October 13, 2018
CEO Rimas Gulbinas Publishes Article on Sustainable Districts for Meeting of the Minds
At the recent Global Cities Team Challenge Expo, Acquanetta Warren, the Mayor of Fontana California, expressed that ‘Technology makes government more accessible.’ Similar to cities, however, district-level organizations face constant challenges associated with financial and human resource constraints. In an environment of competing priorities and limited resources, strategies that depend on upfront investment and long-term returns are difficult to adopt at any level of governance.
Sustainability programs often require such long-term visions and upfront investment. In order for smart districts to become sustainable districts, it is imperative to develop strategies that leverage administrative frameworks, external resources, and novel technologies to minimize costs and facilitate continuous progress.
February 15, 2017
The Inaugural NYC Smart Districts Summit
Maalka is helping the Hub at Grand Central Tech, NYC Department of Small Business Services, and Citiesense organize and launch the inaugural NYC Smart Districts Summit on March 8th, 2017. The event is the first of its kind to focus on how technology and data can help district level organizations overcome challenges related to sustainability, mobility, real estate management.
Maalka has been working with partner ZGF Architects to frame a message around district-level sustainability for two years and this summit represents a huge step forward. Charles Kelley, Principal Architect at ZGF, is a world-renowned expert on eco-districts and has been a driving force behind the most sustainable districts in the world, including the Pearl District in Portland, OR and Kashiwa-no-ha in the Chiba Prefecture of Japan. Charles and other Maalka partners will be among the summit’s participants, who will collaboratively explore how emerging technologies are being leveraged to address the most pressing district-level challenges.
To learn more about the summit and to register, click here.
2017 SMART DISTRICTS SUMMIT DETAILS
Exploring the Intersection of District Management and Technology
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Evening
The Hub at Grand Central Tech335 Madison Ave, Floor 4, New York, NY 10017
February 10, 2017
Maalka Starting Work with New Cities For 3-Year Department of Energy Grant
Maalka has started work with new cities around the country as part of a team that was recently awarded a 3-Year Department of Energy grant for helping small and medium-sized municipalities deploy data-driven strategic energy management plans (SEMPs) with open-source software tools. With support from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the team is extending the successful framework it developed from years of working with small municipalities to deploy SEMPs under the Community Buildings Renewal Initiative.
Team Members: New Buildings Institute (Prime), Maalka, Integral Group, EcoEdge, National Institute of Building Science.
Maalka’s main role over the next three years is to develop and deploy a variety of open-source tools for building portfolio performance analysis and improvement tracking. Resource-constrained municipalities will be able to use the tools to manage their own data-driven energy efficiency programs and use Maalka’s platform to further streamline their programs with additional applications and functionalities. The tools will be fully aligned with EPA’s Portfolio Manager and will enable diagnostics of relative building performance to help jurisdictions target poor performing buildings for upgrades. Work has begun with the City of Eugene, OR and City of Providence, RI.
View the DoE Announcement
January 11, 2017
Maalka Added to Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator
Recently accepted to the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), Maalka is receiving non-dilutive funding from Wells Fargo and technical support from the Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory to open-source and integrate a rapid modeling and simulation engine. The next-generation software enables Maalka to provide users with actionable insights for achieving reductions in energy-use, emissions, and operational expenses across whole building portfolios in a matter of hours.
The new workflow combines Maalka’s highly intuitive user-experience to manage data collection, tracking and validation across a building portfolio with a modeling and simulation engine for rapid analysis. Maalka’s algorithms then help users prioritize energy efficiency measures (e.g. investing in new lighting or upgrading heating systems) to have maximum impact across their portfolio at the lowest cost. Augmenting Maalka’s portfolio-level program management and analysis capabilities, the new features will change how real estate owners manage strategic energy efficiency investments and how utilities, cities, and districts conduct large scale load curtailment analysis.
View the Wells Fargo Announcement
October 19, 2016
Maalka Selected as a US Commerce Department National Technical Information Service Joint Venture Partner (JVP)
As a JVP, Maalka is now able to participate on ground breaking data-related projects funded by federal agencies.
"These joint ventures mark a major milestone for the data economy, said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. As America’s data agency, the Commerce Department is committed to making it easier for businesses, government, taxpayers and communities to access, analyze and use data to strengthen economic growth and create new jobs. I am confident the partnerships between NTIS and each selected organization will unlock new federal data that will leverage advances in data science, promote software development and accelerate innovation."
Maalka and its partners (People Power Company and Urban Systems) join a distinguished list of JVPs including Amazon Web Services, IBM, and Palantir Technologies. In order to be selected, each company had to pass a rigorous merit review. It is expected that many new partnerships and innovations in data technologies will result among the NTIS JVPs. Maalka is honored to be part of the select group and looks forward to continued discussions and work with various federal agencies.
View the NTIS JVP Announcement.
September 16, 2016
Changing How Cities Use Their Energy Data
Cornell Tech recently released this great article about us on their news page. Check it out here.
September 10, 2016
Maalka Provides the Technology Needed to Develop Data Monitoring Kiosks in Downtown Washington D.C.
In conjunction with DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and Smart City Media, Maalka has helped to create a network of data access points that will soon be installed throughout a 138-block area in Washington D.C. The seven-foot-tall kiosks will allow anyone to access information about the city, from noise levels to energy and water usage in the D.C. BID area. For more information about the project, go here.
September 9, 2016
The California Energy Commission Clean Jobs Act (Prop 39)
Maalka CEO Rimas Gulbinas recently released a video demo showcasing our work for the state of California. Catch a glimpse of what Maalka has accomplished with the Prop39 Tool:
August 4, 2016
Maalka Wins App Showcase at the Better Buildings Summit
During the 2016 US Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit, Maalka was voted crowd favorite by fellow attendees. To read more about the event and see how our platform is improving data analysis in the buildings sector, go here for the full press release.
June 24, 2016
How Multiple IoT Projects Contribute to Washington, D.C.'s Long-Term Vision
By Scott Pomeroy, Downtown DC Business Improvement District; John Teeter, Maalka; and Zach Wilson, D.C. Department of General Services
The District of Columbia has multiple IoT-based projects underway. The most public of these projects are participating in the Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) sponsored by US Ignite and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber-Physical Systems Group.
July 7, 2016
How Standards Help Washington, D.C. Accelerate Smart Cities Efforts
By Scott Pomeroy, Rimas Gulbinas and John Teeter
The inability to share information and action across the infrastructure silos within our current cities is a barrier to providing our next generation cities. The need for an integral whole is clear. As described by the most recent directive of the eight joint ministries of the central government of China, Smart Cities:
August 4, 2016
DC-Net - Leadership in Public Communications Infrastructures
By Scott Pomeroy, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, DowntownDC Business Improvement DistrictRimas Gulbinas, CEO Maalka; Geoff Mulligan, Chairman LoRa AllianceJohn Teeter, CIO Urban.Systems; Chairman Maalka
The District government is making significant strides to become a smarter and more connected city. One of the first and most significant steps in this process was the creation of the SmarterDC Tiger Team made up of District agencies (transportation, public safety, health care, economic development, urban planning, education, environmental, building management, and public utilities) along with other key stakeholders including federal government, universities, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), and the technology community.