City of Amsterdam selects ‘intelligent city’ consultants


Joke van Antwerpen,
Director, Amsterdam
Innovation Motor
Amsterdam, The Netherlands — (METERING.COM) — June 9, 2009 – The City of Amsterdam has selected global management consultancy Accenture to help implement its “Amsterdam Smart City” program and create what is expected to be the European Union’s first “intelligent city.”

The purpose of the Amsterdam Smart City program is to take a comprehensive and coordinated approach to developing and implementing sustainable and economically viable projects that help the city reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European Union’s 2020 emissions and energy reduction targets.

The Amsterdam Smart City will use a smart electric grid, smart meters, smart building technologies and electric vehicles to reduce energy consumption in housing, commercial properties, public buildings and areas, and transportation. The City of Amsterdam is understood to be the first city in the EU to deploy intelligent technology, such as smart grids, in its electricity distribution system.

Accenture will work with the Amsterdam Innovation Motor, a city affiliated agency that establishes public and private sector cooperation, to develop, implement, manage and assess each of the phases and projects of the Smart City program. Accenture will help deploy a smart grid and will support a range of applications created by the program to reduce carbon emissions. Accenture will also manage the integration of the smart grid technology and the analysis and use of data.

“Amsterdam Smart City is closely linked to the Amsterdam Climate Program, which states clear climate goals for the City of Amsterdam to reduce carbon emissions and encourage change in the energy consumption of our citizens,” said Joke van Antwerpen, director of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor.
The first phase of the Amsterdam Smart City’s low carbon projects, launched on June 3, includes:
A ship-to-the-grid project, by which commercial vessels and river cruisers will be connected to the electric grid when docked
The implementation of smart meters and in-home feedback displays to provide home owners with information to help manage their energy consumption
A smart building at Accenture’s Amsterdam office at the ITO Tower, where intelligent technology will collect, monitor and analyze the building’s programming and utility data to identify energy consumption efficiencies and lower the building’s carbon footprint
A “Climate Street” at Utrechtsestraat, Amsterdam’s popular shopping and restaurant street, which will have sustainable waste collection, tram stops, and street and facade lighting. Smart meters and energy usage feedback tools will help municipal authorities and shop and restaurant owners manage energy consumption.

Maikel van Verseveld, Accenture’s European lead for smart grids, said: “Because cities are the world’s major source of carbon emissions, they must play a leadership role in energy management and electricity consumption by uniting the private and public sectors. Accenture’s role is to facilitate this integration and to build and manage the intelligent infrastructure that will transform the urban environment.”

The City of Amsterdam is a member of Accenture’s Intelligent City Network. The network brings together city authorities and utilities around the world committed to deploying smart electric grids. Members of the network exchange knowledge and practical experience on the planning, challenges and advantages of smart grid technology.