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Silver Spring deploys first street lighting network-as-a-service in NA
The cities of Randolph and Fitchburg, Massachusetts will be the first in North America to deploy Silver Spring Networks' street lighting network-as-a-service offering. In partnership with LightSmart, Silver Spring will deploy, manage and operate the intelligent street light networks for the cities, which will allow each municipality to reduce upfront capital costs and operational expenditures. Silver Spring’s IPv6, standards-based smart lighting solution allows cities, utilities and energy service companies to gain additional ROI by leveraging the network for additional smart city services and applications over time. Silver Spring, a Council Associate Partner, is also working with Florida Power & Light and the city of Paris, among others, to deploy street lighting networks.
Badger Meter recommends ways to meet California water mandates
Badger Meter released recommendations on the latest metering technologies California municipalities, utilities and other water suppliers can begin using immediately to comply with the mandatory 25% reduction in water usage announced by Gov. Jerry Brown last month. Badger Meter, an innovator in flow measurement and control products and a Council Associate Partner, has successfully deployed its BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) solution at sites in California. It worked with the University of California Merced, for example, on a water conservation challenge that saw campus dorms reduce their water consumption by 14% in the first year, saving 79,000 gallons of water. They also saved 1.4 million gallons of water from 16 water leaks detected by the near real-time data the system provides. In one instance the Badger system discovered five toilets that were leaking a total of 150 gallons per hour.
Intel will develop a smart city innovation lab in Dubai
Council Associate Partner Intel will work jointly with the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority to develop a Smart City Center of Excellence and Innovation in Dubai. It's described as the first-of-its-kind lab in the Middle East. "The advances and initiatives that are driven in Dubai around smart cities are world leading and we are thrilled to be part of these leading projects," said Taha Khalifa, Regional Director MENA at Intel. "This innovative public-private collaboration will use Intel's IoT Smart City Demonstration Platform to further develop the government's vision for Dubai. As a technology company, we will leverage our expertise and advanced end-to-end solutions to enable efficient use of resources and realize the many untapped possibilities of the IoT. We're powering the IoT future and driving improvements in everything from air and water quality to transportation, communication and energy management systems."
Black & Veatch helps Tesla Motors think bigger
Black & Veatch, which provides design, engineering and construction services for large-scale commercial, industrial and municipal facilities using Tesla Energy Storage products, has expanded its relationship with Tesla Motors. Rick Azer, director of development for smart integrated infrastructure for Black & Veatch, a Council Associate Partner, told the Kansas City Business Journal his company is helping Tesla think bigger. One example is finding applications for its battery technology that would be useful to commercial and utility-scale customers. "Tesla energy storage can improve and balance grid operations by providing energy to manage changes in demand. It also allows for higher levels of renewable energy integration," said Martin Travers, president of Black & Veatch’s telecommunications business and leader of its Smart Integrated Infrastructure service offering.
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