Accenture to Design Strategy for University of Aizu Revitalization Center

  Accenture to Design Strategy for University of Aizu Revitalization Center

           Plan Will Help Rebuild Fukushima as a Technology Leader

Business Wire

AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Japan -- March 6, 2013

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been awarded a contract to create the strategic plan
to help develop the University of Aizu Revitalization Center. The plan
includes construction of a technology lab on the university campus as well as
support for projects focused on rebuilding Fukushima as a technology leader.

Accenture’s plan calls for the lab design to begin this year, with
construction expected to be completed in the spring of 2015. When completed,
the lab will feature a next generation data center, an efficient,
high-performance center that will consume about 40 percent less electricity
than traditional data centers.

The lab also will include a security test space for tablets, personal
computers, consumer electronic devices and in-car devices such as satellite
navigation systems, as well as a smart device test center.

Accenture designed the center’s operating structure, administration policy and
business plan to ensure the center supports mobility, cloud, analytics and
smart city technology capabilities. Smart cities leverage the latest
technology to create sustainable and attractive living environments for
citizens and businesses with more efficient and higher–quality services.

“It is an honor to support the planning of the University of Aizu
Revitalization Center. The plan will allow the University of Aizu, one of
Japan’s largest computer science universities, to have a larger role in local
revitalization efforts. Through this collaboration, Accenture will work with
the university to create more jobs by leveraging Information Communications
Technology, key to the reconstruction,” said Hiroshi Goto, managing director,
Accenture’s Health & Public Service work in Japan.

The strategic plan will support the three main projects that are the
foundation of the University of Aizu Center for Revitalization:

  *Advanced ICT Research – Advanced studies and research on technologies that
    lead to the creation of new industries.
  *Innovation Field Project – Cloud computing, data centers and test
    environments for smart devices will be provided to support domestic and
    overseas ICT companies relocating to Fukushima.
  *Management School – Supports the education and development of future ICT
    professionals. Seminars and open-class lectures will be available to
    students and the public.

“By unlocking the potential of Information technology to improve the region’s
social and economic infrastructure, the revitalization efforts will help drive
the regeneration of Fukushima,” Goto said.

This strategic plan is another example of Accenture’s commitment to helping
rebuild the area. The Accenture Center for Innovation in Fukushima was opened
in July 2011 to consolidate and coordinate ideas and actions for the
reconstruction of the area.

Learn more about Accenture’s work in Japan, its Human Service practice,
Empowering Services, Improving Lives, and its global initiative, Delivering
Public Service of the Future.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 259,000 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 $27.9billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its
home page is www.accenture.com.

Contact:

Accenture
Ken Kanda, + 81 45 330 7377
+ 080 3723 9580 (mobile)
kentaro.kanda@accenture.com
 
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