Partner Spotlight: News for Schneider Electric, ZTE, CH2M, Siemens and Panasonic

Thu, 2017-03-23 10:14 -- Doug Peeples

Scroll down for quick news takes from Smart Cities Council partners.

Schneider Electric's smart controls for USMC
Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric will provide smart controls systems as part of a major project for cutting energy use and improving energy security at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia. Primary contractor Constellation will provide energy conservation and distributed generation for the base. The $170 million contract includes installation of a steam-to-electricity generator, high efficiency transformers, controls for a landfill gas power generator and more. Schneider's controls will be responsible for managing the base's distributed energy and maximizing energy efficiency. The company also will deploy cybersecurity and provide continuing system maintenance.

Recognition for CH2M
Lead Partner has been named a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. "The award emphasizes CH2M's commitment not only to leading ethical business practices that benefit clients and employees, but also for bringing innovative approaches and sustainable solutions, and providing greater social, environmental and economic benefits to our planet and communities worldwide," said CH2M Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer William Brierly. The recognition is the ninth consecutive time CH2M has been named for its commitment to ethical business practices.

Panasonic's residential roof solar panel
Associate Partner Panasonic has created a new solar panel that can be installed on a residential roof. The panel is designed to be installed without drilling holes in the roof and to provide maximum power generation in a small space, the company said. And because of the panel's construction it can withstand snow loads.

Cybersecurity for utilities
Associate Partner Siemens is collaborating with IT services corporation Atos on cybersecurity protection for oil and gas utilities. Under the two company's global agreement, Siemens will provide OT technology for security lifecycle management, plant security management and other services. Atos will be responsible for real-time security analytics, software-defined security architecture and additional IT services.

ZTE's smarter streets solution
Lead Partner ZTE has launched Smart Street 2.0, the second generation of its solution to help cities upgrade public services. Operated from a street command and control center, Smart Street 2.0 employs big data, IoT and cloud computing technologies to integrate elements of street infrastructure like smart parking and smart lighting. The integration is intended to reduce operating costs and improve management efficiency for city governments.

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