SRP is on the path to becoming a sustainability leader
Salt River Project is on the path to becoming a sustainability leader in our state and a positive example for electric utilities across the nation. In early June 2019, SRP’s board voted to reduce water consumption and waste while increasing commitments to energy efficiency and electric vehicles, each of which can save money for SRP ratepayers. The vote towards improved sustainability followed SRP management’s proposals and a robust stakeholder process that was held over the course of several months. The process towards SRP’s 2035 Sustainability Goals and the adoption of the goals should be a model for utilities and all decision-making bodies. Visit here to view a snapshot of SRP’s 2035 Sustainability Goals.
GPEC launches campaign to attract high-tech companies
The exodus from California is real and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is tackling the root cause of this outmigration with the launch of its latest campaign, #CAstruggles. To amplify the #CAstruggles message and intent beyond traditional media, GPEC custom-wrapped 24 vehicles with a call-to-action to visit TimeToGetOut.io, a website that introduces Greater Phoenix as a location of choice for business and individuals. GPEC is promoting the region’s world class talent, open and inclusive community, modern infrastructure, affordability and civic leadership during the campaign. Read more about this unique campaign.
Top digital healthcare trends
The majority of digital healthcare trends have a common theme: improving patient outcomes. With many healthcare organizations adopting a value-based care model, the need to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital re-admittance numbers is heightened even further. Technology holds many of the keys to making this a reality. Learn more from Appian about the trends leading the way in the digital health space.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport lays out long-term, big-picture expansion plan
The best infrastructure projects anticipate the needs of a community. A long-term, big-picture expansion plan for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is finally in place — and could cost more than $5.7 billion. The plan lays out what the future of Sky Harbor could look like and what it would cost to implement such changes. It was prepared by the city’s Aviation Department with the help of the Phoenix office of Chicago-based consulting firm Ricondo & Associates and approved June 11 by City Council. Some major changes to Sky Harbor officials are proposing include expanding and connecting existing terminals, moving and increasing the size of the cargo areas for airlines and companies such as Amazon, FedEx and UPS, and expanding the Air National Guard 161st Refueling Wing’s presence on the airport’s south side. Learn how Sky Harbor’s infrastructure projects are anticipating the needs of the community far into the future.
Tokio Marine selects Airobotics’ AI-driven data platform
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (TMNF), one of Japan’s largest non-life insurance companies, has selected Airobotics’ leading software and analytics platform to advance its building inspection and disaster management services. The Airobotics platform will be used to digitize multiple sites, enable detailed change detection, and optimize current workflows within TMNF. As this year’s hurricane season approaches in Japan, innovative insurers are quickly realizing that the methods for inspection and disaster management should be advanced with leading-edge technologies. Learn more about Airobotics’ AI-driven data platform and its other major milestones.
Solera Health named best overall medtech company
For the second consecutive year, Solera Health has been recognized for industry leadership by MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global health and medical technology market. Judges selected Solera based on the proven success of its technology platform that matches people to the highest quality, evidence-based digital applications and in-person community resources. Read more about Solera Health’s consumer-first approach.
Phocos announces new any-grid Hybrid Inverter Series
The Any-Grid Hybrid Inverter Series is designed for flexible energy access to support a broad range of conditions including on-grid, edge-of-grid, and off-grid applications. This new product offers the reliability of a true sine wave inverter with the efficiency of an 80A MPPT solar charge controller to manage multiple energy sources, offering customers a cost-effective, all-in-one solution. Learn more about Phocos’ Any-Grid Hybrid Inverter Series. https://bit.ly/2HWYZ9n
Axon provides updates on tech upgrades and market opportunities
Artificial intelligence, air drones and expansion into foreign markets were just a few of the many topics that Axon Enterprise CEO Rick Smith covered during the Scottsdale-based taser and police bodycam maker’s annual shareholder meeting recently. Here are four key takeaways from the meeting.
American Dream Disruptor: Nextiva CEO Tomas Gorny
Tomas Gorny knows how fickle success is in the tech industry. In a little more than a decade, he went from an impoverished Polish immigrant to a moneyed tech entrepreneur to a bankrupt idealist starting over after the dot-com bubble burst. His fortunes reversed again with a series of startups that culminated in Nextiva, the Scottsdale cloud-based communications provider he founded in 2008 that now has an annual recurring revenue of $150 million and counts Netflix, Target and Allstate among its 150,000 business customers. Read more about this success story.
Republic Services promotes 2 execs in C-suite
Phoenix-based waste management firm Republic Services Inc. recently promoted Jon Vander Ark to president. He previously served as the company’s chief operating officer since Jan. 1, 2018. In his new role, Vander Ark will be responsible for Republic Services’ continued growth and transformation and also will oversee operations, sales, marketing and business development. Timothy Stuart replaced Vander Ark in the COO role. As COO, Stuart’s responsibilities will include instituting the company’s strategy and executing on its business plan. He also is responsible for safety, operations effectiveness, engineering, environmental compliance and fleet management. Read more here.
ASU jumps to top 10 in global patent rankings
According to a new report by the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, Arizona State University has moved into the top 10 of all universities worldwide for U.S. patents. Among the 130 patents awarded to ASU in 2018 are technologies for flexible batteries, an immunosignature-based diagnosis of cancer in dogs and a handheld device that can read your metabolism on the spot.
IMNA announces its board of directors and staff additions
Healthcare software developer IMNA Solutions announced the formation of its board of directors, each appointed to serve in an advisory role in a multi-year term. The company’s board consists of six inspirational leaders dedicated to the mission of improving personalized health care, patient-reported outcomes and clinical decision support. Learn more about IMNA’s new board of directors in the Phoenix Business Journal’s BizSpotlight.
Coplex sets its sights on high-growth potential tech companies
On the heels of the expansion of its executive staff, board of directors and mentor network, Coplex, a venture builder that partners with industry experts, entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to start high-growth tech companies, recently announced a $2.5M equity financing round. Coplex will use the funds for market expansion, focused on building the infrastructure required to support the start of over 60 high-growth tech companies in 2019. Coplex is also launching a corporate venture builder program designed for enterprises looking to create high-growth tech “spin-outs.” Read more about Coplex’s ambitious plans.
Executive interview with Benchmark CEO Jeff Benck
In his new role as CEO of Benchmark, Jeff Benck is taking the lead in helping Benchmark accelerate its transition to becoming the best collaborative innovation partner in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry. Visit here to learn Benck’s opinion on the major strengths of the EMS industry, IoT networking as a core competency, as well as major challenges facing the EMS industry.
Big data from unique spacecrafts
Tucson-based FreeFall Aerospace is revolutionizing how data moves from space to earth. Chris Walker, Freefall co-founder, chief scientist and vice president of research and development—who also happens to be a professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona—sent his idea for a suborbital balloon reflector to NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that funds far-out aerospace ideas. The subject of that proposal was to turn a giant inflatable beach ball into a space telescope that wouldn’t contend with as much atmospheric interference as ground-based instruments. The result is the Terahertz Space Telescope, an inflatable ball 40 meters in diameter with a steerable antenna inside. Read more about the Terahertz Space Telescope’s potential for detecting water in deep space, locating water-rich asteroids and detecting water in other solar systems.