Smart grid giants Siemens and Accenture reveal new joint venture


Siemens Smart Grid and Accenture have teamed up to form a joint venture company called Omnetric Group with the aim of providing utilities with an integrated view of their systems and data to improve energy efficiency, grid operations and reliability.

Headquartered in Munich, the new company will combine Siemens’ smart grid products and solutions with Accenture’s management and technology consulting, systems integration and managed services.

Led by the former manager director of Accenture Smart Grid Services in Europe, Maikel van Verseveld, Omnetric will integrate operational technologies (OT) – such as distribution management and real-time grid operations – with IT systems, such as meter data management to support smart metering, demand response to manage energy consumption and virtual power plants to enable load management.

Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Smart Grid Division, said: “With an integrated approach incorporating operational and information technologies, utilities can improve overall grid reliability and bridge the gap to real-time grid control by integrating and implementing new and previously isolated grid applications.

“This includes demand response, to actively manage consumption; virtual power plants, to enable new profitable business models; and meter data management, to enable usage transparency for consumers.”

Mr Van Verseveld commented on how integrating OT and IT systems would enhance system security.

He said: “By offering a one-stop shop for integration, we offer a systemic perspective on the energy system across the utility’s value chain.

“Linking real-time grid operations with more transactional and business related funtions of a utility landscape allows for optimized operations, by leveraging data previously not available.”

Omnetric Group will operate initially in Europe and the US, employing around 100 people in its first year, with further global expansion planned in the future.

Siemens and Accenuture have had a strategic partnership since October 2012.

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