Friday, September 18, 2009

Capgemini Launches Smart City Initiative for Festival Hydro and the City of Stratford, Ontario

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, announced today that Festival Hydro, the distributor of reliable and safe electric power and related products and services for the City of Stratford and surrounding communities, and the City of Stratford, Ontario, have selected its Outsourcing Services North America Smart Grid practice to implement an Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system, as well as a Smart City technology initiative to support Festival Hydro’s 20,000 customers. The initiative is expected to help Festival Hydro and the city of Stratford achieve greater energy efficiency and control by integrating the electricity grid with communication networks, smart devices and renewable generation.

"Not only will we meet government mandated energy regulations and conservation efforts by working with Capgemini and its partners on this Smart City initiative, but we will ultimately develop a world-class reliable system that will meet some of our most pressing issues, including consumer conservation" said Bill Zehr, chief executive officer, Festival Hydro.

Capgemini will collaborate with multiple global technology players, including Trilliant Incorporated, to implement the AMI system and other leading technology to create a Smart City for Stratford. A Smart City is a planned industry township for information technology and enabled services, which will include extensive fiber installations, municipal wi-fi, a full Smart Grid implementation, and cyber and physical security.

"This technology development is a key initiative for our city," said Dan Mathieson, mayor, Stratford, Ontario. "We need to offer world-class technology, including ubiquitous, high-quality and affordable broadband coverage, while increasing digital access for visitors, business, culture and residents in a practical, sustainable way. It’s simply what we need to do to support local creativity and accelerate our economic vitality."

Capgemini will leverage its energy Conservation Collaboratory™ initiative, the company’s center of innovation and research that studies technologies and methodologies related to energy conservation, including smart metering for electricity and renewable power sources; the monitoring of consumer acceptance and behavior related to energy conservation initiatives; and the commercialization of innovative technologies regarding energy conservation, to develop a leading-edge sustainable solution for both Festival Hydro and the city of Stratford.

"Capgemini’s North America Smart Grid Practice leads the industry in the delivery of Smart solutions in mass deployment, and our team understands that a Smart initiative is a business strategy and part of clients’ responses to legislative mandates and regulatory actions, as well as to changing demographics, social values and consumer demands," said Dominic Dodds, vice president and Energy, Utilities and Chemicals sector leader, Capgemini Outsourcing Services. "We look forward to collaborating with Festival Hydro and the city of Stratford to help them develop a program that reflects their changing business and stakeholder needs."

About Capgemini

Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2008 global revenues of EUR 8.7 billion (approximately USD $12.74 billion) and employs 90,000 people worldwide.

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