Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Capgemini Smart Metering Contract

Capgemini has extended its contract with Hydro One Networks in Canada to provide smart metering services, including programme management, process design, systems, integration and infrastructure management. In 2006 Hydro One launched a four-year programme to deploy 1.3 million smart meters, connect them to their data centres and develop applications to process time-of-use billing.

This is one area where IT services companies should see significant business in the coming years as utilities providers look to more closely manage and monitor supply and enterprises build energy management into P&Ls.

Capgemini now has a lot of experience in the North American market to call on, but there are also opportunities in Europe. For example, the UK government is expected to reach a decision on the national roll out of smart metering by the end of the year after an industry consultation. Competition for business in integrating the smart meters will come from other energy IT specialists, including Logica, which has Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) as one of its focus areas for growth.

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