Imagining new possibilities with Internet of Things
Schenider Electric brings real world solutions to top IoT Forum
The third IoT Forum came to Dubai this past November, with IT, government and business leaders meeting to discuss how IoT is transforming organisations the world over.
Schneider Electric was one of the sponsors of the IoT forum, its executives joining IT leaders in business, government, and academia driving adoption of the IoT worldwide
Its Executive VP for IoT, Cyril Perducat, talked to Network Middle East on the side-lines of the event. Perducat says the most important consideration for IoT is what customer problems a business can solve. “Are we able to solve problems that we have not been able until now? And can we be able to solve those problems in new ways?” he poses.
It is crucial to focus more on customers than the technology, Perducat asserts. He says Schneider Electric endeavours to see IoT from the customer perspective. “For us, it’s about helping customers make the right decisions in terms of energy consumption and sustainability, while at the same time improving the efficiency of the process and at the same time, being able to make decisions,” Perducat says .
Schneider Electric is a long-time proponent of, and investor in, the capabilities of IoT.
The company says it is geared towards delivering open, connected solutions at each IoT-driven intelligent ecosystem layer: the connected, decentralised device layer (sensors, drives, meters, PLCs, controls, switchgear), the platform layer (cloud services, middleware, physical infrastructure architectures), and the on -premise central control layer (operational intelligence, remote monitoring, predictive analysis, simulation, cloud analytics).
The advantages with IoT for customers is better decisions in context, Perducat says. “This is about the ability of being able to adjust an HVAC system based on how weather is going to evolve in the future or being able to intervene with equipment before failures happen for instance,” he says, adding, “So it’s better decisions in the right context.”
The time for talk is over, Perducat proclaims. “It’s time to deliver results. People have been talking about the billions of connected devices, or how great of a technology is IoT. I think it’s time to demonstrate with real customer use cases with tangible things that have been done,” he says.
In addition to the keynotes, the World Forum also featured breakout sessions, a hackathon, a start-up showcase, and smart-city tours of Dubai.
Through Dubai Smart City Experience Tours, attendees were able to learn first-hand how Dubai, one of the most digitally advanced cities in the world, has connected transportation, education and healthcare across the city for better citizen experience.
The IoTWF 2015 also featured a Research and Innovation Symposium, where some of the world’s leading technology researchers and scholars talked about the New Frontiers of IoT research enabling a connected world.