Water and the Internet of Things – Article by Fred Greguras of Royse Law Firm

Water and the Internet of Things


October 28, 2014
By Fred Greguras

Royse Law Firm

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I recently became good friends with my water meter once I found it and cleaned the dirt off its face. This friendship was prompted by a water leak that made my bill go through the roof. There was no surface indication of the leak. I don’t pry the lid off the concrete container and manually check the water meter on a regular basis. Do you? Someone from the water company has to do that on a monthly basis to read the meter to determine my bill.

Since I live in the Silicon Valley in California and given our extended drought, I thought surely there is a better way to track water usage so we can identify problems sooner and conserve water as required. I needed an Internet of Things (IoT) application, a smart water meter that I can read online on the utility’s web site. I learned there is a pilot program of smart meters and related technology that recently rolled out in San Francisco. Water consumption is measured hourly and data is transmitted on a wireless basis to the utility four times a day. Both … Read More »


US Dept of State: Remarks at the Myanmar Investment Outreach Forum in NYC

Remarks at the Myanmar Investment Outreach Forum

Remarks: Charles H. Rivkin
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Grand Hyatt Hotel
New York City
September 24, 2014


Thank you. I’d like to send my greetings to all our attendees today – and a special “Mingalaba” to the Myanmar people who travelled so far to be here.

My thanks also to Peninsula Press for putting such an important conference together. We have already heard some key points at this morning’s panel, which raised timely questions about Burma’s continuing domestic reforms, the easing of sanctions, and its tremendous investment potential.

Those and other issues we’ll be hearing throughout the day are legitimate. And they are to be expected as Burma emerges from its troubled history.

But there is a reason we are discussing these things in the first place: Burma is heading in the right direction – towards a more connected, vibrant and prosperous future.

I’m here to tell you that my Bureau and our colleagues at the State Department and across the Interagency are committed to supporting American businesses in Burma in every way we can.

In my capacity as Assistant Secretary, I recently visited Burma where – among many stops – I visited Myan Shwe Pyi Tractors – the local … Read More »


US Relations with Thailand – Updated Fact Sheet by U.S. Department of State

U.S. Relations With Thailand
Fact Sheet
September 4, 2014

More information about Thailand is available on the Thailand Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States and Thailand established relations in 1832 and signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1833, formalizing diplomatic relations. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy headed by an interim government following a May 2014 military coup which deposed the then-ruling civilian government. The United States has urged the early restoration of civilian rule and return to democracy through elections. Over the decades, Thai democracy has been interrupted by military coups and rule, and civic and political unrest. Thailand is a key U.S. security ally in Asia, and the country’s stability and growth are important to the maintenance of peace in the region. Since World War II, the United States and Thailand have significantly expanded diplomatic and commercial relations.

The United States and Thailand are among the signatories of the 1954 Manila Pact of the former Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO). Despite the dissolution of the SEATO in 1977, the Manila Pact remains in force and, together with the Thanat-Rusk communiqué of … Read More »


Phoenix Petroterminals and Industrial Park inaugurates new port facility in Batangas, Philippines

Phoenix Petroterminals and Industrial Park inaugurates new port facility
29TH AUGUST 2014

Phoenix Petroterminals and Industrial Park Corp. (PPIPC), a subsidiary of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, recently inaugurated its new port facility at Batangas, enabling locators to accept more shipments for their business.

The new port facility, located at Brgy. Puting Bato West, Calaca, Batangas, is L-shaped with a pier deck of 120m x 18m, with 9m width trestle equipped with fenders, bollards, lighting facilities and mooring dolphins.

The blessing of the port facility is in line with the ongoing construction of the power plant of South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (SLTEC) that is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.

The material receiving facility of SLTEC is equipped with hoppers, conveyor system, and sprinklers that can discharge its coal shipments at the pier deck direct to its coal yards for faster discharging and environment-friendly operations.

PPIPC’s new port facility enhances its capability to accept more shipments from its locators and prospective locators. The industrial park is an ideal location for companies that are looking for an area to put up their manufacturing plant, warehouses, storage tanks and other facilities, especially those that are reliant on water transport.

Phoenix Petroterminals & Industrial Park Corp. is the … Read More »


Indonesia’s Krakatau Steel to develop industrial estate

Krakatau Steel to develop
industrial estate

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Business | Thu, September 04 2014, 6:53 AM

Business News

Publicly listed steel giant PT Krakatau Steel (KRAS) is seeking to establish an industrial estate, the first phase of which is to be completed by the end of 2015.

Krakatau president director Irvan K. Hakim said on Wednesday that the state-owned company had acquired 100 hectares of the 500 it required for the first phase of the development.

“There will be two phases of the estate’s development. The first phase will see us develop 500 hectares of land and is slated to be completed at least by the end of next year,” he said.

The second phase will commence soon after, with the development of another 500 hectares of land. The whole estate will be available for use by other companies as well, according to Irvan.

However, he declined to reveal the estate’s location and the amount of investment needed for it, citing the ongoing progress.

