Microsoft and Snam: Agreement on Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and IoT for energy networks
Milan, 30 May 2019 - Microsoft, one of the world’s leading information technology and software production companies, and Snam, Europe’s leading natural gas utility, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop Cloud-based and AI solutions to improve the development and management of energy networks using the IoT.
The agreement was witnessed by Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, Snam's CEO, Marco Alverà, Microsoft Italia's CEO, Silvia Candiani, and Snam's EVP of Digital Transformation & Technology, Cosma Panzacchi.
The companies will collaborate on some key drivers of innovation and digital transformation, including Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and new paradigms of the Internet of Things. They will design new intelligent and “transformative” solutions for the energy network and infrastructure sector. These innovations are expected to have a positive impact on territories and communities, by enabling new potential services related to the circular economy, environmental sustainability and security.
The new solutions will use the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform, services and tools for the Internet of Things, including Aure IoT Central, and for the secure management of devices, such as Azure Sphere, Microsoft’s platforms for data and Artificial Intelligence, as well as the HoloLens holographic viewer.
“Thanks to this agreement, we will join Snam on its journey towards what Satya Nadella defines as a ‘tech intensity era’, an era in which investment in new technologies will combine with constantly evolving expertise to promote a new digital culture at all levels. We will work with Snam on various digital transformation drivers, including Cloud, AI and IoT, with the aim of making energy networks increasingly efficient and safe. We will also contribute to sector innovation through Smart Cities, which will benefit us all,” said Silvia Candiani, Microsoft Italia's CEO.
Marco Alverà, Snam's CEO, commented: “Snam’s digital transformation is a key element of our strategy and of the Snamtec project, which we will invest 850 million euros into by 2022. This investment will pave the way to building the energy company of the future, which will be more digital, sustainable and closer to the communities in which we operate. Moreover, thanks to partnerships with major operators such as Microsoft, we aim to seize the opportunities offered by new technologies to drive energy transition and optimize network intelligence. Cloud, AI and machine learning will also be used in new generations of sensors to optimize infrastructure monitoring and management.”
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Snam, Europe’s leading gas utility, operates in Italy and, through subsidiaries, in Albania, Austria, France, Greece and the UK. The company has the first gas transport network (about 32,600 km in Italy, over 41,000 with international subsidiaries) and storage capacity (16.9 billion cubic meters in Italy, over 20 with international subsidiaries) in Europe. Snam also manages the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal built in Italy and is a shareholder of two other strategically positioned terminals in the Mediterranean.
30 May 2019 - 15:23 CEST