Alstom Grid and Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services announced the signing of a global alliance agreement to pursue joint commercial opportunities for their combined smart grid solutions.
Together, the two companies will launch the industry’s first real-time, cloud-based1 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 services provide real-time distribution and demand response system management from a cloud environment to deliver cost savings and increased reliability.
In an increasingly competitive environment, utility customers require more secure and efficient processes and systems to reduce operational, maintenance and capital expenditure, while enhancing customer service. The joint solutions proposed by Alstom Grid and Capgemini address these challenges for distribution utilities. Benefits include:
- Reduced total cost of ownership with full investment protection and efficiency metrics to meet electric distribution utility needs
- Lower risk through a progressive roll-out of mission-critical technologies. The single, scalable and integrated platform allows utilities to gradually roll out real-time SCADA2, Distribution Management System (DMS), Operator Management System (OMS) and DRMS3 and progressively embark on the new smart grid environment
- Optimized IT maintenance and system management by delivering infrastructure and software as a service.
“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.
“With Capgemini’s experience in the utilities industry and our proven Managed Business Services framework and “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” offering, utilities can now take advantage of the latest in distribution management applications deployed on state-of-the-art IT infrastructure while minimizing capital investments. Capgemini and Alstom Grid cloud based IDMS and DRMS will offer our customers a secure virtual IT solution with proven Alstom Grid e-terra smart control room solutions,” said Perry Stoneman, Corporate Vice President / Smart Energy Services & Utilities Global Sector Leader.
1 Cloud-based application: Cloud based applications run on distant computers “in the cloud” that are owned and operated by others and that connect to users’ computers via the web.
2 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
3 Demand Response Management System