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Panama City intends to get smart with help from Cisco
Cisco and Panama City announce plan to work together to turn Panama City into a smart city using Council Lead Partner Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities solutions. Under the agreement, Cisco will share global best practices in smart cities and, together with Panama City, identify areas of collaboration to transform the citizen experience through initiatives in the areas of city infrastructure management, telecommunications and urban services. "A city is smart if can solve the basic problems of those living in it, if it guarantees sustainable human development. Having technology, thousands of sensors everywhere and two phones per person, does not make a smart city if all that technology is not focused on ensuring better living conditions for people with equity. This agreement with Cisco aims to improve the quality of life of Panamanians,", said Mayor Jose Blandon Figueroa.
GRID20/20 moving to new services-centric focus
Known as a leading Distribution Transformer Monitoring (DTM) intra-grid sensor provider, Council Associate Partner GRID20/20 recently announced the release of OptaNODE™ HESS, an organically developed, multi-purpose software platform that will drive its intra-grid sensor solution toward a services-centric focus. The company says it will offer services to identify unmetered losses, improve power conservation practices, identify de-stabilizing reverse energy entering the grid from distributed generation sources, accelerate outage notification/power restoration, and will provide asset monitoring alerts. GRID20/20 says it will ultimately help utilities to lower their operating costs, embrace distributed generation and conservation efforts, extend equipment longevity, reduce power outages, lessen utility truck rolls, improve utility performance indices and strengthen grid reliability.
Intel announces EdTech Startup Accelerator
The specialized accelerator program designed to help education technology startups transform education for student success. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley at GSVlabs in Redwood City, CA, the Intel Education Accelerator will provide selected companies with the opportunity to receive guidance and insights from technology, business and education experts; leverage Council Associate Partner Intel’s global reach and relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries; and secure investments of up to $100,000 from Intel Capital.
No more HILL for CH2M
Founded over 70 years ago in Oregon by Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield – hence CH2M – the global engineering giant and Council Associate Partner previously known as CH2M HILL announced a rebranding that drops HILL from its name. “Our refreshed brand goes much deeper than just a new logo and shortened nickname,” said CEO Jacqueline Hinman. “It combines our client-centric mindset with our commitment to technical excellence and innovation. The challenges facing our clients don’t fit neatly into boxes any more. That’s one of the reasons our clients choose to work with us. We’ve been thinking outside-the-box since day one.”
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