IT consulting firm Accenture has been chosen by the City of Amsterdam to assist with the implementation of the ‘Amsterdam Smart City’ program and help create the first ‘intelligent city’ in the EU. The first phase of the project was launched on June 3.
The consultancy will collaborate with the Amsterdam Innovation Motor agency to conceive, implement, manage and assess each stage of the project. It will also be in charge of the data analysis and the integration of the smart-grid technology.
Amsterdam is a member of Accenture’s Intelligent City Network, which helps industry professionals exchange their experience and knowledge and connects city authorities and utilities across the globe committed to deploying smart electric grids.
The Amsterdam Smart City program entails the development and implementation of a number of feasible projects that will make it possible for the city to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the EU’s goals to significantly reduce energy usage and emissions by 2020.
The project 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. Smart grids are electricity distribution networks that combine traditional and new technology to manage the flow of energy more effectively and efficiently than previously possible.
The City of Amsterdam is the first city in the EU to deploy intelligent technology, such as smart grids, in its electricity distribution system.
Joke van Antwerpen, director of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor, said: “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. We chose Accenture for its innovative thinking in helping city authorities and utilities come together in responding to climate change challenges, as well as its expertise in smart-grid and smart-metering technologies.”
Maikel van Verseveld, Accenture’s European lead for Smart Grids, added, “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.”