Pittsburgh Tech News: Hacking Cars, Energy, Tech Jobs

Drive By Hacking: TechShop to Hold Ford Open XC

Do you love cars and miss the days when you could easily tinker with them on the weekends? Are you a software or hardware hacker who wants to interface more easily with your vehicle?

Ford’s OpenXC platform is the first open source automotive platform that allows you to develop apps for your automobile. More precisely, OpenXC connects to your car through the OBD-II data port, and with a system of open source hardware and software, it draws and descrambles rich sensor data from your car’s digital core. For the very first time, you can pull data out of the awesome array of sensors and computers built into your vehicle! Sign up here.

 

Direct Energy and SolarCity Sign Multimillion Dollar Deal to Provide Solar Electricity to Businesses

Direct Energy and SolarCity have undertaken a broad agreement to provide solar electricity directly to businesses. The two companies have created a dedicated investment fund capable of financing up to $124 million in solar projects for Direct Energy’s commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, which is partially funded with up to $50 million from Direct Energy. While many retail electricity providers ask customers to pay a price premium for a “green energy” option, SolarCity can make it possible for many of Direct Energy’s customers to pay less than current rates for clean power. Through the arrangement, eligible Direct Energy C&I customers will be able to utilize solar power with little or no upfront cost, depending on the customer’s choice of plans. Customers will be given a choice to pre-pay for their solar electricity or pay a monthly payment, with installation, insurance, repairs and monitoring service included.

 

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). Recently emerged as one of the greenest buildings on Earth, this remarkable facility was designed and built by Pittsburgh- and Pennsylvania-based talent, and is expected to be the first building in the world to achieve this standard in tandem with the Living Building Challenge™ and four-stars Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification for landscapes.

Established in 1993, the LEED certification system was founded to encourage and acknowledge green building practices that save energy and other natural resources; reduce greenhouse emissions; contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and communities at large; and ultimately save money for families, businesses and taxpayers. The CSL earned USGBC’s highest distinction based on energy, water, lighting and material use, plus a number of other sustainable strategies, receiving 63 out of 69 possible points to achieve LEED Platinum certification for a new construction under version 2.2.

 

Lucas Systems is Hiring

Lucas Systems, Inc. is the fastest-growing provider of voice-directed logistics solutions that help retailers, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers improve warehouse operations.

The company is currently looking to fill a number of open positions, including:

  • software support intern
  • software support engineer
  • principal product engineer
  • senior product engineer
  • software test engineer

Since 2008, its revenues have grown more than 50 percent, as it has added new marquee customers, created partnerships with leading supply chain and warehouse management system providers, and established an international presence in Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Get more details here.

Lucas Systems Continues Hiring Spree

Lucas Systems, Inc. is the fastest-growing provider of voice-directed logistics solutions that help retailers, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers improve warehouse operations.

The company is currently looking to fill a number of open positions, including:

  • software support intern
  • software support engineer
  • principal product engineer
  • senior product engineer
  • software test engineer

Since 2008, its revenues have grown more than 50 percent, as it has added new marquee customers, created partnerships with leading supply chain and warehouse management system providers, and established an international presence in Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Lucas Systems’ software solution, Jennifer™ VoicePlus, provides a rapid return-on-investment for its customers by helping workers do their jobs more efficiently and accurately using real-time voice-recognition software running on mobile, industrial computers. Jennifer is used by Fortune 50 companies like Kraft Nabisco, Caterpillar and Cardinal Health, large private distributors like C&S Wholesale Grocers and Republic National Distributing Company, and a range of other leading retailers (CVS, Victoria’s Secret, Office Max, Do It Best, The Container Store), manufacturers (Emerson Electric, ClosetMaid, and Rust-Oleum) and distributors across industries.

Lucas is a unique organization, offering the dynamic, collaborative, and innovative working environment of a smaller company, but with the financial stability and industry presence typically associated with larger firms. This year, we celebrated fourteen consecutive years of profitability since our founding in 1998 and achieved significant revenue growth. This rapid growth continues to create opportunities for both personal and professional growth for high performing individuals.

Get more details here.

TechVibe Radio Features Lucas Systems, Highmark and Daedalus

Be sure to tune in to TechVibe Radio this Saturday at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.

Lucas Systems will tell you how they are trying to hire several software engineers and other tech positions to grow their voice recognition technology.

Daedalus will detail its fast-growing industrial design business, while Highmark will talk about ways technology is driving better customer care.

