Nov 22, 2019

Industry News Week 11/22/19

Industry news for the week of 11/22/19. 

Industry News Week 11/22/19

Senet & MeterSYS(R) Partner to Deliver Smart City & Advanced Water Metering Solutions 

Senet, Inc. announced a partnership with MeterSYS, a manufacturer of advanced smart city and metering technology solutions for public utilities. Collaboration between the two companies focuses on deploying LoRaWAN enabled networks for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and IoT devices across the U.S. through the MeterSYS IoT service program SenthiSYS.

Senet and MeterSYS aim to provide utilities and local governments with IoT solutions for a range of municipal services, including water distribution, sewer collection, storm and flood water management, solid waste management, parking controls, fleet management, public safety, energy conservation and climate monitoring. Simplifying the purchasing and deployment processes, public agencies can acquire comprehensive LoRaWAN network planning and installation services, IoT device testing and the customized and centralized SenthiSYS device data management system (DDMS) directly from MeterSYS.

“Providing end-to-end AMI and smart city IoT solutions through the Senet and MeterSYS partnership provides utilities and municipalities a single source to fully leverage infrastructure investments, boost efficiencies and accelerate sustainability efforts across a variety of public service operations,” said Andy Honeycutt, president and chief consulting officer at MeterSYS. 

Trees for the Future to Plant 500 Million Trees by 2025

International development nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) has pledged to plant 500 million trees by 2025. Their recently released Strategic Growth Plan sets clear pathways to advance their regenerative agriculture approach worldwide.

“We know we’ve set a lofty goal for ourselves, but it is attainable and it is absolutely vital to the health of our environment and the well-being of people living on dying land,” said TREES Executive Director John Leary. “Many organizations are planting trees but it is important that we put intentionality into our efforts. 500 million trees is not an arbitrary number. Our method ensures that we are making a sustainable impact.”

The organization is focused on the health and prosperity of those affected by deforestation and land degradation. TREES works directly with smallholder farmers and introduces an agroforestry and regenerative agriculture methodology to help them improve their land and livelihoods. To date, the organization has planted 168 million trees in Forest Gardens and in regional reforestation projects.  Their goal of 500 million trees equates to 125,000 Forest Gardens and 1 million people successfully planting themselves out of hunger and poverty.

Five Profile Products Earn USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Profile® Products announced that it has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label for several of its erosion control and vegetative solutions products. The label displays a product’s biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine or forestry feedstocks.

The following Profile products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label:

ProGanics Biotic Soil Media; Flexterra High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium; EcoFlex™ HP High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium; ProMatrix Engineered Fiber Matrix; and EcoMatrix Engineered Fiber Matrix

“The goal of erosion control and revegetation is to enhance the environment, and we’re proud to say this label proves that our sustainable products accomplish that goal,” said Jim Tanner, president and CEO of Profile Products in the press release. “This label is a badge of pride not only for us at Profile, but for everyone who chooses to use these environmentally friendly products.”

Grundfos’ Cloud-based Service App Reduces Downtime for Malaysia’s Critical Pumping Infrastructure

Global pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the launch of its new cloud-based service app in Malaysia to reduce downtime for key infrastructure in the country.

Malaysian government agencies and enterprises are embracing digitalization to tackle issues across sectors, from the rollout of National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan and establishment of the Digital Free Trade Zone, to the recent Industry4WRD policy. Grundfos’ newly launched mobile app, SmArt Serv, leverages digitalization to enable the smooth operation of Malaysia’s key infrastructure, ranging from industries to water utilities that use Grundfos products. 

“Downtime on critical applications is not just an issue in terms of business continuity or lost revenue but has far-reaching consequences on the end-users as well such as the disruption in water provision,” said Nicolai Thrane, regional service director of Grundfos’ Asia Pacific Region. “One of our key focus areas as a business is incorporating digitalization in our service given its potential to drive efficiency at the large scale and rate we need. The SmArt Serv app is one of our many efforts to ensure a fast response rate and minimise any downtime on our solutions as much as possible.”