New Delhi, March 22, 2018: Schneider Electric, the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, hosted its first Innovation Summit in India on March 19 and 20 in New Delhi. The summit brought together more than 2,000 customers, policy makers and industry leaders. Leaders shared critical insights on how automation and digitisation are helping to manage energy with disruptive technology tools leading to efficiency in business. The summit also reiterated Schneider Electric’s commitment to a sustainability agenda and complete alignment with the Indian government’s long-term goal of bringing down carbon footprint.
Addressing the plenary, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog, said the country is poised for paradigm shifts with huge disruptions in physical infrastructure. “We are creating 100 smart cities with another 50 cities which will be connected by metro and a few connected with bullet trains. The government is converging physical infrastructure with biometric-based digital infrastructure to improve human lives with uninterrupted water and electricity supplies, efficient public transportation, quality education and healthcare services.”
Opening the plenary session of the summit, Anil Chaudhry, Zone President and Managing Director of Schneider Electric India said, “Schneider Electric’s technologies are powering businesses and key government programmes including Make in India, Smart Cities Mission and Electric Mobility. Nearly 15% per cent of India’s solar capacity is based on Schneider technology. Digitisation and IoT are going to transform India’s energy ecosystem so that all citizens have access to uninterrupted electricity at affordable rates.”
The event featured strategic discussions and interactive deep-dive sessions among over 50 expert speakers from Schneider Electric besides a diverse group of customers and partners from India and across the Asia Pacific region. It was designed to further accelerate digital solutions to make New India Energy Positive. The expert sessions included those on intuitive industries, living spaces of the future, leveraging IoT in manufacturing facilities, enabling digital hospitals, re-imagining data centres for a connected tomorrow, empowering industrial OEMs for the digital era, inclusive growth of India through skill development and rural electrification.
The summit also showcased Schneider Electric’s Innovation Hub, an exhibition of the company’s rich portfolio of software, solutions and services. The integrated zone displayed its next-generation EcoStruxure™ architecture and platform that delivers IoT-enabled open and interoperable solutions across user segments. The company also displayed its new range of IoT enabled smart home solutions called ‘Connected Homes’. It ran digital demos bringing the innovative platforms closer to its customers as well as to a broader audience.
Given the huge potential in the electric vehicle charging space, Schneider Electric also displayed its EV charging infrastructure named EVLinks. EVLinks is already available in different markets across the world and the company is keen to tap into the nascent Indian market for the same. The EV charging platform can be installed both at homes as well as public places.
The event showcased the integrated command centre of the Naya Raipur smart city. Schneider Electric is developing the country’s first green field smart city at Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh. The integrated project for Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) will cover the entire gamut of public services like transportation, surveillance, citizen applications, end-to-end smart grid solutions, end-to-end water management system and integrated building management system. It will have a centralised command and control centre to manage emergency responses as well.
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