Alstom Grid and Capgemini have signed an agreement to pursue joint commercial opportunities for their combined smart grid solutions. The two companies will launch a real-time, cloud-based Integrated Distribution Management Systems (IDMS) and a new cloud-based Demand Response Management System (DRMS).
Built on Alstom’s e-terra 3.0 network management software platform, the companies maintain that the benefits of the service include reduced total cost of ownership and lower risk, thanks to the ability to progressively roll out solutions. By delivering infrastructure and software as a service it also minimises system management and maintenance.
“We want distribution utilities and their customers to benefit from our advanced smart grid applications in an easier and more cost effective way, based on the latest private cloud-based solutions from Capgemini,” said Karim El Naggar, VP, Network Management Systems, Alstom Grid.
Review: It’s hard to overstate the market potential for smart grids, one of the largest green IT opportunities. Smart grids are pretty much essential for effectively delivering renewable energy and helping consumers reduce their bills, but they also have the potential for a wide range of associated applications for both utilities and in consumers’ homes.
Those organisations looking to deliver smart grids and the associated solutions and services need both the power industry experience and the IT expertise. Some, like Siemens, already have that, but others need to partner up, which is what we’re seeing here. With the smart grid analytics market alone forecast to generate spending of more than $34bn by 2020 (Pike Research), you can see the attraction for an IT company like Capgemini.