KEMA launches geospatial design and development consultancy spinoff

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 19, 2004 — KEMA, an independent provider of technical and management consulting services to the electric power and gas energy industries, announced the formation of VELOCITIE Integration Inc. VELOCITIE is a GIS software design and development consulting firm focused on geospatial utility operations.

KEMA formed VELOCITIE as part of its strategy to reorganize its operations employing GIS software development resources. The move is designed to create low cost, price competitive software development and system integration services for utility clients while maintaining KEMA’s standards of excellence.

“We are very excited about the new launch and about the prospects for success,” said Kelly Warner, president of KEMA Inc. “KEMA stands for quality. Creating VELOCITIE gives us the flexibility to continue to provide clients with world class IT services in a more flexible, cost-competitive manner.”

Warner continued, “Forming VELOCITIE is a key component of KEMA’s strategy-to-implementation consulting model. The move allows KEMA to continue to focus and build on our energy industry and utility operations domain expertise while letting VELOCITIE concentrate on delivering best-in-class software implementation services. KEMA’s continuing IT consulting operations will be centered on higher end services that leverage our industry expertise, including IT strategy and planning, business design and implementation, IT architecture, software vendor evaluation and selection, project management of implementations and integration, and client acceptance of project deliverables.”

KEMA’s IT consulting focus includes systems integration for transmission and distribution utility operations. Specific areas of expertise include enterprise application integration, project management, operational real-time data marts, asset management, billing and settlement, and energy data management and analysis.

Under the new organizational structure, KEMA will partner with VELOCITIE to deliver client engagements where complementary services are a good fit with client needs. KEMA will continue to serve existing clients with VELOCITIE as a subcontractor.

Headed by former KEMA Director of Strategic Alliances Bart Koenig, Green Bay, Wisconsin-based VELOCITIE provides GIS software design and development services in conjunction with KEMA’s business process, system architecture, and project management services. VELOCITIE will also focus on utility market sectors that are not a key focus for KEMA, including small municipals and co-ops, telecommunications, water and wastewater utilities.

“The formation of VELOCITIE signals KEMA’s continuing commitment to providing quality end to end implementation services to the GIS utility market,” said Koenig. “The VELOCITIE team is poised to carry on KEMA’s tradition of affording our clients experienced personnel, best practice implementation strategies and cost effective solutions for the energy, municipal and telecommunications GIS markets.”

About KEMA

KEMA is an independent company with an international reputation for high-level technical consultancy, testing, inspections and certification for businesses in the energy industry, assisting more than 500 clients in more than 70 countries. Headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands with subsidiaries and offices worldwide, KEMA employs more than 1,500 full-time professionals and leading experts in many facets of the energy utility industry. Founded in 1927, KEMA serves the complete spectrum of participants in the energy marketplace and offers a full complement of services supporting generation through the consumer side of the meter. KEMA’s North American business operations are headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts

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