|[October 18, 2012]
Accenture and Siemens Providing Smart Metering Solutions for Utilities Globally
AMSTERDAM --(Business Wire)--
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Siemens (News - Alert) Infrastructure & Cities today
announced that they are working together to provide smart metering
solutions to help utility companies improve the automation, planning,
monitoring and diagnosis of their electric grid infrastructures.
Accenture (News - Alert) and Siemens will specifically collaborate on Advanced Metering
Infrastructure (AMI) and Meter Data Management (MDM) solutions, which
are designed to provide a utility with more information on its grid's
activity and help increase operational efficiencies such as improving
the response time to an outage.
Accenture Smart Grid Services (ASGS) will provide consulting, systems
integration and managed services for smart meter and analytics
solutions. Siemens will leverage its eMeter EnergyIP Meter Data
Management Platform and Analytics Foundation and corresponding
Accenture and Siemens will help utilities manage the vast amounts of
data gathered through smart meters which provide detailed information on
the status of their distribution systems as well as customer
consumption. The increased use of smart meters, which also provide
visibility and control over the distribution grid, is critical as
utilities seek ways to drive energy efficiency and integrate growing
amounts of renewable power from sources such as solar and wind into the
power supply network.
"This collaboration will ultimately lead to customized solutions that
can be quickly integrated into a utility's existing infrastructure,"
said Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Business Unit Services within the
Siemens Smart Grid Division. "These solutions will help utilities
operate their systems more efficiently, thus giving them an economic
advantae over their competitors."
"Combining Accenture's Smart Grid capabilities, which include advanced
IT expertise, and deep industry knowledge, with Siemen's Smart Grid and
Smart Metering technology as well as extensive experience in utility
operations, will help utilities improve their operations by better
capturing and analyzing customer data," said Jack Azagury, managing
director for Accenture Smart Grid Services. "Together, we can help
utilities unlock the value of their smart metering capabilities while
reducing risk as they adopt these new technologies."
Siemens and Accenture are currently working with SaskPower, a leading
Canadian utility, to help implement an advanced metering infrastructure
that will help the company provide more reliable energy and better
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 257,000 people serving clients in more than
120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive
capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive
research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture
collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance
businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of
US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page
About Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector
The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with
approximately 87,000 employees, offers sustainable technologies for
metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offerings include
integrated mobility solutions, building and security technology, power
distribution, smart grid applications, and low- and medium-voltage
products. The Sector comprises the Divisions Rail Systems, Mobility and
Logistics, Low and Medium Voltage, Smart Grid and Building Technologies.
For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities.
About Siemens Smart Grid Division
The Siemens Smart Grid Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supplies power
providers and network operators, industrial enterprises, infrastructure
elements and cities with products and solutions for intelligent and
flexible network infrastructures. To meet growing energy needs, the
networks of today and tomorrow must integrate more and more renewable
energy sources and ensure bi-directional energy and communication flows.
Smart Grids help make it possible to generate and use power efficiently
and on demand. For more information, visit http://www.siemens.com/smartgrid.
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