Israeli tech company chooses St. Louis for US headquarters

GlobalSTL, a BioSTL initiative to attract companies that create high-growth economic activity for St. Louis, has recruited Israeli tech company Atomation to St. Louis where the company will work on a special pilot project for Ameren, the company said.

Atomation is the fifth Israeli company recruited by GlobalSTL to locate its US headquarters in St. Louis.

GlobalSTL worked closely with Ameren to recruit Atomation to St. Louis. Atomation will develop a pilot program for Ameren that connects utility poles to the internet by installing small, low-cost sensor packs on dozens of Ameren´s utility poles.

The packs will help Ameren remotely monitor the integrity and health of the poles, which will allow the company to pinpoint issues in real time and respond more quickly and efficiently to any problems or customer concerns. The program is being conducted at Ameren Illinois´ Technology Applications Center (TAC) in Champaign, Illinois, a testing facility dedicated to innovation and smart-grid improvement.

GlobalSTL attracts to St. Louis the US presence of high-growth international companies by creating strategic business opportunities with St. Louis´ corporations, healthcare systems, and universities.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4m electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries.