TECHNOLOGY

Tech giant creates global IoT headquarters

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

IBM is taking the next step in its IoT journey.

The technology provider has opened the doors of its new $200 million global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, Germany. The space will also serve as an innovation space for the European IoT standards organization, EEBus.

"We have reached a tipping point with IoT innovation,” said Harriet Green, general manager, IBM Watson IoT, cognitive engagement and education.

“We now have over 6,000 clients and partners around the world many of who are now wanting to join us in our new global Watson IoT center to co-innovate," she said. “Together we are building a new global IoT innovation ecosystem that will explore how cognitive and IoT technologies will transform industries and our daily lives.”

Going forward, clients and partners will use the innovation space to collaborate with IBM's 1,000 Munich-based IoT experts to tap into the latest design thinking, and push the boundaries of what is possible with IoT, the company said.

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Wireless provider rewards customers with free fuel

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

T-Mobile’s digital loyalty program just got more valuable.

The company’s “T-Mobile Tuesdays” app delivers free gifts and dis-counts to its users each week. Through its partnership with Excentus, the wireless provider now features a 25-cent-per-gallon “Fuel Rewards” discount code within its weekly rewards rotation.

Once T-Mobile Tuesdays users join Fuel Rewards and activate the discount code, they can redeem their reward at participating Shell stations across all 50 states. Rewards are redeemed as cents-off-per-gallon savings at the pump.

T-Mobile services more than 67 million customers in the United States.

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TENANT UPDATE

P.F. Chang’s signs on at Butler Town Center

BY Al Urbanski

Gainesville retail pioneer Butler Enterprises announced the signing of P.F. Chang’s as a restaurant anchor at its Butler Town Center, now under development.

"It's an excellent fit for P.F. Chang's and we're really looking forward to sharing our farm-to-wok food philosophy with the entire Gainesville community," said P.F. Chang’s CMO Dwayne Chambers.

The chain will join Whole Foods as a chief draw at the town-center-style addition to the 1.9-million-sq.-ft. Neighborhoods at Butler, which is set to open in time for the 2017 holiday season. The 5,600-sq.-ft. Chang’s is scheduled for a 2018 debut.

Butler Town Center will be a Main Street-style collection of carefully curated boutiques, restaurants, entertainment and residences that, when completed, will take total tenants at the Butler complex past 300.

“Dining out is an important part of the urban experience, and we're planning a diverse mix of chef-driven restaurants, cafes and nationally known names,” said Butler Enterprises president Deborah Butler.


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