Product News & Announcements

Tuesday 05/23/2017
SunPower Breaks Ground on Solar System at Air Force Base

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- SunPower Corp., has broken ground on a 28 MW solar photovoltaic system at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., a project expected to create about 150 jobs at peak of construction. Upon operation, it's anticipated to be the largest behind-the-meter solar power system in the Air Force where 100 percent of the energy generated will be consumed onsite.

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Campbell Announces 4.4 MW Solar Array at World Headquarters

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Campbell Soup Company, in partnership with BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, SunPower Corp., and ORIX USA Corp., broke ground on a 4.4 MW solar power project at the company’s World Headquarters in Camden, N.J. Scheduled to come online in fall 2017, the system will provide energy to Campbell through a 20-year power purchase agreement and generate more than 5 million kWh of electricity per year. Upon completion, the solar array will become the largest in the city of Camden.

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PG&E’s Solar Choice Program: Clean Energy at Lower Cost

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced the cost to participate in its 100 percent solar energy program has dropped by 30 percent for residential customers and by nearly 50 percent for some business customers. This significant cost reduction in the company’s Solar Choice program is thanks in part to PG&E’s continued investment in clean energy infrastructure throughout its service area, including eight new solar sites being built for the program by renewable developers in Northern and Central California.

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Spireon Fleet Management Solution Connected by OnStar

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Spireon Inc., a provider of telematics, risk management and location-based business intelligence solutions with more than 3.75 million active subscribers, released its FleetLocate Connected by OnStar fleet management solution for properly equipped GM vehicles.

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DFHV Launches New Taxi Payment Platform Powered by Square

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the latest move to bring innovation to the taxi industry and riders of Washington, D.C., The Department of For-Hire Vehicles has announced new digital meter solutions within taxis with payments powered by Square. Square’s technology will support the shift to an all-digital platform on a smartphone or tablet, eliminating outdated traditional meters, streamlining the taxi experience and ensuring equitable rates for consumers and drivers.

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Tuesday 05/16/2017
Cities Use Siemens' Virtual Infrastructure Planning Tool

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In conjunction with this year’s Infrastructure Week, Siemens is announcing the results of studies conducted to help Charlotte, N.C., identify the technologies that will provide the greatest impact for its respective growth, infrastructure, sustainability and economic priorities.

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Nationwide Energy Partners Adds Solar to Condo Microgrid

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nationwide Energy Partners announced that it has partnered with the New Albany Park Condominium Association on a project to help develop a 25 kW solar energ"y system within their condo community.

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University Taps Standard Solar to Develop Solar Parking Canopies

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Standard Solar is partnering with Salisbury University to construct, operate, own and maintain a 543.9 kW solar system featuring three solar canopies and five electric vehicle charging stations. The canopies will cover a parking lot to provide shade for the University’s Parking Lot H, as well power to the adjacent educational buildings.

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Orion Launches Four New Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Products

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Orion Energy Systems, a designer and manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting products, unveiled four new LED lighting products at the LIGHTFAIR International Trade Show and Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The industry leading products deliver significantly more energy savings than comparable products on the market and are designed to serve as a connected lighting platform that delivers business solutions beyond energy savings and lighting performance.

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Tuesday 05/09/2017
Partnership to Reduce Medical Appointment No-Shows

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Lyft and SafeRide Health have announced a new partnership to improve access to care, simplify healthcare operations and reduce healthcare costs.

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Itron Collaborates with Roanoke Gas to Modernize Distribution

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced that Roanoke Gas Company, provider of natural gas to customers in the greater Roanoke, Va., area and a subsidiary of parent company RGC Resources, Inc., is collaborating with Itron to modernize its gas distribution system. Roanoke Gas will utilize Itron to operate more efficiently and improve service to its customers.

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Partners to Deploy Streetlight Integrated Wi-Fi Solutions Across State

BOULDER, Colo. -- Petra Systems, a global technology provider that delivers remotely managed networks for Smart City infrastructure, and Palmer Wireless, a provider of wireless and high speed internet service across Central Minnesota, announced a project to pilot Petra’s Smart Streetlight Network Solutions across select locations in the Palmer service territory.

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Cree Brings New High Lumen Output to Outdoor Lighting

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., extended its OSQ Series of area and flood LED luminaires, delivering better performance, expanding applications and offering dramatic savings with the new Cree OSQ High Output portfolio. The new luminaire more than doubles the top lumen output of the original OSQ Series with up to 65,000 lumens and can replace multiple metal halide 1000 W fixtures. The result is more than 80 percent energy savings using one OSQ-HO luminaire. The new product extends the application range for open area and flood luminaires to projects with high mounting heights, including high mast and large parking lots, and has special packages for outdoor automotive frontlines.

