Partnerships, Mergers and Alliances
In a move to keep the global positioning systems (GPS) and GIS user community better informed about advances in GPS/GIS technology and company activities, GeoResearch Inc. (Bethesda, Md.) has purchased the MAPS ALIVE newsletter from CIG Technologies (Huntsville, Ala.). Published since July 1992, MAPS ALIVE has provided in-depth coverage of developments in real-time mapping and the GPS/GIS industry from both a new technology standpoint and a user application perspective. Bill Elliot, the newsletter`s founder and original publisher, will continue to serve as editor under the publication`s new ownership.
KEMA-ECC and Macro Corp., two leading consulting firms in the fields of control center technology, communications, training and management consulting for electric utilities, will unify their operations under the KEMA Consulting banner. Both firms are owned by KEMA N.V. of The Netherlands. Existing clients will not be impacted by this joint operation as they will continue their contracts with the respective entity through project completion. The unification of operations affords KEMA Consulting the opportunity to invest in the development of skills in new technologies, positioning it to assist clients well into the 21st century.
XL Computing Corp., a Cycomm International Inc. business, has become a GTE Business Partner to jointly pursue projects involving cellular digital packet data (CDPD) integration services. CDPD uses the existing cellular telephone infrastructure to reliably and securely transmit short data packets. External CDPD modems have become common in the last year and now XL Computing`s PCMobile supports an internal CDPD modem.
GE Power Systems and Harris Corp. have formed a joint venture to provide digitally based, intelligent energy management systems and services to electric utilities and industrial users that automate and integrate power systems for optimal efficiency. These systems also enable electrical producers and users to better capitalize on opportunities to buy, sell and manage power in a deregulated market. The joint venture, called GE Harris Energy Systems, will design, manufacture and market computer control centers and other electronics that help utilities identify the most cost-effective method of dispatching power, tracking power quality, simulating outages and recommending timely actions to optimize operations.
Ross Systems Inc. and American Software have announced a cooperative alliance to provide an end-to-end enterprise resource planning solution that incorporates available advanced supply chain planning capabilities. The two companies will work closely together to develop interfaces between the two systems for seamless data transfers.
CellNet Data Systems and Process Systems (PSI), a business unit of Siemens Energy and Automation, intend to integrate PSI`s Energy Analyzer Plus software application in the CellNet system. Using PSI`s EA+, CellNet`s networks will be capable of providing communications services for utility meters located both inside and outside of CellNet`s wireless network boundaries. The multi-technology will support the information requirements of utilities striving to provide new services, such as selectable bill dates, consolidated billing and energy consulting.