Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for end-to-end IoT at scale

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30 November 2016

The next generation EcoStruxure architecture and platform from Schneider Electric, aims to deliver IoT-enabled solutions at scale for building, grid, industry and data centre customers.

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, applications, analytics and services. EcoStruxure now delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity of IoT-enabled operations.

The platform enables users to develop scalable and converged IT/OT solutions that deliver innovation at every level to an organisation or enterprise, said Schneider. Leveraging connectivity and data to create controls and actionable business insights, with the combined power of analytics and closed-loop applications, the company says it is empowering 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, said Schneider, and is developed in partnership with leading standards organisations and best-in-class technology leaders.

“EcoStruxure combines our history in pioneering in automation, energy management and deep domain expertise with data-driven metrics and analytics to help us maximise 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.”

The new platform builds on long-standing product and system experience to provide what Schneider claims is the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of interoperable and cloud-connected and/or on-premises technologies organised around its three layers of technology innovation.

The first layer builds on core competencies 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-premises as well as from the cloud depending on 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.

The 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, said Schneider, with a portfolio of apps, analytics and services. EcoStruxure enables the most extensive breadth of vendor-agnostic apps, analytics and services on open IP protocols in order to work with any hardware, system, or control.

The EcoStruxure platform provides a secure, IoT-enabled technology backbone with three core technology capabilities: embedded connectivity and intelligence that enables smart sensing, embedded computing, IP networking and edge analytics; a foundation for smart operations to serve as the building blocks for control, management, automaton and optimisation; and the infrastructure for cloud-connected digital services that enables the delivery of cloud-based connected apps, analytics, services, control and monitoring.

“Smarter, more precise operations are the future for every industry,” said Vernon Turner, SVP, Enterprise Systems, IDC. “Customers are looking for answers on how to best take advantage of today’s IoT-enabled digital world to be as differentiated, efficient and sustainable as possible. If you don’t have a ‘sense and respond’ model with listening, scalable, measurable, agile networks and systems, you won’t be able to connect and extract that value.”

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