Partner Spotlight: GE, Cisco, Intel, Black & Veatch, Veolia

This information provided by Smart Cities Council Global.
Fri, 2016-01-08 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Scroll down for short takes from Council partners…

GE wins major Shanghai wind deal
Council Lead Partner GE won a major deal to supply wind converters to Shanghai Electric for use at an offshore wind farm. GE's LV3 wind converters are specially designed with higher power density, ideal for offshore wind farms. China's wind power generation is accelerating dramatically. It's expected to reach 200GW of installed capacity by the end of 2020, well ahead of the country's earlier forecasts.

Cisco helps deliver faster broadband in Taiwan
Taiwan residents will soon enjoy faster broadband services thanks to an effort by Council Lead Partner Cisco. KBRO, Taiwan's largest cable provider, will use the Cisco cBR-8 Evolved Converged Cable Access Platform that enables high bandwidth Internet services to be delivered over existing cable television infrastructure. The provider will be able to deliver broadband speeds above 1 gigabit per second while cutting hardware, space and power expenses by 40%.

Intel becomes more diverse and conflict-free
As citizens pay more attention to the business practices of companies, cities may be wise to pay more attention to the practices of companies they do business with. Council Associate Partner Intel made two major announcements at CES toward being an even better corporate citizen. First, its entire supply chain will be conflict-free. It won’t buy any metals from suppliers that could ultimately help warlords. Second, it exceed its 2015 diversity goals. Some 44% of its new hires last year were of diverse backgrounds.

Black & Veatch is tops for leadership
Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch topped the brand new Chief Executive ranking for best private company leadership. The ranking highlights companies that devote extra attention to leadership development by nurturing and developing people more than three levels down from CEO. Black & Veatch is a consistently strong performer. It placed fourth on the list the year before.

Veolia wins extension with Fulton County, Ga.
Council Associate Partner Veolia, which has been managing Fulton County, Georgia's wastewater facilities since 2010 won a five-year extension on the work. Veolia North America will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the county's wastewater assets, including three treatment facilities, 30 wastewater pump stations and one grinder station. It’s also responsible for a preventative maintenance program and will provide support for capital improvements and manage community outreach and education and business mentoring programs.