Monday 16th December 2019: Quortus Ltd, a UK mobile communications software specialist headquartered in Camberley, Surrey has been chosen by USA telecommunications company, Council Rock, as its mobile core technology partner to help deliver its wireless-enabled Smart Grid TELiG Platform across the United States.
Council Rock’s TELiG Platform is disrupting the Smart Grid market in America by bringing new and wireless-enabled capabilities and services into one single integrated future-proof network for Power and Utility companies to provide smarter metering, intelligent distribution, lower latency and IoT application support. Council Rock’s edge computing platform is powerful and efficient with resources to run third party apps as well as other important utility-specific applications such as legacy protocol conversion and Quortus’ distributed EPC.
Mark Bole, CEO at Quortus Ltd said, “New capabilities and intelligence in Smart Grids is a good example of how our 4G LTE wireless technology enables a customer to build efficient private networks to share information, automate activities, smart monitor, and run remote operations without huge operational costs and capital expenditure.”
The Quortus EPC architecture provides complete deployment flexibility including on-premise, virtualised, and distributed core running on the TELiG platform for a total end-to-end private 4G LTE solution, and further strengthens Quortus’ two-year partnership with Council Rock to deliver a range of wireless-enabled solutions for the power and utilities markets across the USA.
“The ability to offer world class EPC technology to our clients made partnering with Quortus an easy decision for us,” said Todd Owen, VP of Sales at Council Rock.
Continues Mark, “We see our latest partnership with Council Rock as a major achievement and is yet another example of the flexibility of the Quortus core, which has recently exceeded 3,000 deployments to all continents of the globe.”
Council Rock is pleased to announce and welcome Robyn Mance-DeMay as our New Human Resource Manager!
Robyn comes to Council Rock with over 12 years’ experience in human resources. Robyn holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Nazareth College and maintains professional human resource certifications PHR and SHRM-CP. She is also an active volunteer for the National Human Resources Association-Rochester.
As the Human Resource Manager, she will lead and direct the routine functions of the HR department including hiring and interviewing staff, administering pay, benefits, and leave, and enforcing company policies and practices.
In her spare time, Robyn enjoys spending time outdoors camping and boating with her family.
Welcome Robyn to the Council Rock Team!
Council Rock is pleased to announce and welcome Rick Agosto, Field Technician!
Rick will be responsible for construction installs and link validation sites.
Outside of work Rick served 6 years active duty in the Army Infantry with a combat deployment in 2016 to Afghanistan. Rick also has a deep love for all things sports!
Welcome Rick to the Council Rock Team and thank you for your service!
Council Rock is pleased to announce and welcome Stephan Scully as our New Warehouse Manager! Stephan will be responsible for assembler supervision and the storage and tracking of all warehouse inventory.
Stephan comes to Council Rock with over 10 years of broad experience in manufacturing, warehouse supervision and management. He has expertise in setting up production lines, warehouse operations and improving processes. Stephan has worked in a number of positions in the Rochester area and the products range from clothing buttons to steel filing cabinets to Harley Davidson parts.
Outside of work Stephan enjoys many activities almost all of which involve the great outdoors. Every summer there are several camping trips to the Finger Lakes and the Adirondack mountains. In addition to that Stephan and his wife enjoy canoeing and kayaking. During the fall you can find Stephan spending a great deal of time in the woods hunting.
Welcome Stephan to the Council Rock Team!
Council Rock is pleased to announce and welcome Todd Owen as Vice President of Sales. Todd will be responsible for the TELiG sales strategy including directs sales, partner programs, and strategic alliances. TELiG by Council Rock is a powerful computing platform supporting the latest wireless communications standards including both private and public LTE.
Todd’s specialty is the successful business development and subsequent launching of new businesses in the power utility space. Todd is a well-known professional in the Smart Grid industry with more than 30 years of technical sales and leadership experience with such respected companies as Motorola, GE, S&C Electric, and most recently Atonix Digital a Black and Veatch company. His excellent record of business relationships and customer satisfaction combined with his leadership are to complement Council Rock in continuing its quest to provide superior products and services to the power utility industry.
We are excited to announce the hiring of our newest team member: Aaron Bailey joining us as a Senior Mechanical Engineer.
Aaron brings 10 years of wide-ranging experience to Council Rock, having worked in a variety of industries, from fuel cells, to automotive, rail transit, and aerospace and defense. He has worked on projects involving comprehensive test programs for equipment, research and development of new products, as well as the development of work instructions and tooling for composite structures. Aaron holds a BS in mechanical engineering from RIT.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also plays the violin as a member of the RIT and Brighton orchestras.
