Siemens to build and operate control center for the Bratislava Waterworks Company

Siemens is to upgrade the water and sewage system of the Slovak Bratislava Waterworks Company (BVS), set up an integrated control facility and operate the entire IT system for four years starting from the end of 2007. The waterworks will thus be able to manage its operations centrally and lower its operating costs. The contract is valued at some 18 million euros (630 million Slovak crowns) and will run until 2011...

Waterworks investments flow into IT

MUNICH, Germany, March 21, 2007 -- Siemens is to upgrade the water and sewage system of the Slovak Bratislava Waterworks Company (BVS), set up an integrated control facility and operate the entire IT system for four years starting from the end of 2007. The waterworks will thus be able to manage its operations centrally and lower its operating costs. The contract is valued at some 18 million euros (630 million Slovak crowns) and will run until 2011.

The BVS has the most customers in Slovakia. By November 2007, the company's complete water and sewage system with its 310 subsegments will be upgraded to stateof-the-art technology and merged in the new control center. Starting at the end of 2007, Siemens will take over operation of the IT system, assume responsibility for software maintenance and distribution and hardware servicing, as well as operate a telephone help desk for employee questions.

With the new computer aided control system, the BVS will be able to lower costs, reduce water waste, optimize line repair and maintenance and standardize their end customer invoicing.

"This will allow us to make our administrative processes more efficient and optimally distribute water resources. In addition, the upgrade will help us maintain stable water prices", says Daniel Gemeran, Director General of the Bratislava Waterworks Company corporation.

The project will be implemented by the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) and Siemens IT Solutions and Services Groups together with Siemens Austria.

Siemens IT Solutions and Services is an internationally leading provider of IT solutions and services. It covers the entire IT service chain from a single source, from consulting to system integration, right through to the management of IT infrastructures. In addition, Siemens IT Solutions and Services extends the range of offerings of the other Siemens Groups to include software developments and IT solutions.

With its comprehensive know-how and industry-specific knowledge, Siemens IT Solutions and Services (www.siemens.com/it-solutions) provides measurable added value for its customers. Founded in January 2007, the new Siemens Group employs around 43,000 people and posts annual sales of about EUR 5 billion [US$6.65 billion], of which some 60 percent are generated outside of the Siemens group.

The Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (www.industry.siemens.com) is the integrator of systems and solutions for industrial and infrastructure facilities and global service provider for the plant and projects business covering planning, installation, operation and the entire life cycle. I&S uses its own products and systems and process technologies in order to enhance productivity and improve competitiveness of companies in the sectors of metallurgy, water treatment, pulp and paper, oil and gas, marine engineering, open-cast mining, airport logistics, postal automation, intelligent traffic systems and industrial services. In fiscal 2006 (to September 30) I&S employed a total of 36,200 people worldwide and achieved total sales of EUR 8.819 billion [US$11.73 billion].

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