Partner Spotlight: News for Sensus, Intel, Panasonic and more

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Sensus recognized by rural electric cooperatives
For the second consecutive year, rural cooperative utility leaders recognized Council Global Lead Partner Sensus, a Xylem brand, and its AMI solution as the “Best Smart Utility Solution” during the Rural Smart Grid Summit. The solution consists of advanced metering for water, electricity, gas and lighting applications which are connected by the company's FlexNet communication system.

Intel facial recognition tech could speed up payments
Council Associate Partner Intel and Foxconn recently demonstrated that new facial recognition technology, in conjunction with AI and Intel's Multi-access Edge Computing, could make smart retail payments faster and more secure.

Panasonic and partners test driverless shuttle
Council Associate Partner Panasonic, Denver's Regional Transportation District, CDOT and shuttle manufacturer EasyMile are testing the city's first driverless shuttle. The six-seat shuttle is operating on a stretch of dedicated road between a nearby rail station and Panasonic's Technology and Operations Center.

Pacific Gas & Electric picks Enel for energy storage projects
The utility selected Council Associate Partner Enel subsidiary Enel Green Power to provide three energy storage projects to enhance the utility's electric grid reliability. The systems will store renewable energy when it is abundant and deliver it back to the grid during times of peak demand.

Itron chosen to modernize Australian water network
The Cairns Regional Council in Queensland chose Council Global Lead Partner Itron to upgrade its water distribution system with the company's OpenWay Riva IoT solution, which includes 55,000 Intelis ultrasonic water meters. The upgrade will provide utility customers better data on their energy use, help conserve water and reduce the amount of wasted water.