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Schneider launches next generation IoT technology backbone

Leveraging connectivity and data, it wants customers and partners to reach new levels of operational efficiency, sustainability and productivity

Schneider wants to deliver IoT/OT innovation at every level to organisations
Schneider wants to deliver IoT/OT innovation at every level to organisations

Global specialist in energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, has unveiled its next generation EcoStruxure architecture and platform to deliver IoT-enabled solutions at scale for building, grid, industry and data centre customers.


The latest EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity of IoT-enabled operations, the company said.


The enhanced architecture and platform is open, scalable and interoperable, connecting the three core layers of Schneider Electric’s technology stack, from connected products, to edge control, to applications, analytics and services.


"EcoStruxure combines our history in pioneering in automation, energy management and deep domain expertise with data-driven metrics and analytics to help us maximize the value of the Internet of Things for our customers," said Dr Prith Banerjee, chief technology officer, Schneider Electric.


"EcoStruxure gives our customers the platform, architecture and roadmap to quickly and easily implement IoT in an enterprise, extending the benefits of IoT beyond the device layer to create a more intelligent, efficient and secure operation."


EcoStruxure enables Schneider Electric, its partners and end-user customers to develop scalable and converged IT/OT solutions that deliver innovation at every level to an organisation or enterprise.


Leveraging connectivity and data to create controls and actionable business insights, with the combined power of analytics and closed-loop applications, the company said it empowers customers and partners to augment operations to reach new levels of “operational efficiency, sustainability, asset performance and people productivity”.


EcoStruxure fosters open innovation and interoperability and is developed in partnership with leading standards organisations and best-in-class technology leaders, it added.


According to Schneider, the platform is organised around three layers of technology innovation:


The first layer builds on its core competency in developing connected products with embedded intelligence, such as sensors, medium and low voltage breakers, drives and actuators;


The Edge Control layer gives organisations the critical capability to manage their operations on-premise as well as from the cloud depending on their needs. This includes connected control platforms with remote access, advanced automation and operator override capabilities. Local control and firewall protection is included to maximise the benefits especially for mission-critical applications;


Schneider Electric’s focused investment in R&D and product development in the critical areas of software, analytics and services, coupled with the integration of recent acquisitions such as Invensys, Telvent and Summit Energy forms the third layer of the stack – a portfolio of apps, analytics and services. EcoStruxure enables the most extensive breadth of vendor-agnostic apps, analytics and services on open IP protocols to work with any hardware, system, or control.


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