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Tuesday 05/02/2017
City Enlists Johnson Controls for City-Wide Infrastructure Upgrades

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- The city of Beaufort, S.C. has partnered with Johnson Controls to complete a city-wide performance infrastructure and conservation project that’s expected to generate $5.4 million in savings over 15 years, while reducing the city’s overall carbon footprint, energy usage and water consumption.

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Pacific Biodiesel Readies for First Sunflower Harvest in Maui

MAUI, Hawaii -- After hosting an Earth Day community event to celebrate the first blooms in its Maui sunflower biofuel crop, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies recently delivered its combine harvester to the crop site to prepare for the first harvest, expected to begin in the next month when the sunflowers have fully matured.

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Monday 05/01/2017
Ricoh Unveils Solar Array to Power New Jersey Facility

MALVERN, Pa. -- Ricoh USA, Inc., announced the latest in a series of sustainability milestones, including a new solar array that will power its West Caldwell, N.J., office facility. The array, which is set to provide for more than half of the facility's electrical needs, literally represents the power of Ricoh's ongoing sustainability efforts. This is the latest example of Ricoh's environmental consciousness and measurable progress in sustainability efforts.

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Sungrow Unveils Turnkey Energy Storage System

FREMONT, Calif. -- Sungrow, a global PV inverter system solution supplier, unveiled a new turnkey energy storage system solution recently.

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93 MW San Roman Wind Farm Inaugurated in Cameron County

LOS FRESNOS, Texas -- Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos recently joined ACCIONA Energy, a global operator of renewable energy projects, to inaugurate the 93 MW San Roman Wind Farm. San Roman will produce enough energy to power more than 30,000 homes in Southeast Texas. Located near Brownsville and equipped with 31 AW125/3000 turbines, San Roman is ACCIONA’s eighth wind farm in the U.S. and brings the company’s total U.S. wind capacity to 721 MW.

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Sunday 04/30/2017
Blue Lake Rancheria Reservation Microgrid Goes Live

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Blue Lake Rancheria, a century-old Native American reservation in Northern California, has launched its low-carbon community microgrid that is helping power government offices, economic enterprises and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres. In collaboration with Humboldt State University's Schatz Energy Research Center, Siemens, Idaho National Laboratory and additional partners, the microgrid uses decentralized energy resources and intelligent software to provide its residents and economic enterprises with reliable power without interruption.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Microgrid Powered Up in Parkville Neighborhood

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The city of Hartford, Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, and Bloom Energy announced the completion of a fuel cell microgrid that will generate clean energy, manage electricity costs and supply emergency power for public buildings and businesses in the city’s Parkville neighborhood.

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Navy Chooses Orion for LED Lighting Retrofits at Bases

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Orion Energy Systems, a designer and manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting products, announced it has secured $1.9 million in new contracts with the U.S. Navy to retrofit two naval bases with Orion’s newest LED lighting systems, compliant with the U.S. "Buy American Act" and "Trade Agreements Act." Installations are in process and expected to be complete by November 2017.

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Siemens Launches New Business to Digitalize U.S. Rail Industry

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Siemens has launched Digital Rail Services in the U.S., a new business that will use intelligent sensors and advanced software platforms to put intelligence behind billions of data points created on the country’s rail systems. This insight will help rail operators across the U.S. improve their operations and create an "Internet of Trains" to bring infrastructure and vehicles into the digital era. Powered by software tools, the Digital Service business will help rail operators reduce unplanned downtime, improve operational efficiency, enable improved business planning and performance, as well as generate energy and cost savings.

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LG Chem Launches Residential Battery Systems in North America

TROY, Mich. -- LG Chem Ltd., a provider of lithium-ion batteries for automotive, stationary and consumer applications, has formally launched its range of award-winning residential battery systems in the North American market.

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Tuesday 04/18/2017
ForeFront Power Develops 7.5 MW Solar Portfolio for College

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- ForeFront Power and State Center Community College District in California announce the development of 7.5 MW of solar canopy systems across five campuses in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Reedley.

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Consumers Energy Offers Appliance Recycling

JACKSON, Mich. -- As Michigan residents start their spring cleaning, Consumers Energy is encouraging people to turn old household items into cash through its appliance recycling program.

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Flex Launches Renewable Energy Storage Solution

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Flex, the Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world, has expanded its contributions to the renewable energy industry with the introduction of energy storage solutions to address the challenge of integrating solar and wind power into the energy grid.

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Cree Introduces Next Generation of RSW LED Street Lights

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., announced the next generation of its groundbreaking Cree RSW LED Street Light portfolio with the introduction of 2700K, 5000K and 70 Color Rendering Index configurations, giving cities and municipalities the ability to meet the full range of lighting preferences for their communities without sacrificing energy savings. The enhanced series includes RSW Small and Medium models that offer warm, inviting light for residential streets and clean, white illumination for roadways. Both deliver improved performance for superior efficacy with uniform and dark-sky friendly LED lighting.

