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Schneider Electric Makes Announcements At The 2017 Innovation Summit

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 27, 2017 by itnerd

Schneider Electric is holding its marquee Innovation Summit from September 25-26 in Hong Kong. At the Summit, Schneider experts and world-leading industry thinkers will collaborate on ways to turn bold ideas into solutions on Powering the Digital Economy.

Innovation Summit Hong Kong will feature the EcoStruxure World Premiere, unveiling the latest innovations in EcoStruxure, Schneider’s IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open architecture, which delivers end-to-end solutions in six domains of expertise – Power, IT, Building, Machine, Plant and Grid ­– for four end markets, Building, Data Centre, Industry and Infrastructure. EcoStruxure World Premiere includes an exclusive first look at the launch of three new solutions:

  • EcoStruxure IT, offering next-generation cloud-based Data Centre Infrastructure Management, providing visibility of real-time and predictive analytics, optimizing operations across IT and facilities
  • EcoStruxure Building, features a collaborative smart building platform and an open system architecture allowing developers and partners to interact, share data and develop apps, increasing efficiency up to 30 per cent and ensuring optimal comfort for occupants
  • EcoStruxure Industrial Software platform, which combines scalability and domain expertise to enable people and processes to work seamlessly together, enabling lowest total cost of ownership without compromising risk, data security, or performance requirements

Over 1,000 Schneider customers from across the globe will hear from more than 50 expert speakers, including Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric and Cyril Perducat, Executive Vice President IoT & Digital Transformation, Schneider Electric. The event program will feature strategy talks and interactive deep-dive expert learning sessions with a diverse group of customers and partners, designed to further accelerate digital solutions. Attendees will also be able to visit the company’s Innovation Hub, a 1,000+ square meter showcase of the company’s rich portfolio of software, solutions and services. The Innovation Hub also features a Partner Village, which brings together its network of technology partners and start-ups, including Microsoft, Accenture, Cisco, Intel and Salesforce, showcasing their latest co-innovations.

With Innovation Summit Hong Kong, Schneider is also now expanding its COP21 sustainability commitments and its goal to become a carbon neutral company by 2030 into large events. Schneider is investing in a carbon offset project to compensate for all air travel and event construction related to the Summit. Sustainable event practices will be implemented throughout the event through managed climate control, focus on sustainable packaging and food and a reduced use of paper and waste. This sustainability commitment will be incorporated in all future editions of the Innovation Summit World Tour.

 

At this event, the company announced EcoStruxure IT, the first Data Centre Management as a Service architecture.

EcoStruxure IT revolutionizes DCIM by delivering a cloud-based architecture purpose-built for hybrid IT and data centre environments. The vendor-agnostic architecture delivers a new standard for proactive insights on critical assets that impact the health and availability of an IT environment with the ability to deliver actionable real-time recommendations to optimize infrastructure performance and mitigate risk.

Key benefits include:

  • Global visibility across the hybrid ecosystem – from anywhere – with one tap access right from a smartphone
  • Device information, smart alarms and monitoring through open system collecting data from all devices regardless of vendor
  • Foresight into potential risks by leveraging global benchmarks and analytics in the EcoStruxure data lake
  • Ease of deployment through a convenient subscription model for any size environment
  • 24/7 remote monitoring with the Schneider Electric Service Bureau. In the event of an incident, the Service Bureau helps troubleshoot and ultimately reduces mean time to repair

 

EcoStruxure IT is the latest addition to Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure, its IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open architecture, which delivers end-to-end solutions in six domains of expertise – Power, IT, Building, Machine, Plant and Grid – for four end markets, Building, Data Centre, Industry and Infrastructure. EcoStruxure is driving digital transformation for Schneider Electric clients globally, enabling them to be competitive in today’s digital economy.

Rolling out to select geographies over the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, highlights of EcoStruxure IT include:

  • EcoStruxure IT Expert Expert delivers visibility across the hybrid environment from anywhere with one tap access direct from any computer or smart phone with the Mobile Insights application. Data centre and IT managers can benchmark performance against their own system or those across the industry for trend analysis, maintenance or failure prediction, efficiency comparisons and other measures.
  • EcoStruxure IT Advisor – Advisor addresses the need for greater system optimization and inventory management for enterprise and colocation users. This enables superior control, planning and prediction across all site locations – on and off premises. Failing equipment can be located and addressed easily, reducing time to repair, and can be supported by Schneider Electric’s 24/7 remote monitoring Service Bureau.

