As if to confirm my comments yesterday about competition in smart grids, two mainstream IT/consultancies have since announced new offerings:
David M Rouls, managing director, Accenture Smart Grid Services is quoted as saying “A smart grid is expected to generate up to eight orders of magnitude more data than today’s traditional power network. Transforming and analysing this data into useful business and operational intelligence is one of the biggest challenges facing our industry today”. That’s what INDE addresses.
It comprises a suite of applications, tools, databases, analytics and processes that enable utilities to manage and analyse the real-time data generated by the multitude of sources in a smart grid network. Accenture says the INDE solution plays three critical roles:
- The software layer between raw data from the grid and the utility’s existing operations and IT systems.
- The integration platform, bringing together smart grid infrastructure such as meters, network components and sensors.
- Providing a platform for analytics and graphical representations to derive insight from raw data.
Interestingly, this is a standards-based solution architecture that can be enabled by an array of third party technologies. But Accenture also plans to offer utilities the option of implementing the solution based on a pre-configured suite of Oracle technologies.
• Capgemini has announced the launch of Smart Energy Services, a new service line that offering the full spectrum of smart metering, smart grid, smart home solutions and smart analytics. This seems to be the company pulling together all the services and best practices that it has employed in North America and Europe for the last five years or so into one, unified global offering.
Central to the service line is the company’s Managed Business Services, a usage-based pricing model which means that utilities can reduce the risk and minimise the upfront cost.
Capgemini also emphasises the partnership aspect, pointing out that clients will benefit from its relationships with the likes of Cisco, GE Energy, HP, Intel, Itron, Landis+Gyr, Oracle, SAP AG and Trilliant. Capgemini (and many of its partners) are founding members of the Smart Energy Alliance (SEA).