Consulting firm Accenture has announced that it is designing an Information and Communication Technology laboratory for the University of Aizu in Japan.
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 is also planned, said Hiroshi Goto, who leads Accenture's Health & Public Service business in Japan.
The laboratory will become the centrepiece of the university's Revitalization Center that was established to aid recovery of the area following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011.
"The University of Aizu has been considering specific ways to leverage its uniqueness as a public university specialising in technology to help revitalise Fukushima Prefecture," said Jiro Iwase, director of both the University of Aizu and the University-Business Innovation Center.
"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," said Iwase.
The lab is expected to have several examples of innovative public sector technology, including a command centre 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. Accenture will also be creating a high-efficiency data centre that promises to consume less electricity than the national average in Japan. Space for research in collaboration with area businesses is also planned.
Construction will begin in April 2014 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.
"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," said Accenture's Goto.
"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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