead Partner Bechtel is partnering with Rhumbix on an initiative that is designed to improve tools to monitor and supervise workers at construction sites. The companies signed a joint-development agreement to further develop Rhumbix’s platform to be able to track job-site workers in real-time and provide new data and analytics to improve site safety, production and performance. The platform collects data that’s generated by smartphones carried by job-site staff.