By Business Wire, September 24, 2013, 01:00:00 PM EDT
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
(NYSE:ACN) has been awarded a management consulting contract to design
a cutting-edge Information and Communication Technology laboratory, the
centerpiece for the University
of Aizu Revitalization Center that was established to aid recovery
of the area following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011.
Plans call for the construction of a high-efficiency, next-generation
data center that will consume less electricity than the national
average. The lab is expected to have several examples of innovative public
sector technology, including a command center to test mobile
devices, personal computers and smart-consumer electronics for security
features and an advanced-testing facility that can be used for
university classes. Space for research in collaboration with area
businesses also is planned.
Construction will begin in April 2014 and is expected to be completed in
the Spring of 2015.
Jiro Iwase is the director of both the University of Aizu and the
University-Business Innovation Center: "The University of Aizu has been
considering specific ways to leverage its uniqueness as a public
university specializing in technology to help revitalize Fukushima
Prefecture," Iwase said. "The advanced technology laboratory is a truly
innovative way the university can provide concrete value by working as a
physical hub for leading technology, businesses and professionals. We
will work hard to implement these projects quickly, with collaboration
from Accenture as a powerful partner."
Accenture will help plan all functions and services available at the lab
and design the management systems to include business systems and
security requirements. Introducing smart equipment to improve efficiency
also is planned, said Hiroshi Goto, who leads Accenture's Health &
Public Service business in Japan.
Both the lab and the Revitalization Center are examples of public
service organizations creating new models of efficiency that drive cost
savings and increase productivity.
"Soon after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Accenture supported the
Fukushima Innovation Center. Together with the local community,
Aizu-Wakamatsu City, and the University of Aizu, we have continued
activities to help rebuild industries and create jobs. The projects we
will now undertake for the University of Aizu marks measurable progress
in the plans we've been pursuing over the last two years, to help the
community advance from recovery to growth," Goto said.
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