Cisco takes its connected city message to Doha: Council Global Partner Cisco will share its vision for creating a sustainable smart and connected city as a Diamond Sponsor of the Arab Future Cities Summit in Doha, Qatar next month. The April 7-8 event will attract over 350 top industry stakeholders from around the region and international experts to discuss smart city trends and showcase sustainable solutions to achieve the $120 billion worth of ambitious projects in preparation for Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022. Qatar’s vision is not limited to the World Cup but goes beyond with its latest national vision to attract 7 million tourists by 2030. Moreover, the gas rich country recently announced 250 major projects primarily in infrastructure, roads and transport, housing and industrial cities with an aim to boost its GDP growth. However, connecting citizens with the growing infrastructure remains a major challenge within the country. Mohammad Hammoudi, General Manager for Cisco in Qatar commented; “The main challenge that most cities face today and into the future is to leverage the network as the foundation for managed city and business services. This foundation layer will then incorporate all manner of mobility, security, cloud computing, virtualization, collaboration and video -- and other evolving technologies -- and rely on and accommodate a diversity of cross-functional, open-architecture applications that package and distribute information and services."
Qualcomm's connected car grabs attention in Barcelona: The recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona included a Connected City to showcase the future of cities, cars and homes. Council Global Partner Qualcomm displayed its connected car model, a Mercedes equipped with a touchscreen dashboard that displays directions, tire pressure and other car diagnostics. A UK Daily Mail report indicates the display can also synch up with a mobile phone and mirror whatever is on the phone's screen. "Qualcomm also demonstrated a system where directions can be virtually laid on top of the road ahead using a Heads Up Display," the Daily Mail said, "as well as a collision avoidance system involving cars that 'talk' to each other to send data about speeds and routes."
Alstom opens first-of-its-kind Smart Grid Center in Dubai: Alstom, a Council Global Partner, last week opened the first Smart Grid Center in the Middle East, calling it a major step in its long-term commitment to providing sustainable electricity infrastructure to the United Arab Emirates and the region. The facility in Dubai was inaugurated by His Excellency Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer, DEWA's Managing Director and CEO, and Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, President of Alstom Grid. The center will enable Alstom's customers to locally develop and integrate software and perform factory acceptance tests on site. Customized training on all smart grid applications will also be provided, using simulated protected customer network data for case studies, ensuring to the most efficient implementation of new technologies as customers use smart grid solutions to monitor and manage their own networks.
Swedish government switches to Microsoft technology: Calling it big win for Council Global Partner Microsoft, wpcentral.com reports that the Swedish government this month is rolling out Windows 8.1, Office 2013, Skype and Lync across departments. The move could eventually include Windows Phone and tablets, according to the report.
DNV GL iPad app speeds energy efficiency benefits: Council Associate Partner DNV GL launched a new iPad app that will make it easier for small businesses to participate in utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs. The Direct Install (DI) app reduces the time required for contractors to prepare and present a business-specific energy efficiency proposal. This streamlined process puts the customer on a fast-track to saving energy and cutting costs. For small businesses, these savings can provide a substantial boost to the bottom line. DNV GL implements DI programs for many utilities across the U.S. “We developed the DI iPad app to expand small business participation and reduce program delivery costs,” said John Masiello, Area Manager for DNV GL. “This app will help contractors connect with more small businesses by providing timely delivery and enhanced motivational tools for cost-effective, energy efficiency improvements.” A prototype is now available from Apple’s iTunes store.