Accenture and Siemens Providing Smart Metering Solutions for Utilities Globally

  Accenture and Siemens Providing Smart Metering Solutions for Utilities
  Globally

Business Wire

AMSTERDAM -- October 18, 2012

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Siemens Infrastructure & Cities today announced that
they are working together to provide smart metering solutions to help utility
companies improve the automation, planning, monitoring and diagnosis of their
electric grid infrastructures.

Accenture and Siemens will specifically collaborate on Advanced Metering
Infrastructure (AMI) and Meter Data Management (MDM) solutions, which are
designed to provide a utility with more information on its grid’s activity and
help increase operational efficiencies such as improving the response time to
an outage.

Accenture Smart Grid Services (ASGS) will provide consulting, systems
integration and managed services for smart meter and analytics solutions.
Siemens will leverage its eMeter EnergyIP Meter Data Management Platform and
Analytics Foundation and corresponding professional services.

Accenture and Siemens will help utilities manage the vast amounts of data
gathered through smart meters which provide detailed information on the status
of their distribution systems as well as customer consumption. The increased
use of smart meters, which also provide visibility and control over the
distribution grid, is critical as utilities seek ways to drive energy
efficiency and integrate growing amounts of renewable power from sources such
as solar and wind into the power supply network.

“This collaboration will ultimately lead to customized solutions that can be
quickly integrated into a utility’s existing infrastructure,” said Thomas
Zimmermann, CEO of the Business Unit Services within the Siemens Smart Grid
Division. “These solutions will help utilities operate their systems more
efficiently, thus giving them an economic advantage over their competitors.”

“Combining Accenture’s Smart Grid capabilities, which include advanced IT
expertise, and deep industry knowledge, with Siemen’s Smart Grid and Smart
Metering technology as well as extensive experience in utility operations,
will help utilities improve their operations by better capturing and analyzing
customer data,” said Jack Azagury, managing director for Accenture Smart Grid
Services. “Together, we can help utilities unlock the value of their smart
metering capabilities while reducing risk as they adopt these new
technologies.”

Siemens and Accenture are currently working with SaskPower, a leading Canadian
utility, to help implement an advanced metering infrastructure that will help
the company provide more reliable energy and better customer service.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 257,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities
across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the
world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help
them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated
net revenues of US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its
home page is www.accenture.com.

About Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector

The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with
approximately 87,000 employees, offers sustainable technologies for
metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offerings include integrated
mobility solutions, building and security technology, power distribution,
smart grid applications, and low- and medium-voltage products. The Sector
comprises the Divisions Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium
Voltage, Smart Grid and Building Technologies. For more information, visit
http://www.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities.

About Siemens Smart Grid Division

The Siemens Smart Grid Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supplies power providers
and network operators, industrial enterprises, infrastructure elements and
cities with products and solutions for intelligent and flexible network
infrastructures. To meet growing energy needs, the networks of today and
tomorrow must integrate more and more renewable energy sources and ensure
bi-directional energy and communication flows. Smart Grids help make it
possible to generate and use power efficiently and on demand. For more
information, visit http://www.siemens.com/smartgrid.

Contact:

Accenture
Allen Valahu, + 33 1 53 23 57 54
allen.valahu@accenture.com
or
Siemens AG, Infrastructure & Cities
Dietrich Biester, + 49 911 433 8617
dietrich.biester@siemens.com