We are delighted to welcome Aaron to the Council Rock team!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Start-up Building Affordable Solar Generators in Puerto Rico, Partners with Rochester Non-Profit, PathStone
[Rochester, NY – March 26, 2018] Council Rock Enterprises LLC has launched a subsidiary brand, inverSOL to address the energy crisis faced by Puerto Rican residents following Hurricane Maria. inverSOL’s product line focuses on portable solar generators at affordable prices—every purchase includes complimentary delivery and training by local, Puerto Rican technicians.
David Rodriguez, President & CEO of Council Rock, is of Puerto Rican descent and regularly visits his family living on the island. He was shocked by how many people were still relying on gasoline generators to power basic appliances when he returned in December 2017.
“This project comes from a personal experience. After Hurricane Maria, I was on the Island to see my family and help them as much as I could. I was very concerned to see how my uncle – an older man – had a generator inside his home because he was afraid it might get stolen. It was not only the danger of the gases, but the concern that he was handling fuel, and where he could store it safely.” –David Rodriguez, Council Rock Enterprises, LLC. President & CEO
inverSOL units are the safe, environmentally-friendly alternative to gas-powered generators. They provide residential homes with enough electricity to power basic appliances in emergency situations. The main competitive advantage is that inverSOL’s sales, manufacturing, and customer service will be handled locally in Puerto Rico. Local production will create jobs and help support the Puerto Rican economy, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. Furthermore, manufacturing the units in Puerto Rico eliminates international shipping fees charged by market competitors.
inverSOL is partnering with PathStone, a Rochester, New York non-profit with “boots on the ground” in Puerto Rico for over 25 years. PathStone will provide loan capital financing assistance through their PathStone Enterprise Center which is a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) as well as job training and placement services for approximately 40 employees who will be hired by inverSOL. These jobs will be filled by unemployed farmworkers living in communities served by PathStone. In addition, PathStone and InverSOL are launching a fundraising campaign to solicit individual and corporate donations to provide assistance to reduce the cost (more information on inverSOL units) of the solar generators for eligible families who cannot afford the full price. Charitable donations to the fund can be made online through PathStone.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership with David and his team at Council Rock/inverSOL. David is all in with his extraordinary expertise in the alternative energy arena, his risk-taking entrepreneurial spirit and his insatiable love for the people of Puerto Rico. inverSol and PathStone share a common goal of bringing a much-needed, affordable and safe energy resource to low income families struggling to recover from the hurricane.” – Stuart J Mitchell, PathStone President & CEO
The vision of inverSOL is to bring power back to the people, both literally and metaphorically. Building a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico staffed by Puerto Ricans will allow those people whose livelihood was destroyed by the hurricane to earn incomes again.
A recent New York Times article mentioned inverSOL, excerpt below.
“The power failure interrupted a meeting that David Rodriguez was having in Caguas to discuss plans for a new business involving the sale of solar-powered generators.
Mr. Rodriguez, who was born in Puerto Rico and runs a telecommunications engineering firm in Rochester, N.Y., returned to the island in December to visit family. He was alarmed to find his uncle living with a gasoline-powered generator running inside the house — a serious health risk. His uncle said he was keeping the generator indoors because he was afraid it might be stolen if it was outside.
That experience led Mr. Rodriguez to start a company, InverSol, to make small solar generators that can be installed on roofs and provide at least some power during blackouts. The company eventually could employ up to 70 people and produce up to 7,000 generators a year for $2,000 each.
“We want to get some basic humanity back,” Mr. Rodriguez said.
One challenge, however, has been finding an undamaged location that can be quickly converted into a factory. He is working with PathStone to hire former farmworkers who have experience using heavy equipment.”
ABOUT COUNCIL ROCK
Council Rock, founded in 2009 by seasoned wireless industry engineers and executives, is a full-service telecommunications engineering company, delivering world-class products & services for Smart Grid Communications. www.council-rock.com
PathStone, a Rochester New York based not-for-profit created in 1969, works in seven states and Puerto Rico and provide services in five primary arenas; workforce development, health & education programs, emergency support, affordable housing & counseling and economic development. For more information about PathStone and its programs, please visit the website at www.PathStone.org.
Awilda Caez, inverSOL
Director of Marketing
Lucy Cook, PathStone
Director of Development & Communications