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Accenture (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.