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Each month we take a quick look at the local business technology news that’s happening in a city near you and then share it in an easy to read and digest format.
The City of Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel Welcomes ConnectedHealth to Chicago; Company to Bring 85 Jobs to New Bucktown SpaceSerial Chicago Entrepreneurs Continue to Grow Health & Technology Company as Health Reform Unfolds – Chicago, IL
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today welcomed ConnectedHealth, the nation’s first consumer-oriented benefits selection platform and marketplace, to Chicago. The company recently opened its new headquarters in the Bucktown neighborhood, and plans to increase its workforce to 85 employees in 2014, creating jobs and raising awareness around consumers’ health and financial well-being. The new 4,648 square-foot office is located at 2211 North Elston Avenue, space previously occupied by successful technology company GrubHub.
Formed in 2009, and previously operating from Chicago’s central business district (the Loop), ConnectedHealth’s online marketplace creates a transparent shopping experience via an innovative platform that guides employees in their benefit selections according to their needs. Over 20 million people have exclusive access to ConnectedHealth’s award-winning platform through their employer or health plan.
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Naperville Police to Implement In-Car Cameras in 2014
The Naperville Police Department will now be among the majority of other departments in the region equipped with in-car cameras. The cameras will record every stop the officers make, with video and audio, and can be used as evidence in court.
In-car cameras enhance officer safety, encourage a safer working environment, increase transparency, promote integrity and objectivity, and are of tremendous assistance to the courts. Often video evidence is so clear and convincing that it need only be played in court to persuade judges and juries of guilt or innocence. The majority of police departments in the area have incorporated in-car camera technology for police vehicles. The proliferation of this technology has established a new standard in policing. Video evidence is now becoming the expectation in courtrooms. The implementation of high quality and reliable digital video evidence is critical to maintaining a credible reputation with the judiciary, the public, and the defense bar.
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Governor Pat Quinn, Shedd Announce Largest Solar Panel Installation at Cultural Institution in IllinoisIllinois Public, Private Leaders Unite to Bring Energy-Efficiency to the Top-Attended Aquarium in the Nation
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Shedd Aquarium today kicked-off the first phase of the institution’s clean-energy initiative with the installation of 913 photovoltaic solar panels on top of the aquarium’s world-class marine mammal pavilion. In an event held on the roof of the Abbott Oceanarium, the Governor, along with Shedd leadership and Illinois sustainability champions, unveiled the 265-kilowatt project that is the biggest solar panel installation in any cultural institution in the state of Illinois funded through a public and private partnership.
The Shedd Aquarium is a recognized leader in sustainability, conservation and education and today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
The energy-efficient panels are part of Shedd’s Master Energy Roadmap – an ambitious energy initiative aiming to cut energy consumption in half by 2020, transforming the aquarium into the nation’s first clean energy-powered cultural institution. Named the number one attended aquarium in the country in 2012, Shedd worked with public and private energy leaders to advance the building’s larger energy management system, bringing Shedd closer to achieving its long-term goal of saving close to 10 million kilowatt hours annually – enough to power 750 households.
The state of Illinois is investing $205,000 in the $1.1 million project. The program leverages Illinois’ significant potential for renewable power and heating – wind, solar, and biogas offer both economic and environmental benefits. Wind energy costs have fallen significantly, and modern wind farms provide both stable income for farmers and significant property tax revenues for local governments. Biogas facilities allow livestock owners to transform wastes from pollution into clean energy, and solar thermal technologies offer an increasingly cost-effective alternative to volatile natural gas prices. Illinois strongly supports the development of these resources.
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Aereo announces Launch Date for Denver Metro AreaStarting November 4, more than 3.4 million consumers across three states will have access to Aereo’s innovative antenna/DVR technology to record and watch live television online – Long Island City, New York
Aereo, Inc., today announced plans to launch its groundbreaking online television technology in the Denver metropolitan region on November 4. The Denver metro area includes 67 counties across Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming and more than 3.4 million consumers. Aereo’s announcement follows its expansion earlier this year to the Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas and Detroit metropolitan areas. Aereo plans to announce additional launch dates for its expansion cities throughout the remainder of the year.
Aereo’s innovative remote (cloud-based) antenna/DVR technology makes watching
television simple and user-friendly. Using Aereo’s technology, consumers can pause,
rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching live, or save a program for
Aereo’s technology works on ‘smart’ devices from tablets to phones to laptop computers. Aereo is currently supported on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and devices running Android operating system version 4.2 or higher. Aereo is also supported on Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku devices.
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Information Control Company (ICC) Acquires Predictive Analytics Firm Farsite GroupStrengthens ICC’s Ability to Deliver Big Data Analytics Solutions to Clients – Columbus, OH
Information Control Company (ICC), a nationally-recognized business solutions provider to the Fortune 1000, has announced the acquisition of Farsite Group, a data science firm renowned for its sophisticated decision-making tools based on predictive and advanced analytics. Clients such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Ohio State University Medical Center and MacArthur Foundation have depended upon Farsite Group to isolate and extract useful information from big data to empower their decision-makers and achieve competitive advantage. This acquisition strengthens ICC’s ability to help its clients navigate the big data maze, make data-driven decisions with confidence, and create customer value through predictive and advanced analytics.
This acquisition brings ICC’s clients the ability to develop analytics-driven strategies that will enable their organizations to thrive in fiercely competitive markets. As a partner to Columbus 2020, a local economic development group, ICC believes their new capabilities support the vision to transform the Central Ohio region into an economic hub for technology and analytics.
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