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Monday 04/10/2017
SunPower Solar Install Underway at New Toyota Headquarters

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- SunPower announced that construction has begun on an 8.79-MW SunPower solar system at Toyota Motor North America's new headquarters in Plano, Texas, which the auto maker plans to occupy this year. Close to one megawatt larger than originally planned, it is expected to be the Lone Star State's largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies.

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Partners Complete First Joint Microgrid Project

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy Renewables announced its first microgrid project is now operating on the Schneider Electric Boston One Campus. Schneider Electric built the microgrid on the campus of its North American headquarters in Andover, Mass. REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, built and will operate the solar array.

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New York State Grange Gets Solar Panels

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Dynamic Energy Solutions, LLC, and the New York State Grange are have announced that a solar panel system is now helping to meet a portion of the electricity needs of Grange's Cortland Headquarters, in Central New York. The Cortland County Grange, which operates the New York State Grange Museum, just completed a project with Dynamic Energy, a leading New York State solar developer, builder and financer.

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Tuesday 04/04/2017
7-Eleven Agrees to Power Most Texas Stores with Wind

IRVING, Texas -- 7-Eleven, Inc., has signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100 percent Texas wind energy for all its Texas stores located in competitive energy markets. The 96-month wind energy agreement, which impacts 425 stores, starts June 1, 2018, and is expected to reduce 7-Eleven's carbon footprint by 6.7 percent while providing significant operating expense savings.

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UMass Memorial and Siemens Implement Master Energy Plan

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Siemens has begun work on the second phase of a 10-year energy performance contract with UMass Memorial Health Care, designed to align with the health care system’s master energy plan to reduce energy consumption and energy purchasing costs, while maximizing the use of renewable energy wherever possible.

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American Medical Response and Lyft Announce Partnership

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Two leading specialists in transportation services have joined forces to make it easier for hospitals, healthcare systems and managed care organizations to offer patients efficient transport services to and from hospital settings and medical appointments.

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Tuesday 03/28/2017
Largest Electric School Bus Deployment in the U.S. Launched

STOCKTON, Calif. -- First Priority GreenFleet, a provider of clean transportation solutions, is partnering with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to deploy 29 electric school buses and charging infrastructure throughout Sacramento County, including Twin Rivers, Elk Grove and Sacramento City Unified School Districts. Funded in-part by a grant from the California Air Resources Board through California Climate Investments, the project will provide the largest ever U.S. deployment of zero-emission school buses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate mobile criteria pollutants and provide sustainable transportation for school children in California’s capitol.

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Partnership Assists School Board to Meet Climate Targets

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that it is progressing on its energy savings project with the London District Catholic School Board and helping the Board fulfill new climate change targets. The comprehensive $9.9 million energy efficiency and facility renewal project is expected to save more than $500,000 annually in utility costs. The project, which began last year and is expected to be completed in 2018, is implementing energy infrastructure retrofits and enhancements that promise greater efficiency, cost savings, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and more comfortable teaching and learning environments.

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DCO Energy to Develop Micro-Grid at Montclair State University

MAYS LANDING, N.J. -- DCO Energy and Montclair State University are pleased to announce that they are expanding their existing partnership to create and develop a state-of-the-art microgrid on the institution’s campus.

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Monday 03/20/2017
Cree High Power LED Delivers on Efficacy and Lumen Density

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., introduces the XLamp XHP70.2 LED, the second generation of the highest output Extreme High Power LED, which delivers up to 9 percent more lumens and 18 percent higher lumens-per-watt than the first generation XHP70 LED. The XHP70.2 LED provides up to 58 percent higher lumen density than the closest competitor LED of the same size, enabling smaller luminaires and better optical control for high-lumen lighting applications than ever before.

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Lothian Buses Selects Nevis Technologies for Smart Ticketing

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Nevis Technologies recently announced that it will deliver its smart ticketing solutions to Lothian Buses, the UK’s largest publicly owned bus company. Nevis Technologies, the joint venture company between Rambus, a provider of smart technology for transportation, and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Scotland’s largest regional transport partnership, serves as a delivery agent for smart integrated ticketing in Scotland. Lothian Buses will utilize the same solution used successfully by the Glasgow Subway, Abellio ScotRail and McGill’s, which is based on ITSO, the UK national open standard for smart ticketing.

