The objective of the Amsterdam Smart City program is to help the city reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European Union’s (EU’s) 2020 emissions and energy reduction targets. Tech services and consulting company Accenture announced today it’ll help implement the program to build EU’s first ‘intelligent city.’ 

Among other major tech companies, IBM is quite aggressive to provide its solutions for smart city projects. After its forays in Singapore, Brisbane, and Stockholm on similar projects, recently IBM decided to go to Italy for making the city of Parma a little smarter. The objective is to reduce both congestion and pollution through intelligent transport solutions among other steps. 

The city of Parma has entered into a strategic initiative with IBM with the aim of creating a Smart City. IBM consultants will serve on an Innovation Board to identify and design a new model for a sustainable city through a range of digital solutions. (Read: Living in a Smart City)

The Amsterdam Smart City, according to Accenture, will use a smart electric grid, smart meters, smart-building technologies, and electric vehicles to reduce energy consumption in housing, commercial properties, public buildings and areas, and transportation. 

Smart grids are electricity distribution networks that combine traditional and new technology to manage the flow of energy more effectively and efficiently. The City of Amsterdam is the first city in the EU to deploy intelligent technology, such as smart grids, in its electricity distribution system, says Accenture. 

Accenture will work with the Amsterdam Innovation Motor, a city affiliated agency that establishes public and private-sector cooperation, to develop, implement, manage and assess each of the phases and projects of the Amsterdam Smart City program. 

Accenture will help deploy a smart grid and will support a range of applications created by the program to reduce carbon emissions. Accenture will also manage the integration of the smart-grid technology and the analysis and use of data. 

“Amsterdam Smart City is closely linked to the Amsterdam Climate Program, which states clear climate goals for the City of Amsterdam to reduce carbon emissions and encourage change in the energy consumption of our citizens,” said Joke van Antwerpen, director of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor.

The first phase of the Amsterdam Smart City’s low-carbon projects, launched on June 3, includes:

  • A ship-to-the-grid project, by which commercial vessels and river cruisers will be connected to electric grid when docked;
  • The implementation of smart meters and in-home feedback displays to provide home owners with information to help manage their energy consumption;
  • A smart building at Accenture’s Amsterdam office at the ITO Tower, where intelligent technology will collect, monitor, and analyze the building’s programming and utility data to identify energy consumption efficiencies and lower the building’s carbon footprint;
  • A ‘Climate Street’ at Utrechtsestraat, Amsterdam’s popular shopping and restaurant street, will have sustainable waste collection, tram stops, and street and façade lighting. Smart meters and energy usage feedback tools will help municipal authorities and shop and restaurant owners manage energy consumption.  

The City of Amsterdam is a member of Accenture’s Intelligent City Network. The network, says Accenture, brings together city authorities and utilities around the world committed to deploying smart electric grids.


About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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