Automation Honors

Automation Honors

Werner von Siemens, the late 19th century scientist, inventor and electrical engineer whose innovations helped shape modern industry, has been selected as a posthumous inductee into the Automation Hall of Fame. With his development of the pointer telegraph, Siemens helped to usher in a new era of communications. The most famous of Siemens` many inventions was the modern electric dynamo, which made possible the inexpensive generation of electricity.

Three electric cooperatives were recognized by the Electric Power Research Institute for their contributions in advancing technologies through field demonstrations using the non-intrusive appliance load monitoring system (NIALMS) and the traveling fuel cell. Buckeye Power was honored for its participation and for the first commercial order for NIALMS. Oglethorpe Power and Central Georgia EMC were recognized for their participation in a field evaluation program of the transportable 200 kW phosphoric acid fuel cell.

Magellan Systems received a Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association`s Innovations `97 Award at the annual Winter Consumer Electronics Show for the company`s GSC 100. The portable GSC 100 is the world`s first hand-held global satellite communicator, offering worldwide two-way, e-mail messaging via a low earth-orbit satellite network. With the new Magellan handset, users will send and receive e-mail messages to and from any Internet e-mail address in the world. The portable communicator will store up to 100 text messages and an address book with up to 150 entries.

Logility (Atlanta, Ga.) won the iEC (Internet & Electronic Commerce) award in recognition of its Internet-enabled collaborative solution for supply chain planning. Gartner Group and Expocon Management Associates presented the award at the iEC Conference & Exposition held in New York this past March. Logility entered Heineken`s Operational Planning System (HOPS) into the competition as an example of a solution that successfully conducts electronic commerce over the Internet.

Portland General Electric (PGE) programs were an integral part in winning several BEST awards, including two building projects that are certified PGE Earth Smart. BEST stands for Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow and is a program run by the City of Portland Energy Office. The awards event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Federation of Oregon, Association for Portland Progress and The Business Journal. Awards are given annually in the following categories: energy efficiency, waste reduction/recycling, transportation alternatives and water conservation. PGE worked with Intel Oregon and Wacker Siltronic Corp., who were recognized for their overall success in all four environmental improvement categories.

AM/FM International announced the winners of its 1997 Special Achievement and Excellence Awards at the association`s annual conference held this past March. The Excellence Award, given to user organizations for outstanding applications of AM/FM/GIS technology, was awarded to the Clark County GIS Management Office of Clark County, Nev. Its flexible, multidisciplinary GIS system has proven to be invaluable in helping the county deal with the phenomenal growth of the Las Vegas area. The Special Achievement Award provides special recognition to companies that develop unique applications of AM/FM/GIS technology. This year`s winner, Texas Utilities, developed a Distribution Information System (DIS), which is the integration of client-server AM/FM/work management applications and legacy mainframe systems. The DIS is used to provide electric service to customers, implement system improvements and manage distribution property. (See the March/April 1997 issue of Utility Automation for more details.)

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