As a part of EcoStruxure IT, Schneider Electric continues to offer StruxureWare for Data Centers, a self-contained on-premises monitoring and operations management solution, suitable for data centre and IT deployments of all size and scale. Additionally, Schneider Electric offers a simplified process and tool for StruxureWare customers interested in migrating to the new EcoStruxure IT architecture.

As part of the launch, EcoStruxure IT was piloted in the U.S., benchmarking IT environments with more than 500 customers, 1,000 data centres, 60,000 devices and 2 million sensors. Customer feedback on the results of their EcoStruxure IT implementations affirm the growing need for a cloud-based data centre management solution.

More information on the capabilities and availability of EcoStruxure IT can be found here.

Finally, the company announced a new Global Family Leave policy that is industry-leading in its global scope and strengthens the company’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

The policy will support Schneider Electric employees worldwide by providing paid personal time during moments when it matters the most, enabling them to better manage their unique life and work.

The policy features the following provisions as the global minimum paid leave standards:

    • 12 weeks for the primary parent (both natural birth and adoption)
    • Two weeks for the secondary parent (both natural birth and adoption)
    • One week for care for an immediate family member that either needs elder care or care for a serious health condition
    • One week of bereavement leave for a death of an immediate family member

In formulating the policy, Schneider Electric has actively chosen to define “leave” and “family” in an inclusive way, recognizing that definition of family, life and work are changing every day. By design, the policy includes key life stages for welcoming a new baby, taking care of sick or elderly family members, and mourning the loss of a family member. It also assumes an inclusive definition of family by extending an equal amount of parental leave to a parent by natural birth or adoption. Resources will be provided to Schneider Electric countries to ensure understanding and support of the new policy by managers and employees.

The policy will be deployed gradually, with 40+ countries including the U.S., Mexico, China and India, implementing by January 2018, and 100 per cent global deployment by January 2019. If a country’s legal requirement or current practice is more than the minimum standards, the higher standards will be followed. Eligibility within a country may vary based on local laws as well as current eligibility for the Schneider Electric benefits.

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Schneider Electric Showcases A Shore Power Solution For Cruise Ships

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2017 by itnerd

Schneider Electric Canada has announced the Port of Montreal Shore Power solution for the new Alexandra Pier is now successfully commissioned. On Saturday, August 12, the Holland America Cruise Ship Veendam shut down her diesel engines after docking at the new Alexandra Cruise Terminal in Old Montreal. The ship was connected to the electrical power grid to provide the necessary power to the ship while in port. In doing this, all air pollution caused by the ship’s diesel engines was effectively eliminated.

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The total cost of the project is $11 million (CAD) with funding coming from the federal government, the provincial government as well as the Montreal Port Authority. The commissioning procedure was executed flawlessly.

Schneider Electric commited to sustainability at COP22 Marrakech as an official partner. Schneider Electric is fully committed to fighting climate change and is proud to be a key actor in the Port of Montreal shore power project. Creating a sustainable future is key to Canada’s economic well being. Providing green solutions that help contribute toward the reduction of green house gas emissions is just one of the ways that Schneider Electric is helping Canada create a sustainable future.

The Montreal Port Authority estimates that the shore power project will eliminate upwards of 2,800 tonnes of green house gases annually. This is comparable to reducing the distance driven by passenger vehicles by over 10,000,000 kilometres or replacing upwards of 100,000 incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, according to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.   

Schneider Electric is a world leader in shore power solutions, with over 50 deployments in North America alone. The Port of Montreal shore power solution represents the first cruise terminal deployment in Canada for Schneider Electric and is a significant demonstration of its capabilities to design and build a sophisticated solution incorporating international standards that enforce safety and interoperability for ships calling on the Port of Montreal.

Schneider Electric & Claroty Partner To Address Safety & Cybersecurity Challenges

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 10, 2017 by itnerd

Claroty and Schneider Electric have announced that they are partnering to address safety and cybersecurity challenges for the world’s industrial infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, Claroty will market its real-time OT/ICS network monitoring and detection solution to Schneider Electric’s customers through the company’s Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP).

