Schneider Electric unveiled new integrated energy solutions for the next generation
across multiple market segments at the Innovation Day Lagos 2019 event held on the
10 th of October 2019 at Lagos Continental Hotel, VI Lagos.
In his opening remarks, the Managing Director Schneider Electric Mr. Christophe Begat
emphasized the company’s interest on innovations for the future.
Expert learning sessions around issues including cyber security, end-to-end traceability
for consumer-packaged goods and even smart, self healing grids for electric utilities
Worthy of note is the “Wiser” Smart Home Innovation. Imagine a home helps you
regulate your room temperature and lighting, in it has a coffee maker that prepares your
coffee for you just the way you like it, dressing your bed and securing your house and
lots more with just the use of your “Alexa” app in your handy smart phone. The smart
homes are not just smart but also help provide useful information to avert possible
dangers or hazards.
Schneider Electric seeks to digitalize and power the economy to keep the world
connected efficiently thus reshaping how we live. This is coming at a time where smart
devices have become more connected than anytime in human history with over 17
billion connected devices and 7 billion IOT devices.
“The transformation the world has seen in the last 20 years, is far more than what the
world saw 200 years preceding the last 20 years all because of tech innovation,” said
Temitope Fasoranti, executive director at Zenith Bank. He also testified that using
smarter energy systems innovated by Schneider Electric has helped the bank save 60%
Schneider Electric Cluster President, Anglophone Africa Albert Fuchet in his keynote
address, reinforced the company’s commitment to sustainability stating that over 60% of
energy is lost in buildings and infrastructures due to inefficient use. Even though energy
consumption is rising, over 2 billion people do not have access to energy.
“Schneider as a global company is addressing this challenge with stakeholders working
on climate challenge,” said Fuchet.
The disruptive technologies of the digital economy challenge companies to think and act
differently “We are helping business and individuals unlock opportunities and make the
most of the digital revolution across all market spares,’’ Begat told journalists.
Schneider Electric’s Digital Magic Wand – EcoStruxure.
EcoStruxure is an open, interoperable, IoT enabled system architecture and platform
that leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud analytics and
cybersecurity to deliver innovation at every level .
Developed in numerous sites and with a large amount of service providers in various
utilities, the EcoStruxure architecture serves four end markets including building, data
center, industry and infrastructure.
EcoStruxure for buildings is enabling sustainable design and active energy
management in buildings. It is used in over 1million buildings including the Hilton
Worldwide and the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office.
Schneider Electric believes buildings should provide personalized experience to all
occupants. In re-invented buildings, artificial intelligence will deliver data insights and
help building users and facility managers operate their asset much more efficiently by
knowing life cycle of assets and when to repair or replace them. Faster and cost
effective installation can be achieved through open systems and APIs.
Over 20 of the largest oil and gas companies and 10 of the world’s top electric utilities
have employed EcoStruxure to aid their digital transformation. A representative from the
Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) also commended this stating that Schneider
Electric helped the NLNG create a cohesive digital strategy.
Schneider Electric’s idea is to use cloud-based systems to manage hybrid IT
environments. The process includes collecting and analyzing massive amount of data,
remotely monitor and manage all of a company’s sites from a single device and connect
with outside experts to remotely monitor and service, then scale management systems
leading to achieving better performance with predictive capability through big data
analytics to spot trends and forecast failures.
Mr. Ifeanyi Odoh, Head Offer Management at Schneider Electric, noted the company
launched the Global Access to Energy programme to ensure the availability and
affordability to everyone, everywhere and at every time.
As part of its Community Social Responsibility, the company supports training
opportunities designed to re-skill electricians, partnering with local training institutions to
train over 200 electricians, it donated a fully-equipped JAMB center to Bonny Kingdom
and supports universities with training equipment. It has also provided 200 free modules
and international certification online, of which over 1000 Nigerians have benefited.
According to Viviane Mike Eze, Communications Manager at Schneider Electric; an
inclusive nature of their service offering can be seen in that most installations in off-grid
communities are powered by the company’s devices.