“The estate development is part of our effort to increase contributions from our non-steel segments, so they can complement the steel business when it’s on a downward business trend,” he said.

Krakatau’s first-half financial report showed that it recorded an 18 percent drop … Read More »


Information any industrial real estate tenant needs to know about leasing – free articles and resources from Miller Industrial Properties

[GBP Note:  Honest and forthright information regarding the leasing process  is another way to add value for tenants.]

Information any industrial real estate tenant needs to know.  Free articles and resources from Miller Industrial Properties

Attention Industrial Real Estate Tenants!

Posted by Thomas Miller, CCIM

Sep 3rd, 2014

Years of experience have given Miller Industrial Properties an edge when it comes to understanding the needs of industrial tenants. Time and time again, we find that the most successful tenants are also the most knowledgeable about the leasing process. That’s why we offer valuable information at no cost to you, no matter which brokerage you choose for representation. We’re launching a dedicated tenant helpline, but in the meantime, take advantage of our tenant-focused blog posts, all of which are designed to improve your understanding of the leasing process and what you can do (or not do) to help your agent secure the best possible real estate solution for you.

From choosing the right agent to negotiation tips to Q&As specific to the leasing process, this is information any industrial real estate tenant needs to know:

Click here for list of blog titles and resources:


The triple net lease – what it is and who pays those costs

Negotiating the warehouse tenant improvement allowance

Ten easy … Read More »


Tesla Motors, of Fremont, CA selects Tahoe Reno Industrial Center as location for $5B electric car battery factory

Tesla Motors selects Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, sources say
September 4, 2014
Tahoe Daily Tribune

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Gov. Brian Sandoval will be joined by officials from Tesla Thursday afternoon for a “major economic development announcement,” the governor said Wednesday.

All signs point to Tesla Motors choosing the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

The story was first reported by CNBC but then later confirmed by The Associated Press.

Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell told the Nevada Appeal he would be at Gov. Brian Sandoval’s press conference today.

“This is apparently true,” Crowell said about Tesla coming to Northern Nevada. He said it’s, “the biggest thing that’s hit this state in the last century.”

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP because no official announcement had been made, said work would soon resume at an industrial park.

Four other states — California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico — have been vying for the project and the estimated 6,500 jobs it brings.

The one potential road-block is a tax incentive package for the Palo Alto, Calif., based company.

Asked whether he was calling a special session of the … Read More »


Winnersh IQ Business Park in Berkshire, UK rebrands itself with help from Signbox signage

[GBP Edit:  A very good article which goes into detail about how they went about recreating the image and branding of the park through signage.  Improved signage also adds value for tenants and their customers / visitors as monuments and directional signs are the first things they come into contact with as they enter the park. ]

Signbox signage solutions signals new era at Winnersh IQ Business Park
Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
Architects Data File

Signbox has recently completed the first stage of a state-of-the-art signage installation at the landmark Winnersh IQ Business Park in Berkshire, as part of an ambitious £100 million redevelopment of the 117,200 sqm site.

Working in collaboration with brand and marketing consultancy Siren Design, the architectural signs specialist has implemented a simple yet effective wayfinding scheme that reflects the estate’s new modern identity and instils a sense of uniformity, all the while enhancing the aesthetics of the park’s landscape.

Winnersh IQ Business Park is an 80 acre site that provides office, warehouse and training facilities. It was purchased by Oaktree Capital Management and Patrizia Immobilien AG Company in June 2013, who instigated a complete overhaul of the estate, including the building of new offices, a marketing suite, shopping facility and restaurant/café … Read More »


San Francisco Bay Area’s Contra Costa Water District has a Commercial Irrigation Controller Rebate Program to help business / office / industrial parks save water

The Contra Costa Water District has a Commercial Irrigation Controller Rebate Program to help business / office / industrial parks save water.    Must be a Commercial, Multi-Family or Municipal customer in the CCWD service area of Concord, Clayton, Clyde, Martinez, Pacheco, or specific areas of Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek.

Also eligible are service areas of Antioch, Bay Point, Martinez, Oakley, Pittsburg, and parts of Brentwood.

More information at: http://www.ccwater.com/smart_timer/commercial.asp



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September is National Preparedness Month – FEMA five steps in developing a preparedness program

Preparedness Planning for Your Business


Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.

Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. This website and its tools utilize an “all hazards approach” and follows the program elements within National Fire Protection Association 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. NFPA 1600 is an American National Standard and has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The five steps in developing a preparedness program are:

Program Management

Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program
Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your program


Gather information about hazards and assess risks
Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA)
Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks

Write a preparedness plan addressing:

Resource management
Emergency response
Crisis communications
Business continuity
Information technology
Employee assistance
Incident management

Testing and Exercises

Test and evaluate your plan
Define different types of exercises
Learn … Read More »


Turkish company “Dzhoshkunoz” to produce body parts for cars launched today at the special economic zone “Alabuga” in Tatarstan, Russia

[GBP Note: be sure to see related articles at bottom. ]

Stamping production launched at SEZ “Alabuga”

Tatarstan President’s Press Office

On August 29, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, Minister of Industry and Trade Ravil Zaripov, Head of Elabuga region Gennady Emelyanov, and Mayor of Naberezhnye Chelny Vasil Shaikhraziev took part in solemn launching of new stamping production “Coşkunöz” at the Special Economic Zone “Alabuga” (SEZ “Alabuga”).

