Schneider Electric highlights benefits of converged OT and IT

Power to the Cloud event focuses on potential of combining operational and information technology

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Schneider Electric highlights benefits of converged OT and IT Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, presented the inaugural address at the Power to the Cloud event.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 18, 2016

Schneider Electric is hosting its fourth ‘Power to the Cloud' event in Dubai, to showcase the potential of converged operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) for smart cities.

The event, which is taking place at the the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre, highlights how Internet of Things solutions that combine OT and IT will impact in areas such as energy optimization and improve citizen services through analytics, real-time data management and intelligence capabilities.

The show will is expected to attract over 2,000 industry visitors and around 200 VIPs from across the Middle East, Europe and Africa region. Industry speakers include experts from Schneider and customers including Etisalat, DEWA, Al Futtaim, Movenpick Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Abu Dhabi Airports.

Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) gave a keynote speech, commented: "This year's Power to the Cloud comes at a time of rapid infrastructure transformation and economic change. As we strive to become smarter and more connected than ever before, we need to learn to leverage technologies that are eco-friendly. Today, the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) makes it possible to increase process efficiency and optimise scarce resources. This ties in with the UAE Government's Vision 2021 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which emphasises the importance of sustainable development and the preservation of the environment."

The event includes a dedicated 5,000 square meter experiential zone which showcases various elements of a smart city for homes, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions and utilities.

Frédéric Abbal, executive vice-president of Energy Business, Schneider Electric, said: "It is important to create enriching community spaces for inhabitants through digital connection, technologies to simplify life and automation to streamline the businesses. These communities, which collectively form cities, need to be tied together with infrastructure that can accommodate the massively growing populations and their evolving expectations. Power to the Cloud, now in its fourth year, has greatly developed since its inception in 2012 and illustrates the progress Dubai is making on its evolution into a smart city. Through this educational platform, we hope to bring to light the technologies that will positively impact our living spaces and their environment."

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