Throughout 2014, the Company has been involved in benchmark projects, including Boston’s transformation into a ‘Smart City’ with predicted greenhouse gas emission reductions of 15% by 2020 and 80% by 2050
For the fourth year running, Schneider Electric – the global energy management specialist and leader in energy efficiency – is actively participating at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona from 18–20 November. After its participation in some of the most cutting-edge projects in the development of smart cities – such as the programme to reduce energy consumption by improving efficiency in the city of Boston – the French multinational will explain how it is responding to city challenges. The Company will be approaching this edition with the knowhow and experience gleaned from 200-plus projects it is presently working on in cities across the world, which will be on show at its stand – covering settings as diverse as water management, enhancing the efficiency of cities or progress in optimizing energy use. Projects from Hong Kong, Carson City, Barcelona and Lyon will be on display among this year’s success stories. It will show that Schneider Electric is an example of a company which has significantly upped the tempo of its smart city strategy and harnessing its potential to leverage broader company initiatives to strengthen its smart city proposition.
At the event inaugurated by India’s Hon’ble Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, as the Smart Cities’ experts, Schneider Electric will be providing their vision and expertise on the future of the sector during the keynote speeches. Accordingly, Charbel Aoun – Vice-President for Smart Cities at Schneider Electric, Alistair Pim – Vice-President for Business Development and Alliances,Donald C Clark – Vice-President for Software Solutions, and María Serrano – Director of the Smart Cities Centre of Excellence, will explain the latest advances in improving city management, the application of energy efficiency solutions and development and progress in the so-called ‘Internet of Things’.
Besides Schneider Electric’s work in different cities, a key to making smart cities a reality is to integrate several systems into a cohesive framework that allows collaborative data sharing and real-time information management. The Company comes to the Smart City World Congress to showcase several innovative solutions, two of which focus on traffic management and preparation for adverse meteorological conditions. With knowhow gained via acquisition of Invensys, the Company’s solutions consolidate it as a key player in creating platforms for the development of smart cities.
Over the years, Schneider Electric has become a benchmark in the field of smart cities, thanks to its technological development capacity and its pioneering work in the implementation and execution of smart city projects. The Company recently evinced a desire to establish its first Smart City Centre of Excellence in Barcelona, at the old Ca l’Alier factory in the district of El Poblenou. The Smart City Centre of Excellence is destined to be the place where smart cities become a reality.