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Hands-On 'Dominion Solar for Schools' Program Expanding

RICHMOND, Va. -- As Dominion continues to dramatically expand its solar power infrastructure in Virginia, it will more than double the number of sites for its innovative Dominion Solar for Schools program. Sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, the program offers K-12 students and educators alike a hands-on learning experience to generate electricity from a solar array installed on school grounds. Each participating organization will receive training sessions and curriculum on harnessing solar energy.

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Cox Enterprises Creates Clean Energy in West Virginia

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Cox Enterprises announced the completion of the New River Energy Facility in Beckley, W. Va. The facility captures landfill gas to generate energy and reduce methane emissions, which produces positive outcomes for the local community and the environment. The facility has the capacity to annually offset 14,200 tons of carbon and produce enough clean energy to power nearly 2,000 homes.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
ADI Energy Updates US DOE Headquarters with LED Lighting

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- ADI Energy, an energy services company headquartered in Smithfield, R.I., announced it completed construction of a significant LED Lighting Upgrade at the U.S. Department of Energy James Forrestal Building in Washington DC. This multimillion dollar energy savings performance contract was contracted through the streamlined DOE ENABLE program, designed and built in six months. The upgrade from traditional fluorescent lighting to Philips InstantFit LED Lamps from Philips Lighting cuts energy consumption by up to 45 percent of the affected lighting systems and improves the life span and uniformity of the equipment which reduces maintenance costs.

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Mortenson to Build Huge Single-Phase Wind Project in Colorado

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Mortenson, a renewable energy contractor, has been selected to build what will be the largest single-phase wind farm ever built in North America. The 600 MW Rush Creek Wind Project, owned and operated by Xcel Energy, will be home to 300 turbines and an 83-mile transmission line near Limon, Colo.

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Willdan Wins Energy Efficiency Contract from Lawrence, Kan.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Willdan Group, Inc., recently announced that it has been awarded a $10.9 million contract by the city of Lawrence, Kan., for a comprehensive energy-efficiency and facility-improvement project encompassing 40 city-owned buildings. The contract follows an investment grade audit performed by Willdan that projected the city’s annual energy and maintenance savings, and recommended specific energy conservation measures. As part of its turnkey contract, Willdan will be responsible for all facets of project implementation and ongoing performance measurement and verification.

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Drivetrain Supplied for Zero-Emissions Utility Truck

MILPITAS, Calif. -- Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., a provider of advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, announced the completion of the integration of its EDI PowerDrive technology into a new OEM platform, Freightliner. The newly available Freightliner M2 truck rounds out EDI’s portfolio of Class-3 to 6 zero-emissions utility vehicles with exportable power option.

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Tuesday 03/07/2017
MetroLINK Launches TransLoc Rider App

MOLINE, Ill. -- MetroLINK announced its partnership with transportation technology provider TransLoc to provide state-of-the-art transit technology tools to local Metro bus system riders. The TransLoc Rider app is now available to Metro bus riders in the Quad Cities area, putting real-time bus location, service alerts and route information in the palm of their hands.

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Amazon to Install Rooftop Solar on Fulfillment Centers

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Amazon recently announced a new initiative to generate clean energy by installing solar panels on its fulfillment facilities around the world. The company plans to deploy large-scale solar systems on rooftops of more than 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S. this year and is planning to deploy solar systems on 50 fulfillment and sortation centers globally by 2020.

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ComEd Preps Customers for Summer with Smart Meter Program

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Saving money and earning a bill credit during the summer can be easy for customers who have smart meters and are enrolled in ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program. PTS is an industry-leading program that essentially pays customers for using less energy on hot days when energy use is high.

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Tuesday 02/28/2017
First Community Solar Project to Go Live in NYC Area

BROOKLYN, New York – The PowerMarket, a platform and marketplace that allows customers in the greater New York City area to participate in local community solar projects, announces the first ever project to go live in ConEdison service territory. Community solar allows individuals and businesses to share in the benefits of solar with no upfront cost and without installing panels on their roof.

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Lighting Transforms First Commercial Vertical Farm in Canada

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, announced the completed installation of Philips GreenPower LED Production Modules at Ecobain Gardens, the largest commercial vertical farm operation in Canada. By upgrading the fluorescent lighting previously used in the facility to LED, Philips Lighting is helping the vertical farming pioneer to produce at commercial scale, accelerate growing cycles and grow healthier, more consistent plants, while saving up to $30,000 Canadian in energy costs per year.

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Sierra Wireless Selected by Nauto for North American Launch

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Nauto, the transportation technology company that makes driving safer and smarter, has selected Sierra Wireless, a provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things, as the wireless connectivity solution for the North American launch of Nauto’s flagship artificial intelligence-powered auto network, slated to go live in Spring 2017. The launch comes as traffic fatalities in the US are rising at the fastest rate in 50 years, according to National Safety Council findings released this month.

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