Hosted by the PTC’s CEO Audrey Russo and Director Visibility Initiatives Jonathan Kersting, TechVibe is on the air every Saturday at noon bringing you interviews and conversations from the Pittsburgh region’s fast-moving technology and entrepreneurial communities.

Stream TechVibe Radio on www.wpgb.com or iHeart Radio.
Missed a previous broadcast? We have a massive library of podcasts right here.

TechVibe Radio is sponsored by Chorus Call, EyeFlow, The Hartford, Sierra w/o Wires, PTC Employee Benefits GroupPittsburgh International Airport and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Hot Jobs: Lucas Systems is on a Hiring Spree

 

Lucas Systems pioneered Jennifer.

Lucas Systems, Inc. is the fastest-growing provider of voice-directed logistics solutions that help retailers, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers improve warehouse operations.

The company is currently looking to fill a number of open positions, including:

  • software engineers,
  • customer support managers and
  • software support engineers!

Since 2008, its revenues have grown more than 50 percent, as it has added new marquee customers, created partnerships with leading supply chain and warehouse management system providers, and established an international presence in Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Lucas Systems’ software solution, Jennifer™ VoicePlus, provides a rapid return-on-investment for its customers by helping workers do their jobs more efficiently and accurately using real-time voice-recognition software running on mobile, industrial computers. Jennifer is used by Fortune 50 companies like Kraft Nabisco, Caterpillar and Cardinal Health, large private distributors like C&S Wholesale Grocers and Republic National Distributing Company, and a range of other leading retailers (CVS, Victoria’s Secret, Office Max, Do It Best, The Container Store), manufacturers (Emerson Electric, ClosetMaid, and Rust-Oleum) and distributors across industries.

Lucas is a unique organization, offering the dynamic, collaborative, and innovative working environment of a smaller company, but with the financial stability and industry presence typically associated with larger firms. This year, we celebrated fourteen consecutive years of profitability since our founding in 1998 and achieved significant revenue growth. This rapid growth continues to create opportunities for both personal and professional growth for high performing individuals.

Get more details here.

Member Spotlight: Meet the Members of the Pittsburgh Technology Council

The Pittsburgh Technology Council has more than 1,300 member companies throughout SWPA. We’ve got some of the most innovative tech ventures here in our backyard. We thought it would be most excellent to put a small spotlight on a handful of our members each and every week, so you can see the great diversity and talent that we have out there.  We encourage you to learn more about these technology companies:

The Aastra USA Video Center of Excellence located in Wexford, Pa. is an affiliate of Aastra Telecom, Inc of Concord, ON and is responsible for the design and development of audio/video desktop appliances for enterprise applications.

Bright Innovation is a research and design firm that helps companies to understand the experience their customers want and design the best way to deliver that experience. We tightly integrate research and design to make sure our client companies delight their customers.

Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions, Inc. specializes in IT solutions for environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) applications. Our patented management system, AutoPilotTM, is a powerful yet simple tool to track compliance in any area – whether it’s ES&H, logistics, or any other management sector.

Direct Energy Business is one of North America’s largest commercial retail energy suppliers and a Direct Energy company. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Direct Energy Business is dedicated to helping commercial and industrial businesses make cost-effective choices for their electricity and natural gas requirements.

Industrial Scientific Corporation is a global leader in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing gas monitoring instruments, systems and related products. With continuous improvements in engineering and R&D, lean manufacturing operations and expanded service capabilities, Industrial Scientific is widely known for providing rugged, dependable products that excel in monitoring hazardous gases in the most demanding work environments in the world.

Lucas Systems has delivered more voice-directed logistics solutions on a wider variety of mobile computers than any other company. Customers like Cardinal Health, C&S Wholesale Grocers, CVS/pharmacy, Kraft Nabisco, OfficeMax, and Southern Wine and Spirits trust us to deliver solutions that greatly improve worker productivity and accuracy because we truly understand warehouse operations.

Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation (Gateways) is a business accelerator with the mission of generating new business growth. Gateways collaborates with leading academic and research institutions to establish and develop Centers of Technology and to effectively connect these institutions and Centers with industry.

siteRhyme is an advanced technology services company, specializing in database, data and overall data management solutions. siteRhyme provides information technology need fulfillment ranging from data model design to application of modern data mining and data analytics solutions.

TecSol, Inc., a computer system consulting services firm, specializes in business applications involving all aspects of MIS needs.

Trustwave is the leading provider of on-demand and subscription-based information security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and government entities throughout the world. For organizations faced with today’s challenging data security and compliance environment, Trustwave provides a unique approach with comprehensive solutions that include its flagship TrustKeeper® compliance management software and other proprietary security solutions.