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NewsNet 3-15-13

IBM NATIONAL EXECUTIVES MAKE CLOSING PRESENTATION, RECOMMENDATIONS - A team of senior IBM executives spent three weeks with Tucson Water and City staff to provide recommendations on how to monitor water usage, demand, and leaks in real time with improved technology and customer service. The team made its final presentation to City staff and stakeholders, with many of its suggestions referencing the implementation and acceleration of Automatic Meter Reading (AMR)/Automatic Meter Infrastructure (AMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems. “IBM noted four key components: Customer Service, Meter Management, Operations Management and Information Technology,” said Alan Forrest, Tucson Water Director. “Essentially, that makes every Tucson Water employee and customer a stakeholder in what IBM refers to as an optimized water delivery system.” IBM’s donation of its employees’ time was made possible through a 2013 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant to Tucson Water and the City of Tucson. The value of the grant is estimated at approximately $400,000. View IBM's presentation with recommendations here. Video from Tucson 12 here. More information from Tucson Water about the IBM grant here.

SU MISION ES CAMBIAR LA IMAGEN DE TUCSON - Entrevista de Juan Francisco Padres, Especialista en Desarrollo Economico Internacional

ELIMINATION OF INCENTIVES BY CORP. COMM. THREATENS LOCAL SOLAR INDUSTRY - Members of the Arizona Corporation Commission voted unanimously in January to end tax credits for companies that purchased and installed photovoltaic solar systems on their businesses. This will likely lead to layoffs of local solar system installers, according to Michael Neary, executive director of the Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association. The incentives had allowed commercial, industrial and nonprofit groups to receive a tax credit of 10 percent, or up to $25,000, of the installed cost of a solar power system. The tax credits were capped at $1 million per year. Story from Inside Tucson Business.

TPD ASKING PUBLIC FOR HELP IN HOMICIDE CASE - Tucson police say a body was found in a burned-out vehicle near South Dogwood Avenue and East Poinciana Drive today around 3 p.m. They have not yet released any information about the identity of the victim. Investigators would like to talk to anyone who gathered in the area to watch the fire yesterday afternoon. Anyone with information is advised to call 911.
Story from KOLD/KMSB.

MAJOR WORK THIS WEEKEND ON I-10 TO SHIFT TRAFFIC NEAR PRINCE - Expect re-routed lanes and other restrictions on the use of Interstate 10 near the Prince Road exit throughout this weekend. Construction crews will be shifting eastbound traffic, currently detoured via westbound lanes, to the freeway's newly completed eastbound lanes. The work is part of an ADOT widening project, expected to be complete in less than a year, that includes a new overpass to elevate Prince Road over I-10 and the railroad tracks. From today's Star.