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Cubic and Transport for London celebrate ticketing win
Council Lead Partner Cubic Transportation Systems and TfL (Transport for London) are celebrating a win after TfL’s contactless payment system was awarded Best Bank-Card Ticketing Scheme at the recent 2015 Transport Ticketing Awards. The contactless scheme was first introduced on London buses in 2012, and was extended in September 2014 to cover all modes of travel on the world’s largest contactless pay as you go network -- covering bus, rail, Tube and tram. Cubic’s legacy Oyster smart card helped set the stage for London to become the first major city in the world to accept contactless bank cards for payment. Since contactless was introduced, the uptake has steadily increased each week. Currently around 500,000 contactless journeys are made every weekday, representing 10% of all pay-as-you-go trips.
MasterCard enters pact with Egypt to drive financial inclusion
"This partnership highlights our commitment to Egypt and its people," said MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga after entering a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Egypt earlier this month. "It is crucial for us to join forces with governments around the world to accelerate positive change for citizens." Under the MoU, Council Lead Partner MasterCard will collaborate with the government to help drive financial inclusion, maximize government efficiency and improve citizen engagement, according to a report in The Guardian. MasterCard will also bring the latest payment technologies to market in Egypt.
Isle of Wight deploying new S&C Electric radio technology
Connectivity is at the heart of a smart city and that means ever-increasing demands for long-distance, high-capacity solutions. Council Lead Partner S&C Electric, a pioneer in self-healing grids for ultimate resiliency, has added new technology to its quiver of connectivity options. The new SpeedNet™ SDR Software Defined Radios combine S&C's mesh-radio technology with the software-defined radio platform from XetaWave, a Colorado-based leader in wireless technology. The SpeedNet SDR will support ultra-high frequency bands, between 406-430-MHz and 450-470-MHz, and will be used in S&C's self-healing distribution automation systems around the world. For example, the new radios are being deployed on the Isle of Wight, off the coast of the United Kingdom, where they are being used with other S&C's solutions to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages on the island.
Black & Veatch hired to design giant Saudi desalination project
Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has named Black & Veatch the engineering and design consultant for a major desalination project that will supply the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's second largest city. The Jeddah 4 project, a 400 mega liters per day reverse osmosis plant, will be among Saudi Arabia's largest desalination facilities when completed. Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch will be responsible for studies of site and adjacent sea conditions, conceptual process and engineering design, and preparation of construction tender documents. Black & Veatch has worked with SWCC since 1993.
Civic Resource Group will deliver enhanced Amazon Web Services solutions
Council Associate Partner Civic Resource Group International (CRG) announced it is now an APN Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). As an APN Technology Partner, CRG has better access to tools, training and support that will enable the company to deliver enhanced solutions on AWS. CRG has expanded its award-winning CivicConnect Platform solution to extend CRG's Managed Hosting Service to support AWS. CivicConnect is a cloud-based platform that enables rapid deployment of dynamic database-driven web systems for "smart" government.
Schneider Electric among world’s most sustainable corporations
Schneider Electric, a Council Associate Partner, was again named one of the world’s most sustainable corporations by Corporate Knights, an investment advisory company. Schneider ranked 9th this year – one notch higher than it ranked last year and the second year in a row that it has placed in the top 10. The firm evaluated more than 4,600 companies for its list. Schneider Electric has been tracking its own sustainability performance for a decade now with its Planet and Society barometer, which it says has exceeded its own three-year performance target.
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