The Claroty platform proactively protects industrial control systems and continuously monitors industrial networks for cyber threats. With secure remote access, asset owners can employ policies to control remote employee and third party access to critical systems and record the sessions. Continuous threat detection creates a detailed inventory of industrial network assets, identifies misconfigurations, monitors traffic between assets and finds anomalies that may indicate the presence of a malicious actor. Context rich alerts provide plant and security personnel with actionable insights for efficient investigation, response and recovery.

This partnership adds a key component to Schneider Electric’s end-to-end cybersecurity offerings by protecting its connected products and edge control offerings within the company’s EcoStruxure™ architecture. EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture and platform. “Delivering Innovation At Every Level” across connected products, edge control and apps, analytics and services, the EcoStruxure architecture enables scalable design and operation of connected systems with best-in-class cybersecurity built in at every layer.

Schneider Electric and Claroty have conducted rigorous testing to validate solution interoperability. Claroty is a key partner for network security monitoring system within CAPP. CAPP enables Schneider Electric to offer complete business solutions by integrating innovative technologies developed by its partner ecosystem into its own offerings.

A key characteristic of the Claroty platform is its ability to explore the deepest level of industrial network protocols without adversely impacting the system. This enables end users to safely identify anomalies while protecting complex and sensitive industrial networks. Traditional IT security software often uses active queries or requires a footprint on the network, which can ultimately disrupt operations. However, the Claroty platform uses a passive-monitoring approach to safely inspect traffic without the risk of disruption.

 

Schneider Electric Canada Employees Conclude Volunteer Time with Habitat for Humanity

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 27, 2017 by itnerd

Earlier this month, more than 50 Schneider Electric Canada employees volunteered at the Carter Work Project in Edmonton and Winnipeg, supporting Habitat for Humanity’s Canada 150 build and the Carter Work Project to construct 150 homes across the country in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

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The work team on July 12 was joined by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, as well as country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Schneider Electric was represented by Mr. Macias, Iram Shah, Senior Vice President of Customer Transformation, as well as many other Schneider Electric Canada employees who worked alongside the proud future homeowner.

For more than 30 years, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter have traveled across the world with Habitat for Humanity and thousands of volunteers, donating their time and voices to build and improve homes alongside Habitat homeowners.

Supporting Habitat for Humanity’s efforts for more than 22 years, Schneider Electric Canada has provided hardworking Canadian families with the hand up they need to raise their children in a safe, decent and affordable home. Over the last 17 years, Schneider Electric in the U.S. and Canada has donated more than $44 million in cash and gift-in-kind to support Habitat for Humanity’s homebuilding program helping thousands of Canadian families in need.

 

Schneider Electric Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday By Joining Habitat For Humanity In Building Homes

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 29, 2017 by itnerd

This July, power protection company Schneider Electric Canada is proud to join President Carter and First Lady Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, who bring their energy to cities across Canada for Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. While the project will take place across Canada, President and Mrs. Carter will focus their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg. Schneider Electric Canada will be onsite at these locations to assist with building for this milestone endeavour.

In recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday milestone, Schneider Electric Canada will join the Carter Work Project as it builds 150 homes alongside 150 Habitat for Humanity families across the country. Projects during the week of building include 75 homes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, 25 in Winnipeg and 50 in territories and other provinces. Habitat for Humanity and volunteers will be helping families build the strength, stability and independence they need to create a better life for themselves.

Supporting Habitat for Humanity’s efforts for more than 22 years, Schneider Electric Canada has provided hardworking Canadian families with the hand up they need to raise their children in a safe, decent and affordable home, helping with builds for thousands of Canadian families in need. During that time, Schneider Electric Canada has also invested more than $2 million in cash and gift-in-kind in support of Habitat for Humanity’s homebuilding program in Canada.

For more than 30 years, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter have traveled across the world with Habitat for Humanity with thousands of volunteers, donating their time and voices to build and improve homes alongside Habitat homeowners. Their efforts help raise awareness of the critical need for affordable homeownership. Together with the Carters, volunteers have built, renovated or repaired more than 4,000 homes in 14 countries.