Big and small metal auto body parts for Ford Sollers plant that is located nearby will be produced at the plant. The agreement about launching the production was signed in October 2012 in Bursa. It was noted that the sum of investments made 70 million dollars, and 40, 000 tonnes of steel will be processed at the plant.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Rustam Minnikhanov said that he took part in inauguration of new President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 28.

Rustam Minnikhanov noted that the automotive cluster is being formed at SEZ “Alabuga”, with Ford Sollers being the main enterprise.

Tatarstan President thanked Coşkunöz company for credence given to the republic. He also expressed gratitude to the leadership of Turkey saying that the visits of Abdullah Gul and Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a start to … Read More »


Industrial park in Hebei province’s Zhangjiakou city to offer cloud computing services to high-tech companies in Beijing

Beijing, Hebei team up for cloud computing park

Updated: 2014-08-22 /By Meng Jing (China Daily)

The information technology authority of Beijing municipal government signed a strategic partnership agreement with its counterpart in Hebei province on Thursday to build a cloud computing industrial park in Zhangbei county, where the largest data center in the region is expected to set up and offer services to the capital’s high-tech firms.

The industrial park in Hebei province’s Zhangjiakou city will offer cloud computing services to high-tech companies in Beijing, especially those in the city’s high-tech Zhongguancun Science Park.

The strategic partnership matches the research and development capacity of companies in Beijing and their surging demand for data processing with the desirable climate of Zhangbei county, which is 225 km away from Beijing.

Zhangbei county has an average temperature of 15 C, which is ideal to build data centers. Climate is critical in the site selection of data centers, because it affects to what extent natural cooling technology can be utilized.

The county’s abundant power supply is another important consideration because data centers must operate 24 hours a day.

“The most important factor is that Zhangbei county is only two-and-a-half hours drive away from Beijing. With the integration of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei being … Read More »


Matthews Asia publishes AsiaNow 2014 Sustainability Issue

Matthews Asia publishes AsiaNow 2014 Sustainability Issue.  Looks at Asia’s efforts at addressing environmental concerns, augmenting its capital stock, improving human capital, and corporate social responsibility.

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Construction of Angola’s Lucala Industrial Pole to begin after landmine removal

[GBP Note - most commercial real estate developers should be thankful they don't have to deal with landmines during site preparation.]

Construction of Angola’s Lucala Industrial Pole to begin after landmine removal

From Macaohub.com.mo
AUGUST 7TH, 2014

Construction of the Lucala Industrial Pole will begin as soon as the operation to remove landmines in the project’s first phase implementation area is complete, Angolan Industry Minister Bernarda Gonçalves Martins said in Ndalatando, cited by Angop news agency.

Martins, who visited Kwanza Norte province for several hours to deal with issues associated to the industrial pole’s establishment, said that more than 50 hectares would be free of landmines within two months, “a necessary condition for the work to begin, especially on some of the buildings.”

She recalled that when the master plans for industrial poles were drawn up, taking into account the characteristics of each province, it was decided that in Kwanza Norte the emphasis would be on agro-industrial activity and construction material production.

The Kwanza Norte industrial park is almost entirely situated in Cambambe municipality and contains the Eka beer brewery, Satec textile factories and the Vinelo and Banangola beverage plants, which were inoperative for many years or still are.


Click here for full article in MacaoHub 


Thilawa Industrial Park, 20 Km SE of Yangon, Myanmar, to be completed 2 years ahead of schedule (plus related articles)

Myanmar industrial park being finished 2 years early

July 25, 2014 1:59 am JST

MOTOKAZU MATSUI, Nikkei staff writer

Nikkei Asian Review


YANGON — The developer of Myanmar’s Thilawa industrial park will complete the project two years sooner than initially planned in response to strong calls for its early operation.

The project is being handled by Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development, which was created by three major Japanese trading houses — Sumitomo Corp., Marubeni and Mitsubishi Corp. — and Myanmar companies. As of June, around 210 hectares had been developed on the 400-hectare site lying southeast of Yangon. The park will commence partial operation in summer 2015.

The original plan was to begin developing the remaining 150 hectares during fiscal 2015 and complete work in stages by fiscal 2018. The new plan is to break ground this fall and complete work early in fiscal 2016.

Eleven companies have already acquired sites in Thilawa, including U.S. food container producer Ball Corp., Thai steelmaker Millcon Steel and Japanese sewing company Atsumi Fashion. Six of the 11 are Japanese companies. Another 10 or so companies are expected to ink contracts in the next two to three months.

Click here for full article in Nikkei Asia Review

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Commencement of Sales of Thilawa Industrial Park … Read More »