Partner Spotlight: News for Johnson Controls, Continental, Itron and more

Scroll down for quick news takes and events involving Smart Cities Council Partners.

Johnson Controls acquires Triatek
Council Lead Partner Johnson Controls has acquired the assets of Triatek, a company that provides airflow solutions for buildings. Johnson will add Triatek's solutions to its range of HVAC airflow control and building automation product line used in settings like health care facilities and research laboratories where the risk of airborne contaminants needs to be minimized.  

Itron selected for water infrastructure project
Council Global Lead Partner Itron was chosen by Fort Smith, Arkansas, to upgrade its water infrastructure, almos half of which has exceeded its life expectancy. In addition to increased efficiency and lower operating costs, the project also will deliver better billing accuracy and enhanced customer service.

Microsoft invests heavily in IoT
Over the next four years Council Global Lead Partner Microsoft plans to invest $5 billion in IoT technology. The company is making the additional investment to support continuous innovation in its technology platform, as well as supporting programs. It also will continue R&D in key areas such as securing IoT, creating development tools and intelligent services for IoT and more.

Continental recognized for heads-up display tech
Council Global Lead Partner Continental has been recognized with a 2018 Automotive News Award for its Digital Micromirror Heads-Up Display technology. The technology incorporates bright colors and a large field of view, while continuing to display important information like speed and navigation information in a driver's direct line of sight.

Parsons collaborates on education program for UAE university
Council Global Lead Partner Parsons is collaborating with American University of Sharjah in the UAE to provide education programs that will prepare students for careers in technology. Parsons and the university will collaborate on research projects designed to give students real-world insights  and exposure to how advanced technologies are being used.

UL launches risk mitigation program for data centers
Working with engineering design firm ESD, Council Associate Partner UL has developed the UL Data Center Certification Program, which reduces risk for data center owners and operators. The program address the continued reliability and safety of data centers by evaluating key components of their critical infrastructure.

Doug Peeples is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in technology and energy. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.