Amsterdam, The Netherlands — (METERING.COM) — October 22, 2012 – Smart metering solutions to help utility companies improve the automation, planning, monitoring and diagnosis of their power supply grid infrastructures are to be developed jointly by Siemens Infrastructure & Cities and Accenture.
The two companies 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 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 professional services.
“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, Siemens Smart Grid Division. “These solutions will help utilities operate their systems more efficiently, thus giving them an economic advantage over their competitors.”
“Combining Accenture’s smart grid capabilities with Siemens’ 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,” added Jack Azagury, managing director for Accenture Smart Grid Services.
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 customer service.