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Schneider Electric holds cloud conference

Event concentrates on smart cities

Schneider Electric holds cloud conference
Chamayou: The success of the event is [further] proof that IT growth and the urbanisation, industrialisation and digitisation of our economies are driving high energy consumption today.

Energy management specialist Schneider Electric this week hailed the success of its annual "Power to the Cloud" conference and exhibition, claiming over 1,200 IT and government influencers from the Middle East, Africa and Turkey attended the event.

The conference focused on smart cities under the theme ‘Building next-generation mission-critical IT infrastructure'.

"As regional governments focus on shaping smart cities, Dubai leads the charge with its ambitions for a technologically connected city that will be fast tracked with the Expo 2020 win," Schneider Electric said in a statement.

The company also pointed to Abu Dhabi Municipality's energy-efficiency programme, rolled out in 2011 as a sector-level pilot project, which is set to enter its second phase in 2014 under the objective ‘City-wide level scale-up deployment'. The key outcome of the project in phase one was a saving of nearly 46,000kWh of electricity, Scheider reported. If executed on a city-wide level, the programme has the potential to save up to 1,900,000 MWh of electricity per annum. Translated into monetary value, these savings could total more than AED2.8bn over the next 10 years.

"Schneider Electric's integrated offering of customised solutions of data collection, measurement and inspection and energy conservation has been attributed as a key factor for the programme's ambitious deliverables," the company claimed.

"The success of the event is [further] proof that IT growth and the urbanisation, industrialisation and digitisation of our economies are driving high energy consumption today," said Thierry Chamayou, vice president, Middle East and Africa IT Business, Schneider Electric.

"And this growth is set to continue as global economies seek to develop further. Smart cities are definitely a solution to create sustainable cities and economies. To give an example, in 2010 nearly 12.5bn devices were connected through the Internet. This is forecast to grow to 25bn by 2015 against the global population of 7.2bn in the same year.

"The solution for sustainable energies is a combination of cleaner generation, greater efficiency and a smarter grid. According to the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook report in 2013, Japan and countries in Europe have introduced energy efficiency improvements in buildings. In the US this year, an MoU sets forth an agreement for the states to work together to help automakers sell at least 3.3m zero-emission vehicles - plug-in electric, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles - by 2025. Closer to home, in the Middle East too, the mandate to mitigate energy consumption is being addressed with equal urgency."

Speakers at the conference included executives from IBM, Intel, HP, Dell, Cisco and a number of regional and international customers.

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